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Submitted by guest blogger Lily Katherine Rasmus, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce Here we are frozen in February, and since the groundhog didn't see his shadow we're in for an early spring. If you are planning a visit to the Lake Champlain Region this winter, don’t think you have to be cold while you're here. We have multitiple ways to stay warm after enjoying some winter fun! One of the draws to the area is of...
At approximately 125 miles long and 12 miles across at its widest point, Lake Champlain offers over 435-square miles of surface area; a huge water recreation playground particularly for anglers. Thinking of trying out your luck and testing your fishing skills on this vast lake? Here are a few details you may not know. Tops in Bass Fishing Lake Champlain consistently ranks in Bassmasters Top US Bass Fishing Lakes list. In...
A great time of year With winter in full swing across the North Country, it is not only time to step into skis and to strap on snowshoes, it is also time to head to the Champlain Valley in search of birds. While the valley offers good birding all year round, winter can be excellent for a number of sought-after species, making winter trips a must. And so we birders head out questing for raptors like Rough-legged Hawks, waterfowl like Tufted...
If you have visited a mountain town in the last few years, you may have noticed that fat bikes are steadily growing in popularity. More than ever, riders are taking to the snowy roads and trails, adding another outdoor hobby to their list. I have picked up mountain biking over the past few summers, and love that fat biking allows for year-round riding and an additional winter activity when the skiing is subpar. Some riders are even...
Submitted by guest blogger Troy Thomas Champlain Area Trails, or CATS, clearly states their mission on the website, which is simple and beautiful — saving land, making trails. Here, in Elizabethtown, a scenic, 30-minute drive from the Lake Champlain to the east or Lake Placid to the north, you'll find the the Blueberry Hill Trail system. This is a lovely wooded network of interconnected trails, for every...
Guest blog by Lily Katherine Rasmus Snowmobiling season is an activity that both visitors and locals patiently wait to arrive. Thanks to the hard work of local clubs including the Adirondack Trail Riders and the NYS Snowmobile Association, visitors have access to more than 20 miles of interconnected trails. The Trail Riders are a not-for-profit club and their trail system spans Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Moriah, and Schroon...
In the photos it looks like they’re gliding across the water’s surface, the clouds reflected in an enormous, aqueous mirror. The Nordic skates on their feet look a little too big, a little too cumbersome, striking an odd juxtaposition with the skater’s elegant movements. “On a good day, visually, your senses are on overload,” said Nordic skater Kevin Boyle. “There’s this amazing color spectrum. With the jet black ice, if you catch it when it’...
Contributing writer Chris Maron is the executive director of Champlain Area Trails. Winter is a great time to enjoy the Champlain Area Trails (CATS). They offer a range of outdoor experiences with easy to moderate routes good for cross-country skiing, some short climbs to beautiful views, and extended excursions through forests, fields, and along streams. The wide variety of CATS trails include wonderful excursions in the...
It’s that time of year again Like everything else during the holiday season, Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs) sneak up on me before I am ready. There are emails a few months before the date, followed by more emails, and then the day arrives and I’m somehow mystified as to how that happened. Chalk it up to busyness and far too much to do. A great start to the winter season In the weeks preceding the counts, many folks head out to prep...
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 who began preservation of this American treasure over 100 years ago. With gratitude to their vision and effort I am permitted the unique...
Written by guest blogger Lily Katherine, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce When I was growing up my mother always planned ahead when it came to getting presents for us kids, that way she could begin with the classic family torture of “I know something you don’t know” in August. I openly admit that I have adopted that family tradition; nothing thrills me more than bouncing into a room, wiggling my husband while ...
The holiday season has a lot of heart-warming elements, but one of the most important is the feasting. Whether it is a couple's getaway for some rare us-time, or a large gathering of family and friends, the many wonderful farms and restaurants along the Adirondack Coast will provide some lovely touches to the festivities. At home Get some special ingredients for that upcoming gathering by visiting The Hub on the HIll. From produce to...
Since its beginning in 2009, the Champlain Area Trails' (CATS) ever-growing trail network has featured relatively short, easy-to-moderate hikes with big payoffs in outstanding views. CATS trails showcase a rich tapestry of scenic woodlands, wildlife habitats, pastoral farmland, historic villages and wetlands, ponds, rivers, and streams including the Boquet River and Lake Champlain. CATS publishes a beautiful free map of the...
As the third day in a row of single digit temperatures progresses, I wonder if the heat from the simmering pot of beans and ham hock on the stove is enough to take the chill out of the kitchen. I consider lighting a fire in the wood stove, but decide what might be nicer is a cup of golden spring time sunshine to warm me up. If you are a regular reader of the Lake Champlain Region blog, you know we have many fine spots to enjoy a cocktail...
“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” ― Bob Hope Blog by Lily Katherine, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce Holiday music plays on the radio and joy abounds — everyone can feel it pulsing through the crisp winter air. Happiness is contagious right now and there’s no better place to be than the Adirondack Mountains....