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For me, one of the most valuable experiences in traveling is getting to support the local makers of a region. By local makers, I mean farmers, artisans, and other craftspeople. The Adirondacks has a thriving scene of local makers, especially an abundance of innovative farmers. The mountainous landscape may be rough, but these farmers make it work. I recently spent an afternoon at the Hub on the Hill, which is not only the hub for this local food...
Submitted by guest blogger, Tim Rowland When America’s first landowners were parceling out property to colonists, it came with an unusual condition: When taking residence, the new homesteader was required to plant a substantial orchard of 90 to 100 fruit trees. The reason was straightforward enough. Survival on these new plantations was sketchy at best; what became the town of Frederick, Maryland, was originally given the not-so-...
“Heed this warning, gentle travelers: the depths of Lake Champlain shall not be plumbed after the sun has set over the Adirondack High Peaks.” It sounded like a request born of paranoia and 18th-century superstition, something to be scoffed at rather than followed. But there it was, and the old man who said it, a classic captain-looking gent with cracked skin, boney fingers, and a squint to his eyes, looked dead serious.  Rich and...
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...
My favorite part of seeing a new town is often trying the food. The local restaurants always give an insider look at a town’s personality. Is it pretentious? Is it inviting? Recently I returned to one of my local favorites in Elizabethtown, otherwise known as the county seat of Essex. Elizabethtown is right next to Keene which is ensconced in the High Peaks. And, similar to Keene, Elizabethtown offers stretches of scenic driving and...
Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce Blog – Written by Katherine Rasmus There is so much we can learn when we take a moment to step back and contemplate mother nature. There is such beauty when the trees begin their annual transition to dormancy, it is amazing what hidden beauty can emerge when we let go. Sometimes it seems in this life we think we have it all planned out, then suddenly there is the change that we never see...
The Lake Champlain Region is prepared to offer you a warm welcome during the cooler days of autumn. October also brings some annual festivals that we look forward to every year. Here are a couple, coming up rather quickly, that might entice you to visit: Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival A not to be missed autumn event is Fort Ticonderoga’s Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival held on Saturday, October 6th this year.  The...
The Lake Champlain Region offers wonderful ways to enjoy fall foliage. Each of these ways offers delightful variations. The differences in microclimate between sea level and the tops of the mountains mean enough scenery to fill a day, a weekend, or a week. With the time it takes to drive from the coast to inland, or to hike from the bottom of the mountain to the top, you can experience different time frames of the leaves...
Everything You Want To Do & More!  Submitted by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce  Temperatures cool off, leaves start to turn to a vibrant array of colors and a sense of calmness is in the air.  Fall has arrived! This is a time to get festive and enjoy all the great seasonal things the Ticonderoga Area has to offer including leaf peeping, pumpkins, apples, and harvest/fall events galore.  And of course,...
Our scenic autumn driving voyage started today from a completely stopped “PARK” position in the VERY MIDDLE of Lake Champlain on the Vermont/New York State border! “How is that possible without drowning?!” you may ask. Well, we started our mini adventure aboard the Lake Champlain Transportation's ferry coming into Essex from Charlotte, Vermont.  It’s a beautiful crisp fall day! - A wonderful day for a scenic ride down the shoreline...
A summer front with birds on the move With one of the first cold fronts of the season pushing through this past weekend, it was time to head to the Champlain Valley and see what migrating birds I could find. After all, shorebirds had been popping up in the region for a few days before our trip, including a Short-billed Dowitcher in Westport and a Red-necked Phalarope at Crown Point. There had also been a Little Gull hanging out...
The third annual Adirondack Harvest Festival is rapidly approaching and organizers are getting extremely excited as the anticipation builds. This year the festival will be held Saturday, September 15, from noon until 6 p.m. Once again it's at the Essex County Fairgrounds, and once again attendance is free! An exclusive pre-event dining experience This year you have the opportunity to get a jump start on all the activity by...
Submitted by Guest Blogger, Rick Harker  It’s so nice to see when small northern towns that were left as almost forgotten, get a new breath of fresh air! One such town sandwiched between the eastern side of the Adirondacks and the western shores of Lake Champlain is the historic town of Port Henry. Port Henry is a hamlet within the larger town of Moriah. Like several Adirondack coastal towns along the shores of Lake Champlain,...
Written by guest blogger Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga CEO If you’re looking for family fun during the dog days of summer in August — Fort Ticonderoga is the place to be! And speaking of dog days did you know we are pet friendly, so when we say family fun, we mean the WHOLE family! August at Fort Ticonderoga  Throughout August, we are offering a new line-up of fun and hands-on programs that will be sure to excite...
It’s hard not to fall in love with Lake Champlain, primarily for its scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. However, there are many other factors that might further your appreciation of this magnificent body of water. Let me share a few of these details, some may even help you in a future trivia game. A "GREAT" Lake The sixth largest body of water in the United States, Lake Champlain became one of the Great Lakes in 1998; but...