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The first sign of winter has long been waking up to a sea of snow on that first morning. However, much like a first morning sailing the sea, your first jaunt into the snow each winter might 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 hikes to...
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...
As you approach Ausable Chasm, the ground falls away. River-carved walls sink hundreds of feet below. Only the top half of the chasm remains visible above the deep black water. The sandstone alone is a unique experience in the sea of grey anorthosite throughout most of the Adirondacks. No matter the season, Ausable Chasm is an incredible sight. Come winter, a blanket of bright snow reveals every edge and pocket in the rock. Even to repeat...
October is spooky season. Halloween is near. Ghost stories fill the air. Even the trees in the forests participate, appearing as leafless skeletons. Don’t get me wrong. I love the Lake Champlain Region, with its endless adventures and abundant sunshine, but the eerie, mysterious stories woven into the history are some of my favorites. Here are a few stories perfect for October. Some are true; some are just legend. But one thing is...
A lot of people think that as the foliage falls from the trees and the landscape prepares for its winter sleep, birding is done for the year. I’m here to tell you that couldn’t be further from the truth. There is always bird activity in the Lake Champlain Region; you just have to know where to look. So, grab your binoculars, spotting scopes, and field guides and join me on a trip down the Adirondack coast to find some of the hottest...
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...