Paul Johnson is a man of many talents—baker, gardener, builder, theatre director, opera singer, to name just a few.He is also the host of an annual community potluck that draws a huge crowd from Jay and outlying towns.This year, the celebration is bittersweet, as Paul receives kudos for rebuilding the barn after tropical storm Irene tore through the hamlet of Upper Jay, destroying the antique...
It’s just one of those things, I needed to get out and I took a chance on a small patch of blue sky which just so happened to be hovering over the area I was near, so I made a last minute decision to head up Flume Knob.Flume Knob is not a recent development but you won’t find specifically labeled on any maps that I am aware of. The trail does show up on the National Geographic map but it is not...
Youngs Gallery in Jay has been a magnet for art lovers for more than 30 years. And Terry and Sue Young are still going strong traveling in new directions with fresh images and new designs.This evening the couple is unveiling some new works at their opening at the Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay.I have known and admired Terry and Sue for some 20 odd years now and there is always something new...
I couldn’t think of a better morning hike than Bear Den Mountain and it had been almost a year, to the day, since I had been up there, so it would be a nice revisit. I started out the hike by snapping a few pictures of the goldenrods and Queen Anne’s lace lining the parking lot. Then I flipped through the full log book to find a solitaire square inch to sign in on. As we passed along the trail...
With fall right around the corner and some of the best months for hiking in the region, consider Wilmington and the Whiteface Region as your go to base camp for hiking and other outdoor recreation.The Whiteface Region is home to a variety of affordable lodging; especially for those on a budget. In Wilmington everyone can realize the luxuries of staying in the area without the expense of peak...
Big Cherrypatch Pond is one of those hidden little gems found in the Lake Placid/Wilmington Region that gets little visitation from outdoor enthusiasts. However, it should. Within a stone’s throw of Route 86 this somewhat forgotten body of water sits nestled in the Sentinel Range. There are two distinct approaches to this pond and I decided one day to revisit both of them, in hopes that one has...
While some of my friends are preparing for the Octoberfest on Whiteface Mountain, others (including myself) are enjoying, or in my case also enduring, the art of dance.Though this North Country of ours seems remote at times—with Burlington, Albany, and Montreal all about 2 hours away—we are fortunate to be a place that attracts artists of all kinds.Dance instructor Natalia Balina-Zborowska is one...
The snow and ice is here, while it might not stick around for too long, the cold weather up high just might. No matter the course of the future, the current conditions are what you should think about. With that being said, get out your traction devices. Snowshoes? Not yet, but soon, if the snow keeps falling – that could change things quick. For right now just bring your microspikes, yaktrax,...
Silver Lake Mountain is an excellent “bang for your buck” mountain and the perfect snowshoe destination for the entire family. With a short 0.9 mile hike you will have outstanding views with a hike over varied terrain that will get everyone the full experience. I have visited this peak in every season and the winter is by far my favorite.SLM has the type of terrain where the first freeze...
There are so many gimmicks out there for after sport recovery, it’s become hard to know what’s real or not and what can harm you further or help you along. Unfortunately I can’t tell you what to use or how it may affect you; your doctor needs to do that. Along with your typical “As Seen on TV” type stuff there are also ample home remedy ideas, do they work? Who knows! I won’t try and cover the...
Ski season has kicked in and the entertainment at Whiteface Mountain has begun. There are events on the hill and off the hill. Something for everyone, even non-skiers.See the World's Best Compete on their way to the Winter Olympic Games in SochiOne of the biggest events on hill this winter is the USANA FIS World Cup Freestyle. The moguls competition takes place on Whiteface Mountain's Wilderness...
Five Top Snowshoe Hikes in the Wilmington, Whiteface RegionSnowshoe some of the bestFlume KnobThis short hike is located just north of the Whiteface Ski Center at the Flume Falls Trail-head. This round-trip snowshoe is just over 2-miles and will reward the traveler with outstanding views and a heart-pumping good time.The Flume Trails are part of an extensive mountain biking trail network, but in...
Welcome to the Recovery Lounge in Upper Jay where performances always start late and the atmosphere can’t be beat.As the performers today verbalize, to be here is like being in someone’s big old living room. Not only are we treated to fabulous performances but we get to catch up with neighbors, friends, and folks who live three towns away or further.Upper Jay Upholstery owner and Art Center...
During the upcoming weeks in the Whiteface Region, Whiteface Mountain dominates the events calendar. With live entertainment and some fun and serious competitions, the action doesn’t stop at “The Mountain”.As far as racing goes, New York Ski Education Foundation will host several races in alpine, free riding and slopestyle. Catch some action on the mountain while taking a break from your own...
Could it possibly be almost Spring? We've had so much snow and great winter weather this year, it's hard to imagine Spring is just a couple weeks away. And yet, all the fun slopeside events are here. Outside deck parties, fun spring races and most especially, the live entertainment and wacky contests that make up Spring Fest at Whiteface Mountain have launched!Two super sundays!This Spring there...
As the Whiteface Region gears up for summer, some of the most exciting events take place every year before summer even begins. When the Adirondacks is in one of it's prettiest times of the year, with the brilliant greens of the freshly leafed out hardwoods, the valley and hillsides are a gorgeous backdrop to the outdoor events of May and June.Starting off the event schedule on May 16th and 17th...
3-Seldom Visited Treasures of Silver Lake - a Bog, a Bluff, and a MountainSilver Lake is a small community resting northwest of the village of Wilmington, along county roads, which ramble through the mountain country like a lazy river. With the hype of the High Peaks so close and in the shadows of the massive rocky expanse of Whiteface Mountain, it is seldom thought about to venture anyplace else...
Catamount MountainA gem of the Whiteface RegionSpring is an excellent time to move away from the High Peaks where the mud outweighs the fun. While yes, many of the lower mountains and lower elevation hiking trails are still muddy, they do tend to dry out quicker and surely get much less traffic. Keeping this in mind, and the fact I didn’t want to shoulder a pair of snowshoes for the higher...
We’re just about to the launch the fun and exciting Wilmington/Whiteface Mountain Bike Fest June 20 - 22. A jam packed weekend of all things biking also includes:The 12th Annual Whiteface Mt. Uphill Bike Race, beginning at 8 a.m. July 21 at the foot of the Whiteface Mountain Memorial HighwayThe 4th Annual Wilmington/Whiteface 100K - July 22 at the entrance to the Whiteface Mt. Ski Center The...
Ride for a CauseSo, I rode the Ausable River Association’s (AsRA) Ride for the River bike ride last year, and I plan to do it again THIS year on August 3rd.   The Ride for the River was launched in 2012 to celebrate the cultural and natural resources within the Ausable Valley, and continues to support the work that the AsRA is doing to build resilience in both the natural and human...
Of course the Whiteface Region takes on a decidedly outdoor feel during the summer months, just like in the winter months! However, the dominant theme for events this time of year (mid-to-late summer) leans more toward the arts than sports. Our region, like the surrounding areas, is a haven for artists and musicians of all kinds. There isn't a day during summer in the Adirondacks that you can't...
Family outingsA Selection of 1-2 hour hikes in the Whiteface RegionStag Brook FallsHow to get to Stag Brook Falls: From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 86 toward Wilmington. Continue for 9.2 miles to the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center. Turn into the center and park in the lot on the right.This is an outstanding destination hidden by the popularity of the...
Most of the time when you mention “JEMS” outside of Jay, New York, you’ll get a puzzled look in return. But mention it in the Town of Jay and faces light up. JEMS stands for Jay Entertainment and Music Society. According to Heather Benfield, publicity director, JEMS was founded in 1987 to bring cultural events and much more to the town of Jay.  I would say they’ve succeeded quite nicely so...
The Whiteface Region is full of events, year-round, but some of our favorites happen to take place in early fall. With the warm, blue-sky days, and clear, crisp nights of September, not to mention the backdrop of the flaming leaves, you won’t want to miss any of these events.Race to the top of the worldOn Saturday, September 13th, either join in or witness hundreds of runners as they ascend the...
4 Spectacular Scenic DestinationsFamily fun in the Wilmington areaThe Whiteface Region has so much to offer to every kind of outdoor recreational enthusiast, but maybe you would prefer a relaxing day of sight-seeing without the extended time in the woods. Maybe you are visiting the High Peaks Region and have been hammering out peak after peak and you want something to do on a recovery day, well...
Hiking in the Cold, getting ready for fall It sure has been a brisk end of summer and we still have a week to go. It’s starting to feel like fall out there and more so - look like it. This can be a very tricky season to hike in and keep comfortable, but with proper planning and know-how you can limit those odds. Check the weather This is one of the most important things you can do...
The above video contains silent film clips of NYS Governor Averell Harriman dedicating Whiteface Mt. Ski Center and skiing during the same day. The woman with the crown is local figure skating coach, Priscilla Hill, who taught figure skating with the Skating Club of Lake Placid in the 1950's and '60's.I remember the day well: January 25, 1958. Whiteface Mountain Ski Center was officially opened...
Preseason through Ski SeasonIn the Whiteface Region we’ve got you covered. “We don’t plan anything around natural snow. We get it but we’re not dependent on that,” Aaron Kellett, Whiteface Mountain Manager It’s no surprise that after the leaves have changed and fallen the Adirondack Park has a lull in visitors before the snow flies and winter season begins. It doesn’t mean the park...
Whiteface Mountain can lay claim to having some great deals and great entertainment on a very regular basis throughout the winter season. Find a winter wonderland and some very special events at Santa's Workshop during December, while other events bring discounts and awesome live music to the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center.Santa claus is coming...December's the most special time of year in...
Who is this so-called wolfman?After experiencing one of the most amazing and educational outings I've done in recent memory, I dubbed my host, Steve Hall, "the wolf man." Steve conducts almost daily walks with the wolves who reside at the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center (AWR) in Wilmington, NY. Steve's running commentary during the wolf walk will both amaze and educate...
While it may have started out as a typical day with me heading in to work at 8am, I had plans to get out from behind the computer today. I tried to rip through my emails and work as quickly as I could. Not because it was Friday, but because I had an 11am meeting scheduled with the guys on the Whiteface Mountain Park Crew for an interview and a few runs -- and I was looking for a little work...
Indulge MeReally. For just one day in my life I would like to indulge in copious amounts of chocolate, decadent full-fat cheese, greasy delicious fries, and some good old-fashioned beer (by the bottle or the draught - heck, even the can). So, you know what? Let's do it. I'm an adult, I can make my own rules. We’re going on a mission through the Whiteface Region is search of Adirondack...
You might already have come to this conclusion yourself, but after reviewing 2014 events and images, I’d say that Wilmington has solidified its place as a premier biking destination - for both the knobby and skinny tire sets.  EVENTSThe snow had barely left the building when the biggest biking event in the region took to the roads and trails during the Wilmington Whiteface Bike Fest....
An Adirondack Firetower Challenge---Try a new listOK, so the list really isn’t new – but it might be to you. Have you been working on the 46 High Peaks, but need a break from long strenuous days? Maybe you are up here with the family and you want to do something a bit less challenging? Maybe you want a list to work on with the family so that everyone can have fun without the worry of a 12+ mile...
Starting off the New Year in an alpine state of mind? Ski or ride Whiteface and join in some of the fun events they’re offering this month. Why not rock out at whiteface this winterWhy Not Wednesdays - almost every Wednesday (holidays not inlcuded) - enjoy discounted lift tickets when you bring a Coca Cola product to the ticket window.Rock the Face Concert Series - Every Saturday - live...
We spent more time exploring the Whiteface Region this year than ever before - and we are so glad we did! Here are four of my family-friendly highlights from the 2014 year!RUnning Hot & Cold SUMMER AT THE MOUNTAINThis year, we found out just how great Whiteface Mountain is… I mean, we always knew it was THE place to be in the winter. And, during the fall we’ve often enjoyed the gondola...
A nice addition to the “family snowshoe outing” familyCobble Lookout is a brand new trail to the Whiteface Region and practically still has that new trail smell. The trail as it originally existed was used for years by locals to access a rocky view overlooking Santa’s North Pole, but recently the DEC has decided to adopt it, mark it, and maintain it, with very little change. Currently the...
If you're looking for some ski fun during the next few weeks, look no further than Whiteface Mountain! As February leads us into Spring-thinking, the mountain has a few really fun things to offer up to skiers and riders.Weekly live entertainmentEntertainment reigns in the Cloudspin Lounge  with great regional bands performing every Saturday during the season. For some great entertainment,...
Adirondack Primitive CaMping at its bestI would like to tell you about two of my favorite camping spots in the Whiteface Region of the Adirondacks: Cooper Kiln Pond and the Whiteface Brook Lean-to. While many more camping options do exist (for example: Taylor Pond State Campground, Copperas Pond lean-to, and Wilmington Notch State Campground), I have a fondness for these two primitive locations....
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...
Summer is coming to an end, and fall is right around the corner. The Adirondacks are a top choice for viewing the fall foliage, and Whiteface Region is the place to be if you are looking for autumn fun. Oktoberfest at Whiteface Mountain Saturday, October 3: 10:00-6:00Sunday, October 4: 10:00-5:00Location: The base of Whiteface MountainThis weekend-long, Bavarian-style celebration, is...
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 (...
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...
I’m a huge animal lover and I always have been. I'm that person that swerves my car so I don't hit a chipmunk. So I guess you could say I was excited to go to the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington for the first time. I don’t know why I hadn’t been here before, but I loved every minute of it, and I am so glad I got to spend a day there. If you haven’t been, you are...
The chill is in the air…the mountains have had its first frost and snow…it must be the beginning of Christmas season!Nothing makes me happier than Christmas. I love the decorations. I love the Christmas music on all the radio stations. I love that the stores put out Christmas stuff earlier and earlier each year. I just love Christmas. That’s why I was as happy as a five-year-old when I found out...
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, partly because I love costumes and partly because my birthday falls right around Halloween, so I always had a Halloween theme for my parties when I was a kid. I like to dress up, carve pumpkins, and decorate my house with webs and skeletons, so I was excited to find out how the Adirondacks celebrate Halloween. When I heard about Whiteface Range Hall’s...
Few things in life are perfect. That's what we've all come to expect. Sure, when we were young and naive, we believed that the world was flawless - or at least had the potential to be - but then the disappointments of reality crush our utopian dreams and perfection fades like the idea of Santa Claus.But I'm here to tell you today that perfection does exist in the dark world and it shines like a...
There are so many family-fun things to see and do in the Adirondacks in the winter! Wilmington is the home of Whiteface Mountain, which was rated as one of the best mountains to ski  in the East! If skiing isn’t your thing, High Falls Gorge offers one of the coolest places to hike or snowshoe in the winter, with awesome views of ice formations and frozen waterfalls. Santa’s Workshop is great...
Winter and the holidays are right around the corner. The Whiteface Region is plentiful with activities that won't break the bank, and are fun for the whole family. Grab your family and your winter gear, and head to Whiteface Region to indulge in some Adirondack winter fun that everyone will enjoy!Village of Lights You’ll be embraced in the Christmas spirit when you see the Village of Lights...
Every year we faithfully don our full winter gear, pack up the car, and head to Santa's Workshop in North Pole, NY. As we hit the town of Wilmington and see our first indication that we are getting close, the excitement builds - for everyone in our group, no matter the age.  The Village of Lights is an especially magical time to visit Santa and has become a part of our annual holiday...
2015 TOP 3 BLOGS IN REVIEWWe scoured our blogs for the most popular, most informative, and just downright funniest pieces from the past year. In case you missed them on the first go-round, here are our top 3 picks from the Whiteface Region. Enjoy!#3. Sunrise, Sunset: Hiking After HoursAfter hiking to see the sunrise for the first time, I fell in love with hiking in the dark. The woods transform...
It was a mild, late-December day, and snow had finally blanketed the ground. I wanted to see winter in the mountains — boulder creases highlighted by mini snow piles and rock walls draped in rippled ice. I found what I was looking for in the rugged depths of High Falls Gorge.From state Route 86 the gorge doesn't look like much. One can see the split in the earth, and it's clear from the swiftly...
The last time I spoke to Wendy Hall on the phone she was distracted by a crow named Russell, which was loudly squawking in the background. Russell has an affinity for perching in her hair and often follows Wendy, who started the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center with her husband, Steve, as she cares for the other animals there.I like to stop by the refuge a few times a year...
Don't count Whiteface Mountain out yet.Yes, this winter has lacked the normal snowfall depths we've come to expect in the Adirondacks, but that doesn't mean it's time to pack up the skis or snowboard. There are dozens of trails open, and when you pair that with the amazing Springfest Maple Weekend lineup, March is looking like a great month to be on the slopes.First, let's talk skiing and...
Not feeling up to par for spring hiking? Maybe you've been out of the game for a while, or perhaps you just took the winter off? Whatever the reason you can always get yourself ready to hike the trials. It’s tough to climb a High Peak right out of the box, it can be done, but after a bit of a hiatus it may not be the pleasurable experience you pictured.Like the old cliché, “Don’t jump in with...
The Whiteface Region will see a great new dining option in a totally awesome location at the end of May! While the summit of Whiteface Mountain has long housed a snack bar, this year brings a whole new dining experience to the Whiteface Mountain Castle. The Castle Cafe will feature Taste NY — for the first time on an Adirondack mountaintop. taste nyWith the farm to fork movement expanding...
I’ve driven past it without taking much note dozens of times. But I finally got a chance to stop and explore the Jay Covered Bridge earlier this year, and I was thrilled that I did.The site of the bridge is gorgeous. There’s a beautiful little park with benches and a roomy parking area, there’s wonderful signage around the bridge that explains its historic significance to the area, and the river...
As you slowly meander up the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway, you start to wonder about the plants around you. They’re so different and sparse up here on the high-elevation rocks. How do they survive? What makes them different from plants in the valleys? Are there animals that live up here? How do they do it? It’s sure nice here in the summer, but what’s it like in the winter? ...
Wilmington is a vacationer's paradise with its fine selection of motels, cabins, bed and breakfasts, and rental properties. I've stayed in the beautiful cabins at the Wilderness Inn II, and several people who rented rooms at the nearby motels during my wedding weekend had great things to say about the accommodations, but I'd never been in one of the local rental properties until recently. Curious...
What's that I hear?Ah, the sweet sounds of summer. One of the best things about living in the Adirondack Park is the abundance of outdoor concerts throughout the summer season. Perhaps it's the long winters, or just the fact that we love taking advantage of the longer days & being in nature, but nowhere that I have lived has offered so many concerts over such a concentrated period of time....
Sugar House CreameryFirst stop on the tour takes us to the Sugar House Creamery in Upper Jay, NY. Here you will find two farmers, Margaret Brooks and Alex Eaton and their beautiful farmstead creamery. They make their own aged cheese, raw milk, eggs, meat among many other things. If you're stopping in for a sweet treat, don't miss out on their fine yogurt and maple syrup collection, and if you're...
Hit the road!Spring has sprung a bit early this year, and my six-year-old son has been begging to go biking. Of course, the trails are still covered in icy patches and muck abounds - they're not quite ready to host our wheels, and we don't want to do any damage to the natural environment. We haven't done many roadside rides as Oliver is still a bit wobbly, and has the unnerving tendency to...
Hit the road!My six-year-old son has been begging to go biking. Of course, while he thinks he is ready to be an extreme mountain biker, I think he needs to conquer basic skills first —call me crazy.We haven't done many roadside rides as Oliver is still a bit wobbly, and has the unnerving tendency to steer toward whatever catches his eye. And he's fast. Really fast. Or at least too fast for me to...
Whether you're roughing it or enjoying the woods in style, if you're in the Whiteface Region you've come to the right place. The campgrounds here can get you the wilderness experience you seek — even if that means getting breakfast delivered to your tent.Wilmington Notch State CampgroundIf you want a primitive camping experience with some basic amenities thrown in on the side, the Wilmington...
Campgrounds are scattered throughout New York state — some are privately owned and others are owned and operated by the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation. There are seven campgrounds that are close to Wilmington and the Whiteface Region. I have listed them below for you to browse through. More in-depth information can be found on their websites....
Camping with your pooch is like sleeping with a body pillow — at least it is with my four-legged companion.The hard part can be planning for the extra mouth to feed, but in some cases it's finding a dog friendly retreat. That’s why camping is the answer. The Whiteface Region is a great option for dog friendly camping and is ever-so-close to the High Peaks and a plethora of other hiking, paddling...
8/10/16 Editor's note: When thinking about fun things to do with our littlest friends while visiting the Whiteface Region, Santa's Workshop always comes to mind. Check out this blog from our archives (originally published 8/8/14) and then start planning your family-friendly vacation. Time flies, make sure to hit this treasure before the littles hit 48" and stop believing! Santa’s Workshop:...
Trails Less TraveledThe Whiteface Region is home to Wilmington, which is known to locals as the banana belt. It seems to always be sunny despite the weather patterns in surrounding villages. Thus, it lends itself to some amazing adventures and unforgettable memories.There are numerous trails and hikes that provide for a day or overnight of fun for the entire family. However, if you ask me the...
The 4,865-foot Whiteface Mountain, New York state's fifth highest peak, is an Adirondack landmark that's difficult to miss. The enormous landmass rises some 10 miles north of most of the other High Peaks — Adirondack mountains higher than 4,000 feet — so its distinctly sharp profile is uncluttered by neighboring peaks. That means the 360-degree view from Whiteface's large, rocky summit is a...
It’s time once again to start planning for Whiteface Mountain’s 22nd Annual Oktoberfest. This year’s festivities take place the weekend of October 4th and 5th beginning at 10am each day. The fun continues until 6pm on Saturday and 5pm on Sunday. There’s a lot in store for attendees again this year.Since the Northern Adirondack area around Wilmington and Lake Placid was nicknamed “America’s Alps”...
 Celebrate the colors of fallFor one of the best local home-grown events around, Wilmington hosts the 13th Annual Festival of the Colors in September. This event celebrates all things autumn in the heart of downtown Wilmington. The celebration includes local arts, photography, furniture makers, crafts, and homemade baked goods. It’s a true Adirondack community festival, a not-to-be-missed...
The epic Essex County Cheese Tour is an irresistible combination of many delightful things: the beauty of fall color, the gourmet experience of artisan cheeses, and the cheerful influence of goats.It can be a surprise that the Adirondacks, known for its mountains and lakes and forests, is also the home of many farms dedicated to organic and sustainable agriculture. The tours are held on select...
I know people who have lived in the Adirondacks their entire lives and have never seen a bobcat. I also know people who have caught fleeting glimpses of the creature while going about their business. Just the other day, a friend was telling me about the bobcat he saw while driving home from work along Adirondack Loj Road in the High Peaks. It was winter, and he came around a bend to find the...
Not all Halloween stories are spooky ghost tales that leave you wondering, what if? Some stories are merely a memory of what once was. The Land of Makebelieve in Upper Jay is now a ghost town destroyed by the forces of nature. Sadly nothing remains of what was once a child-size amusement park that left kids feeling like they had just jumped into a page of a favorite fairytale story.From Arto's...
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...
Do you know what geocaching is? I didn’t. At least, not exactly. Ok, so I had a rough idea and had heard people talking about it now and then. But I wanted to try finding a “cache” and hadn’t the first idea how to go about it.As luck would have it, my friendly ‘cubicle mate,' Kerry, is an avid geocacher! When I mentioned it one day at work she piped up and told me there are several...
Cheese makers in Essex County are a growing segment of the young and emerging farm communities. North Country Creamery's Ashlee Kleinhammer, one of the cheese producers in the county, is featured in the above film about local farmers. You can support your local farmers every day of the year by buying their products, but you can really immerse yourself by joining in on the Essex County Cheese Tour...
We were halfway down Excelsior, an intermediate-level trail that begins at the gondola on top of Little Whiteface Mountain, when Luke Meissner's radio crackled. A young skier had taken a nasty fall near the bottom of a trail called Easy Street and couldn't get himself off of the mountain.Stopping at the crest of a serious drop off where several trails intersect, Luke quickly consulted a map that...
Grab your beer and bring your friends, because it might get cold without them. We even brought the dog, hoping he likes fish. We were the newbies out on the lake. My father, my friend Adam, and I had never been out ice fishing before.The last time I was out on a frozen lake I had skates on my feet, a hockey stick in hand, and a puck heading for nothing but net. Drilling holes in the ice wouldn’t...
A hearty breakfast is everyone's favorite way to fuel up before a fun day outdoors. To me, that means bacon. To my husband, it's something he can put real maple syrup on.But whatever your favorite breakfast consists of, here's three great ways to fuel those fun fires.the swiftThere are lots of vacation needs which can be met at the Little Super Market downtown. Fondly known as the "Little Super...
We celebrate fall as the time all our crops, having patiently grown through the summer, burst into ripeness and full maturity. But in the farms near Whiteface Mountain, spring can be the time new things are ready to appear. Like baby goats and cows and alpacas.Our farms offer wonderfully fresh artisan products, a reminder of the importance of small scale sustainable farming, and --sometimes --...
I parked my car and readied for what was sure to be a memorable experience. As the hour of 10:00 am approached, I heard the howling of several wolves. This can be a scary sound in a horror movie, but in the parking lot of a wildlife refuge, it is a reminder of why I was here.To meet — and learn from — nature.The Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation is a form of animal hospital that'...
Ah, chocolate. It's a mood elevator, an expression of love, and a treat of infinite variety. If we love chocolate, we will want to visit a source of great chocolate since 1977. Originally Candyman, now Adirondack Chocolates, it is just as sweet by any name.The tradition continues with the original recipes and hand-crafted quality from the local chocolate chef, Herman. He began by selling his...
Ironman VolunteerIt was about 9 months ago that I was gifted with one of the greatest opportunities — I was asked to assist with Ironman Lake Placid. I was brought on board to help with the astounding amount of work that goes into coordinating the thousands of volunteers. I didn’t know what I was in for, but that was the best part. The adrenaline was all that kept me going. The energy Ironman...
So you're coming to the Wilmington area because of the fishing... even though you don't fish.Don't worry. There are plenty of activities to enjoy in our section of the Adirondacks. While your favorite fisherperson is out casting in our award-winning river, here are some fun suggestions for the non-fisher folks in your party.The sky isn't even the limit.easy outdoorsWhen it comes to the Whiteface...
The Whiteface Region is a cycling paradise. Challenging terrain, gorgeous scenery, and intriguing routes all combine with the fresh mountain air. Come explore a full weekend of aspirations in the form of incredible mountain cycling, then road cycling... with an intriguing twist.Summer is prime biking season, and it kicks off with the Adirondack Bike Race Weekend.7th Annual WW 100kThe WW 100k is...
My wife and I have a lot in common, a fact I like to think was a major contributor to our marriage. Besides things like a mutual appreciation of nature, art, and other cultures, we both like to do things ourselves. If something needs to be fixed, we try to fix it before hiring someone to do it for us. Part of that mentality comes from a desire to learn new things, and part of it comes from a...
This month I did some research into one of my favorite activities - camping! I love it, as you'll find out reading this blog.My husband and I live in the woods in the Adirondacks. At home we can do pretty much everything camping-wise that can be done at a campground. But there's just something about hitching up that camper and moseying on down the road to one of our region's amazing campgrounds....
It’s officially summer in the Adirondacks, and that means… well lots of stuff. To me, summer means biking, hiking, swimming, paddling, climbing, and touring. The season also includes everyone’s favorite way to prepare for, or recover from, all of those activities. No, I’m not talking about napping. Even better, I’m referring to picnicking. Nature, up closeSo, where to picnic, you ask?...
Their award-winning cheeses could not be made anywhere else and taste the same. The characters and flavors are born from the cow’s milk that is flavored with the grass the cows eat, which picks up certain hues from the unspoiled Adirondack soil where it's grown. Then the wheels of cheese are infused with spruce from the locally-milled pine boards on which they are aged. This is all to say that...
Time spent outdoors is the best way to inspire children’s interest in the flora and fauna of a region. Even if it doesn’t turn them into ornithologists or botanists, they will be left with fond memories and an appreciation for wildlife. We spent a great deal of time outdoors with our two sons as they were growing up. As a result, they are quite comfortable out in the wilderness and regularly hike...
This is the land of scenic drives.Even in a place known for its scenery the terrain surrounding Whiteface Mountain is a standout. From the constantly unfolding mountain vistas to the ways our rocky rivers flow through them, there is an appealing collection of beautiful landscapes and fun stops to enjoy.Here are our top three picks:top of the mountain to youA mountain you can drive up. Now that's...
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...
6 Children, 3 Adults, 1 Mission: Fun For All - Adventure Zone Reality TV Has Nothing On This Gang We are a motley crew. Routinely as we pile out of the circa 80’s limo - which doubles as the family travel vehicle -  more than a few people pull out their cameras. I’ve said on more than one occasion that we should be filming a reality TV show. But this is better than TV - this is our...
It may be hard to ackowledge that winter is almost here, especially if you're still raking leaves. But the best deals can be found now, before we’re knee-deep in the fluffy stuff. And Whiteface Mountain is no exception; they are offering up various deals with substantial savings.   If you haven’t skied it yet, let me give you a couple of reasons to visit: Whiteface Mountain is ...

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