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The convenience of online christmas shopping is wearing thin for many of us. If you’ve been glued to your computer for far too many hours, then why not get out of the house and visit those quaint little shops found in the Lake Champlain Region? Not only will you discover unique gifts for the people on your list, but you’ll also find it an energizing way to get into the holiday spirit! Here, in no particular order, are seven of the many...
Our farmers' markets are more than a source of great produce. They can be a treasure hunt for arts and crafts. But when fall's harvest season draws to a close, there's no need to give up the hunt. We also have a lovely variety of thrift stores and vintage shops. Striking gold On a recent hunt, I toured the Lake Champlain Region offerings, from Keeseville in the north to Ticonderoga in the south. There are listings and even a handy...
Another Beautiful Day in the Lake Champlain Region With waterfowl and other migrating birds on the move, and after our Cave Swallow find a few days earlier, Wren and I took advantage of another great day to go birding in the Champlain Valley, this time along the southern portion of the lake. We began at Westport Boat Launch, where there was a nice selection of ducks on North West Bay including Buffleheads, Mallards, American Black Ducks...
As we approach the holiday season, there is a special event that I look forward to every year. In fact, attending this event has become a holiday tradition for me. Attend once and it will become one for you, too. I encourage you to add this event to your holiday “list of things to do.” The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Every year, in late November — this year it's locally on Monday, November 27 — The Canadian Pacific Holiday...
The Potential of Fall Birding Fall birding brings with it both the usual migrants as well as odd and interesting finds. It not only makes for an exciting time of year, it also means that birders have to be prepared for what might come their way. And so with the hope of both usual migrants and unusual species, Wren and I headed to the northern Lake Champlain Region last week. I had to take care of some business in Plattsburgh,...
The first formal proclamation of Thanksgiving in America was on March 16, 1776. It was issued by John Hancock in his position as President of the Continental Congress. This was during the American Revolution, a time of uncertainty. People needed to gather together. The enjoyment of Thanksgiving has not changed. But since 1776, there have been some striking changes in the details. A handmade time In colonial times, there wasn't too much...
Fall Fronts Anytime a fall cold front passes through the region, it is a good idea to head out and see what’s moving south with the wind in its tail. Such was the case the other day before our current heat wave, when north and northeast winds blew south along Lake Champlain, and I explored the lakeshore to see what I could find. Westport boat launch was quiet – apart from a Belted Kingfisher and the excitement among the Ring-billed Gulls...
A morning walk inspires a day of travel My birding day started with a great deal of promise when I found nine species of warblers while walking Wren along Lake Colby in Saranac Lake. It was late in the fall for such diversity, but given how much south wind we’ve had of late, I figured many of our migrants had been held up, awaiting winds from the north. The list was highlighted by four Tennessee Warblers that foraged in one small tree...
Many people think that when the leaves are past their peak, there is nothing left to enjoy. I am not one of those people. I love the late fall, when the weather often gifts us with delightful Indian summer days. It's perfect hiking weather, with the crisp air and bright sunshine. There's even a bonus we won't get again until early spring. The fallen leaves let more light onto the forest floor, brightening up any hike and expanding...
An Opportunity to Bird the Valley Any chance to do some birding along Lake Champlain is a good one, so I took advantage of a trip I was making to Plattsburgh by birding with a friend. We began at Ausable Marsh Wildlife Management Area, and the morning rain was slowing down as we explored beneath a drippy, overcast sky. We parked at the boardwalk and checked out the edge habitat along the road. Ausable Marsh Songbirds...
Contributed by guest blogger: Rick Harker Can you feel it? I’m talking about the cool, crisp fall air. Now combine it with the feeling of warmth the bright sun brings as it pounds against your jacket. I absolutely love this time of year! Not only because of the striking beauty the colorful changing leaves bring to the landscape of the Adirondack Mountains, but something special takes place every year beyond the beauty of ...
Talk to any serious cyclists and they will tell you the Lake Champlain Region offers some of the best cycling trails anywhere. Lake Champlain Bikeways has made it their mission to get the word out to avid cyclists. They have identified numerous themed loops and bike trails throughout this valley; over 1,600 miles of them. The routes range in length from 10 to 60 miles, and extend between two states and two countries. Lake...
Contrary to what your super-fit friends tell you, one doesn’t have to hike all day long in order to attain spectacular Adirondack scenic vista photo opportunities!  The Adirondack Coast of Lake Champlain is home to the Champlain Area Trails (CATS) network of family-friendly trails for hiking, snowshoeing, and nordic skiing. And there are literally hundreds of miles of trails, some with great views of Lake Champlain, Vermont, the...
Birds on the Move I was out with a group of folks this past weekend in the Lake Champlain Region – in search of shorebirds, marsh birds, and anything else which might be on the move. After all, August is a time of migrants and of birds dispersing after they’ve nested. This sometimes includes birds which are more common to our south – as they slide north on warm, south, summertime winds. That may seem strange when so many birds are beginning...
The Lake Champlain Region is prepared to offer you a warm welcome during the cooler days of autumn. September and October can actually be one of the best times to visit. Our landscape bursts into color on those sunny, crisp days, providing a picturesque backdrop to any outdoor activity. Consider immersing yourself in that color by hiking one of the many Champlain Area Trails (CATS). Choose one with a summit and you will have a bird’s-eye view of...