Aurora Pfaff

No matter the season, one of the best ways to enjoy the Lake Champlain Region is, of course, to get out on the lake. Whether you're swimming and splashing on a sandy beach, fishing from a boat in summer, or ice fishing and skating in the winter, the lake plays a significant role in the lifeblood of the communities that line its shores. But did you ever peek...

In the quiet hamlet of Essex, NY, an unusual species of snail may be found. Known for history and gorgeous access to Lake Champlain, the word snail might not be the first thing one thinks of when thinking of Essex. Yet, examples of the snail, known as Maclurites magnus, lie scattered throughout, particularly in a peaceful old quarry, where the songs of pickerel frogs and chickadees...

The transition from winter to spring means a lot of things: longer days, the appearance of crocuses and snowdrops, the return of migrating birds. Thanks to snowmelt and spring rains, it's also prime waterfall season! Spring is when Adirondack waterfalls are their most active and thrilling to observe. The...

When we talk about fishing in the Adirondacks, we often say, "talk to the locals." Want to know where the fish are biting? The locals know. Curious about changing up your bait options? The locals can tell you what's been working well. Whether it's early morning coffee at the diner, or across the counter in the local gear shops, the happy fishermen and women of the Adirondacks love to talk fish and share their tips and stories. I recently...

Holiday shopping doesn't have to be stressful! In a season of love, joy, and giving, the adventure of finding special gifts for family, friends, and even pets should be an enjoyable adventure. The historic and scenic Lake Champlain Region has a number of shops that offer unique gifts that you'll be happy to give and that your loved ones will treasure. This holiday season, shop...

Erin Hanczyk makes road cycling look easy, as though you simply clip in to your pedals and effortlessly glide through the world. Road cycling really isn't easy, but Hanczyk's love for cycling makes all the challenges and the effort...

The Adirondacks — all six million acres — is full of artisans crafting everything from rustic furniture to sterling jewelry to delectable baked goods. Visitors to the Lake Champlain Region with a taste for homemade bread, bagels, and freshly baked treats should be sure to stop at Dogwood Bread Company in the hamlet of Wadhams. I made a visit to...

Fort Ticonderoga has a lot of history to tell. After all, it has been in existence, in some way or another, since 1755. It has seen occupation by the British, French, Germans, and forces of an emerging nation: the United States of America.

Today, you can visit the fort to learn all about that rich and...

In the mood for some scenic paddling on one of the nation's largest lakes where the views are gorgeous and the fun is plentiful? Head to Noblewood Park and Nature Preserve, located in the Town of Willsboro, where the 40-mile long Boquet River flows into Lake Champlain. The 69-acre property was created in partnership between the town and The Nature...