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The Adirondacks is one of the most spectacular places in the world to see the leaves change. People from all over the world travel to set foot where the mountain peaks touch the sky, to absorb the vibrant splashes of color painted across the vast Adirondack mountainscape.   It was early October and the leaves were just starting to change; I was heading out the door on a foggy fall morning for a long bike ride. The plan: bike to...
My favorite part of seeing a new town is often trying the food. The local restaurants always give an insider look at a town’s personality. Is it pretentious? Is it inviting? Recently I returned to one of my local favorites in Elizabethtown, otherwise known as the county seat of Essex. Elizabethtown is right next to Keene which is ensconced in the High Peaks. And, similar to Keene, Elizabethtown offers stretches of scenic driving and...
Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce Blog – Written by Katherine Rasmus There is so much we can learn when we take a moment to step back and contemplate mother nature. There is such beauty when the trees begin their annual transition to dormancy, it is amazing what hidden beauty can emerge when we let go. Sometimes it seems in this life we think we have it all planned out, then suddenly there is the change that we never see...
The Lake Champlain Region is prepared to offer you a warm welcome during the cooler days of autumn. October also brings some annual festivals that we look forward to every year. Here are a couple, coming up rather quickly, that might entice you to visit: Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival A not to be missed autumn event is Fort Ticonderoga’s Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival held on Saturday, October 6th this year.  The...
The Lake Champlain Region offers wonderful ways to enjoy fall foliage. Each of these ways offers delightful variations. The differences in microclimate between sea level and the tops of the mountains mean enough scenery to fill a day, a weekend, or a week. With the time it takes to drive from the coast to inland, or to hike from the bottom of the mountain to the top, you can experience different time frames of the leaves...
Everything You Want To Do & More!  Submitted by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce  Temperatures cool off, leaves start to turn to a vibrant array of colors and a sense of calmness is in the air.  Fall has arrived! This is a time to get festive and enjoy all the great seasonal things the Ticonderoga Area has to offer including leaf peeping, pumpkins, apples, and harvest/fall events galore.  And of course,...
Our scenic autumn driving voyage started today from a completely stopped “PARK” position in the VERY MIDDLE of Lake Champlain on the Vermont/New York State border! “How is that possible without drowning?!” you may ask. Well, we started our mini adventure aboard the Lake Champlain Transportation's ferry coming into Essex from Charlotte, Vermont.  It’s a beautiful crisp fall day! - A wonderful day for a scenic ride down the shoreline...
A summer front with birds on the move With one of the first cold fronts of the season pushing through this past weekend, it was time to head to the Champlain Valley and see what migrating birds I could find. After all, shorebirds had been popping up in the region for a few days before our trip, including a Short-billed Dowitcher in Westport and a Red-necked Phalarope at Crown Point. There had also been a Little Gull hanging out...
The third annual Adirondack Harvest Festival is rapidly approaching and organizers are getting extremely excited as the anticipation builds. This year the festival will be held Saturday, September 15, from noon until 6 p.m. Once again it's at the Essex County Fairgrounds, and once again attendance is free! An exclusive pre-event dining experience This year you have the opportunity to get a jump start on all the activity by...
Submitted by Guest Blogger, Rick Harker  It’s so nice to see when small northern towns that were left as almost forgotten, get a new breath of fresh air! One such town sandwiched between the eastern side of the Adirondacks and the western shores of Lake Champlain is the historic town of Port Henry. Port Henry is a hamlet within the larger town of Moriah. Like several Adirondack coastal towns along the shores of Lake Champlain,...
Written by guest blogger Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga CEO If you’re looking for family fun during the dog days of summer in August — Fort Ticonderoga is the place to be! And speaking of dog days did you know we are pet friendly, so when we say family fun, we mean the WHOLE family! August at Fort Ticonderoga  Throughout August, we are offering a new line-up of fun and hands-on programs that will be sure to excite...
It’s hard not to fall in love with Lake Champlain, primarily for its scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. However, there are many other factors that might further your appreciation of this magnificent body of water. Let me share a few of these details, some may even help you in a future trivia game. A "GREAT" Lake The sixth largest body of water in the United States, Lake Champlain became one of the Great Lakes in 1998; but...
Submitted by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce With the weather reaching its all-time high for the summer, it’s easy to see there’s only one treat that satisfies a cool craving: ice cream! Luckily, Ticonderoga has plenty of satisfying options to choose from, including small local businesses and classic North Country shops! Wind-chill Factory To get the ultimate local small business experience, the Wind-Chill Factory...
We heard a chant, followed by a syncopated crack, then rising wisps of smoke joined to form a cloud before dissipating. The five men standing beneath the cloud were dressed in dirty white pants, and there were tilted black caps set upon their heads. Staccato commands punctuated the silence, and each was answered by a reply in unison. The motions of the men were jerky stop-and-go, well-rehearsed and precise. The muskets were loaded and raised,...
It’s all about the outdoors in the Adirondacks! Does the idea of having your own little private plot of campground sound appealing? That’s what our many campgrounds are all about. The key to a great camping vacation can be finding the ideal campsite that will be a good fit for your family. Whether you are coming with a tent, an RV, or merely supplies and gear, we are ready to accommodate. Here are a few ideas and features of our many...