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Kick Back in Wilmington, NY

Posted on: September 30th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

WhitefaceLocated in the Whiteface region of the Adirondacks is the quiet town of Wilmington, New York.   Equipped with beautiful surroundings and a quieter pace of life, this mountain top town is the perfect place to stop and get a breath of fresh air.

Settled in 1812, it was originally called Dansville.  However, because there was already a town called Dansville in the state of New York, it was renamed to Wilmington, after the town in Delaware.

Sitting in the Au Sable River, Wilmington had high potential for hydro-powered industry and manufacturing.  As with many other mountain towns, it became a popular site for mining iron ore, and lumber expenditures.

Originally developed as a farming community, Wilmington developed a booming industry with the help of Rueben Sanford.  Sanford helped to establish the sawmill, ironworks, distilleries, and potashery along the river banks, as well as seeing to the estasblishment of schools, churches, inns, and more.

Towards the later part of the 19th century, as these resources began to be exhausted, the area became more popular as a tourist destination.  Today it is still a very popular tourist destination, offering excellent outdoor sports through all the seasons.

The AuSable River flows through the town as Whiteface Mountain overlooks it, creating a serene, tranquil setting for any vacation.  It’s no wonder that it’s been a favorite of tourists for over a century.

Whiteface has been the site of two Winter Olympic Games and continues to be a spot where the world’s best go to train.



Experience Autumn In the Adirondacks

Posted on: September 27th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

800px-Knollwood_Club_on_Lower_Saranac_LakeAutumn in Adirondack Park in as a beautiful time.  The mountains are blanketed with hues of gold, orange and red and the lakes shimmer like shining jewels as they reflect the trees.  It can be a truly awe inspiring sight.

As the weather turns coolor and summer turns to fall, there are plenty of great fall themed activities to participate in.  Experience harvest festivals, visit farms and u-picks and pick your own fresh produce, or just take a drive and take in the great view.

Of course no trip to the Adirondacks would be complete without visiting a local maple producer.  Maple sugaring is an Adirondack tradition and you’d really be missing out if you didn’t take the chance to see how it’s all done and to get a delicious treat directly from the source!

Autumn is a great time to visit the Adirondacks, not only for the spectacular views, but also because it’s harvest season.  Many restaurants in the Adirondacks practice a farm-to-table operation, meaning they use fresh, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.  You’ll find many wonderful places to eat that have created fresh, seasonal menus inspired by the Adirondacks.

The unique mixture of publicly and privately owned land throughout Adirondack Park creates a splendid mix of places to stay.  There are large, luxurious lakeside resorts surrounded by a charming village or hamlet, and there are cozy, secluded cottages for two out in the Adirondack Wild.  Find the lodging that suits your needs and that helps you experience the Adirondacks to its fullest.

Adirondack Park in the fall is an absolutely breathtaking experience that everyone should see at least once.   Relax while you’re surrounded by the tranquility of the mountains and watch the seasons change before your eyes.

Places to Stay in Adirondack Park

Posted on: September 26th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

800px-Small_Island_in_Lower_Saranac_LakeThe Adirondack region has so many wonderful londging opportunities.  Whether you’re looking to stay in a secluded cabin in the woods or a beautiful lakeside resort you will be able to find what you’re looking for here.

The Point in Saranac Lake is a fine luxury resort offering personalized service on the banks of a shimmering lake.  It’s a unique mountain getaway, and the only hotel to gain 5 stars from Forbes in the Adirondack area.  Experience the epitome of 19th century Adirondack luxury at this resort built by William Avery Rockefeller.

Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid was voted the number 1 hotel in the Northeast in 2012, and each room boasts spectacular views of Mirror Lake or the surrounding mountains.  Enjoy a great taste of simple Adirondack elegance and understated luxury.

Sunset Park Motel in Tupper Lake is a lovely bed and breakfast located directly on the shores of Tupper Lake.  It affords beautiful views of the lake.  Rent a boat directly from the hotel and zoom around the lake or just enjoy the water from the sandy shore.

Adirondack Hotel on Long Lake is a lovely early 20th century hotel offering panoramic views of Long Lake and the surrounding peaks. The staff are eager to serve and make you feel at right at home.

The Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing is an historic resort that has been ranked one of America’s best lake resorts.  It has been offering excellent hospitality in the Adirondacks for over a century.  Experience luxury accommodations, a world class golf course, spa, and pool, all surrounded by the breathtaking Adirondacks.

The Copperfield Inn in North Creek has been a leader in fine Adirondack hotels for the last 20 years.  They offer attentive, gracious hospitality, delicious dining, and luxurious amenities fit to please anyone.  They’re adjacent to Gore Mountain and the Hudson River and are located on North Creek’s Main Street, meaning great shopping, food, and nightlife are never far away!

The Cabins in Hope offers a delightful mix of early 20th century charm with a mix of up to date 21st century amenities. Feel like you’ve taken a step back in time with rustic cabins decorated in original period pieces.  Enjoy complimentary breakfast in the breakfast nook or on the screened in porch and take in the beauty of the Adirondacks.   Experience quiet luxury at this intimate resort.

The Glenmoore Lodge in Lake George has been extending gracious hospitality for the last 75 years.  Built in the 1890s, the lodge is a shining example of Adirondack relaxation and a stay here is like taking a trip back in time. 

For more, check out places to stay in Saranac Lake, and places to stay in Lake Placid.  Also check out the wonderful accommodations our clients recommend!


Places to Eat in Adirondack Park

Posted on: September 25th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Saranac_Lake_-_Saranac_River_bridgeIn the Adirondacks many restaurants prefer to utilize the many local farms to use fresh ingredients and create seasonal menus meant to be savored. But whether you’re looking for a gourmet meal or a grab and go meal, you’ll find something with a unique Adirondack twist.

The Good Bite Kitchen in Lake Placid is a great place for breakfast or brunch.  Though they offer an entirely vegetarian menu, you don’t have to be a vegetarian to find something delicious to eat here.  Enjoy hand crafted soups, quiches, pies and more!

barVino in North Creek is a fantastic night spot offering a seasonal menu that changes daily as ingredients become available from their local sources.  They boast an extensive wine menu, both by the bottle and the glass, and an equally extensive beer menu, and their sommeliers and cicerones will be happy to help you find the perfect beverage for your meal.

Pine Grove Restaurant in Tupper Lake is a family run business in operation for the last 30 years.  All baked goods, including the burgers buns, are made from scratch!  There is a high level of detail and quality control put into every meal at the Pine Grove Restaurant.  They also have a great list of local craft beer.

Windfall Bar and Grill in Cranberry Lake uses locally sourced ingredients to create an innovative and creative seasonal menu.  Enjoy the best of pub fare with their hand crafted burgers, massive buffalo wings and made-from-scratch soups.  Be wowed by their signature chicken picatta and creme brulee.  Enjoy beautiful views of deer and chickadees from the dining room as you savor your meal.

O P Frederick’s  in Chestertown serves delicious cuisine with an Adirondack twist.  Enjoy a traditional burger, burrito, or salad with something a little special added. Also enjoy some great local brews on tap.

Hague Firehouse Restaurant in Hague offers traditional American cuisine prepared with fresh, organic ingredients sourced from local farms and artisans.

Specializing in continental cuisine utilizing fresh organic ingredients and locally grown produce when available. Nice brook-side outdoor seating options. In addition to our traditional bottles and drafts, we also have new craft beers!!!

Check out our list of places to eat in Lake Placid and Saranac Lake for a longer list of places to eat in that area of Adirondack Park.  Also check out the list of places our clients recommend.


Things to Do in Adirondack Park

Posted on: September 24th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

South_Pond,_Deerland,_New_YorkAutumn in the Adirondacks is a beautiful time.  The leaves change from green to an array of vibrant yellows, golds, oranges, and reds.

The fall foliage season is especially long in the Adirondacks, last from when the leaves just begin to turn in mid to late August, to when they fall from the trees in mid to late October.

A great way to take in the gorgeous views is to take a drive down one of the many scenic byways.  Each has a different story to tell, that will take you past shimmering lakes, tall mountains, historic forts, and charming hamlets, whilst weaving through  the jewel toned forest, allowing you to take in its picturesque beauty.

The beautiful foliage isn’t the only thing that makes the Adirondacks worth visiting in the fall.  As the weather turns cooler, Adirondack Park comes alive with all sorts of unique opportunities and festivals.

The Great Adirondack Moose Festival in Indian Lake is one such festival.  Enjoy whitewater kayaking, guided hiking, fly fishing, craft shows, a beer tent, and tons of family friendly games and activities!

In Lake Placid, enjoy the Whiteface Oktoberfest, free with your Olympic Sites Passport.  Not only can you enjoy authentic Bavarian food and drink, but enjoy tons of great rides and music too! And don’t worry, there’s plenty of things for the kids to enjoy as well.

At Blue Mountain Lake, the Adirondack Harvest Festival is a site to behold. Held the first weekend in October, there will be fun the whole family can enjoy.  Wagon rides, pony rides, arts and crafts, live music, great games, a costume contest, and more! Not to mention lessons from Paul Smiths College Culinary and Baking Program on some delicious dishes inspired by the Adirondack fall.

Flaming Leaves Festival, also in Lake Placid, is also free with your Olympic Sites Passport.  Watch the continent’s best ski jumpers do their thing, while you enjoy great BBQ and live music.  Peruse the craft vendors and make your own tie-dye shirt, then take a trip to the top of the ski jump and check out the amazing view.  The mountains in every direction will be blanketed in yellows, oranges, and reds!

All of these are great ways to experience fall in the Adirondacks.  Of course, in our opinion, the best way to see the Adirondacks in autumn is to see it from above! Check out our scenic flights.  Seeing the mountains and lakes covered in beautiful fall foliage as you soar through the sky will be an experience you never forget!

Autumn in the Adirondack Park

Posted on: September 23rd, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Big_Tupper_LakeThe Adirondack Park is a favorite destination year round for its wonderful outdoor sports, and breathtaking views.  In autumn those views are all the more awe inspiring as the trees change from green to an array of vibrant hues.

The park encompasses much of the northeastern portion of Upstate New York, covering 6.1 million acres that includes  the entirety of the Adirondack Mountain Range, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, over 3,000 lakes and ponds, and 1.3 million acres of forest.  The park is roughly the same size as the state of Vermont, and more than three times the size of Yellowstone National Park.

There are roughly 130,000 year round residents in the dozens of villages and hamlets littered throughout the park.

New York State owns approximately 45% of the park,  though there is no large difference between the state owned and non state owned portions.  A large portion of the park has been deemed “forever wild” meaning it cannot be developed.

Serious efforts to protect the area began in the late 1800’s, when logging was becoming more widespread, and many people became concerned about the effects it would have.  In 1892, the Adirondack State Park was created.

The park has over 2,000 miles of hiking trails, and is the largest trail system in the country.  Though much of the land is wilderness, it is speckled with portions of privately owned land.  Inns, lodges, and restaurants are easy to come by.  This unique combination of public and private land not only give the Adirondacks a feel very different from other national parks,  but set an interesting model for how human populations can exist in natural areas.

Most people would associate the Adirondack with high mountain peaks, but much of it is made up of sloping hills, lakes, and rivers.  The exception, of course, is Blue Mountain, which juts up high above everything that surrounds it.  The amazing view from the top is unforgettable.

Currently there are several ongoing efforts to reintroduce native fauna to the park which were lost during periods of exploitation.  These include the moose, the fisher, the American marten, the Canadian lynx, the osprey, and the American beaver.

The Adirondack Park is an amazing place to visit in Autumn.  Watch the season change from summer to autumn before your very eyes in the place with the longest fall foliage season in the northeast.

There are many ways to access the Adirondack Park, depending on which area you wish to access.  The southern side is closer to major cities, and is north of I-90. The eastern side of the park can be accessed via the Adirondack Northway (I-87).  Take Amtrak’s Adirondack Route to reach Lake Champlain, or the Adirondack Scenic Railroad from Utica to reach Lake Placid.  You can also fly into Adirondack Regional Airport, or Plattsburgh International Airport with several major airlines, or charter a flight directly into Lake Placid.

Have Fun in Glens Falls

Posted on: September 20th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Downtown Glens FallsGlens Falls is a fantastic town with plenty to do.  It’s also a great place to use as a base to explore the nearby Adirondacks, Lake George, and Saratoga.

This time of year is a great time to visit, not only because it’s a great time to visit the Adirondacks, Saratoga, and Lake George, but also because of the Adirondack Balloon Festival.  Enjoy of great activities, great live music, lots of food vendors and much more as you watch colorful balloons take to the sky and change the skyline completely with their vibrancy.

While they balloon festival offers plenty to see, there are also some other really great things to see and do in and around Glens Falls.  Nearby there is tons to do.  White water rafting, spelunking, lake cruises and more are just minutes away.  There’s also plenty of great shopping, and lots of chances to see local artists at work.  At the Hyde Collection see works by the greats and get a dose of culture and learning.

While there will be plenty of food vendors at the balloon festival, there are also many amazing restaurants located right in Glens Falls.  Enjoy great meals accompanied by beer or soda brewed by the same restaurant, or get dinner and a movie without feeling rushed to finish your meal on time to make the show.  Try a great American diner that’s been in business for over 50 years, or a bistro that makes everything homemade.

Glens Falls and the surrounding area is home to several great lodges, inns, and b&bs.  Feel right at home as you step into the historic Glens Falls in, be impressed by great hospitality at the Queensbury Inn, and enjoy stunning views from Shore Meadow and Glenmoore Lodge.  Wherever you stay, enjoy easy access to Glens Falls and everything it has to offer, as well as easy access to the Adirondacks, Saratoga, and Lake George.

With everything that Glens Falls and the surrounding area has to offer it’s a great place to come, relax, and have fun, especially with the balloon festival going on.  Come explore the area and see for yourself!


Places to Stay in Glens Falls

Posted on: September 19th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Though the number of hotels inside of Glens Falls proper is limited, there are plenty in the surrounding area that will give you easy access to Glens Falls and everything it has to offer.

The Glens Falls Inn – Located within walking distance of everything the city has to offer, this charming bed and breakfast offers elegant comfort, refined service and a great starting point for your holiday. Your hosts, Ken and Mark, go the extra mile to make you feel at home and have many years of experience in hospitality. Enjoy a hot breakfast before heading out to explore everything that the region has to offer, or your full day of relaxation.

The Queensbury Hotel – Located in downtown Glens Falls, the Queensbury Hotel has everything at a doorstep.  This historic hotel is a landmark of Glens Falls and is considered a destination in and of itself. Enjoy the indoor pool, dinner in one of their two restaurants, or just relax in your luxurious room.  The staff is friendly and attentive and knows how to make each guest’s stay a memorable stay.

Historic Inn of Ford Edward – Take a trip back in time when you stay at the Historic Inn.  But don’t worry, not too far back in time.  This inn has been newly restored and equipped with the best amenities.  Each room has a private entrance and bath, and many have showed with fully body jets.

Shore Meadows Lodge – Located in Lake George, Shore Meadows affords you beautiful panoramic views of the lake, with great, easy access to the shore, as well as easy access to Glens Falls and the balloon festival. Recently renovated just this year, their large rooms are equipped with all the amenities you could need.

Glenmoore Lodge – Sitting on the shores of Lake George, the Glenmoore Lodge was built in the 1890s and has been offering gracious hospitality for the last 75 years.  Staying at this beautiful lakeside restore is like taking a trip back in time.  Stay at the main lodge or in you’re own cabin.



Places to Eat in Glens Falls

Posted on: September 18th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

If the food vendors at the balloon festival aren’t cutting it, fret not, Glens Falls offers some unique dining experiences, including a pub that makes its own beer, another that offers a great selection of local brews, and plenty of casual, yet inspired meals.

Downtown City Tavern – Authentic Wood Fired Pizzas made with the best ingredients possible.  Don’t forget to try their famous fire roasted wings! Need something to wash that down?  They have the largest selection of craft beer in the area, offering lots of great local brews.

Gourmet Cafe – Chef and owner Francis Willis creates innovative cuisine while his wife Tracy maintains a relaxed, inviting atmosphere in the restaurant.

Poopie’s – Open since 1954, Poopie’s has been a local favorite for breakfast and lunch for years. Poopie’s offers great American food, ranging from burgers to chili.  Stop by for great food, and great atmosphere.

Cooper’s Cave Ale Company Ltd. – This pub has it all.  Not only do they create fantastic meals, including Angus burgers, delicious soups, sandwiches, and more, but they brew their own beer and gourmet sodas.  And if that isn’t enough they have a full range of hard and soft serve ice creams.   The Cooper’s Cave Ice Cream Window on the Warren County Bike Trail is open through the end of October.

132 Glen Bistro – Located in downtown Glens Falls, 132 Glen Bistro offers delicious prime rib, crab cakes, filet mignon and wonderful salads, soups and sandwiches.  It’s open Tuesdays though Fridays for lunch, and Wednesdays through Saturdays for dinner.

Bistro Tallulah – Chef Shawn Whalen creates creative and eclectic cuisine inspired by Spanish, French, and Creole traditions. Enjoy simple, elegant food in a casual atmosphere.

Things to Do in Glens Falls

Posted on: September 17th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

balloons2Glens Falls is a quiet town but it has plenty of things to do.  It’s a great base for any of your favorite Adirondack activities like hiking, camping, and bird watching, but it also has much more to offer.

This week Glens Falls is home to the Adirondack Balloon Festival.  Hundreds of balloons will take to the sky and on the ground spectators can enjoy a craft fair, a car show, live music, great food vendors, and more!

If you can’t make it for the balloon festival, don’t worry, you haven’t missed your chance to fly over the Adirondacks in a hot air balloon.  Head over to Sunkiss Ballooning for your balloon ride.

If you’re looking for something to really get your heart pumping, check out Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course.  They have 1.5 miles of challenging aerial courses.  Cross bridges, fly down zip lines, traverse ropes courses and much more to get your adrenaline pumping and finish each course!

You might also try white water rafting on the Hudson, or climbing and exploring local caves.  The Feeder Canal Towpath  is a 9 mile path popular with cyclists and walkers.  Canoeing through the canal is also a fun way to spend the afternoon.

If spending time on the water sounds nice but all the work of canoeing does not, stop by the Lake George Steamboat Company.  Enjoy a cruise on Lake George, whether you spend an hour sight seeing, enjoy an great meal, or watch fireworks over the water.

If you’re up for a fright pay a visit to Dr. Morbid’s Haunted House or the House of Frankenstein Wax Museum .   The statues at this wax museum are unlike any you’ve seen before!

If you’re in need of some retail therapy The Shirt Factory is the place to go.   Once an actual shirt factory, the building now houses several shops and galleries.  It is also houses many artists’ studios so as you wonder you may see artists at work.  Ground floor shops are generally open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

The Hyde Collection Art Museum  has a unique collection of art from around the world, ranging from antiquity to the present.  The bulk of the collection was acquired by Louis and Charlotte Hyde, who founded the Museum.  Many of the pieces are displayed in their former home, now called Hyde House.

For a small piece of Adirondack  history visit the Chapman Historical Museum.  Discover what life was like in the Adirondacks in the mid 19th century and what it was like to struggle with the changing technologies of the 20th century in this painstakingly restored home.