In the summer, the main stretch of Bolton Landing is packed with people, store banners, sun hats, inflatables and swimming noodles in baskets outside the stores. Traffic is heavy, the queue for Ben & Jerry’s winds its way down the street, tourists browse gift shops, and island campers stock boats with ice cream and grocery store necessities Tops.
With steady growth over the past decade and the pandemic-driven exodus from the downstate to the Adirondacks since 2020, Bolton Landing has been in turmoil for over a minute, and it was just a matter of time for something more than sun hats to stick on. The Sagamore resort now charges a $20 “on-island” parking fee to non-guests visiting for meals; the much-anticipated The Gem Smokehouse and Little Gem Wine Shop have brought metro-level mixology and select wines to the lake. Now here is Loda, a stylish bistro-bar and the most unexpected newcomer of all.