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...
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,...
I’m here in Upper Jay amidst the hubbub of rehearsal for an original play by Upper Jay Art Center (UJAC) artistic director, Scott Renderer. Scott, who is a former NYC Wooster Group actor, is also featured in the play which is titled: “Nick (A Christmas Pageant)” and will premiere at UJAC on Dec. 19, 20 and 21. It’s an unusual mix of real-life and fiction as well...
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 Sochi One of the biggest events on hill this winter is the USANA FIS World Cup Freestyle. The moguls competition takes place on...
World Cup Freestyle Skiing & Moguls January in the Whiteface Region is all about getting outside and taking part in winter events at Whiteface Mountain. Each week Whiteface offers a host of on- and off-hill activities and events to keep you active and entertained. By far the biggest event of the month this year is the return, once again, of FIS World Cup Freestyle skiing...
Apres Anyone? What do you enjoy most about your day hitting the slopes? Is it the rush you get flying down the mountain? Is it the feeling of accomplishment for challenging yourself? Or maybe you don’t hit the slopes at all and are looking for a great aprés scene? Whatever it is that pumps you up, rest assured you're already in the perfect aprés spot. You can find the best barstool to...
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...
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 Highway The 4th Annual Wilmington/Whiteface 100K - July 22 at the entrance to the Whiteface Mt....
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...
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...
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 far....
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: Seeing is...
4 Spectacular Scenic Destinations Family fun in the Wilmington area The 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...
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...
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...
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 MOUNTAIN This 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...
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 winter Why Not Wednesdays - almost every Wednesday (holidays not included) - enjoy discounted lift tickets when you bring a Coca Cola product to the ticket window. Rock the Face Concert Series -...
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 entertainment Entertainment reigns in the Cloudspin Lounge  with great regional bands performing every Saturday during the season. For some...
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...
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. ...
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 history This year’s event...
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-...
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...
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 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 on the first go-round, here are our top 3 picks from the Whiteface Region. Enjoy! #3. Sunrise, Sunset: Hiking After Hours After hiking to see the sunrise for the first time, I fell in love with...
The Town of Wilmington is near and dear to my heart. A place where my adoration for the mountains is able to exponentially grow. A place such as this is what makes the Adirondacks so wonderful. Every town, village, and hamlet intertwines so graciously into the next. The joys of these areas are often abundant once you start to explore. I myself have found, and continue to find, happiness in my...
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. ...
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 bust I headed into Wilmington last Thursday in...
There are a lot of rocks in the Adirondacks — one of the most exposed expanses of anorthosite granite in the world occurs here — but what about that other kind of rock? Kid Rock. Is there a connection between the man who helped pen “Bawitdaba” and the Adirondacks?  It turns out, there is. I found six degrees of separation between Kid Rock and Whiteface Mountain, a popular peak that'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...
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...
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...
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...
  Girls' Night Out Oh, 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...
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...
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...
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&...
The spirit of the season, in any season For some places in the world, it’s hard to get into the Christmas spirit until late November or even December. The stores start selling their decorations, and they seem very out of place. Synthetic trees, gawdy wrapping paper, bags of plastic bows — it doesn’t feel authentic. It feels forced. Well, not in Wilmington, New...
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...
Did you know Santa lives right here, in the Whiteface region at The North Pole? The North Pole is a magical place you can visit and meet Santa. We decided to ask him some important questions. He got right back to us with great answers. Enjoy!  Dear Santa, Please help us answer a few questions the children have. They understand you work hard all year round getting toys ready...
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...
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...
Summer is coming to an end, and fall is right around the corner. The Adirondacks is a top choice for viewing the fall foliage, and the Whiteface Region is the place to be if you are looking for autumn fun.  Oktoberfest at Whiteface Mountain  Saturday, September 22: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 23: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location...
Roland and Octavia were about halfway down the mountain when raindrops began tapping upon what little fall foliage was left on the trees. The trail became muddy, the rocks and roots slick, which slowed their descent considerably. Now they were on Route 86 heading east toward Wilmington, the heat blasting as Roland eased the car into the darkness ahead. Wet and exhausted, there was nothing that...
Now that I have a daughter, I have realized the importance of forming a bond with Santa Claus, the mystical being who makes fancy toys and brings them to good girls and boys around the world. I’m not one for rubbing elbows with celebrities, but this is a serious matter — how could I best ensure my sweet Lucina gets all of the presents she deserves? I had to do something, so I reached out to a few...
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...
It's pretty hard to ignore Whiteface Mountain when you're in Wilmington, but did you know we also have mountain bike trails, a beach, and a park where Christmas is a year-round event? Read on to learn more! The beach If you are traveling with family in the summer, I am sure you feel strongly about having a great family-friendly beach nearby. In my opinion, the...
School's out for summer, and that means one thing—tackling our list of summer traditions. On this particular Wednesday we managed to cross off one of our coolest items. As you head up the Whiteface Veterans’ Memorial Highway you can't help but notice the quaint, themed signs touting a visit with Santa. This of course brings a few questions to mind: Santa. Like, the real Santa? Doesn't...
Submitted by guest blogger Martha Pritchard Spear The Upper Jay Art Center seems to be from grittiest Brooklyn, on the East River, scooped up by Dorothy’s tornado, and dropped smack dab in the center of Upper Jay, NY, on the East Branch of the Ausable River, just a little rumpled from the journey far upstate.  The art center produces plays, poetry readings, dance performances, art shows,...
The time between winter skiing and summer activity at Whiteface Mountain is a great time to visit. When the snow is waiting to fall, there is so much fun to be had. The colors on this majestic mountain in autumn are beyond anything you can see on the mountains downstate or out west. The Adirondacks have the most beautiful fall days and the activities that go with them are just...
One of the hidden gems in the Adirondacks is the hamlet of Upper Jay. Located on the east branch of the Ausable River, Upper Jay is peacefully nestled in some of the best Adirondack scenery, with the High Peaks and babbling river up close. Upper Jay is also home to some great spots for art and culture in the region. The town is an easy drive from Lake Placid, just off Route 9N west of Wilmington...

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