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When Eain Tierney was 10 years old, he made his first lamp. It was simple, just a spiral-shaped piece of wood, a wire, and a fixture, but it was a preview of his future life as a rustic furniture maker. The real inspiration to work with wood came when Eain was eight and his dad brought him to the Rustic Furniture Fair in Blue Mountain Lake. All it took was that one trip amongst the Adirondack-styled furnishings, and Eain’s destiny was laid...
Blog by Erin Mullen, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce  Sensing fall…more than just pumpkin spice Some call it fall. Some call it autumn. However, for many of us this is pumpkin spice season. Pumpkin spice is everywhere. It’s in the foods we eat, the beverages we drink, the aromas we smell. It. Is. EVERYWHERE!   As a whole-hearted pumpkin spice devotee, I decided to take the drastic step of putting aside my pumpkin spice...
October 16, 2009 I remember waking up on that beautiful autumn morning filled with excited anticipation. It was a Friday and I was to meet the electrical inspector at the Lake Champlain Visitors Center at 10:00 a.m. Along with doing the marketing to visitors for the region, I had been managing this facility for about ten years. This center sits at the foot of the Lake Champlain Bridge connecting Crown Point, NY and Chimney Point, VT in...
Things are cooling off in the Adirondacks. The leaves are changing and within no time there will be a fresh blanket of snow covering our mountains. In the meantime, fall is revving up and so are our kitchens. Here are some places you can pair with your leaf peeping. A warm fall treat is perfect on a colorful, chilly fall day. Gunnison Lakeshore Orchards Old Farmhouse Bakery & Gifts Crown Point, NY Who invented the perfectness that is...
The colors are bright and flashy, the breeze is cool and refreshing, and the sunshine still warms the summit rocks to a comforting, cozy temperature. It’s fall in the Lake Champlain Region, and there’s no better time to hit the trail and soak in the endless views of mountains and lakes.  The following four hikes are in order from easiest to most difficult. Each offers the kind of outstanding view that only the Adirondack Coast can offer...
An amazing time of year! Fall may be the best time of year to go birding in the Champlain Valley. After all, fall migration stretches from mid-late summer straight up until winter, and it brings with it an endless stream of arriving and passing birds. This year, the warblers and other songbirds of late summer have already been parading through the region, and although our late summer shorebird migration season started a bit slowly this year...
The Adirondacks is one of the most spectacular places in the world to see the leaves change. People from all over the world travel to set foot where the mountain peaks touch the sky, to absorb the vibrant splashes of color painted across the vast Adirondack mountainscape.   It was early October and the leaves were just starting to change; I was heading out the door on a foggy fall morning for a long bike ride. The plan: bike to...
Guest blog by Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce You can already feel the crisp air of fall on its way and touches of bright colors are staring to kiss the leaves. With fall quickly approaching it is time to plan your visit to the Ticonderoga Area. Of course, you have to have a cinnamon cider donut at Gunnison’s Orchard or the Hot Biscuit Diner but there are wonderful fall festivals for all to enjoy while enjoying leaf peeping,...
Submitted by blogger Eric Adsit Tucked away not-so-deep in the woods where the Adirondack Mountains meet the shores of Lake Champlain is something magical, a glowing beacon of refreshment for the weary, a device as mysterious as it is unexpected. A Coca-Cola machine. But this isn’t just any aluminum can kicking, soda slinging, hunk of metal abandoned in the woods. This one works, it's free, and it usually has beer. Some say it was left...
Visiting Fort Ticonderoga during any season is always a thrill, but my favorite time of year to experience all Fort Ticonderoga has to offer is during the autumn months. The landscape can be spectacular dressed in its colorful foliage, which appears particularly vivid on those sunny, but cooler, days. The sounds of the fife and drum, cannon and musket fire, and even the smell of gun powder seems sharper and more intense. Here are some reasons...
Forest bathing; a new tag line but a great practice as old as time. The smell of pine needles warmed by the summer sun and leaves whispering and flittering in the breeze. The Adirondacks have long been known for its clean air and healing properties. Hiking Cook Mountain is a great way to clear the smog of busy life and of the soul. This short but strong hike will quickly put an end to chattering thoughts until it is just you, your...
Few foods speak "summer" to me like corn on the cob. It has to be locally grown and fresh picked from the field, preferably that day. Locals have their favorite farms and stands they frequent. Counter debates at the local diner will compare local farmers’ produce like it was a favorite sports team, but touting characteristics like color, sweetness, and flavor. They do all agree on one thing, however: sweet corn is a summer meal essential...
Historical gems Lighthouses distinguished by their isolated locations, connection to the sea, and grand heights above the land inspire romance and a little mystery. Lake Champlain has a rich history of lighthouses because it’s a major body of water on the northern east coast of the United States, close to Canada. The lake was once a major throughway — before railroads — for exports like iron ore and lumber traveling all over New England...
Last Thursday I found myself enjoying a craft beer, eating tacos from a local food truck dragged to its destination by a tractor, and listening to live music, all in the company of my favorite friends. A motley crowd of all ages filled the outdoor pavilion, coming from what seemed like every direction. Small children were running in the field and volunteers picked black currants from the nearby bushes. Together, it created an atmosphere that...
Submitted by guest blogger Jackie Bowen The Champlain Valley offers some excellent mountain biking opportunities for all abilities. The trails range from meandering rides through fields and forests to leg-burning climbs to beautiful vistas.   Blueberry Hill Trails in Elizabethtown  The Blueberry Hill Trails are a local favorite. The network, close to town,...