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This is a region unlike any other. A place where the natural landscape both inspires and shapes how we live, where the geologically unique Adirondack Mountains meet verdant lowlands and a sprawling lake valley. In partnership with Adirondack Harvest and Cornell Cooperative, the Lake Champlain Region has created three short films that highlight the unique people, places, and natural history of this dynamic landscape, where wilderness and small...
“I want to ride my biiiiiiicycle, biiiiiiicycle, BIIIIIIICYCLE!” -Freddie Mercury Ah, the Adirondacks — where every sight is beautiful, every sound is serene, and every road seems to be uphill both ways. Cycling in the Adirondacks is a bike enthusiast’s dreamland, but the region is not for the faint of heart. As a native of Syracuse, NY, I was spoiled with every type of terrain imaginable: flat and fast, rolly and fun,...
"I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin, and crisp sunburnt leaves." – Ann Drake As a lifelong resident of the northeast, I have always equated fall with the idea of leaf peeping road trips and bike rides. Exploring the explosions of colors in towns both familiar and unfamiliar to me is perhaps my favorite tradition, one I eagerly look forward to year after year. While my Syracuse, NY...
When visiting Ticonderoga, there is no limit to the beauty you can find. The region is well-known for its natural vistas: from its unique location you can catch views of Lake George, Lake Champlain, the Green Mountains of Vermont, the peaks of the Adirondacks, countless ponds and rivers, acres of beautiful farmland and, of course, historical sites. But did you know there is a place in downtown Ticonderoga that displays an entirely...
No matter the season, one of the best ways to enjoy the Lake Champlain Region is, of course, to get out on the lake. Whether you're swimming and splashing on a sandy beach, fishing from a boat in summer, or ice fishing and skating in the winter, the lake plays a significant role in the lifeblood of the communities that line its shores. But did you ever peek over the side of the side of a boat or beyond your little patch of beach and...
About the Adirondack Harvest Festival Open Farm Week 2021 This year, the Adirondack Harvest Festival will be a “Free Range” Open Farm Week. This means we are expanding the festivities across the Adirondack Park with over seventy-five events at different farms, businesses, and community organizations.  Open Farm Week will be Monday, September 13 through Sunday, September 19.  Events range in duration, interest, and...
“Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel. But ride.” -Eddy Merckx One of my earliest childhood memories involved cycling. My “bike” may have been made out of plastic, had four wheels, and been molded into the shape of a giant pink sneaker, but it had pedals, the perfect outlet for letting out some energy and finding my own form of mischief. Whenever I reflect back on my life, I marvel at how many...
In the quiet hamlet of Essex, NY, an unusual species of snail may be found. Known for history and gorgeous access to Lake Champlain, the word snail might not be the first thing one thinks of when thinking of Essex. Yet, examples of the snail, known as Maclurites magnus, lie scattered throughout, particularly in a peaceful old quarry, where the songs of pickerel frogs and chickadees make a natural soundtrack. The snails are considerably less...
So, you’re getting married. Congratulations! After the initial excitement wears off, the real adventures begin. It’s time to plan! You have to try on outfits, find a photographer, sample foods, and, obviously, decide on a venue. Hi, my name is Janelle and I’m a freshly engaged woman searching for the perfect Adirondack wedding. There are so many websites out there that break wedding planning down for you, step by step, day by...
When you think about the Lake Champlain Region, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Probably the lake itself, right? Lake Champlain is a dominant feature of this area. At 120 miles long and 12 miles wide at its widest point, and with an average depth of 64 feet, this is no small lake! Understandably then, there’s a lot of room to explore. For boating, fishing, paddling, and scenic cruising, there is no better place than Lake...
95 years ago, the Ticonderoga Golf Course opened offering picturesque views on an enjoyable course. Fast forward 90 years and the Ticonderoga community was devastated when the clubhouse was lost to a fire. While golfers could still utilize the course, the area was now missing a major gathering place, employer and event space. After years of fundraising, planning, and building the new Ticonderoga Golf Course clubhouse and new restaurant...
Blog submitted by Mary Godnick Jordan and Sarah Sauter moved to the Adirondacks several years ago, chasing a home that felt right for their growing family. Jordan is a professional chef by trade and has worked in a variety of roles in high-end restaurants. Now, Jordan is working to grow Red Oak Food Company, where he offers delicious catered meals, homemade baked goods, and wild-crafted products, including small-batch miso. He lives, works, and...
With over three dozen ponds, three rivers and countless streams, brooks, and creeks, it's hard to ignore the water connection within the region. Water is a major element and attraction here. The big lake dominates the region. At 120 miles long and 12 miles across at the widest point, Lake Champlain is more than impressive. It’s vast and alluring. You want to connect with this fascinating body of water; get ON, IN or even UNDER the...
From guest blogger, Digital Editor for Adirondack Harvest, Mary Godnick The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has asked hikers to avoid high-elevation hikes in the Adirondacks and Catskills. This time of year, melting snow, spring rain, and thawing soil make for trail conditions that can cause long-term damage to nearby vegetation and waterbodies. Hundreds of hikers stepping around the same puddle near the summit of a High Peak can...
Lake Champlain has been a significant traveler asset throughout history. It served as a pathway for Native Americans and migratory animals, then as a “blue highway” for America’s early exploration and soldiers during colonial times. There are layers upon layers of history here and today our many museums and historic sites are prepared to introduce visitors to key aspects of America’s past and development. Here are a few...