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North Creek, Warren Co. work on attracting NYC train travelers

Representatives from Warren County promoted the Lake George and Gore Mountain regions Thursday, May 17 at the annual New York By Rail event at Penn Station in New York City. From left are: Tanya Brand, Group Tour Promoter, Warren County Tourism Department; Sue Tucker, Senior Tourism Specialist, Warren County Tourism Department; Janice Bartkowski Fox, Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce & CVB; and Sue Wilder, Saratoga and North Creek Railway.

Representatives from Warren County promoted the Lake George and Gore Mountain regions Thursday, May 17 at the annual New York By Rail event at Penn Station in New York City. From left are: Tanya Brand, Group Tour Promoter, Warren County Tourism Department; Sue Tucker, Senior Tourism Specialist, Warren County Tourism Department; Janice Bartkowski Fox, Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce & CVB; and Sue Wilder, Saratoga and North Creek Railway.

— Now that there is railroad service to North Creek on a regular basis — which is key for train-savvy travelers in New York City, where many people don’t own cars — transportation in Warren County must be addressed. Although the North Creek Business Alliance is working with businesses to establish transportation around the town of Johnsburg, Warren County Tourism officials say more needs to be done for train tourists who want to see nearby sights in other parts of the county, including Lake George.

“We really need to start thinking about rental cars,” Brand said. “I think it’s an important step to make Amtrak a viable travel option.”

The old-time standard of vacationing in one resort for two weeks, a month or an entire summer is history. In the tourism business, promoters now talk about the “hub and spoke” theory. Some call it making a “base camp.” Travelers stay in one or two spots during shorter stays and “spoke out” to see attractions throughout a region. And Warren County Tourism officials want to make sure they see as much of this corner of the Adirondack Park as possible before heading back to the Big Apple.

“We want people to know there is life beyond Albany,” Brand said.

Weekend retreat

Travelers can leave New York City at breakfast time and be in North Creek by mid-afternoon Friday through Monday. And they can leave North Creek after lunch and be back in New York City by bedtime. Layovers of six to seven hours are also available for those who want to spend time exploring Saratoga Springs.

New York City to North Creek: Departs New York City’s Penn Station at 8:15 a.m. on the Adirondack and arrives in North Creek on the Adirondack Limited (Friday-Monday) at 2:34 p.m. Travelers can also choose to spend the afternoon in Saratoga Springs before taking the Hudson Explorer (Friday-Monday) to North Creek; the layover would be from 11:57 a.m. to 7 p.m., arriving in North Creek at 9:09 p.m.

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