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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...
Submitted by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce With the weather reaching its all-time high for the summer, it’s easy to see there’s only one treat that satisfies a cool craving: ice cream! Luckily, Ticonderoga has plenty of satisfying options to choose from, including small local businesses and classic North Country shops! Wind-chill Factory To get the ultimate local small business experience, the Wind-Chill Factory...
We heard a chant, followed by a syncopated crack, then rising wisps of smoke joined to form a cloud before dissipating. The five men standing beneath the cloud were dressed in dirty white pants, and there were tilted black caps set upon their heads. Staccato commands punctuated the silence, and each was answered by a reply in unison. The motions of the men were jerky stop-and-go, well-rehearsed and precise. The muskets were loaded and raised,...
It’s all about the outdoors in the Adirondacks! Does the idea of having your own little private plot of campground sound appealing? That’s what our many campgrounds are all about. The key to a great camping vacation can be finding the ideal campsite that will be a good fit for your family. Whether you are coming with a , or merely supplies and gear, we are ready to accommodate. Here are a few ideas and features of our many campground facilities...
Michigans: A North Country Favorite  Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce blog written by Katelyn Chevier  Summers in the North Country are something truly special. Swimming in a nearby lake, enjoying a small town main street parade, and enjoying summer treats like ice cream or Michigans comes to mind when I reflect on summers already gone by. What are Michigans, you ask? If you lived in or visited the North Country, you...
Referred to as the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks, Ausable Chasm is an awe-inspiring sight and a one-of-a-kind adventure. With roaring waterfalls cascading through deep sandstone canyons, the stunning views are so powerful they will take your breath away. This beautiful destination has much more to offer than just vistas though. The wide variety of adventurous activities give visitors the opportunity to experience the chasm from...
Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce blog by Katelyn Chevier Crown Point is a small town set directly on the Adirondack Coast. There are an abundance of sights to be seen and treats to be eaten all throughout this warm and welcoming community. Activities can be simply categorized to make planning your visit as easy as 1-2-3!  Outdoors  Crown Point offers a wide range of outdoor activities, from hiking to camping to...
Submitted by guest blogger, Tim Rowland.  Four species of turtle call the Adirondacks their home — Blanding's, wood, snapping, and painted. As you cruise the Adirondack Coast this early summer, you are apt to spot them in or near the road particularly near lakes, ponds, and streams. They can often be found hanging out at the Wickham Marsh Wildlife Area, on the shores of Lake Champlain, and along the banks of the...
Flagpole manufacturing and restoration is more than a job for Adirondack Flagpoles owner Danny Kaifetz, it’s something he believes in. Sure, he knows the technical stuff as well as people know their own names, but when he starts getting into why he makes flagpoles his voice changes. There's deep emotion there, an unmistakably strong feeling of pride when he says words like salute, sacrifice, and veteran.  Danny is the...
It's festival time at the fairgrounds, featuring some of my favorite things: Hand-crafted, gorgeous, and delightful objects and other works of art. Made by nice people. I'm talking about the second annual Essex Arts and Crafts Festival held at the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport. It was so popular the first year that there are now two separate events in 2018. Plan for Friday, July 6 and Wednesday, August 1. Stroll...
Feature photo: Copyright Fort Ticonderoga; photographer Carl Heilman II Written by guest blogger Beth Hill, President and CEO, Fort Ticonderoga As one of the most important Revolutionary War sites anywhere in the country, an Independence Day visit to Fort Ticonderoga is an unforgettable experience. Not a day goes by that I don’t learn something new about the Fort and its amazing history! Visitors — young, old, and...