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Fall can be a spectacular time to visit the Lake Champlain Region. In my opinion, it can be the best time to visit! The Adirondack Coast comes alive with color and its typically stunning scenic beauty is magnified when “in bloom.” Crystal clear sunny days and cool nights can be the perfect conditions for enhanced viewing and outdoor recreation. A little pre-planning and patience Of course, 2020 is no typical year. It’s...
Vacations are meant to be a break from the stresses of everyday life –a pause from the chaos.  For many of us, it also means taking a break from the heat of our home kitchens and treating ourselves to new dining experiences.  Local restaurants help to build the overall vibe and culture for vacation destinations. Imagine a trip to Maine without lobster pounds, a visit to St. Louis without barbecue joints or a stop in Chicago...
Submitted by guest blogger Leslee Mounger I am always in search of a good short hike. The idea of a full-day hike sounds equally blissful and exhausting and sadly, there are always weekend chores to do so if I can get to the top of a mountain, eat lunch, and get back to my car in under three hours I’m sold. This is also an easier sell on my eight year-old, who is my most frequent hiking companion. On a friend’s recommendation we...
Springtime in the Ticonderoga area is usually a flurry of activity with businesses, attractions, and the community preparing for visitors and the busy summer season. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic made for a HUGE setback. Come March, many local businesses were shuttered, and those that were deemed essential were operating in limited and modified capacities. Fast forward a few months and a sense of normalcy has begun to creep back into our...
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 and the summer heat seem totally insignificant. Hanczyk has had rides in the rain, blown tires, blown spokes. She's found herself with bike problems in the middle of nowhere without cell service. But...
Guest blog by Erin Mullen, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce Besides the draw to its natural beauty, restaurants, retail shops, and wonderful attractions, visitors to the Ticonderoga Area return year after year to experience a little bit of small town charm. Guests can enjoy a quieter, slower pace than they are used to in their more metropolitan home towns. A friendly interaction with a store owner, enjoying a delightful meal in a quaint...
Mountain biking is on the rise in Elizabethtown, a small community in the Lake Champlain Region, along with many other areas of the Adirondacks. Over many years passionate bikers, land owners, bike builders, and many others who have come together to build trails, donate resources, and create a mountain bike culture that is quickly putting the Adirondacks on the map as a mountain biking destination.  Among those are Solace Cycles and...
Guest blog by Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce In today’s busy, fast-paced, multi-tasking world, taking the time to care for ourselves can be overlooked. Even on vacation, most of us don’t unplug and fully recharge. Self care, or the act of tending to our mental, emotional, or physical needs, can often feel more like a treat than a necessity for our personal well being.   For visitors to the Ticonderoga area, there is a...
Our Adirondack winters might be long, but that just means we have more time to get outside and have fun! The Lake Champlain Region is full of exciting activities and events that will keep you moving on cool winter days. Whether you’re here to ski, skate, or fish, we’ve got something that will surely heat up your winter. Cross-country skiing The trails in the area that are best for skiing are also prime for history, cultural and...
Submitted by Guest Blogger Lisa Polay, Site Manager for Crown Point State Historic Site I arrived to the Champlain Valley via Maine, where winters are truly unrelenting: stormy grey skies above, the Atlantic thundering over the rocky shore below and where the wind and plunging temperatures can freeze the tide in place as it hits the sand. Looking out over the gentle vast expanse of Lake Champlain, flanked by the craggy peaks of the...
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 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...