While yes there are four-seasons, the winter is one of the hardest seasons to keep yourself well-fed and hydrated while recreating in the Adirondacks. With winter comes a couple of typical excuses: 1) It’s cold and who would want to stop for long periods of time to eat and drink?2) My water keeps freezing, and my food turns to a solid brick and loses its flavor - and I was looking...
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...
Author’s Note: The following is a mostly true story about a man and his sandwich.Anyone who has traveled in the Adirondacks knows that there are great places to eat. We have high-end restaurants, greasy spoons, diners, and almost every other type of eatery you can imagine. I know that I have my favorites. And on my short list of great establishments is one very unlikely place.The Impossible...
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...
"Après-ski (French: after skiing) refers to any form of entertainment, nightlife, or social event that occurs specifically at ski resorts" - Wikipedia definition. My memories of après-skiing are many and varied from fondue and pool parties to consuming vast quantities of food and beverages - depending greatly on the ski resort at which I was après-skiing. Many of our historic local après-ski...
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...
I love food. So much. My family actually openly makes fun of how much I eat, but it doesn’t even phase me anymore. And, it certainly doesn't stop me from finding great places to eat — which is exactly what I have found at the Wilderness Inn II Restaurant in Wilmington. I’m obsessed, and I’m not afraid to share it. This adorable, quaint little restaurant is well worth the 15-20 minute drive from...
Let's be honest, mountain bikers are a unique bunch. Often I'll come back from a ride sweaty, bleeding, and covered in mud and my wife will look at my grin and ask, "So... This is fun for you?"But my wife's wisecracks aside, I get where she's coming from. When people hear us (mountain bikers) talk about what happens on the trail - well not every thing - they tend to look at us like we're crazy....
Everything in the Whiteface Region is big, right? There are big mountain rivers, big mountain views, and the biggest vertical drop in the East. I wasn't surprised to learn that it's also home to one of the biggest beer selections around!Cheers to the North PoleAbout a month ago I wrote a blog on some of the wonderful and diverse camping opportunities in the region. You can go rustic or luxurious...
Last week I embarked on a mission to find and observe sports fans in their natural habitat: the sports bar. I am not a sports fan, so sports culture and the various species of sports fans found within have always mystified me. It was time to put my curiosity to rest and take to the field to document their habits.Wilmington or bustI headed into Wilmington last Thursday in search of my quarry with...
Known for its seemingly endless natural beauty and outdoorsy pursuits such as skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and fishing, the village of Wilmington may not immediately come to mind when planning a holiday outing, but let’s not be too hasty. As the craziness of the season hits a crescendo, how about taking a day to unwind with some fresh air with dear friends or loved ones, followed by great new...
I’ve only fat tire biked once before and it wasn't for long. I’ve been feeling a little adventurous lately and it occurred to me that I needed to give fat tire biking another chance. Of course, I don't tend to jump in and not do things the way you would think one who was new to a sport might. Who said you need to take it easy when learning a new sport? Let's take it from the top, literally.I...
2016 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 when they were originally published, here are our top three picks from the Whiteface Region. Enjoy!3) Adult Hide & SeekOur blogger tries her hand at geocaching on a warm spring day and soon finds herself exploring new places and...
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...
The time has come where we are looking to buy a house.  Our goal was to ease up on going out to dinner and start cooking more at home. This seemed like an easy New Year’s resolution — until we were told our friends were moving back to town, new restaurants were opening, friends were having babies and getting married, and so many more wonderful life events.The resolution lasted a short time...
Wilmington is always a great choice for a weekend of skiing at Whiteface Mountain. But it's also a wonderful destination for a couple who doesn't Alpine ski.This adorable little village is all about the romance. It has some delightful features which can make it about just we two. If our idea of a romantic getaway is about spending lots of couple time in low-key, lovely, surroundings, we can offer...
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 --...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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