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Very few things in life create as much excitement as children awaiting Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve. For snowmobilers, that feeling is akin to waiting for Mother Nature to deliver snow. Snowmobiling is a wonderful way to explore the woods, the Lake Champlain Region, and see sights you might not otherwise. Whether you are local to the area, or visiting to enjoy the trails, opportunities for fun on the snow abound. Preparing the...
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 Dogwood recently, where the scent of fresh bread was enticing and comforting on a chilly winter day...
Whenever I set foot on the grounds of Fort Ticonderoga I feel a distinct sense of privilege. I am clearly aware I am treading on the same sacred soil as America’s first patriots and I know that, if not for their sacrifice, my life today may not be so blessed. I also feel indebted to the Pell family; some of America’s first preservationists. With gratitude to their vision and effort in preserving this American treasure, beginning over a century...
A ducky time of year With the calendar continuing to lead us toward winter, it is a great time of year to take a trip along the waters of Lake Champlain. After all, the past several weeks have seen growing contingents of ducks on the lake with species like Gadwall, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Canvasback, and White-winged Scoter mixed in with the much more common Greater and Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, and Common Goldeneye. Noblewood Park in...
I turned to Champlain Area Trails to see what exciting events they have planned for this winter. Here, Derek Rogers, CATS' newest team member, gives us a little insight on CATS, their mission and accomplishments, and lets us know what enticing events they have in mind to get you out playing in the snow this winter: Champlain Area Trails (CATS) is a non-profit, accredited land trust that builds trails and saves land in...
Submitted by guest blogger Erin Mullen, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce  Christmas, as the song says, is the most wonderful time of the year. As such, it’s among our favorite holidays. 'Tis the season of community. From the stores that you visit and the events that you attend to the neighbor you greet to volunteering, Christmas is a time that truly enhances the community spirit. The multi-day...
There are several reasons why I am an early riser, but most importantly it is because I don’t want to miss the opportunity to enjoy a Lake Champlain sunrise. I’m lucky. My deck and backyard overlook the lake so I get a light show frequently. Believe me, sunrises here can be awesome; jaw-dropping even. Mother Nature can produce an absolutely fabulous display to welcome the new day. I will share a few pictures with you, but really my...
When Eain Tierney was 10 years old, he made his first lamp. It was simple, just a spiral-shaped piece of wood, a wire, and a fixture, but it was a preview of his future life as a rustic furniture maker. The real inspiration to work with wood came when Eain was eight and his dad brought him to the Rustic Furniture Fair in Blue Mountain Lake. All it took was that one trip amongst the Adirondack-styled furnishings, and Eain’s destiny was laid out...
Blog by Erin Mullen, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce  Sensing fall…more than just pumpkin spice Some call it fall. Some call it autumn. However, for many of us this is pumpkin spice season. Pumpkin spice is everywhere. It’s in the foods we eat, the beverages we drink, the aromas we smell. It. Is. EVERYWHERE!   As a whole-hearted pumpkin spice devotee, I decided to take the drastic step of putting aside my pumpkin...
October 16, 2009 I remember waking up on that beautiful autumn morning filled with excited anticipation. It was a Friday and I was to meet the electrical inspector at the Lake Champlain Visitors Center at 10:00 a.m. Along with doing the marketing to visitors for the region, I had been managing this facility for about ten years. This center sits at the foot of the Lake Champlain Bridge connecting Crown Point, NY and Chimney Point, VT in the...
The colors are bright and flashy, the breeze is cool and refreshing, and the sunshine still warms the summit rocks to a comforting, cozy temperature. It’s fall in the Lake Champlain Region, and there’s no better time to hit the trail and soak in the endless views of mountains and lakes.  The following four hikes are in order from easiest to most difficult. Each offers the kind of outstanding view that only the Adirondack Coast can offer....
Things are cooling off in the Adirondacks. The leaves are changing and within no time there will be a fresh blanket of snow covering our mountains. In the meantime, fall is revving up and so are our kitchens. Here are some places you can pair with your leaf peeping. A warm fall treat is perfect on a colorful, chilly fall day. Gunnison Lakeshore Orchards Old Farmhouse Bakery & Gifts Crown Point, NY Who invented the perfectness that is a...
An amazing time of year! Fall may be the best time of year to go birding in the Champlain Valley. After all, fall migration stretches from mid-late summer straight up until winter, and it brings with it an endless stream of arriving and passing birds. This year, the warblers and other songbirds of late summer have already been parading through the region, and although our late summer shorebird migration season started a bit slowly this year...
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 Westport...
Guest blog by Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce You can already feel the crisp air of fall on its way and touches of bright colors are staring to kiss the leaves. With fall quickly approaching it is time to plan your visit to the Ticonderoga Area. Of course, you have to have a cinnamon cider donut at Gunnison’s Orchard or the Hot Biscuit Diner but there are wonderful fall festivals for all to enjoy while enjoying leaf peeping,...