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Submitted by blogger Eric Adsit Tucked away not-so-deep in the woods where the Adirondack Mountains meet the shores of Lake Champlain is something magical, a glowing beacon of refreshment for the weary, a device as mysterious as it is unexpected. A Coca-Cola machine. But this isn’t just any aluminum can kicking, soda slinging, hunk of metal abandoned in the woods. This one works, it's free, and it usually has beer. Some say it was left...
Forest bathing; a new tag line but a great practice as old as time. The smell of pine needles warmed by the summer sun and leaves whispering and flittering in the breeze. The Adirondacks have long been known for its clean air and healing properties. Hiking Cook Mountain is a great way to clear the smog of busy life and of the soul. This short but strong hike will quickly put an end to chattering thoughts until it is just you, your...
Few foods speak "summer" to me like corn on the cob. It has to be locally grown and fresh picked from the field, preferably that day. Locals have their favorite farms and stands they frequent. Counter debates at the local diner will compare local farmers’ produce like it was a favorite sports team, but touting characteristics like color, sweetness, and flavor. They do all agree on one thing, however: sweet corn is a summer meal essential...
Historical gems Lighthouses distinguished by their isolated locations, connection to the sea, and grand heights above the land inspire romance and a little mystery. Lake Champlain has a rich history of lighthouses because it’s a major body of water on the northern east coast of the United States, close to Canada. The lake was once a major throughway — before railroads — for exports like iron ore and lumber traveling all over New England...
Last Thursday I found myself enjoying a craft beer, eating tacos from a local food truck dragged to its destination by a tractor, and listening to live music, all in the company of my favorite friends. A motley crowd of all ages filled the outdoor pavilion, coming from what seemed like every direction. Small children were running in the field and volunteers picked black currants from the nearby bushes. Together, it created an atmosphere that...
Submitted by guest blogger Jackie Bowen The Champlain Valley offers some excellent mountain biking opportunities for all abilities. The trails range from meandering rides through fields and forests to leg-burning climbs up to beautiful vistas.   Blueberry Hill Trails in Elizabethtown  The Blueberry Hill Trails are a local favorite. The network, close to...
Guest blog by Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce In this technologically fast-paced world, sometimes it is nice to slip away to the Adirondacks and slow down a bit. With mountain and lake views to cast a spell of wonder and amazement, tuck yourself into a quintessential Adirondack chair and relax! When traveling to the Ticonderoga area, visitors can take a stroll downtown and step back in time on "nostalgia row," aka Montcalm...
I love farmers markets! They truly are a feast for the senses; the sights, the smells and, with so many now featuring live music, even the sounds. Not only am I able to stock my fruit and vegetable bin with amazing flavors, I have discovered farmer' markets as a source for fresh baked goods, locally raised poultry, beef, and eggs, maple syrup, honey, jams, and jellies.  The list goes on. In addition, these markets are a great...
One of the best ways to make the most out of a scenic drive, or bicycle trip, is to incorporate food, and an absolutely stunning ride for views and food in the Adirondacks is through the Lake Champlain region. To the east is Lake Champlain, a 490 square mile lake known as the fifth Great Lake. It's massive, majestic, and humbling. Aside from views of this lake, a drive in the region will have you coasting along the Ausable River...
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 complex history, but what makes the fort truly stand out as a special destination is the way that the past is brought to life. A visit to Fort...
Visiting the Lake Champlain Region boat less doesn’t have to put a damper on your fishing urges. From Ticonderoga to Port Henry there is a treasure trove of stunning places to fish without a boat! Ticonderoga The land between two waters provides an access point on both Lake Champlain and Lake George. Located next to the Fort Ti Ferry is the Ticonderoga Lake Champlain Boat Launch providing a gorgeous view of Vermont 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 Conservancy to protect important shoreline habitats, wildlife, and plantlife. As a result, this...
Some of our little museums are frequently overlooked; however, they can be a wealth of information, particularly about topics that are out of sight. Within the village of Port Henry, town of Moriah, is a treasure of local historical information and interpretation. I often don't give a thought to what is beneath my feet, or ever have a chance to appreciate "place" from a bottom-up perspective. The Iron Center burrows beneath the familiar...
You can feel it in the air, sense it in the fervor of the spring peepers in the evening, and see the activity in the fuzzy-bottomed bumblebees: summer will soon be upon us. With the Adirondacks coming into their full summer glory, we can look to a great list of events to keep the fun constantly rolling. Here are some of the events not to be missed! Best 4th in the North Celebration Best 4th is a summer staple celebration here in the...
Choosing a place to stay on vaction can be the hardest part of the planning process. If you're like me and coming from a city, you might prefer serenity and no sounds of traffic. Or, perhaps you want to be close enough to the bustle. It often depends on the location, the amount of people you’re traveling with, and the time of year. What if there were a place that met all of your needs? DaCy Meadow Farm might just be that place. This...