Fresh roasts and paint strokes
There are a few joys in my life I can’t go without. The first bloom of spring, comfy oversized sweaters, and a good cup of coffee, of course paired with a visit to my favorite art galleries! Coffee paired with any adventure always lifts my spirits, but the art galleries around the Lake Champlain Region make this duo a dream come true. The beautiful landscapes, waterfront, and vibrant farm life around the region have served as the perfect inspiration for local artists to flaunt their talents on and off the canvas. So, grab your cup of joe, or cold brew, and let’s explore together!
JAMBS on Main
Jambs on Main is the place to go for exotic coffee beans with an Adirondack twist! On Main Street in Westport, sit down in their cozy and naturally lit storefront. For espresso fanatics, enjoy their Espresso Bean Special Blend, or for your coffee fix, Indian Monsooned Malabar is brewing behind the counter, ready for you to sip! Self-touted as “distinctive and bold,” JAMBS on Main is proud to brew their coffee on the only S7 Roaster in the North Country.
Essex Ice Cream Cafe
Open when the summer heat hits town, Essex Ice Cream Cafe, now operated by Champlain Peony Company, brews the best coffee during the warmer months and it's just perfect for a sunny stroll. While their delicious ice cream may be in the business name, their made-to-order drinks are just as iconic. Indulge in espresso, cappuccino and other coffee drinks prepared using gourmet Intelligentsia coffee beans.
Dogwood Bread Company
Since 2003 this adorable bakery has held a special place in our hearts, and now you can experience it too! Dogwood Bread Company does it all. From fresh baked breads, cookies and pizza, to soups and sandwiches, the store front packs a punch! On top of all of these delicious offerings lies freshly brewed espresso and coffee. Unwind in the cozy atmosphere of the bakery, or set out on the town with your snacks.
Ti Arts Downtown Gallery
Nestled on Main Street in Ticonderoga lies Ti Arts Downtown Gallery. Explore the work of local artists in a stellar variety of media including painting, photography, pottery, wood, textiles, printmaking, sculpture and jewelry. Exhibits on display can also be purchased, meaning more support for local artists, and a surefire way to keep the arts alive in the Adirondacks!
Murals of Port Henry
Looking for an excuse to stay outside in the sunshine? Look no further than the Murals of Port Henry! Sip on your coffee as you go out on your own walking tour around the historic downtown of Port Henry. There are 18 murals on display, and it's your job to find them all! The murals depict the rich history of the town and Adirondacks over the years, serving both as a history lesson, and unique art immortalized on surfaces around town!
Clayton Family Gallery
The Clayton Family Gallery is the perfect place to gather and view the very best in photography and other mediums of artwork from the region. Located in the renovated historic Ausable Horse Nail Factory offices, its central location makes the gallery easy to get to by walking or by car! The gallery is known for its frequent exhibitions, in the past hosting “The Adirondacks in Architecture: An Exhibit of Photography by Richard Longstreth” and “Patrimonio: Visions of Cuba photography by \Penny Clute, and drawings and paintings by MJ Sagan.” Stop by for a unique chance to catch the gallery’s future exhibits!
A day well spent
Now that you have a long list of coffee shops and art galleries to choose from, what are you waiting for? The roasts and artworks of the Adirondacks are calling! While you’re in the area, don’t forget to check out the surrounding storefronts and businesses. Get some shopping done, finish the day with a meal, or keep the party going at any of the local breweries. See you soon!