It's not truly the "first" outing of the year. That was actually on Opening Day and, truth be told, I didn't expect to catch anything anyway. So there. But on my first real outing of the year, I did want to hook that first fish, play it into my hands and release it to fight another day. It was still early in the season, so when the clouds drifted in front of the sun, it was...
The Beaver Brook Trail System is located in the Wilmington Wild Forest and has become a go to destination for mountain biking in theregion. But what many don't know is that the trail system is also a killer destination for trail running. Now that spring is finally here, we can enjoy the luxury of not having to dress like the boy in "A Christmas Story" and actually get out and do some...
Long before mountain biking at Hardy Road became popular, local off-road riders only had the Flume Trail network, right across the River from the Hungry Troutto work with. When I first heard of the trail network's existence it was explained to me that the Willkommen Hof's owner Burt Yost maintained the trails with his advocacy group known as the Wilmington Mountain...
Could it possibly be almost Spring? We've had so much snow and great winter weather this year, it's hard to imagine Spring is just a couple weeks away. And yet, all the fun slopeside events are here. Outside deck parties, fun spring races and most especially, the live entertainment and wacky contests that make up Spring Fest at Whiteface Mountain have launched! Two super...
To Bike or ski When I helped to build the Make Believe Trail at the Hardy Rd. trail network alongside dozens of other Barkeater Trails Alliance volunteers, I knew it would be an instant classic mountain bike trail. The undulating terrain features and the dry sandy soil make it an ideal place to ride a mountain bike. Upon completion of the trail my suspicions were correct,...
Spring is all about fishing Spring in the Whiteface Region means one big thing - fly fishing! This year, the season is getting a bit of a late start due to the snow cover and ice remaining in the area waterways, but trout season officially opened on April 1.  The premier event of the spring is Wilmington’s Ausable River Two-Fly competition. It’s a competition...
Catamount Mountain A gem of the Whiteface Region Spring is an excellent time to move away from the High Peaks where the mud outweighs the fun. While yes, many of the lower mountains and lower elevation hiking trails are still muddy, they do tend to dry out quicker and surely get much less traffic. Keeping this in mind, and the fact I didn’t want to shoulder a pair of...
It’s Open Fishing Season in the Adirondacks Early spring and April bring the opening of fishing season here in the Adirondacks. Every angler is eager to get out and fish. The Adirondacks is a place where early fishing can be tricky, but still folks have been out and successfully caught fish already. Typically, this time of year on Adirondack rivers fishing can be challenging due to ice...
As the Whiteface Region gears up for summer, some of the most exciting events take place every year before summer even begins. When the Adirondacks is in one of it's prettiest times of the year, with the brilliant greens of the freshly leafed out hardwoods, the valley and hillsides are a gorgeous backdrop to the outdoor events of May and June. Starting off the event...
3-Seldom Visited Treasures of Silver Lake - a Bog, a Bluff, and a Mountain Silver 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...
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....
Indulge Me Really. 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...
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...
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...
Wild, spectacular, and rich with history The 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...
Hiking to See the Sunset and Sunrise One 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,...
It was a long winter. Maybe you got out and went to Whiteface. Maybe you even went XC skiing. Some of you may have even decided to try fat tire biking. But for most, the biting cold kept us inside more than we would have liked. I know that I missed many early morning skis because -25° is not my idea of fun. So maybe you got a little soft while hibernating. Your legs of steel have turned to pewter...
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...
Is it time to play in the mud!!? Spring is a time when life is rejuvenated to those aspects of nature that we love so dear. The grass gets greener, the buds on the maples start to pop, the beavers start to do spring housekeeping and repairs on their lodge and some hikers start to dust off their hiking boots. While yes, many of you might not take the winter off, many do take a seasonal...
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...
A day on the West Branch Trout Fishing on the AuSable River My 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,...
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...
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...
I normally go hiking at least once a week, but when the days are longer that number jumps to three or four. My wife and I have been busy renovating a house, though, so my average trail days have plummeted to one every few weeks. With that in mind, it didn't take long for me to decide how I'd spend an extra day in the Adirondacks. In fact, my response was immediate: Go on a hike. And what better...
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. ...
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...
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...
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...
Not feeling up to par for spring hiking? Maybe you've been out of the game for a while, or perhaps you just took the winter off? Whatever the reason you can always get yourself ready to hike the trials. It’s tough to climb a High Peak right out of the box, it can be done, but after a bit of a hiatus it may not be the pleasurable experience you pictured. Like the old cliché, “Don’t jump...
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,...
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...
Two of the most physically grueling events in the Adirondacks take place right here in the Whiteface Region! Participating athletes will enjoy the clean, crisp mountain air as they complete these amazing competitions.  uphill all the way (almost) The Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race on June 4 is a challenging ride in which cyclists ascend the 11 mile, 8 percent grade of...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Sometimes the mountain can be a pretty peculiar place. Whiteface Mountain is a local watering hole for those who might choose the path less traveled! Not sure what I mean? Let me show you. Every spring Whiteface Mountain holds their much-anticipated pond skimming contest. What’s pond skimming? The staff at the mountain makes a small pond at the bottom of the Mixing Bowl, you...
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 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...
Well, here we are in the middle of spring in the Adirondacks again. For many of us who aren’t fly fishermen, this season represents a seemingly endless transition between the last bit of skiable snow and the onset of mud-free mountain biking trails. So, while we wait for the trails to firm up, I’ve got a challenge for you.  Now, I know that it’s easy to get distracted by those pesky...
What began as a one-day tournament with only a handful of fishermen has expanded into a two-day event with close to 100 participants. But throughout the years, the mission remains the same: to celebrate the joy of fishing, the spirit of sportsmanship, and the preservation of the Ausable River. “The mission in the beginning was to bring commerce to the community and to bring people...
Spinning for Spring Have you ever attended a spinning class? I have. For the very first time this spring, I had the opportunity to sample a local trainer’s group spin classes. I figured it might be a good prep for spring cycling out in “the wild.”   Had I attended more than exactly two classes, I’m sure that would have been the case. It was much harder...
Ironman Volunteer It 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...
Hooked Even Before Casting Out If 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...
Whiskey Run Registration Now Open in Whiteface Region – Down with Prohibition!  By Guest Blogger: Michael Martineau Bet 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...
The next time you're mountain biking in the Whiteface Region, consider this: Those winding paths, with their heart-rate-increasing obstacles and gentle dips and turns, were all constructed by hand. Imagine moving half-buried boulders with a steel pole, or building berms with a pick and shovel, and you'll start to get the idea. Josh Wilson calls it fun — it's rewarding work...
    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 close So,...
If country roads that meander alongside flowing rivers with a backdrop of majestic mountains sound like a good place to ride a motorcycle, you’re in luck. We’ll even throw in a side trip to the top of an Adirondack peak.  Yup, you’re in for a first-rate tour of the Whiteface Region.    Begin in Keeseville, and take Route 9N toward Jay, about 17 miles total 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...
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...
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...
Spring is a time when most people’s thoughts turn to warm weather and flowers. Truth be told, that used to be me. Growing up in Georgia, spring meant warm rains and blooming dogwood trees. And, of course, pollen and allergies. But not in the Adirondacks. Spring is about skiing! That’s right. While you’re watching the crocuses push up through the dirt, we’re watching the snow...
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...
Submitted by Guest Blogger: Eric Adsit The Whiteface Region is well known as a world-class destination for hiking, mountain biking, and of course skiing and snowboarding, but something has been overlooked: the whitewater kayaking. The same streams that harbor gorgeous rainbow trout tumble down rocks and ledges which make up a veritable playground to the trained eye of a whitewater...
To the top While there is no sweeter reward than reaching the summit after a long grueling hike, I firmly believe in the power of packing in as much as possible on your Adirondack getaway. Whether you’re looking for bang-for-your-buck views, have some time to spare, or are unable to make the long hike to the top, look no further than the Whiteface Veterans' Memorial Highway...
I am not sure what you might envision when you hear the words “forest bathing.” It’s probably not what you think, unless you are familiar with its Japanese origins. I recently had the opportunity to go forest bathing with four others and our certified forest guide, Suzanne Weirich, who leads forest bathing tours along with Helene Gibbens. You might know Helene from Adirondack Riverwalking. ...
While there are numerous ways to explore the Adirondacks, trail running is one of my favorites. Last week, as I set out on a long run with my training partner, covering many miles in the Whiteface region, I had an epiphany of sorts. Even though we both live in different towns, we often drive to Wilmington to tackle our longest runs. The more I thought about it (I had a lot of time to...
In case you haven’t heard, the forests around Wilmington and Whiteface Mountain have become a destination for mountain bikers of all skill levels in recent years. New trails are added every year, and the ever-expanding networks get better and more interesting with each passing summer.  Right now there are more than 25 miles of mountain biking trails in the Wilmington Wild...
Imagine waking up outdoors and cooking breakfast on a real stove, then sipping on a cup of fresh-brewed coffee as you listen to the birds welcome the start of a new day. You slept on a real mattress so you’re ready for your next adventure, and that will be easy to get to — once you’ve eaten breakfast, all you have to do is fire up the van and you’re off. That’s how Amanda and Jim Grant,...
As soon as the temperature rises above freezing in the Adirondacks, it feels like it’s time to break out the shorts. Our winters are wonderful but they are also long, so it’s not surprising people head for the trails as soon as the snow starts melting.  Gear up Spring hiking in the Adirondacks isn’t all bright wildflowers and budding trees. Streams swell from the snowmelt...
Over the past few years, mountain biking has emerged as the go-to summer activity in the Whiteface Region. Thanks to the work of the Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA), state Department of Environmental Conservation, and dozens of volunteers, miles of trails designed for knobby tires have been created and are being maintained in the area. There are stand-alone routes, like the fast and fun Poor Man...
#ADIRONDOG Do you have four paws, lots of fur, a nose for mountain air, and eyes for adventure? If you and your furry friends are looking to get your hike on, tell your humans to get you to the Whiteface Region.  These Adirondogs will take you to the summits of a few of their favorite hikes in the area. Which Adirondog are you? Meet the Adirondogs: Bailey: Hound mix, age...
As my brother Josh and I drove through the Adirondack Mountains down winding Route 86, the most magnificent and beautiful river came into focus. I could feel its overall shape, its wandering path through the landscape, the depths of its center into the earth’s skin, its harsh and gently inviting force. I became aware of the sun traversing the sky, the contrasting light and colors glittering,...
Submitted by guest blogger, Doug Haney/CycleADK. Photos provided by Cycle Adirondacks/Pure ADK.  It’s no secret: The Adirondacks is a fabulous place to ride a bike. The area features miles and miles of low-traffic back roads and wide-shouldered main thoroughfares. But if you have to pick one location as a base for your first Adirondack road cycling experience, you’ll want to “Get Close...

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