#10: Be sure to check out the Jump Jam/Trials Exhibition on Friday NightThis is always a great kick-off the bike fest weekend. The dirt jumps behind the Little Supermarket in Wilmington is a great for families and there is always a good show to see. This year festival organizers have brought in the KRUSHER STUNT TEAM from Montreal to impress the crowd and get everyone fired up for a great weekend...
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...
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...
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...
No pain, no gain...I haven’t attempted a climb of any significance since doing Mt. Marcy about 15 years ago. During that climb I discovered I could still go UP forever, but one of my knees had decided it didn’t like the going DOWN part. The last 3 miles or so of that excursion were agony! I've been thinking it's time to tackle something a little less ambitious than Marcy or one of the High Peaks...
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....
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...
The mountain we wanted for our wedding was in Wilmington, New York. While most people think of Little Whiteface as a ski mountain, it's just as gorgeous, and for our purposes, even more useful, as a location for our summer marriage vows. Because...He'd done it. He'd gotten down on one knee, right outside the jewelry store where we had picked out my amethyst engagement ring, and proposed. Again. (...
WILD, SPECTACULAR, AND RICH WITH historyThe iconic Ausable River in the Adirondack Mountains has a storied history of rest, recreation, and even rage. The river is an iconic fishing destination, has supported major industry, produced some amazing trophy fish, powered entire towns and formed spectacular chasms. Come along while we explore these amazing waterways - a two for one deal.The Ausable...
Hiking to See the Sunset and SunriseOne of my favorite things to do in the Adirondacks is to hike a mountain to watch the sun go up or come down. I love watching and photographing this anywhere, but being on top of the world makes it just that much more special. I’m big into photography, and hiking for sunset and sunrise provides the most terrific photographic opportunities. Also, some of my...
The Wilmington Town Council announced yesterday that it will turn Route 86 into a toll road. The move comes as the town completes construction on the bridge over the Ausable River. The town supervisor, Randy Pushton, said, "After we completed the bridge construction, this was the logical next project to take on. When we looked around, it seemed that Wilmington had an unusual amount of through...
There is no better place to ride motorcycles than the Adirondacks. OK, I haven't actually ridden a lot of other places, but I do know that the Adirondacks are a great place for it. There are tons of scenic, back-road loops that can take you an hour or a day, or even multiple days, if that's what you're looking for, and there's so much to learn from riding.  1. Always keep an open mind....
A day on the West BranchTrout Fishing on the AuSable RiverMy canoe was finally finished, the weather forecast was for an Adirondack “bluebird day,” and my buddy Doug was itching to wet a line. Since part of the objective for this outing was to see how my canoe performed, we decided to drop-in at Lake Everest and paddle up the West Branch of the AuSable as far as we could, and fish-float back down...
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...
Just what is a "badass"When I volunteered to write a blog post about “badass” Whiteface Region women, I was a little worried I might offend someone by asking them to be a part of my blog. After all, badass can and does have some negative connotations. So I decided to actually look up the definition of “badass."Here’s what Google’s definition is:bad·ass:   noun   1. a tough,...
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...
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's all about the look of what's on the hook.From a brook trout's perspective, it's a waste of precious energy to go after something that isn't a sure thing. Potential fodder has to be the right shape, color, and size, and it has to move the right way. Those variables change every day, throughout the day. A recipe for fly fishing might look like this: Take one part science and one part art, tie...
One of the things on my bucket list is learning how to fly fish. I've fished Placid Lake since I was a little girl sitting on my Dad's lap, but have never fly fished. I've watched enviously from the banks of the West Branch of the Ausable River, as others cast their lines in the legendary, trophy fish waters between Lake Placid and Wilmington. This year I intend to take the plunge (pardon the pun...
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...
Who says that all good things must come to an end?Despite the mild weather, the crew at Whiteface Mountain did an outstanding job of maintaining super conditions on the alpine ski trails this past winter.  Because of their tenacity, you might be surprised that according to 10 out of 10 ski industry experts at the mountain, it’s just not practical to make snow all summer here in the...
Did you know? Nearly 70 percent of visitors to the Adirondacks come here during the WARM weather?It’s true. So what’s that mean for Whiteface Mountain? Yes, some folks remember that Whiteface Mountain hosted the alpine events for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. And yes, today’s avid skiers and riders know that Whiteface is THE place to experience the greatest vertical drop in the east,...
This year, my main focus has been on training for the grueling uphills that are completely unavoidable on most of the mountain bike trail systems in the Adirondack Mountains. I always find myself asking why I have such a hard time getting up those hills when I seem to be in fantastic shape because of how often I bike. Turns out, if you want those mountain biker legs you really have to bike up,...
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...
I typically pride myself on being able to follow directions.  For example, as an admittedly not-very-confident cook, I’ll attempt simple dishes that I find on the internet. Once I choose a recipe, however, I read it carefully to make sure that I understand the order of events and required tools.I display the list of ingredients and numbered steps on my iPad - which I position out of spill’s...
Did you know you can ride a bike down Whiteface Mountain?2,456 vertical feet.Two thousand four hundred and fifty six vertical feet.That’s almost a half mile.And I rode it. On a mountain bike. It was crazy. It was scary.It was awesome.Author’s Note: Crazy and scary not your style? Scroll down to the bottom and learn how you can still have the time of your life at the Whiteface Bike Park!The True...
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...
I don’t usually look to spend a night at a campground. If I’m on the road I’ve got a hotel booked and a guarantee I’ll have wi-fi, a clean bathroom, and a bed. Camping for me involves taking an overnight hike out in the middle of the wilderness, away from civilization, and a night's rest sleeping on the ground in a tent. Basically I’m mosquito bait, but that’s okay because I enjoy backcountry...
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:...
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...
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...
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...
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...
“It requires skill, grace and patience,” he said. “That is why women excel at it.”That was a snippet from a recent conversation with fly fisherman, guide, and business owner Tom Conway. He confirmed what I had been hearing: that women take to fly fishing faster than men, and in many cases, outcast their male counterparts.Earlier this week I visited the Ausable River Two Fly Shop in Wilmington,...
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...
Hooked Even Before Casting OutIf the general feeling you have when you hear your alarm go off in the early morning hours is, ughhh, where is the snooze button, I need ten more minutes! Then we sympathize. But if the reason your alarm is going off early is because you’re headed out to do some fishing on the West Branch of the Ausable River in Wilmington – well then it’s a whole different kind of...
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...
Whiskey Run Registration Now Open in Whiteface Region – Down with Prohibition! By Guest Blogger: Michael MartineauBet you didn’t know that Wilmington, NY, was a hotbed of whiskey running during Prohibition did you? During the years of prohibition, which ran from 1920 to 1933, Wilmington, with its close proximity to the Canadian border, became a hub of illegal liquor manufacturing....
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....
  Plan to Cycle this season in the Adirondacks!We think cycling in the Whiteface Region is awesome, but you don't have to take our word for it - let our cycling fans speak for us.Have we convinced you yet? Good. Now, check out our homey lodging and fabulous food choices, and plan your next mountain or road biking trip today! 
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...
 Girls' Night OutOh, how I long for the days of my youth. Where I was wild and free, hitting the road for random weekend getaways with the girls, staying out until the bars closed, and eating decadent food in the wee hours.Nah, that's not true at all. I love being a responsible adult with a family and schedule to adhere to. But, every once in awhile, I do jump at the chance to partake in a...
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...
I’m always looking for new corners of the Adirondacks to explore — considering how many corners this place has, I expect to be busy for a very long time — so me and my wife, Anna, our dog, Belle, our friend Emilee and her dog, Roscoe, embarked on a hike to Cooper Kiln Pond, followed by a side trip to the beautiful and accessible Wilmington Slide.This hike can be done as a point-to-point by...
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...

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