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“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...
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...
The transition from winter to spring means a lot of things: longer days, the appearance of crocuses and snowdrops, the return of migrating birds. Thanks to snowmelt and spring rains, it's also prime waterfall season! Spring is when Adirondack waterfalls are their most active and thrilling to observe. The Lake Champlain Region is home to a number of gorgeous waterfalls, ranging from easily accessible, practically in the middle of town falls...
Ahhh, summer in the Lake Champlain Region: sunny days of fishing, boating, and swimming. Dockside dining and peak hiking, historic adventures, and farm fresh fun. In a place filled with sparkling freshwater activities and the rugged wonder of the Adironadack Mountains, summer is a stunning season. We've put together seven ways to explore and enjoy the bounty of the Lake Champlain Region, perfect for your next summer getaway. 1. Fishing...
From the Digital Editor for Adirondack Harvest, Mary Godnick New York state is the second-largest producer of maple syrup in the United States, producing 820,000 gallons of syrup per year. “Maple season” refers to the time when the sap is collected and maple products are made during the months of February, March, and April, for about a month and a half.  How maple is made Sugar maple trees move sugary water called sap through...
I was going to open this story with some overused idiom about how spring is finally here when we see American Robins around. Truth be told, I’ve been seeing robins in the Lake Champlain Region all winter. (On Valentine’s Day I was actually photographing them in Westport.) While the robins may not be an entirely accurate signal of spring, there are still plenty of other birds who will be making their way back to the region as the days...
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...
With more and more of us heading outdoors for safe and healthy recreation, the Ticonderoga Area and Lake Champlain Region is welcoming more and more snowmobile enthusiasts to our beautiful trails. The trail system can take you to and from Ticonderoga to Crown Point, Schroon Lake and beyond! The trails offer a variety of views and terrain including backwoods beauty, open fields and access to local hotels and restaurants. Please note when visiting...
When we talk about fishing in the Adirondacks, we often say, "talk to the locals." Want to know where the fish are biting? The locals know. Curious about changing up your bait options? The locals can tell you what's been working well. Whether it's early morning coffee at the diner, or across the counter in the local gear shops, the happy fishermen and women of the Adirondacks love to talk fish and share their tips and stories....