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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 Westport...
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 by...
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...
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 breath...
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...
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...
   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 however, sweet corn is a summer meal essential....
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, ...
Guest blog by Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce In this technologically fast-paced world, sometimes it is nice to slip away to the Adirondacks and slow down a bit. With mountain and lake views to cast a spell of wonder and amazement, tuck yourself into a quintessential Adirondack chair and relax! When traveling to the Ticonderoga area, visitors can take a stroll downtown and step back in time on "nostalgia row," aka...
I love farmers markets! They truly are a feast for the senses; the sights, the smells and, with so many now featuring live music, even the sounds. Not only am I able to stock my fruit and vegetable bin with amazing flavors, I have discovered farmer' markets as a source for fresh baked goods, locally raised poultry, beef, and eggs, maple syrup, honey, jams, and jellies.  The list goes on. In addition, these markets are a...
One of the best ways to make the most out of a scenic drive, or bicycle trip, is to incorporate food, and an absolutely stunning ride for views and food in the Adirondacks is through the Lake Champlain region. To the east is Lake Champlain, a 490 square mile lake known as the fifth Great Lake. It's massive, majestic, and humbling. Aside from views of this lake, a drive in the region will have you coasting along the Ausable...
Fort Ticonderoga has a lot of history to tell. After all, it has been in existence, in some way or another, since 1755. It has seen occupation by the British, French, Germans, and forces of an emerging nation: the United States of America. Today, you can visit the fort to learn all about that rich and complex history, but what makes the fort truly stand out as a special destination is the way that the past is brought to life. A visit to Fort...