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. ...
Cheesemakers 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, will be participating. 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 in October each year....
Thanksgiving is only a week away, which means the winter holidays are just around the corner! This year, I wanted to be sure my gifts reflected the Adirondack spirit, and so I went looking for some exclusive shops that would help me get my shopping done with unique gifts and a flavor of this part of New York. Thankfully, I didn’t have to go far to get started – the Wilmington area has a few one-...
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...
"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...
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...
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 ny With the...
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 Pole About a month ago I wrote a blog on some of the wonderful and diverse camping opportunities in the region. You can...
2016 Top 3 Blogs In Review We 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 & Seek Our blogger tries her hand at geocaching on a warm spring day and soon...
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...
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 --...
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 close So,...
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...
I’m one of the quadrillions of people in the world who appreciate a good, ideally locally-brewed craft beer after a long day. However, my general rule is that in order to deserve that beer, I have to perform some sort of legitimate physical exercise that merits beer as a reward (and that will counteract the beer’s potential weight-increasing effect).   Exercise that qualifies includes...
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...
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&...
Wilmington is full of surprises. On the surface, it looks like a quiet, well-kept village, but there’s a lot more beneath the surface. Wilmington is also a place where the towering mass of Whiteface Mountain dominates the horizon, mountain biking enthusiasts cut trails across steep slopes, and bands begin playing when the craft beers start flowing. The next time you visit, don’t call...
When my kids and I head out on an adventure and travel to new places we always make a checklist of things we would like to do and see. The Whiteface Region has so much to offer in outdoor adventures that you could stay for days and not see some of the real gems of the area!  So, as a local, I thought I'd help you out and put together a tried-and-true sample checklist to help you plan...
As a four-season natural attraction, High Falls Gorge is a wonderful family-friendly option for visitors to the Whiteface Region. It provides ample parking, photo opportunities at every turn, shopping, and dining. There are three paths for exploration: the Easy Path, which is a quarter-mile loop with access to the center of the gorge without having to negotiate stairs; The Waterfall...
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...
Sugar House Creamery is an adorable farmstead creamery nestled in the Adirondacks. Their Brown Swiss Cows are getting ready to be released into the pasture after a long winter at this year's Green Grass Getdown, but don't think that's the only reason you should be visiting Sugar House Creamery.  1. The cheese  Oh my gosh. The cheese is so, so, so good. The Dutch Knuckle, Little...
Craft beer, a pretty restaurant, and amazing pizza and pasta Wilmington has some great new things going on, and with summer right around the corner the timing could not be better. During the summer months I love to take the gondola ride up Whiteface Mountain to take in the views from the top. My family and I will always stay in town for dinner after this experience, so I...
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...
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...
Lungfuls of fresh Adirondack mountain air, thigh-burning exercise, and fresh powder are the ideal ingredients that will earn you rights to a hearty meal after skiing Whiteface Mountain. But the recipe for a perfect mountain meal varies, depending on the type of skier. Are you the “only fresh morning tracks will do” type? The “all-day, go till you drop” sort? Or are you cruising along, making...
Imagine an intimate space filled with friends, some new and some old. All visitors are welcome here. Each table is adorned with a colorful display of pickled vegetables served in rustic, hand-shaped pottery, perfect for the peak of an Adirondack winter. This is what I entered into when I attended a Cookee Boy pop-up supper at Bliss & Vinegar in mid-February. Cookee Boy Brand pop-up suppers...
The Whiteface region is a beautiful and peaceful area in the Adirondacks, consisting of four hamlets that are not to be missed on your visit: Ausable Forks, Upper Jay, Jay, and Wilmington. These family-oriented communities are full of fun things to do. There are large attractions such as High Falls Gorge, Ausable Chasm, and Whiteface Mountain, as well as smaller — but no less...
You're engaged! Congrats! Now that you've said "yes" and are starting to think about saying "I do," why not an Adirondack wedding? Waterfalls, rocky peaks with stunning views, and fragrant forests — the natural beauty of the Whiteface region makes it the perfect spot for a scenic and adventurous destination wedding. Riverside or mountaintop, we've got the scoop on the prettiest places...
Summer is meant for going "out" to eat. Enjoying the fresh Adirondack breeze while having a meal, snack, or just a milkshake is what makes the summer days and nights so much fun. Doing this with a view of Whiteface Mountain, or a pristine lake or roaring river close by make it even more special. Summer months in the Whiteface Region are full of adventure and activity....
Taste New York is the state's effort to link consumers to the best products made and grown right here in New York. I decided it was an important mission to showcase one region in New York that really embraces this effort by offering some of the best craft beer made in the state: The Whiteface Region.  In general, skiers and snowboarders are usually pretty down with...

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