Spring is in the Air

The calendar may say March 21, but it sure feels like summer this week.  Accordingly, I’ll bet I’m not the only AP resident looking around at our seasonal businesses and wondering when they’ll be opening up for the spring.

So here’s a roundup so far:

Kay’s Pizza – Everyone’s favorite lakeside roadhouse.  Looks like they will open on April 1st!  No foolin…

The Hollywood Drive-In – One of the last remaining drive-in movie theaters in the Capital District.  They are hoping for April 6, but it’s not set in stone yet.  So get that bug spray ready…

Jiffy Mart Ice Cream – Their ice cream sign was on when I drove by on March 17.  Lucky indeed!  I’ll be stopping in for a FlavorBurst cone very soon….

Rocket’s Drive In – Not seeing any signs of life yet.  They tend to open later than most.

Hoffay Farm – I drove by the other day and their placard said Opening March 24.  Not sure if that means their playground is opening or if this is just for the Harvest House.  Guess you’ll have to stop in and check it out for yourself.

That is about it for our local town haunts.  (Did I miss any??)  However, there are some goodies in our neighboring towns as well.

Wynantskill:

Jack’s Drive In – You can smell the burgers up and down Main Street.  They beat most to the punch and opened mid-March.  Be prepared for long lines as long as this summer weather holds.

The Big Dipper – A yummy ice cream/food stand also on Main Street.  Again, not seeing much sign of life yet.   Look like they are open!   Yay!

North and East Greenbush:

Gene’s Fish Fry – Gotta love their website.  One big fish with the words…Opening Day April 28th, 2011.

The Oasis – They opened for mini golf and ice cream on March 18.

Funplex and Lickety Split – Nothing on the website yet and haven’t driven by lately.

And now a moment of silence for the late Wholly Cow in Nassau.  Bummer.

Sand Lake Restaurant Week!

Let’s start with something really positive!  This week is Sand Lake Restaurant Week.  Oh yum!  And the weather gods have accomodated us with deck-worthy sunshine and warmth as well.  You can’t lose.

It looks like all of the biggies on Route 43 are participating, such as The Arlington House, Uncle Marty’s, The Lakeview and the Towne Tavern are all offering special $20.12 menus.  Additionally, off of the 43 path, Paolo Lombardis and Villa Valente are in the mix.

Links to the menus and to the restaurants are all available at the above link.  We really do have some fabulous food offerings in Sand Lake and it’s nice to see them getting showcased.

I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I have never been to the Arlington House except for an after work drink.  The bartender was best, so I can give kudos there.  I plan on getting there soon, if not this week.