Hometown for a day
Hometown for a day
Ever wanted to be part of one of those charming hometown celebrations? The kind most people have only seen in the movies?Make that dream come true by becoming a part of a real hometown festival. The second Saturday in September (this year, that is September 9) is when Wilmington throws its townwide party, their annual Festival of Colors.You are invited!fit right inFrom 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the … [Read More]
The art in shopping
The art in shopping
Maybe it started back in the 1920s when the artist, activist, writer, and adventurer Rockwell Kent built Asgaard Farm. The Whiteface Region has had an element of artist's colony ever since.But then, the Adirondacks has always attracted artisans. The Hudson River School of painting inspired artists to seek ever more stunning natural settings, created a need for packbaskets to be woven for guests … [Read More]
Live from Pourman's Tap House
Live from Pourman's Tap House
It was a good night.My band, Crowfeather, was getting ready to play at Pourman's Tap House in Wilmington, and the room wasn't empty. It's what anyone who's about to perform wants to see: Every time I looked up, the room looked slightly more crowded — friends and strangers mingled, and the energy level was high.The time had come, so I sat behind my drum kit and put the gym-teacher-style whistle to … [Read More]
A cultural day in Jay
A great thing about the Adirondacks is how we can provide the unexpected. So often you can find our meticulous plans getting derailed by weather. Or maybe once you arrive you discover unplugging appeals more than revving up. Fortunately, we can provide both.Many people come to enjoy our great outdoors, but there's also what you might call our great indoors. We have plenty of natural history … [Read More]
Going behind the scenes of Christmas at Santa's Workshop
Going behind the scenes of Christmas at Santa's Workshop
It's not easy to make Christmas happen all year long! But they manage to make it happen at Santa's Workshop, and they do it with a smile and plenty of Christmas cheer!Santa's head helper, John Collins, was kind enough to take some time out of his day during this very busy season to give me a behind-the-scenes tour of the property. He told me all about what it takes to spread Christmas cheer year … [Read More]
Six degrees of separation: Kid Rock to Whiteface Mountain
Six degrees of separation: Kid Rock to Whiteface Mountain
There are a lot of rocks in the Adirondacks — one of the most exposed expanses of anorthosite granite in the world occurs here — but what about that other kind of rock? Kid Rock. Is there a connection between the man who helped pen “Bawitdaba” and the Adirondacks? It turns out, there is. I found six degrees of separation between Kid Rock and Whiteface Mountain, a popular peak that's home to … [Read More]
DRIVING TOPLESS
DRIVING TOPLESS
When we begin to notice the late-summer sun slanting more and more toward fall, I like to hop into our bright blue 1995 Mustang rag-top, put the top down and ride around the North Country with the wind whipping around and the sun beating down. A convertible is especially great for viewing fall foliage this time of year.  Although the foliage hadn’t really started on this third week of … [Read More]
PARTY PANTS REQUIRED - OKTOBERFEST IS COMING!
Get your beer steins polished up and your party pants on (better known as lederhosen in Bavaria). Then grab your friends and head to Wilmington, New York for the Whiteface Mountain Oktoberfest! The annual event has become one of the most popular of the many Oktoberfest celebrations in the Northeast. Oktoberfest has a long historyThis year’s event will fall on the first weekend in October ( … [Read More]
Scenic Adirondack Art Drive
Scenic Adirondack Art Drive
Plan a day the Adirondack Artisan WayA scenic day drive for Wilmington, Jay & Ausable ForksI love when I'm on vacation & locals help map out a scenic drive or list of some cool spots to see while in the area. This blog recently took me on the path of one of my favorite scenic drives and into a world of arts & entertainment I had not fully experienced yet, even though it is right … [Read More]
Celebrate the summer with music
Celebrate the summer with music
If you like music on the Fourth of July, the Whiteface Region is a good place to be.After BBQing with the family, head to Whiteface Mountain for some live tunes with YnotBlue. The Adirondack three-piece band plays, as they state on their Facebook page, rock and blues meets funk and psychedelic folk. The band released its first album, “End of Industry,” in September 2013.After that show, head on … [Read More]

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