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...
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 to many farms dedicated to organic and sustainable agriculture. The tours are held...
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,...
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...
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 swift There are lots of vacation needs which can be met at the Little Super Market downtown...
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 --...
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...
Ah, chocolate. It's a mood elevator, an expression of love, and a treat of infinite variety. If you love chocolate, you will want to visit a source of great chocolate since 1977. Originally Candy man, now Adirondack Chocolates, is that source of sweetness. The tradition continues with the original recipes and hand-crafted quality from the local chocolate chef, Herman. He...
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...
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...
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 you...
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...
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...
Of course you know how to look at leaves! Or do you? Because the Whiteface Region has so many gorgeous options, so many acres of foliage, and so much blazing color, choosing a spot can feel overwhelming. Here are some tips for a fantastic fall getaway. Choose your time Peak color is not a firmly defined concept. No one wants to miss it, and yet it...
Romantic weekends have certain requirements. It's about the couple spending time on couple things. Pretty surroundings, relaxed hospitality, good food, and fun things to do together make everyone's must-have list. The Whiteface Region is a slice of the Adirondacks that brings these wonderful things into a bouquet of loveliness. Enjoy some striking scenery, choose from delightful B&...
It's not the usual yoga class. Yoga with wolves happens every Wednesday at the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center. It uses their new educational center, which has a wall with many windows. This new space is now a transparent part of their wolf enclosure. Be aware that there is no flash photography allowed within the property. It upsets the wildlife. So the...
If you like hunting for the unexpected in unique kinds of shops, the Whiteface Region has a little shop with a magic reputation. The Riverside Thrift Store can look like an unlikely spot for so much enjoyment. Yet, over and over, friends and family have come back from there with things that were totally unexpected, and it turned out, completely irresistible. The store is...
Who invented the theme park? Such a complicated question will have many answers, but the Adirondacks' own Arto Monaco could make a compelling case that it was himself. The Adirondacks were once crowded with his creations. There was Old McDonald’s Farm in Lake Placid, Frontier Town in North Hudson, The Land of Makebelieve in Upper Jay, and Gaslight Village in Pottersville first, and...
Oh, a cabin in the woods, with the whispery fall of snow outside and the crackle of a fire inside. It is a wonderful base for snuggling, skiing, heart-to-heart talks over hot chocolate, and snowshoeing on a bluebird day. So very Adirondacks. The Whiteface Region has a variety of cabins and cottages that will match a couple's longing to be alone, or accommodate a lively group wanting...
If the idea of winter camping conjures up a shiver... you might not be doing it right. I love the outdoors in winter, but draw a line at the sleeping bag, no matter how thick it may be. But that's not all there is to our winter campgrounds. If you would like a base of civilization with lots of lovely winter, there are two excellent choices right around the corner. Closeness...
Spring is a cheerful time of year. The sun gathers strength, buds get ready to burst, and new life is springing into being all around us. The Whiteface Region is a wonderful place to enjoy the spring. Because there are some unique and charming methods of celebrating it, all gathered in this special place. Chocolate: the source Once upon a time, there was a real...
If the words "beach concert" makes your heart beat a little faster, mark your calendar for summer Thursdays at Wilmington Town Beach. This delightful park has a swimming beach and picnic pavilion. There's birding, a playground, and hiking trails sized for short attention spans. It is also a delightful spot for listening to a band while grilling up a dinner treat. So many...
Since I love outdoor dining in the summer, the Whiteface Region is a favorite place for me to enjoy river breezes and stunning mountain scenery along with my meal. Dining in this charming region fits the category of "gourmet picnic with beverages." Imagine combining a bistro with the majestic views of the High Peaks. Indulge yourself on the decks, porches, and pavilions, which are a...
Most of us have to consider our budget and how far it can stretch when we travel. If viewing the finest in fall foliage is your reason for the season, the Whiteface Region is a great place to visit. It has all the sumptuousness of New England's explosion of color, set in a frame of rugged mountains and crystal blue rivers. It offers many inexpensive ways of enjoying fall to the fullest. ...
With Adirondack fall comes the season for scenic drives. While these are deservedly popular for the sheer volume of fine vistas available, there are a few disadvantages. The driver doesn't get to look at the view as much as their passenger does. Also, it is restricted to having to quickly change vantage points in a moving vehicle, which might not always provide the best angles. Trying to focus...
The Whiteface Region of the Adirondacks is located in the High Peaks, which is why the hiking, skiing, and ice climbing here are so exceptional. Lodging is also special, with a range that might surprise. Use this handy guide to pick the room that's best for you, and start planning your mountain getaway today. See you this winter! On a budget Check our many motels...
So often, a visit to the gift shop is considered an afterthought after visiting an attraction. It’s common to dismiss this kind of shopping unless actively seeking a souvenir. That would be a mistake, especially in the gift-giving season. The Whiteface Region has delightful gift shops. They are a place to find Adirondack-themed decor, crafts from local artisans, and special treats. In...

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