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 “Agriculture is the noblest of all alchemy; for it turns earth, and even manure, into gold, conferring upon its cultivator the additional reward of health.” ~Paul Chatfield Lake Champlain has been called the “Sixth Great Lake'' and rightfully so. The waterway extends for 120-miles with the Adirondack Mountains of New York to the West and the Green Mountains of Vermont to the east.  Many people may not know...
Throughout history, the town of what is now Crown Point was important for its location on the shores of Lake Champlain and its proximity to Fort Ticonderoga. Fast forward several hundred years and Crown Point’s location is still what makes it special. From its placement in the Adirondack Mountains to its access to many lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams, Crown Point’s unique location is what makes it a gem of the region. Visitors to...
“I fish to scratch the surface of those mysteries, for nearness to the beautiful, and to reassure myself the world remains.” - Carl Safina Summer is for the fishes! The Lake Champlain Region is a treasure trove for fishing locations. The unique openness of the region offers legendary views to compliment a day of fishing with loved ones or enjoying the peaceful stillness of a solo outing. New to the sport? Here is a guide...
What makes an area perfect as a destination for a wedding? Beautiful locations, fantastic vendors, convenient lodging options for your guests… When you plan your special day in the Ticonderoga area you will find all of this and so much more. Weddings here have something for everyone. Rustic Adirondack charm, stunning historic backdrops, scenic outdoor vistas – the choice is yours; it’s all in the planning. Venues...
Springtime is on its way and, along with it, road cycling season. We don't want to wish away the winter too fast, but when there's no snow left to ski, and the trails are too wet to hike, the roads of the Lake Champlain Region are a safe haven. Legendary road cycling in the Adirondacks Cyclists can find cool temps, bright skies, and dry roads early in the season. So get out there, get those legs ready, and use this list to gather...
It’s February. The excitement of the holiday season is long gone and the hope of a warm and sunny spring is still weeks away. Now is the time that the winter blues settle in. This year, don’t let the doldrums get ahold of you! Visit the Ticonderoga area and we will keep you busy and entertained! Ice fishing at the forts Crown Point State Historic Site is perfectly situated on Lake Champlain as a starting point for ice fishing...
It’s winter. The snow is here. The hot cocoa is warm. The outside world is a beautiful, frosty snowscape. You have on, like, 5 layers of sweaters. Yeah, sometimes it’s cold, snowy, and staying inside with Netflix seems like a much better option. Honestly, I’m right there with you. I’m not writing this from a mountain summit; I’m actually sitting at my computer under a blanket. I can assure you, though, that...
We see you! Scrolling around, looking for the best bang for your buck, and booking a winter trip. Let us stop you right there. We’ll save you the work and let you in on a little secret. You want a peaceful winter getaway, but you’re still after the big views. You want to do multiple activities and really get the most out of your winter trip. We’ll also just assume that you’re after a real Adirondack experience while you...
Brian Baulsir wakes before his 4 a.m. alarm, knowing he’s due for a morning on the water. Fueled by anticipation, he treks to the morning’s launch and paddles in search of his first cast. Baulsir was an outdoorsman long before he co-founded the Adirondack Kayak Bass Fishing Club. From an early age, his father “instilled the wonder” in him. Soon, all things outdoors were calling his name: photography, hiking,...
Anyone who grew up in colder climates probably has fond memories of playing outside in the winter. After a full day of fun in the snow, you would tumble inside rosy cheeked, smelling of wet wool and with a beaming smile on your face. As adults, we associate winter with work … shoveling snow, cleaning off cars, and trudging through snow and slush. Don't let the winter doldrums get you! The Ticonderoga Area has many winter...
That poor, poor bike. The snow fell, and you ran to greet it, skis in tow. But while you’re skiing your heart out, your bike sits at home, alone. Gone are the days of loamy trails and rock gardens, but the fun doesn’t have to end. Just as your bike gets lonely and bored, your skis will grow weary. Core shot bases and cracked edges take time to heal, and what better way to fill that free time than with a new way to fly down snowy...
“I was thinking about the lagoon in Central Park...I was wondering where the ducks went when the lagoon got all icy and frozen over. I wondered if some guy came in a truck and took them away to a zoo or something.” -Holden Caulfield, The Catcher In the Rye Since my very first visit to the Lake Champlain Region, I’ve heard about Champ — our favorite local resident lake monster. As winter has crept in (and out, and in,...
Born in Detroit, Chef Derek Leinonen had a long journey to the Adirondacks. Like so many of us, he was magnetized by the rolling hills and mountains that he now calls home. I met Chef Leinonen while seeking reprieve from the looming early winter weather. Heading into Seymour’s Restaurant in Ticonderoga –– aptly named after the original architect of the golf course it sits on –– I was greeted by a warm wood...
The first sign of winter has long been waking up to a sea of snow on that first morning. However, much like your first time sailing the sea, that initial jaunt into the snow each winter may feel a little unnatural. You might slip, slide, and grasp for anything you can to keep your feet on the ground instead of falling on your face. That's alright. With the help of Champlain Area Trails (CATS), we’ve got the perfect...
What do apparel, home décor, children’s clothing and activities, treats, soaps, and signs all have in common? Well, pretty much anywhere in the world these things would have nothing in common, but in downtown Ticonderoga there is a place where all of these items, and more, come together to make a charming store. The Adirondack Trading Post is not only a unique shop that offers a wide variety of items, it is a cooperative of...