Family fun

If a game of King of the Hill that ends in tears and a handful of snow down your collar is your typical day of winter-family-fun — let me help you out! Saranac Lake is bursting with cool things to do that will leave the whole family smiling from ear to ear. Here are 5 things for your clan to try on your next Adirondack winter vacation in Saranac Lake: 1. XC... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Cross Country Skiing, Family fun, Outdoor Recreation, Snowshoe, winter
New Year's Eve is a special, even unique, holiday. It is the only one which celebrates both the old, and the new. It is a time to look backward and forward. To take the stress off of such endeavors, you should also have a good time. To help with that, Saranac Lake's First Night gives you many choices to celebrate the turn of the year — your way. It's also a great gift idea. With... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Arts, Events, Family fun, Theatre, winter
The Adirondacks are a geological treasure chest. They are an extension of the Canadian Shield, one of the world's largest continental shields. These mountains, rivers, and lakes have the ancient magma, glacial errata, and billion years old rocks that make for fine hunting. Iron ore seams, dramatic sandstone layers, and plenty of igneous minerals add up to a delightful mix of... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Arts, Family fun, Historic Downtown, Shopping
The weather The saying goes, “Wait 5 minutes and the weather will change.” In this case one day made a huge difference. The previous day I biked with Gretchen and Trisa on part of the Oregon Trail, and it was cold. We even had layers and gloves on, and our feet were cold!   The next day, the weather was grand. I wanted to bike again, so I texted Trisa and... [Read More]
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Author:Lisa Sciacca
Categories:camping, Cross Country Skiing, Cycling, Dining, Equipment, Fall, Family fun, Outdoor Recreation, Paddling, Summer, Wildlife, winter
Get ready, get set, get lost! Leaving downtown Saranac Lake heading west on Route 86, it’s straight and scenic driving for 8 miles. The only tough part is keeping your eyes on the road because the views are so darn good. After Moody Tree Farm, on your right, yet before the Brighton Mini Mart, on your left, turn onto Hobart Road in Gabriels. Continue down the road until you see the... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Events, Fall, Family fun, foliage, Outdoor Recreation
One of the premiere pleasures of our Adirondack fall foliage season is taking to our roads for maximum viewing angles. The varied geography here changes from lush forest to scenic meadows, with mountain ranges forming a colorful backdrop to the intensity of the leaves seen up close. Below are some loops that are great for biking, motorcycling, and of course, scenic drives. Our... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Cycling, Fall, Family fun, foliage, Outdoor Recreation
Let's go! My friend, Kathy, and I both love to paddle for as long as the water is flowing - from spring to late fall. Recently we had the chance to meet up for a spontaneous fall outing. We decided to meet at the Cone Cabin, at the intersection of routes 186 and 30 in Lake Clear. I then followed her north on 30 for approximately 1.2 miles to our launch site, an unmarked dirt... [Read More]
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Author:Lisa Sciacca
Categories:Birding, Cycling, Dining, Fall, Family fun, Paddling, Wildlife
I love the the Roaring Twenties. This was an amazing era in American history, when what we think of as modern life really began. The Saranac Lake Laboratory Museum has a new exhibit which features the experience of staying at a 1920’s hotel. This activity, commonplace to most of us, was relatively new to people back then, along with cars, home appliances, and talking on the telephone.... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Arts, Exhibits, Family fun, Heritage, Historic Downtown
Editor's note: As the cold-water season quickly descends, our blogger highlights a few favorite fall paddling destinations - perfect for leaf peeping! Happy paddling!  Blog originally posted in 2014. Below you will get a small taste of paddling the Adirondacks and the Saranac Lake region during the fall foliage season. With peak season coming fast, you don’t want to waste... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Birding, Fall, Family fun, foliage, Paddling, Wildlife
Fish Creek is legendary. What started as 20 sites in 1926 is now 355 sites — and all but 15 are on the water! With an almost booked-solid summer season, Fish Creek Pond Campground has broad appeal as it can accommodate equipment from tents to 40-foot RVs. It also comes fully loaded with a picnic area, beach, playground, hiking trails, biking trails, boat launch, recreational ... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:camping, Dog Friendly, Family fun, Fishing, Outdoor Recreation, Paddling, Summer
The "Highway of the Adirondacks" began a long time before our present two-lane roads. It was much easier to paddle a birchbark canoe through a waterway, which offers fewer barriers than a dense forest. These were the abundant river and lake routes that were joined by varying length of carries, also known as portaging, or as I think of it, the option of "carrying a canoe on your head... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:camping, Events, Fall, Family fun, Heritage, Paddling
I'm telling you a secret. I love Lake Clear. This tiny town, only 10 minutes north of downtown Saranac Lake, has many treasures to explore. Part of the beginning This was a major hub when visitors came to the Adirondacks by train. Even now, it is where people fly in at the Adirondack Regional Airport. The popularity of this area sprang from two factors. One is that this is a particularly... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Dining, Dog Friendly, Family fun, Heritage, Outdoor Recreation
Submitted by guest blogger Tyler Merriam. It was an 83-degree summer afternoon when I took my most recent trip to Moose Pond. It is rare to find people who can participate in an impromptu stand up paddleboard trip mid-week. It was because of this that my only paddling companion on this day was the rubber duck who accompanies me on all my paddling trips: Devo Duck. Moose... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:camping, Fall, Family fun, Fishing, Hiking, Outdoor Recreation, Spring, Summer
Camping is far more than an inexpensive way to stay somewhere. Camping is about living — for a while — in nature. Whether we love the outdoors, want to learn to love the outdoors, or just long to sleep under the stars, Saranac Lake has many unique camping destinations. Make those dreams come true. Choose a level It's easy to choose a backcountry site where it is just us and the... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:camping, Dog Friendly, Family fun, Outdoor Recreation, Summer
Of course, no matter how far back a person's roots might go in the Adirondacks, no one's roots go back further than our Native Americans. The Adirondacks were part of the lands of the Six Iroquois Nations Confederacy. The Mohawks are the Keepers of the Eastern Door, the Senecas are the Keepers of the Western Door, the Onondagas are the Fire Keepers and the Oneidas, Cayugas, and Tuscaroras (... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Conservation, Cultural, Exhibits, Family fun, Heritage, Summer
Grab the shades — summer is here! July is filled with warm days, refreshing dips in the lake, plenty of ice cream, and tons of events. From small-town, community bike rides to one of the largest rugby tournaments in the word, July in Saranac Lake is non-stop fun! Featured event Can-Am Rugby, July 28-30: The Can-Am Rugby Tournament was created in 1973 by the Mountaineers Rugby Club... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Arts, Events, Family fun, Historic Downtown, Music, Outdoor Recreation, Summer
One thing about vacationing with children is the constant need for fun activities. There's also the challenge of finding things the whole family can enjoy. There's quite a range of possibility if there's a mix of teens, young children, and different ages and abilities. To help with with that vacation budget, the Saranac Lake area offers a number of free fun activities and events. Some of them... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Cultural, Exhibits, Family fun, Historic Downtown, Outdoor Recreation, Summer
Our Saturday Farmers Markets are an ideal shopping spot to stock that camp, cooler, kitchen, or kitchenette. If you're doing some cooking during your stay, make those meals "vacation quality" by visiting this delightful weekly market at a gorgeous location on the Saranac River. It's not just food. It's not even just the treats and beverages many vendors make available for on-the-spot... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:camping, Family fun, Historic Downtown, Shopping
A changing landscape Spring is an amazing time of transition in the Saranac Lake Region of the Adirondacks. For the past few weeks Wren and I have been exploring it on our daily – and often twice daily – walks, monitoring the changes as they’ve been happening. Even as the woods remained filled with snow, the indications of spring were everywhere. Here are a few highlights of our... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Dog Friendly, Family fun, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Spring, Wildlife, winter
One of the fun things about spring hiking is getting first crack at the wildflowers. Some of them bloom quite early. We also need to stay below the 3,000-foot limit which keeps fragile trails and vegetation safe until all spring moisture has drained - which is usually by June. It makes for a better hiking experience for everyone. Here's what to flowers to look for and where to find them.... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Wildflowers, Spring, Hiking, Family fun, Conservation
Ah, spring in the Adirondacks. Everyone loves it, and for good reason. The sun gains strength, the forest is warm and bright, and the streams and ponds are breaking free of their ice.That's the key thought for safety on the water. Basically, it is remembering that our water bodies have barely melted.For many anglers, the rush of freed water whispers "trout season." These fighting fish love the... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Spring, Outerwear, Gear, Fishing, Family fun, Equipment
The world's first Soap Box Derby started in Ohio in 1934. The Saranac Lake Daffest Derby came considerably later, in 2010. But the basics have not changed. Unpowered cars are launched down a ramp and rely on gravity for their speed.This event is a real crowd-pleaser, and has become an extraordinary part of our Daffest celebrations every spring.To get the lowdown on this new-to-us tradition, I... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Spring, Family fun, Events
Spring is when all of our impatience builds up as we seem more ready than the weather is. This certainly applies to mountain biking, when the sun is shining and we are ready to hit the trails. But what if the trails are still a bit too soggy? The trail stewards won't open them until riding on them will not harm them. What's an avid cyclist to do? Here's four very early suggestions,... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Spring, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Cycling
A Tantalizing ForecastI noticed the prediction for snow over a week in advance — my work and interests require me to check the weather regularly. But then forecasters played with our hearts and minds, increasing the projection for snow the one day, only to drop it the next.Accurately foreseeing the weather (and something as specific as snowfall) is a difficult thing to do, no matter how solid the... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:winter, Snowshoe, Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Family fun, Events, Dog Friendly, Cross Country Skiing
There’s something special about Saranac Lake, and the village’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration is no exception.The parade kicks off the festivities at 4 p.m. It lines up on Olive Street and courses through downtown along the "Emerald Pathway." A tribute to the Emerald Isle and to Adirondack style, marchers include lads, lasses, bands, and clans of the area. As a testament to Saranac Lake’s... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:winter, Family fun, Events, Beer
Bacon. We can’t seem to live without it. Some people even have the brilliantly awesome idea of raising it. I wanted to learn more about the local farm that does just that! The Adirondack region is full of local farms, but there is one down the road from Saranac Lake that I’ve heard raises some pretty unique pigs. Kate Mountain Farm is a 250-acre, biodiverse farm located in Vermontville, just... [Read More]
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Author:Marjorie Waterson
Categories:winter, Summer, Spring, Shopping, Family fun, Fall, Dining
Here in Saranac Lake, we are all about art. Even when it escapes the gallery and flutters around everywhere. It can turn up in unexpected places.Our downtown area is a great place to hunt for it, too. Along with the hot beverages and fresh, made-on-the-premises, pastry, there's plenty of "food for the soul."Our collection of galleries and shops live to set free a creative spirit. Here's some of... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Shopping, Historic Downtown, Family fun, Cultural, Arts
Imagine a snowy mountain that is also in a town. We can go there, get outfitted for trail exploration, visit a mountain that is just wild enough, and come back to enjoy a cup of cocoa at a beautiful little lodge.Well, we have it, only one mile from downtown. It's Dewey Mountain Recreation Area. As they like to say, "Thirteen is your lucky number." Dewey grooms that many kilometers of trail,... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Cross Country Skiing
Aaaah, February! This is the month of many in the Saranac Lake region! Many what you ask? Events, activities, and attractions, to name a few things!This year in particular is a busy February. We just wrapped up some events from the Empire State Winter Games, and we're smack dab in the middle of the ever popular Saranac Lake Winter Carnival — which is in its 120th year!Next up, ... [Read More]
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Author:Marjorie Waterson
Categories:winter, Snowshoe, Saranac Lake 6er, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Family fun, Dog Friendly, Dining
Resolutions are made to be broken, right? I mean, they're basically just a list of things people want to do but feel like they can't, which is why I've never subscribed to them. So as I thumb my nose at the tradition of resisting temptation, allow me to be the devil on your shoulder. I know you want to break that food indulgence resolution. Doesn't a heaping platter of chorizo sausage and... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Family fun, Dining, Beer
What requires no skill, no scoring, and only a sense of fun?Arctic Golf.In times past, many northern communities had a Winter Carnival. Avid Carnival goers would hit balls for distance out on the frozen lakes, despite them being covered with snow. It was called Arctic Golf. This lives on with Tupper Lake's Fire and Ice event, which includes a golf tournament on the snowy golf course.But Saranac... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Golf, Family fun, Events, Cultural
A Welcome Reprieve After Holiday SicknessAfter battling sickness through the holidays, I was ready to head out into the woods once I began to feel better. As a result, the timing was good for the Saranac Lake Christmas Bird Count – this year held on New Year’s Day. The day sent birders across a count area which included both Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, and as I was given a portion of the count... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:winter, Wildlife, Snowshoe, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Hiking, Family fun, Events, Birding
2016 TOP 3 BLOGS IN REVIEWWe scoured our blogs for the most popular, most informative, and just downright oddest pieces from the past year. In case you missed them when they were first published, here are our top three picks from the Saranac Lake Region. Enjoy!3) Five cool fall viewsThere are many, many places to view our spectacular autumn foliage. In the interest of easy access, we've narrowed... [Read More]
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Author:Kim Andresen
Categories:winter, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Events
Every holiday season, when we sing "Jingle Bells," do we want to go for a ride in a sleigh?That can happen.After all, what's the point of having a winter wonderland without as many magical elements as we can gather? Thanks to the amazing draft horse program at nearby Paul Smith's College, Lake Clear Lodge and Retreat can offer lantern-lit sleigh rides.It's a wonderful experience to slide along... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Heritage, Family fun
It's no small feat throwing the biggest party of the year.Sue Patterson would know. She’s the chair of the First Night committee, a group responsible for organizing and implementing Saranac Lake’s alcohol-free, kid-friendly New Year’s Eve blowout, First Night. Party timeIf you’ve attended a First Night Saranac Lake anytime in the last decade, you know what a spectacle it... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:winter, Music, Family fun, Events, Dining, Arts
I am sad to admit that in my 27 years as an Adirondack native I had never been to Moody Tree Farm until last month! I recently bought a house, and my aunt wanted to get my boyfriend and me a holiday wreath as a housewarming gift. I was very excited because I truthfully haven’t done much decorating since we moved in at the end of August, and I was definitely looking to spruce the place up!However... [Read More]
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Author:Brooke O'Neil
Categories:winter, Shopping, Family fun
Changing SeasonsI’m always a bit slow on getting prepared for cross-country ski season. My mind slowly arrives at the realization that winter is at our doorstep as I look at a snowy forecast and I begin to think about getting my ski gear out of summer hiding. Of course that means making space by clearing out canoeing gear which is likely still sitting by my front door hoping it is summer. I... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:winter, Snowshoe, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Fall, Dog Friendly, Cross Country Skiing
Submitted by guest blogger: Carrie Gentile Here's a marathon any family can do: a Saranac Adirondack Holiday Marathon.What are the hallmarks of a classic holiday day in the coolest town in the Adirondacks? It starts, naturally, with snow and time spent with loved ones, melded with festive events and tried and true traditions.classic treeMy favorite tradition is akin to a Griswold Family... [Read More]
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Author:roostadmin
Categories:Theatre, Shopping, Family fun, Events, Arts
Want to vote on something fun today? Tell us what's your favorite 6er hike!//  Keep voting for your ADK favorites:Lake, pond, or river?Family-friendly, close-to-town trek with best views?Where will you reel in the big one?Which way up?Winter activities, anyone?Biking the Coast?What’s your next bite? [Read More]
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Author:Kim Andresen
Categories:Hiking, Family fun
Snowmobiling is a highly modern way to have fun in the snow. The first United States patent for a "motor sleigh" was in 1916. Even before that, people were trying to motorize their sleighs, or put skis on their automobiles.Still, snowmobiles didn't really catch on until the early 1960s, when Joseph-Armand Bombardier came up with what is considered the modern snowmobile. His Ski-Doo was ... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Outerwear, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun
Mexicans honor their dead relatives and friends during Dia de Muertos by visiting cemeteries, spending time with the souls of the departed and giving them offerings and saying prayers to them.My mom was a Spanish teacher, and she loved teaching her students about Day of the Dead this time of year, so I grew up hearing all about it. I was captivated by the idea of hanging out in the cemetery to... [Read More]
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Author:Jess Collier
Categories:Historic Downtown, Heritage, foliage, Family fun, Fall, Cultural
We don't need to fear the kayak. Or the canoe.When I bring up paddling as a great way to see our breathtaking scenery, some people look nervous. And they don't have to feel that way. Concerns about "tippiness" seems to come up more often with kayaks than with canoes, but in either case, this concern is groundless. (So to speak.) These watercraft are very stable, especially with kayaks, where the... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Paddling, Family fun, Dog Friendly
An Initiation HikeI had some friends in town this past weekend, and so like I often do with first time visitors, I took them on a hike up Baker Mountain. The mile-long hike is relatively easy and the payoff view from the top is splendid. Wren led us up the trail which runs up the backside of the mountain, nosing her way along as we took our time on the climb - enjoying the colorful leaves in the... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Hiking, Family fun, Fall, Dog Friendly
There's a little patch of the Adirondacks, near Saranac Lake, where we can step into the past. We can also book a stay there.Apollos (Paul) Smith was an integral part of welcoming visitors to this section of the Adirondacks. In 1859, he founded the Saint Regis House in Brighton (though it was commonly known as Paul Smith's Hotel), one of the first wilderness resorts in the Adirondacks. It... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Heritage, Family fun, Dining
My favorite thing about fall in Saranac Lake is that it is possibly the best place in the world to revel in the amazing colors of autumn. I spent some formative years in a place with no change of seasons. Now, I love watching the leaves on the trees change colors, and also having so many trees that will happily do that for me.These helpful trees are just the right mix of species to provide... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Paddling, Hiking, foliage, Family fun, Fall, Brewery
Submitted By Guest Blogger: Marilyn Gorgas Cahill, Wharton, NJFamily traditionIn the early afternoon, on Wednesday, August 24, my 19-year-old daughter Victoria Cahill reached the summit of Ampersand Mountain. This has been a family tradition for five generations, and would not be extraordinary except that Victoria has cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia. With normal intelligence, Victoria is... [Read More]
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Author:roostadmin
Categories:Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, foliage, Family fun
Saranac Lake has a unique attraction which is readily accessible for almost everyone. It's like a village. Made of boulders.The McKenzie Pond Boulder Trail is just a few minutes from town, but has so much to offer. Whether we are looking for a quick and scenic hike or we are brushing up on our rock climbing skills, this easy trail, which is also easily accessible, is a delightful destination.It... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Hiking, Family fun
For the love of Saranac LakeI fell in love with Saranac Lake several years ago. I was doing a species inventory project in a complex of forests and wetlands near Long Lake with an ecologist named Steve. I lived in Plattsburgh, so we'd meet at his house in Saranac Lake every Monday morning, then load up his truck with everything we needed for the week before setting off. The preperations usually... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Saranac Lake 6er, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Family fun, Dog Friendly
A trio of prime swimming spots near Saranac LakeIf you're a water lover and you love to cool off, then you'll love Saranac Lake. Each of the following swimming spots has a little something different to offer — from a quick plunge to an after-hike hangout that'll make you feel like you're relaxing in the Caribbean, only with pine trees. And beavers. The best part is, all of these spots are easy to... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Dog Friendly
Akimbo is a year and a half now, and he's been swimming a ton, he's ridden in the canoe a few times (we're still working on that), he loves camping, and he's been hiking on flat trails before. But somehow, we haven't gotten around to taking him up a mountain. So I decided it was time. St. Regis Mountain I decided to start him off on St. Regis Mountain. In addition to being close to our... [Read More]
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Author:Jess Collier
Categories:Wellness, Summer, Saranac Lake 6er, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Family fun, Dog Friendly
It’s time to talk about ice cream, and I couldn't be happier. It’s summertime, it’s hot, and every single night I crave ICE CREAM. This isn’t ideal for my waistline, and I need to invest in a gym membership, but my taste buds are satisfied.Being the nice person that I am, I took one for the team by sampling five tasty treats at some of the best ice cream stands in the area. All I can say is YUM!... [Read More]
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Author:Brooke O'Neil
Categories:Summer, Family fun, Dining
Saranac Lake has a wonderful farmers market every Saturday in the summer and fall. It's more than fresh local produce, though of course there is plenty of that. We've expanded our farmers market into locally grown meats and cheeses, cut flowers, honey and maple syrup, delicious snacks, and even artisan crafts like pottery and hand-turned fountain pens.Since it is held in Riverside Park, there are... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Wellness, Summer, Shopping, Historic Downtown, Family fun, Dog Friendly
Is a steady downpour putting a damper on your camping vacation? You can always create your own workshop at BluSeed Studios.BluSeed Studios is located on Cedar Street, which is just off of Broadway as you head out of Saranac Lake toward Paul Smiths. I discovered it a few years ago, shortly after I moved to the area and became the arts and entertainment reporter for the region. BluSeed artistic... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Family fun, Events, Cultural, Arts
Pendragon Theatre has been delighting the North Country since 1980. They draw from a considerable pool of professional and amateur talent, most of it local. Then they craft productions which range from the best of contemporary drama to well-loved classics.Since we are all about conservation here in the Adirondacks, we have become adept at taking existing buildings and making them into something... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Theatre, Family fun, Cultural, Arts
I am most definitely a beginner. Like, you can't get much more beginner than me. I'm the beginneriest of beginners. I rode bikes all the time as a kid, tearing up and down the road I lived on and counting on my bicycle to get me to my friends' houses. But I haven't really owned a usable bike since I was maybe 12. So, it's been a while. But I recently decided it was time to get back into it,... [Read More]
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Author:Jess Collier
Categories:Summer, Spring, Outerwear, Outdoor Recreation, Gear, Family fun, Fall, Equipment, Cycling
Summer in Saranac Lake is a festival in itself. The village has created a seemingly endless stream of events and happenings in the parks, on the water, and in the historic downtown area.Celebrate natureStop by the Paul Smith’s Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) for the seasonal Teddy Roosevelt Bird Walks, held throughout the summer. The VIC also offers a wide range of programming events, children'... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Paddling, Family fun, Events, Arts
If we have a yen for history, we've come to the right place. Saranac Lake has both a celebrated backstory and a devoted group of fans. This makes our local history museum something special.There is the lab itself, which has exhibits detailing the decades when Saranac Lake was an international curing center. There's also the addition built during the Roaring Twenties, which houses rotating... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Historic Downtown, Heritage, Family fun, Exhibits, Cultural
People often don't realize we have local farms near Saranac Lake. All kinds of crops flow from nearby fields into our restaurants, diners, and delis. This is one of the reasons our local dining is such a pleasure to experience.North of Saranac Lake, bordered by the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness to the east, and the Saint Regis Canoe Wilderness to the west, there is a broad plateau far more... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Wellness, Spring, Heritage, Family fun, Conservation
Daffest is our great big May event to celebrate the coming of spring with the blooming of thousands of daffodil bulbs throughout the Saranac Lake area. Each year the number of bulbs increases as the celebration grows. Come welcome spring with us from May 5–8.There are several popular and fun family friendly Daffest events you won't want to miss, including the sixth annual Daffest Derby, Daffest... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Summer, Spring, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Music, Historic Downtown, Gear, Family fun, Events, Equipment, Cultural, Arts
What are the coolest paddling routes in the Saranac Lake area? That's a tough question, because we are the Lake Country, a paddler's paradise. Canoe or kayak or even innertube, we have the adventure to fall in love with.To help with this question, I asked some local guide services about their own favorite places. What do they recommend most often? Where are the places which are extra scenic, or... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Summer, Spring, Paddling, Family fun, Fall, Dog Friendly
Wondering where to toss that bouquet? Saranac Lake has some amazing places for that dream wedding. Gorgeous wilderness backdrops, charming churches, giant fireplaces, and soaring "Great Rooms," along with picturesque docks and boathouses and wildflower meadows.We also have talented artisans to craft those wedding favors, letter those invitations, make those centerpieces, and help the happy... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Summer, Spring, Music, Family fun, Fall, Events
Saranac Lake has been a fascinating place for a long time. I never know when I'll run into a fun and interesting bit of trivia about its moments of fame. These interesting items can turn up anywhere along the town's history. Here's some from the first half of the twentieth century.revolutionary mop patent“Be it known that I, EDWARD DoBBINs, a citizen of the United States, residing at Saranac Lake... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Historic Downtown, Heritage, Family fun, Cultural
The sap is flowing in Saranac Lake! The Paul Smith's Visitor Interpretive Center has a classic maple syrup operation on the premises. I visited for the first Maple Syrup weekend of the season, but no worries if you missed out - there's still time to plan on visiting for the second weekend! This year it will take place on April 2 & 3, 2016.The colder areas of the North American continent... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Spring, Natural History, Family fun, Events, Conservation
We're spoiled here in Saranac Lake. We have so many cool dining spots a visitor can feel a bit overwhelmed about choosing. Each locally-owned eatery offers a unique take on their speciality, complete with a chef in the back, crafting each dish from scratch.Since we have three new dining spots people might not know about, I recruited friends and my husband to explore these latest offerings.... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Shopping, Family fun, Dining, Brewery, Beer
Spring Break in the ADKMarch has officially arrived! And, as the warmer weather starts to settle into the Adirondacks, we can't help but get that familiar itch to get out and enjoy all that the Saranac Lake Region has to offer. Here are a few ways growing up in a mountain town has taught me to enjoy spring break in the Adirondacks.Hit the trailsThere’s nothing my pup, Sam, and I love more than... [Read More]
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Author:Marjorie Waterson
Categories:Spring, Snowshoe, Saranac Lake 6er, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Family fun, Dog Friendly
A Sluggish StartIt's a fact that our cross-country skiing season did not start quickly or with a lot of snow this year. While we have a had a few great days in mid-January, they've been followed by an icy, rainy affair with little white powder left to help hide the hard, silver ice beneath. Take a misstep and you soon find out that our snow in many places has only been a veneer which hides slick... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:winter, Wildlife, Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Family fun, Dog Friendly, Cross Country Skiing
Carnival Style: A class all its ownTravelers to the Adirondacks in any given February will surely behold an unusual sight (or two) as they come upon the super-cool village of Saranac Lake. Walking along the streets, sipping coffee in a restaurant, or simply shopping at the grocery store, one is sure to encounter myriad characters, costumes, and just super-cool carnival celebrities.To the... [Read More]
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Author:Kim Andresen
Categories:winter, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Events
I love shopping Saranac Lake's historic downtown. The recent holiday season lured me there, where I found unusual gifts for many of the folks on my list. They were all great hits for the recipients.Our historic downtown is pedestrian-friendly, with plenty of parking. There's an abundance of benches, dining spots, places for coffee and baked goodies, and a river running through the center of it.... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Shopping, Historic Downtown, Family fun, Cultural
The Thing Everyone Wants to DoWhenever anyone comes to visit me in Saranac Lake there is always one thing on their to-do list: feed the Gray Jays along the Bloomingdale Bog Trail. They are a sought-after boreal species which draw many birders to our area, but more than that they are simply fun to observe. So whether it is my birding brothers looking for species they can’t find at home or my niece... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:winter, Wildlife, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Hiking, Family fun, Fall, Dog Friendly, Birding
Snowshoeing is the fastest growing winter sport in the world. Because it's so easy, and so much fun. Appropriate for any age and skill level, too.If we are hikers who don't want to stop getting outdoors just because it's winter, this simple addition to our gear collection will let us hit those same trails in a new way. Whether our trail is packed down or brand-new, snowshoes let us actually hike... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Snowshoe, Family fun, Dog Friendly
In winter, our friendly forests grow hushed with snow, and our lovely lakes freeze over. We are dedicated to having fun all year 'round, and that includes a few creative options.When people think of our Winter Carnival, they think of our snowy landscape. But there's more to Carnival than that. In Saranac Lake, "ice" is far more than something to throw in our drinks. We have fun with it!ice... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Events
2015 Top 3 Blogs in ReviewWe scoured our blogs for the most popular, most informative, and just downright oddest pieces from the past year. In case you missed them on the first go-round, here are our top three picks from the Saranac Lake Region.3. A Century of Ice PalacesSaranac Lake has a long history of building amazing structures from ice as a centerpiece of their Winter Carnival festivities.... [Read More]
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Author:Kim Andresen
Categories:winter, Summer, Spring, Outdoor Recreation, Heritage, Family fun, Fall
There's never a dull moment in Saranac LakeThe hardest thing about attending First Night Saranac Lake is knowing where to start. At its core, the event is more than a family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration. It's more like a smorgasbord of all things Saranac Lake. That means there's so much art, music, dancing and revelry crammed into the little mountain village it's impossible to see it all.... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:winter, Theatre, Music, Family fun, Arts
The Dewey Mountain Recreation Area is a great place for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, and it’s also great in the warmer seasons for hiking and mountain biking. It’s really close to Saranac Lake Village, just one mile west of downtown Saranac Lake on Rte. 3, but you would never know you’re that close to town.It’s like being in the middle of nowhere up on the top of the... [Read More]
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Author:Tom Boothe
Categories:winter, Snowshoe, Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Family fun, Cross Country Skiing
When I moved to the Adirondacks a few months ago, I knew it would be great for outdoor activities, but I did not know what to expect as far as scheduled “events.” So imagine how excited I have been, with something going on every weekend -and often on weekdays -here in the Saranac Lake Region! Here are a few upcoming events that I definitely won’t miss during my first winter in the Adirondacks!... [Read More]
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Author:Chelsea Cook
Categories:winter, Snowshoe, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Events
 The Trot comes to Saranac LakeI am, by no means, a runner. So the first time my co-worker Frank asked if I wanted to do a turkey trot, I was a little skeptical. What could possibly be appealing about getting out of bed on one of those rare days I get the chance to sleep in? (I should probably mention that during the work week, my shift doesn't start until 11 am, so I actually get to sleep... [Read More]
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Author:ADK Grasshopper
Categories:winter, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Events, Dog Friendly
Black Pond LoopDistance, round-trip: 2.5 milesTime: 2 to 3 hoursBrief Overview: Heading in a clockwise direction from the trailhead, the trail starts flat and quickly comes to a lean-to on the western shore of Black Pond before coming to a narrow trail on a steep side slope. Continuing on, you will come to an intersection at the north end of Black Pond. Crossing the outlet, you will... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:winter, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Family fun
Saranac Lake is not the usual shopping. It's a real Adirondack browsing paradise. Instead of big, bustling, and impersonal, we are small, quiet, and very friendly. We offer some items which can be found nowhere else, because they are handcrafted by our own Adirondack artists and artisans.Many of our shopping opportunities are found in our scenic, walkable, historic downtown. Bounded on the north... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Wellness, Shopping, Historic Downtown, Family fun, Fall, Events, Cultural
Here in the Adirondacks, there doesn't have to be much snow on the ground for us to have fun on it. Saranac Lake loves Dewey Mountain, whether we want to cross-country ski or snowshoe. This great destination is right in town, too.Generations have enjoyed the recreational possibilities of this mountain. With community and town support, it keeps getting better.a long historyIn the late 1800s people... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Snowshoe, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Cross Country Skiing
Tubing in Saranac Lake is fun and friendly. Pretty much, if a person can sit down, they can go tubing - Adirondack style! The complex at Mount Pisgah Veteran's Memorial Ski Center (we just call it Pisgah for obvious reasons) is a great place for winter fun, and their tubing hill is a popular attraction.If I'm going out with a group of my friends, tubing is tops on our list of fun activities... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Cultural
When I moved to the Adirondacks in August of 1999, it was after living on Long Island, and working in New York City, for eighteen years. Saranac Lake was a big change for me.But I was seeking change. After years in the workforce, I was going back to school. After only seeing my brother and nephew on visits, I would be living in the same town. They would become guides to my new life.culture shockI... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun
Relaxing RetreatSaranac Lake is a retreat for the creative mind. As many people travel to Saranac Lake they often have the question, “what’s there to do?” In all reality the question should be, “what’s there not to do?” This question of course would finally have us at a loss for words. This is because Saranac Lake has such a wide variety of activities for all ages, and interests. For the outdoor... [Read More]
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Author:Mary Gallagher
Categories:Theatre, Family fun, Exhibits, Events, Arts
A wonderful family filled day of fun can be found right in the heart of Brighton. A town located just outside the Village of Saranac Lake and spreading through the Hamlet of Paul Smith’s. Brighton offers a tremendous amount of history, feasts, and fun. HistoryBrighton is overflowing with history starting in 1815 when the first settlers appeared to this small town. There were railways created... [Read More]
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Author:Mary Gallagher
Categories:winter, Shopping, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Heritage, Family fun, Fall
No matter if you have great artistic ability or are like me, without an artistic bone in your body, I have a recommendation for an afternoon activity that is sure to make you smile - and help decorate your home or office in the process! Paint and Sip is a two-hour painting event that combines a simple painting lesson and cocktails for an enjoyable afternoon of creativity! Everything you need is... [Read More]
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Author:Chelsea Cook
Categories:Family fun, Fall, Events
Please note: This blog was originally posted in 2015 and this ride is no longer available, however we can happily direct you to cool paddling, awesome biking, and scenic hiking in the region! Check out our outdoor activities to learn more!If you like to ride a bike, are up for trying something new, and enjoy a morning or afternoon communing with nature, then Railbikes might just be for you!... [Read More]
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Author:Chelsea Cook
Categories:Outdoor Recreation, foliage, Family fun, Fall
Adirondack hiking is rightly famous for its millions of acres of rugged wilderness. Isn't hiking about getting out into nature? Isn't luxury hiking a contradiction in terms?Not when we are hiking at the Paul Smith's Visitor Interpretive Center, a short drive from Saranac Lake. It's hiking in ways the whole family can appreciate.Known locally as "the VIC," this project was developed in 1989 as a... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Hiking, foliage, Family fun, Fall, Dog Friendly, Birding, Arts
Things I never suspected I would learn planning an Adirondack wedding So there may not be any factual data to support my daddy longleg burlap attraction hypothesis. All I know for sure is that on the morning of my wedding, amid a whirlwind of madness, I paused to adjust the cake table and was greeted by a horde of daddy longlegs. My bridesmaid Lisa dutifully helped me gently remove a few,... [Read More]
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Author:ADK Grasshopper
Categories:Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Events, camping, Beer, Arts
All Sorts of Sizes, Shapes, and ColorsWhile I spend a lot of my time in the late summer enjoying the shapes and colors of migrating birds as they pass through our region, I also love to botanize as I hike, checking out the kaleidoscope of wildflowers which grace our trails and fields this time of year. And so if I’m not searching for birds, I’m often hiking with Wren and snapping shots of flowers... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, foliage, Family fun, Fall, Dog Friendly
The summer is winding down, and we need to be sure to pack in as much fair-weather fun as we can! The next couple of weeks are full of enjoyable and exciting events, guaranteed to get you moving, eating and dancing to the music! 6th Annual Farm2Fork Festival - Saturday, September 5“Love your Farmer, Love Your Food” is the tag line for the annual Farm2Fork Festival, and you’ll definitely... [Read More]
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Author:Chelsea Cook
Categories:Outdoor Recreation, Music, Family fun, Fall, Events, Beer
The Best Way to Cool OffOur warm weather of late has found me chatting with friends and family further south who are complaining of the hot and muggy conditions where they live. To be sure it has been warm here and very hot elsewhere – but Wren and I have a solution that eludes many others thanks to where we live. After all, the region is dotted with seemingly countless numbers of lakes and we... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Summer, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Dog Friendly
Text by Guest Blogger: Hannah BabcockPhotos provided by ROOSTer Kim Andresen, also an avid fan of this secret beach AND ice cream. Many thanks to our fun-loving & photogenic friends Clayton & Abby Johnson and family.What to do... what to do?If you find yourself sitting outside on a beautiful day in Lake Placid and trying to think of something to do to take full advantage of... [Read More]
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Author:Guest Blogger
Categories:Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Dog Friendly
Did you know Saranac Lake has the largest collection of Robert Louis Stevenson memorabilia in the world? Our village in the Adirondacks has a pivotal place in the saga of this famous author's life. Then Stevenson Cottage, where he restored his health, became the home of his legacy.He was one of the most successful writers of the 19th century. Stories like "Treasure Island," "Kidnapped," and "The... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Wellness, Summer, Heritage, Family fun, Exhibits, Cultural, Arts
A Great Place for an Evening PaddleI made sure to take my nieces and nephew paddling the other week when they came to visit – it's an integral part of an Adirondack adventure, after all. Lake Colby is a great spot for an easy outing, so we all loaded into my large boat and set off. My niece Emily paddled in the bow, I was in the stern, and Rebecca and Tyler sat on Crazy Creek chairs in the middle... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Summer, Spring, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Family fun, Dog Friendly
Acting Cool: Practice Makes PerfectWhen I think of art in the Saranac Lake Region, a ton of cool galleries, shops, and events come to mind. But, of course, I have a history of working in the performing arts, so my first love - theatre - is at front and center for this blog. And, when I think of acting in the Adirondacks, Pendragon Theatre is the place to be.In case you haven’t been (WHY... [Read More]
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Author:Kim Andresen
Categories:Theatre, Summer, Family fun, Exhibits, Arts
A Simple Suggestion Becomes a Vacation Plan In the depths of the winter (ok, it was actually spring according to the calendar), when we here in Lake Placid were still skiing on perfect snow but dreaming about green leaves and blue water, my husband made an off-handed suggestion: “Why don’t we reserve a campsite on Lower Saranac Lake for a week in June?" Anxious for a mental escape from... [Read More]
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Author:Amy Quinn
Categories:Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, camping
July is a wonderful time to visit the Saranac Lake Region. We have so many great events at this time of year. From traditional holiday celebrations and history tours all the way to some great modern talents in music and art, we have enjoyable options for every member of the family.Our Glorious FourthWe love a small town Independence Day. Join us!We start our celebrations with the 4th of... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Music, Historic Downtown, Heritage, Family fun, Events, Arts
A High Diversity Time of YearOne of the best things about spring and early summer in the Adirondacks is the diversity of birds that can be found in our area during a simple walk. My walks are almost always taken with Wren who wants nothing more than to run, play, and swim all the time. More than that, her high energy level requires that I take her out regularly and I am compelled to go out even... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Summer, Spring, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Hiking, Family fun, Dog Friendly, Birding
Saranac Lake has a wonderful range of Adirondack campgrounds to choose from. Whether it's a full service RV hook-up or a tent in the wildest of the wilderness, we have a full range of very cool spots.Camping is a great way to really feel the wild places around us. Maybe it's that first cup of "cowboy coffee" as we listen to the loon cry over the lake. Maybe it's sitting around the campfire,... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Summer, Spring, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Fishing, Family fun, Fall, Dog Friendly, Cycling, camping
My first stop at any waterpark has always been a ride of the river persuasion - be it lazy or rapid. There is something so thrilling about surrendering myself to the course of the river with the sun on my face. The amazon/rapids sort of rides are exhilarating, putting me in the mind frame of Disney's Pocahontas singing "just around the river bend," while the lazy rivers make me want to melt in... [Read More]
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Author:ADK Grasshopper
Categories:Summer, Spring, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun
It’s a beautiful summer afternoon, and you want to spend the evening outside socializing and seeing some great music while you’re at it. You’re in luck! Saranac Lake has some great options for summer music!The Party on the Patio series at the Waterhole is the cornerstone of Saranac Lake’s summer music offerings. Each Thursday, the Waterhole has free music from 6 to 10 p.m. on their outdoor patio... [Read More]
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Author:Jess Collier
Categories:Summer, Spring, Music, Historic Downtown, Heritage, Family fun, Events, Dog Friendly, Cultural, Beer, Arts
Saranac Lake is a great place to stretch that vacation dollar. Our corner of the Adirondacks has many ways to help anyone have lots of fun, either for free or as a darned good bargain.Remember, the Adirondack Park has no admission fee!Pitch YOUR OWNOur vast wilderness offers one way of combining luxurious grandeur and inexpensive accommodation. Back-country camping requires a setting at... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Music, Historic Downtown, Hiking, Family fun, Events, Dog Friendly, Cycling, camping, Arts
First Hike of the SpringWith our snow melted and ski season over, it was time for Wren and I to take our inaugural hike of the season. We’ve been walking at places like the Bloomingdale Bog Trail and the railroad tracks behind Lake Colby, but we hadn’t done a proper hike yet this spring. And Baker Mountain is a great place to break in the hiking season.The sun and clouds had staged a skirmish... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Summer, Spring, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Family fun, Dog Friendly
The area around Saranac Lake is known as the Lake Country of the Adirondacks. Since the whole Park is known for its lakes, what makes us so very special?I'm happy to tell you. There are five good reasons we proudly bear that title. 1. PaddlingWe are a Paddler's Paradise because of our terrain. That must have been some giant glacier. Parts of the Adirondacks were shaped by deep gouges that... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Wildlife, Wellness, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Fishing, Family fun, Dog Friendly
Seasons mean so much here in the Adirondacks. It is here, like no other place I’ve lived before, that they delineate themselves as wildly separate and distinct experiences. Each is filled with unique delights that can be obtained at no other time.Saranac Lake is a place which embraces all of them. We have festivals for each season, featuring the way each one is celebrated in the Adirondacks. I’m... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Summer, Spring, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Fall
The Battle of the SeasonsThe past few weeks have seen the sun and winter battle for supremacy across our region. The sun’s rays on longer days have been beautifully warm, and yet our skiing base has stayed strong thanks to consistently chilly temps and cold nights. The result has been great cross-country skiing. While trail skiing comes and goes and has been icy and largely un-skiable of late,... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:winter, Spring, Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Dog Friendly, Cross Country Skiing
The First Warm Days of SpringThe temperatures a few days last week broke into the 40s marking the beginning of spring skiing conditions across the region. The warm days and soft snow were a big change from the cold weather which had dominated our forecasts for much of the winter. It arrived right on time - after all, spring officially begins this coming weekend. Soft spring snow may be slow, but... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:winter, Spring, Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Dog Friendly, Cross Country Skiing
This vacation, bring the dog. Because Saranac Lake is a dog-friendly place.Wilderness is even more enjoyable with four-legged companionship. If we have ever wondered what it would be like to really wear out our dog, one of our hikes or a paddling visit to an island will let us lean back and watch as they explore every fascinating scent... and we have are a lot of them. Our immediate... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Snowshoe, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Family fun, Events, Dog Friendly
Using the Long Weekend to Go BirdingMy brother Dave recently took advantage of the long weekend and came up for some winter birding in our area. Saturday’s weather offered up light snow showers, but warmer temperatures than we’ve had of late, and we headed out with Wren to Bigelow Road to start our day. Despite the pleasant temperature, the road was quiet, although we did hear a Boreal Chickadee... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:winter, Wildlife, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Hiking, Family fun, Dog Friendly, Birding
I grew up in Tupper Lake and have lived in Saranac Lake for a while now, so it’s probably quite strange that I had never been to Mt. Pisgah. But finally last week, I was assigned to write a blog post about the Saranac Lake ski slope, so I headed on over one afternoon after work.That’s one of the best things about Mt. Pisgah: It's open most weekday evenings, and there's great lighting so you can... [Read More]
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Author:Jess Collier
Categories:winter, Snowshoe, Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Cross Country Skiing
aka: A beginner’s guide to making a fool of yourself while having a great time trying out a new-to-you activity. The day was sunny and blue, perfect for loading up the Jeep for the quick hour drive to a local, super family-friendly, ski-mountain. Since we always love a good deal and we've never skied Titus Mountain in nearby Malone, when the North Country Chamber offered one of their Ski Day... [Read More]
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Author:Kim Andresen
Categories:winter, Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun
Traveling North For CarnivalMy niece Rebecca has been asking to come to Winter Carnival in Saranac Lake the past couple years, but has always had conflicts with school and other obligations. This year her regular requests finally won my family over and they came north last weekend to enjoy the beginning of Carnival for the first time. They explored the ice palace both during the day and at night... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Dog Friendly, Cross Country Skiing, Birding, winter
Lots of Snow So We Can PlayAs usual, Wren and I have been cross-country skiing on a regular basis this winter as our snow, once a bit thin, has been piling up. One of our favorite places to go is the network of trails off of the Fish Pond Trail in Lake Clear. The trails there are designated cross-country skiing trails and they wind through beautiful deciduous and mixed forest and around the... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:winter, Wildlife, Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Family fun, Dog Friendly, Cross Country Skiing
So you just got engaged. Congratulations! The next step is to get married. And of course you want to get married in Saranac Lake, because there’s no better place to do it. So how does one go about making that happen?Though I’ve lived through a lot of wedding planning with a lot of friends, I’ve never been married, so I thought I’d talk to a professional to write this blog post about planning a... [Read More]
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Author:Jess Collier
Categories:winter, Summer, Spring, Family fun, Fall, Events
People love to come to the Adirondacks to hike our forests, explore our ponds, and climb our mountains. But perhaps only Saranac Lake offers this wilderness experience in a compact and versatile package that is right in town.It's the Trifecta, and one of its charms is how we can hike through it, and back, two different ways. The different parts make it adaptable to any skill level, in any season... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Summer, Spring, Saranac Lake 6er, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, foliage, Family fun, Fall
Saranac Lake is a wonderful destination for Nordic skiing. The rolling expanse of our lake country makes for scenic trails which run the whole range of challenges. From groomed cross-country paths with parking lots to beautiful backcountry locations, we have a trail for every taste.Dewey MountainSaranac Lake has a hometown cross-country skiing complex at the edge of town. Half of the... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Snowshoe, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Dog Friendly, Cross Country Skiing
Saranac Lake has a long history of building amazing structures from ice as a centerpiece of their Winter Carnival festivities. Throughout the cycles of our village's famous winter festival, the Ice Palace has been both a focal point and a marker of what our Winter Break signifies in our history.At its heart, it is a reminder of how it all started, with the cycle of the seasons. In summer,... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Outdoor Recreation, Historic Downtown, Family fun, Events, Cultural
The unique geography of the Adirondacks has created some distinctive cultural traditions. The remote location, rugged beauty, and abundant wilderness led the small village of Saranac Lake into ways of life we still observe today.Celebrate with us!WINTER CARNIVALOne thing we must have in our Winter Carnival is the Ice Palace -- our term for the amazing structure we create as a focus for the... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Summer, Natural History, Family fun, Events, Dog Friendly, Arts
Catching the Holiday CrudMy holidays were nice as I celebrated the season with friends and family. But there has been one lingering reminder of them that I’d like to shed. Somewhere in a concoction involving lack of sleep, traveling, visiting friends and family, and eating poorly, I managed to succumb to a spreading crud and get sick. Sick enough that I have been laid up for a bit and I have had... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:winter, Snowshoe, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Family fun, Dog Friendly, Cross Country Skiing
It was just after Christmas and I was riding the traditional high that comes from the Holidays spent with family and friends and looking to keep that feeling going through to the New Year. Having recently learned one of our local lodges was going to be offering lantern lit sleigh rides this year, I figured there were few better ways to embrace winter and stay in the holiday spirit than taking... [Read More]
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Author:Glenn Pareira
Categories:winter, Heritage, Family fun, Cultural
Saranac Lake is a great place for learning and renewal. As a new year begins, let's make plans now for special ways of revamping ourselves. We can use the village's unique Adirondack charms to meet our personal improvement needs.New Year's Day has a tradition of being the holiday where people decide they are going to make themselves do things they don't really want to do. By the end of January... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Wellness, Summer, Snowshoe, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Hiking, Family fun, Arts
The great outdoorsDewey Mountain Recreation Center has a full schedule of cross country ski and snowshoe events on tap for this winter. Every Tuesday night at 5:30 join in the Graymont Tuesday Night Race Series. Kids XC races start at 5:30 pm and adults at 6 pm. Visitors are always welcome, so if you feel your competitive spirit coming on, drive on over and join in. You'll meet some great locals... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:winter, Snowshoe, Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Exhibits, Events, Arts
A Perfect Day for Photos The icy, mixed precipitation we’ve had recently has coated the forests in the North Country white, and I was excited by the prospect of a bright, sunny day to head out with Wren and my camera for photos. We woke early on a clear cold morning and after allowing the temperature to raise a touch, I layered up, grabbed my snowshoes, and we set out into a blindingly white... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:winter, Snowshoe, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Hiking, Family fun, Dog Friendly
Heading to ScarfaceIt had been a little while since I had been there, so the other day Wren and I grabbed my snowshoes and headed to the Scarface Mountain Trail in Ray Brook. My usual choice for winter activity is cross country skiing. But, I often find that I am more observant of my surroundings when I’m on foot, since I’m able to take my time. This means I don’t have to focus on the terrain so... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:winter, Wildlife, Snowshoe, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Family fun, Dog Friendly
Updated: November 13, 2015When the weather gets chilly, the chilly turn caffeinated. It’s not just the coffee. Hot beverages, like chocolate or cider, are another famous Adirondack tradition we love to share.There’s something special about warming hands around a mug, and warming hearts around a good chat. If the blood is feeling a bit thin, pop into a place where the meal crowd has left, the... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Wellness, Shopping, Historic Downtown, Family fun, Fall
Snow has been FallingThe almost daily snowfalls of the past week have quickly transformed our landscape to look a bit like February, and as I walked Wren the other day I realized it might be worth swapping my boots for skis. And so, we headed out in the evening to the North end of the Bloomingdale Bog Trail. The sky was mostly clear and the air was cold as we set out; me on my old, beater, rock... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:winter, Wildlife, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Family fun, Fall, Dog Friendly, Cross Country Skiing, Birding
Saranac Lake loves the holiday season. We have a lively and dedicated wellness community who support our local farms and advocate for healthy eating. This lets them come up with new takes on old favorites.Very adirondack appetizerIf we haven't been thinking "Adirondacks" when we think "cheese" we haven't been doing it right. Many local farms have used the milk from their cows, sheep, and goats to... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Wellness, Shopping, Heritage, Family fun, Fall, Cultural
ABOVE: Saranac Lake's famous Lawn Chair Ladies perform at a past Winter Carnival Parade. The Lawn Chair Ladies are one of the most popular units in the parade each year!First night saranac lakeAs the old adage goes, a picture's worth thousand words. So here are some of Saranac Lake’s best of the best winter events images for this coming season!First big winter event on the docket for Saranac Lake... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:winter, Music, Historic Downtown, Family fun, Events, Cultural
A Daily Walk On an almost daily basis this time of year, Wren and I can be found walking along the railroad tracks on the backside of Lake Colby in Saranac Lake. Despite the beat-up nature of some of the tracks, it is a picturesque location and with fewer fishermen there this time of year than there are during the warmer months, we generally have the walk to ourselves. Colby is an easy spot... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Hiking, Family fun, Fall, Dog Friendly, Birding
Saranac Lake has an unusual war memorial. It is the Mount Pisgah Veteran's Memorial Ski Center, located on the mountain at the edge of town. It is a wonderful place to explore this Veteran's Day. Even if we can't ski just yet.At the entrance there is a more traditional monument, a native boulder with a plaque honoring all service members. While Saranac Lake has been sending its children... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Wellness, Outdoor Recreation, Historic Downtown, Heritage, Family fun, Fall, Exhibits
so much more than a beautiful viewTop things to do when you don't feel like being outsideWe love our Adirondack outdoors. We love our changeable mountain weather. But sometimes, they just don’t go together the way we planned it. Still, many weather challenges are not as daunting as they might appear.A misty day is easy to dress for and does not disturb a lovely walk in the woods. If it's a... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Shopping, Historic Downtown, Heritage, Family fun, Fall, Exhibits, Cultural
A True Adirondack Challenge Having completed this challenge some years back, I have to admit it's an absolute pleasure to undertake; it's even perfect for the entire family. Quite unlike the Adirondack 46 High Peaks, these offer something new and unique, and it gets you out and about the entire park. This goes without saying: the Saranac Lake Region is home to some of the best towers on the... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Hiking, Family fun
 Now that we’ve had a taste of snow in the Adirondacks (a little dusting last Sunday), I cannot wait to get back on the slopes at Titus Mountain Family Ski Center! Titus is currently my favorite ski slope in the area, because it’s a good size without being too big for me, and they tend to have the best snow coverage for my type of snowboarding.And they’ve got some cool new stuff to look... [Read More]
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Author:Jess Collier
Categories:winter, Wellness, Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Events
Home on the Range - or the  local Ski Slope to be more specific!Like many Adirondack towns, Saranac Lake has a hometown ski hill. Here is where local children have learned to ski for generations. Now Mount Pisgah offers family fun with alpine, glade, and cross country skiing, along with tubing and snowshoeing.Saranac Lake started skiing in 1892 when the first pair of skis came to town,... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Snowshoe, Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Cross Country Skiing
Norman Bethune is a famous Saranac Lake artist. His most celebrated work was created here, in the Trudeau Cottage Sanitarium, where he was both a doctor, and a patient. He was also an inventor: the Bethune shears, for thoracic surgery, are still in use today. He was a humanitarian: his many medical patents were donated to the cause of socialized medicine. He was an innovator: he organized... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Wellness, Historic Downtown, Heritage, Family fun, Events, Cultural
By Day & NightOn a fine day, you can catch a glimpse of Follensby Clear Pond from the top of Ampersand Mountain. Look northwest – it's tucked behind Upper Saranac Lake. After your descent, take a quick drive to Santa Clara, launch your canoe onto Follensby Clear, and look over your shoulder as you paddle across – there's the mountain you just climbed, a blue-hued giant framed between the... [Read More]
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Author:Guest Blogger
Categories:Summer, Hiking, Heritage, Family fun, camping
Saranac Lake spent the decades between 1884 and 1954 as a world-famous curing center. Our history of wellness endeavors continues to this day. It all started with Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau (statue, above) in 1873. He came to Saranac Lake expecting only to spend his last days in his beloved wilderness. He had tuberculosis, and in those days, it was a death sentence.Except he got better.This... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Wellness, Heritage, Family fun, Fall, Exhibits, Events, Cultural
Are there ghosts in the Adirondacks? Does Saranac Lake have a haunted past? Sources say yes, and to be honest, it has a haunted present, too. Many of these old buildings have spooky tales to tell. I set out with a member of the Adirondack Park Paranormal Society to explore what has been seen - and heard - and felt - in what must be the most haunted town in all of the Adirondack Park.... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Events, Fall, Family fun, Heritage, Historic Downtown
Saranac Lake has long been known as a mecca for artists and art events. This upcoming month will confirm that designation with the multitude of cultural events on the schedule. There are also several non art-related events as well.From poetry readings to plays to outdoor programs and slide shows, you’ll pretty much find something of interest during any of the upcoming weeks.  Here are a few... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Wildlife, Heritage, Family fun, Fall, Events, Conservation, Arts
My folks were watching my 12-year-old niece Rebecca for the weekend and it seemed a good idea to have them all come up for a visit. We spent a few days exploring the area walking in Bloomingdale Bog, checking out the Olympic Center, and going miniature golfing. I had suggested to my niece that perhaps she would like to hike a short mountain, but she was hesitant, unsure how she would like it or... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Summer, Spring, Saranac Lake 6er, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Hiking, Family fun, Fall, Dog Friendly
A Time of Transformation We all look forward to the change of leaf color which so defines this time of year in the Adirondacks. It is, after all, an amazing phenomenon and one of the most incredible events to witness in the entire world! Our cool nights and recent cold fronts have already started the process of changing our leaves and the past week has found that transition happening quickly... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildflowers, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Hiking, foliage, Family fun, Fall, Dog Friendly
Horseback riding is a wonderful way to experience our Saranac Lake wilderness. We see Adirondack forest from a new perspective, get the benefit of a guided tour, and experience nature with a large animal companion. Emerald Springs Ranch, in nearby Lake Clear, has extensive trails and friendly horses. They are all Registered Quarter Horses, born and raised on the ranch. During the rider... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Wildflowers, Wellness, Summer, Spring, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, foliage, Family fun, Fall
Mount Pisgah Ski Center is a village mountain with big appeal. Downhill skiing, cross country trails, and fun tubing runs, all in the heart of Saranac Lake.Family Fun this winterOf course, it's a bit too early to actually ski, but preparations start well before the season. The lodge is readied for visitors, logs are laid in the big fireplace, equipment is checked, and trails are walked. There are... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Cross Country Skiing
Enjoying summer to the endThe final summery days of the season are gold for us all and so Wren and I took advantage of a splendid afternoon earlier this week and set out for Little Green Pond. We started with a swim and as we approached the sandy beach area, I noticed two distant Hooded Mergansers flying along the far shore of the lake. I threw the ball a few times for Wren who plunged in after... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Summer, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Family fun, Fall, Dog Friendly
Every year Pendragon Theatre, our Saranac Lake live theatre company, chooses a comedy as one element of their summer art offerings. The theme this year (they choose a theme every year) is one close to my heart: that of "Dreams." Then they choose several plays which fit the theme, creating a lineup which includes at least one comedy, drama, and musical each year.HarveyWhen I found out... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Theatre, Summer, Historic Downtown, Family fun, Events, Cultural, Arts
Shorebirds in the ParkWhile the Champlain Valley rightfully gets the most attention in our region as the place to search for sandpipers and other shorebirds, some shorebirds do invariably make their way south through the central part of the Park. It’s just a matter of finding them since they don’t stay around for long. For instance, over the weekend while I was out looking for warblers along Lake... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Summer, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Family fun, Fall, Birding
Bring your binoculars and cameraDuring the late summer and early fall I make a point to be out with my binoculars everyday – in the morning if I can manage it. After all, it is during this time of year that migrant songbirds are flocking up and passing through our region. And so each day usually begins with me grabbing my binoculars and camera – not to mention Wren – and heading to a local trail... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Family fun, Fall, Dog Friendly, Birding
Above:  Be sure to check out the video above, featuring the Saranac Lake Region portion of the 3 day 90-Miler Canoe Classic from Old Forge to Saranac Lake, finishing on Sunday, September 7 in Saranac Lake. By all accounts, September in Saranac Lake is a very busy time for events. The leaves have barely begun to show colors at this point and as they do change, there'll be several events... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Summer, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Historic Downtown, Family fun, Events, Cultural, Arts
The LoonsCommon Loons were already calling from the water as I unloaded the car at Little Clear Pond. As usual Wren was exploring the water and beach area and she kept bringing sticks for me to throw into the lake. After a few throws and after I had toted everything down to the water, we headed out.A pair of Common Loons sat a few hundred meters out with their large, charcoal gray chick. All... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Summer, Spring, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Family fun, Fall, Dog Friendly
The Saint Regis Canoe Area is one of only a couple designated Canoe Areas in New York State. Located in Franklin County it spans three towns and over 18,400 Acres. The St. Regis Canoe Area includes St. Regis Mountain, St. Regis Pond, Long Pond, sections of the east and west branches of the St. Regis River, and 56 other water bodies, of course not all is perfect for paddling - or even feasible,... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Birding, camping, Family fun, Fishing, Hiking, Outdoor Recreation, Paddling, Spring, Summer, Wildlife
Overlooked hikes near Saranac LakeShadowed by the popularity of the High Peaks so close by, the hiking in and around Saranac Lake often gets overlooked. There are so many hikes offering outstanding views with payoffs that get missed by many of the visitors to the region. Please join me as I introduce you to a few select hikes that should just not go unseen while visiting Saranac Lake or any of... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Wildflowers, Summer, Saranac Lake 6er, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Fishing, Family fun, Dog Friendly, Birding
It's an art tour, a scenic drive, and a shopping opportunity, all in one. It's an Adirondack Art Tour! When it comes to scenic routes, Saranac Lake and the surrounding area has some of the loveliest. Whether we drive or bike, in any season, for any reason, our quiet wilderness roads access some of our finest vistas. Every year a local arts guild, Saranac Lake ArtWorks, organizes a tour of... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Shopping, Historic Downtown, foliage, Family fun, Exhibits, Events, Dog Friendly, Cultural, Arts
The most exciting thing – at least from Wren’s perspective - about the paddle we took on Moose Pond in Bloomingdale this week was the tennis ball she found at the boat launch. I unloaded gear while she played with the ball in the sandy gravel, shoveling it between her legs and then chasing it. Once I was unloaded and ready to push off, I gave her a few throws into the water and she happily... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Summer, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, foliage, Fishing, Family fun, Fall, Dog Friendly
Saranac Lake has an extraordinary place in its history, tucked between the lumbering and ice harvesting of its earliest times to the lure of its gorgeous scenery in the present. At the turn of the 20th Century, it was a world famous center for tuberculosis care (known as Taking the Cure) and research.While there were many local sanatoriums, some people were able to “take the cure” in a private... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Wellness, Summer, Historic Downtown, Heritage, Family fun, Events
The Saranac Lake Art Walks are a popular summer activity. Every third Thursday evening, from June to September, our historic downtown area becomes a sidewalk art festival. In addition, there’s many kinds of music, craft vendors, and other fun activities with plenty of Adirondack friendliness and hospitality.Since it was a gorgeous day, we started with an early dinner. We got to watch the artists... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Summer, Shopping, Music, Historic Downtown, Family fun, Exhibits, Events, Dog Friendly, Cultural, Arts
2nd Largest Peat Land in the ADKSSince Spring Pond Bog is the second largest peat land in the Adirondacks, it offers birders an array of habitats for finding species. I’ve led an annual birding trip there with The Wild Center the past few years and we once again took a trip to Spring Pond this year as well.The birds were initially quiet, but we were soon adding species in the coniferous forests... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Wildflowers, Summer, Spring, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Hiking, Family fun, Birding
It was a unique opportunity to visit the Saranac Lake Laboratory Museum. To kick off an upcoming "Medical Marvels" series, which will feature a exhibit of antique medical devices, the Museum was hosting a series of free lectures. Saranac Lake takes great pride in having been a prominent turn-of-the-century science center, and we offer many such opportunities to explore this side of our... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Wellness, Historic Downtown, Heritage, Family fun, Exhibits, Events, Cultural
As I sat in my chair looking out at Lower Saranac Lake from our campsite on Pirate Island, I found myself humming the Jimmy Buffet song “One Particular Harbor.” I mentioned it to my husband and we immediately dubbed our awesome little island “One Particular Island.” Although we live in nearby Lake Placid and actually have a camp on Placid Lake, we love to go camping in the Adirondacks to... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Dog Friendly, camping, Birding
Summer in Saranac Lake brings with it events to keep everyone busy. From free outdoor concerts to our much-loved Pendragon Theatre productions, there's something for everyone throughout the season.engage in historyThe rich heritage of the Saranac Lake region is celebrated during the summer season. One very interesting option is the Great Camp Tours being offered regularly at White... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Theatre, Summer, Music, Historic Downtown, Heritage, Family fun, Events, Cultural, Arts
The Saranac Lake area was once home to many Great Camps, the elaborate form of "roughing it" that the very rich enjoyed during the Gilded Age. Time has not been kind to this extravagant tradition. Because of the risk of fire, each room was designed as its own building, and because of their remote locations, many of them burned down, anyway. Between the deep winters and the wilderness itself,... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Wildflowers, Summer, Heritage, Family fun, Fall
Birds of All Kinds Flock HereThis past weekend I helped lead trips for the Great Adirondack Birding Celebration (the GABC) held at the Paul Smith’s College VIC (Visitor Interpretive Center). In its 12th year, the event brought together birders from across the northeast and even other parts of the country as they explored the region on a variety of field trips. I led the trips into Madawaska, a... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Summer, Spring, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Hiking, Family fun, Birding
This week I was in search of an activity during which I could take advantage of our recent late morning and afternoon breeze. This is the time of year when the black flies come out and the wind may be the best repellent I have found so far. The weather was great and I headed to Lake Colby in Saranac Lake, which is my go-to paddle when my time is limited.I unloaded my boat from the car and grabbed... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Spring, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Family fun, Dog Friendly, Birding
 Bog Trekking and BirdwatchingThis past weekend I helped lead a trip into Massawepie Mire, the largest bog in the Adirondacks. Massawepie is an enormous complex of habitats centering on the bog which is accessed via an old railroad bed. My co-leader and I met our group in a parking area surrounded by mixed deciduous forest and we began our day by listening to species like Red-eyed Vireo,... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Summer, Spring, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Hiking, Family fun, Conservation, Birding
Adirondack Lakes and Rivers PaddlesKayaking and canoeing in the Adirondacks, especially in the lake country near Saranac Lake, has an abundance of paddling possibilities. We are home to the 18,400-acre St. Regis Canoe Area. This is the only designated Canoe Area in all of New York State, with almost sixty bodies of water to explore, each with their own charm.This broad and untouched wilderness is... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Summer, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Dog Friendly
5 Overlooked Destinations for Hiking, Paddling, and/or Trail Running1. Floodwood MountainGetting ThereFrom the intersection of Route 86 and Route 3 follow Route 86 toward Paul Smiths. Continue for 5.0 miles to Route 186 on the left. Follow Route 186 to its end where it turns into Route 30 (approx. 4-miles). Follow Route 30 west for 5.75 miles to Floodwood Road on the right – this is easy to drive... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Wildlife, Trail Running, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Family fun, Birding
Saranac Lake has a unique performance space which features all kinds of different art, even at the same time. Music, photography, and painting were all on display during a special evening at BluSeed Studios. It had dogs and children dancing and people making new friends. It's an art opening in the Adirondacks.This gathering was to celebrate the return of a local group from a recent visit to... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Shopping, Music, Family fun, Exhibits, Events, Dog Friendly, Cultural
it's all about the bloomWhen Spring hits the Saranac Lake Region we know Daffest isn’t too far off!  Initiated a few years ago, Daffest has grown into a community family event consisting of many smaller events within Daffest.  The spectacular, sweeping Daffodil plantings have been expanded every year so the displays within the Village have become quite amazing when they bloom in... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Historic Downtown, Family fun, Events
Cold water paddling, preparation & funI might be a little on the early side for talking about cold water paddling, but it’s better to get the thoughts rolling early so you can plan ahead and be ready when the time comes. I hated to put my paddle away for the season but I did stretch it out for as long as I felt comfortable doing so, and now it’s time to dust off the old canoe and get ready.... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Wildflowers, Paddling, Outerwear, Outdoor Recreation, Gear, Family fun, Equipment, Birding
Kayaking & Canoeing Top 10The beauty of paddling in the Saranac Lake area is the abundance of choices. But the sheer amount of Adirondacks on offer can be overwhelming! Here’s some Top 10 Paddling Spots to consider when it’s time to get out that canoe, kayak, or stand up paddleboard (SUP.)Wonderful WildernessWe have plenty of pristine and gorgeous places where the only human sound might... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Summer, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Fishing, Family fun, Dog Friendly, Wildlife
We learned last month how awesome the Paul Smith’s VIC is. What could make it even cooler? You guessed it. Live music. The VIC has been bringing in musicians to entertain visitors for a Sunday afternoon series, running from the end of January and wrapping up after this weekend. The series is free to anyone with a ski pass, though donations are accepted, and is underwritten by... [Read More]
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Author:Jess Collier
Categories:winter, Wildlife, Snowshoe, Outdoor Recreation, Music, Family fun, Exhibits, Events, Equipment, Cultural, Cross Country Skiing, Arts
Sweet Day on the Floodwood Loop- A Ski to rememberThe Drive:From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 86 in Saranac Lake follow Route 3 toward Tupper Lake. Continue to Route 30 between Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake and then follow Route 30 toward Fish Creek. Continue for just under 9.0 miles to Floodwood Road on the left. Follow Floodwood Road for around 3.0 miles to the trailhead on the left,... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:winter, Snowshoe, Skiing, Outerwear, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Gear, Family fun, Equipment, Cross Country Skiing
My First 6'erMountain climbing is one of the most popular sports in the Adirondacks, and one that is enjoyed year round. In Saranac Lake, it is popular to embark on the journey of Being a 6er. This is climbing the six peaks which ring the village and lend it the distinctive "mountain town" character we love.On any such challenge, be it hiking or snowshoeing, we must start at the bottom... of the... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Snowshoe, Saranac Lake 6er, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Dog Friendly
Paul Smiths Visitors Interpretive Center (VIC)An Adirondack family ski and snowshoe destinationJust a short drive from Saranac Lake is an outstanding resource for multi-use trails for the entire family. Paul Smith’s College has constructed a rather large trail system to provide a wide range of activities at the VIC. The major emphasis and goal was to engage the college community with all phases... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:winter, Snowshoe, Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Family fun, Dog Friendly, Cross Country Skiing
Sustainable Breakfast with a side of historyDelicious meals are a favorite part of anyone's vacation. The Saranac Lake area of the Adirondacks offers great food with a wellness twist. We love our local farmers, who are known for organic fruits, vegetables, meat and eggs.Lake Clear Lodge and Retreat, a historic old Great Camp, takes these healthy eating principles even further. From... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Wellness, Heritage, Family fun, Cultural
With all these absolutely beautiful sunny ‘blue bird’ days, you know you want to be outside all day. But what happens when the sun sets and you are not quite ready for the day to be done? You go to Mt. Pisgah! Mt. Pisgah offers Night Skiing and Night Tubing! The mountain is lit up with multiple flood lights all the way up the mountain side. They have a very nice base of snow already and with... [Read More]
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Author:Courtney Petkovsek-Powers
Categories:winter, Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun
Winter carnival As Saranac Lake Winter Carnival winds down, the last big events of the celebration include the Gala Parade on Saturday, Feb. 8, followed by the I Love NY Winter Carnival Slide Show and the Guide Boat Realty "Storming of the Palace" Closing Fireworks Display at the ice palace on Sunday, Feb. 9, bringing this 2014 edition to a close. The fireworks and slideshow are a not-to-be-... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:winter, Outdoor Recreation, Historic Downtown, Fishing, Family fun, Events, Cultural
Top Winter Activies List in Saranac Lake NYFamily fun is easy in Saranac Lake. No matter what size, shape, or attention span that family might have.Whatever the weather, we have activities to help everyone explore winter at their own pace. Share our amazing wildlife up close, slide down a snowy mountain, and ride our indoor carousel.Don't worry about what to do with the kids. From their first... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Wildlife, Snowshoe, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Family fun, Dog Friendly
Saranac Lake's Top Cool Spots for Ice FishingWhat are the best fishing holes, in the winter? It seems that all of them have some kind of appeal. Ice fishing in Saranac Lake offers so many different places, and everyone has a favorite hard water spot.Finding out where they are… well, that’s not easy! But it helped when I added, “Great fishing that everybody knows about.” Then, I got some sighs of... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Outdoor Recreation, Fishing, Family fun, Dog Friendly
Building with IceSaranac Lake's Winter Carnival is a wonderful Adirondack festival. One of the strongest attractions happens even before Carnival officially begins. That would be the building of each year's Ice Palace.Festivities began back at the turn of the century, when Saranac Lake was already established as an internationally famous wellness center. Between winter enthusiasts,... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Outdoor Recreation, Historic Downtown, Heritage, Family fun, Events, Dog Friendly, Cultural
Snow Tubing Anyone?What to do? What to do? Here it is, Friday afternoon and no plans after work. Well, luckily my husband had read Mount Pisgah was opening their tubing hill that evening. We’ve been tubing before, but not at Mt. Pisgah, so we decided to make it a date night. After work we went out to a lovely dinner in town and went home to change into our snow suits. Don’t forget your wool... [Read More]
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Author:Courtney Petkovsek-Powers
Categories:winter, Snowshoe, Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Cross Country Skiing
            Unfortunately for those of us who love to play in the snow, our temperatures have been fluctuating widely this ski season.  Our warm ups have been followed closely by deep freezes, creating an icy base and constantly varying conditions.  As a result you can’t waste time in enjoying good ski conditions – otherwise they... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:winter, Wildlife, Snowshoe, Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Dog Friendly, Cross Country Skiing, Birding
Five of the Best Scenic Destinations in the Saranac Lake RegionSaranac Lake is a gem in itself, a true small Adirondack city, and its recreational potential is almost limitless. While it’s hard to label or list destinations from 1-10 or 1-100 based on some outstanding feature, below I would like to offer you a small serving of the Saranac Lake Region.   Highest Peak in the... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:winter, Snowshoe, Skiing, Outerwear, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Family fun, Dog Friendly, Cross Country Skiing, Conservation
With fishing a favorite pastime in the Adirondacks, it’s no surprise that our anglers don’t let low temperatures stop them. Ice fishing, aka hardwater fishing, keeps the fun going all the year 'round. Saranac Lake is an ideal spot for the sport. It’s dotted with small lakes which are quick to freeze, and dotted with avid anglers who love to get out there. That fishing staple, the fishing... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Shopping, Outerwear, Outdoor Recreation, Gear, Fishing, Family fun, Equipment, Dog Friendly
Taking on Ice Fishing in Saranac LakeIce fishing is a premier Adirondack sport, and Saranac Lake can lay claim to having some of the best. Our abundance of lakes and ponds, many of them easily accessible, puts us right at the top of hard water fishing places. We also get lots of great winter to freeze them up!Despite the early freeze, I had managed to not go myself until just the other day. While... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:winter, Outerwear, Outdoor Recreation, Gear, Fishing, Family fun, Equipment, Dog Friendly
In my mind, one of the best parts of winter is getting outdoors to experience and learn about our amazing natural environment here in the Adirondacks. Events that center around learning about the natural Adirondacks can be experienced at:the Visitor interpretive centerIn addition to the wonderful exhibits, live birds and trail system at the Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC), the facility... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:winter, Wildlife, Snowshoe, Natural History, Historic Downtown, Family fun, Exhibits, Events, Cultural, Birding, Arts
Blue Mountain Fire TowerMicrospikes needed on Blue MountainIt was almost the perfect day for a snowshoe in Saranac Lake, if only the skies were blue and the views endless, would it have been any better. The temperatures were in the mid 20s and not a lick of wind. Blue Mountain is one of the finest fire tower peaks in the Adirondack Park with its interesting trail and sweet views. To get to Blue... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:winter, Snowshoe, Outerwear, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Gear, Family fun, Equipment, Dog Friendly
First Night 2013First Night’s origins trace back to mid-70’s Boston, where community-minded artists created a new kind of New Year’s party. Now, with upwards of 75 official “First Night” cities across the USA, the well-established First Night Saranac Lake shines in Northern New York as one of the best. In fact, in 2011, the Saranac Lake First Night button won the award for best event button in... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:winter, Theatre, Music, Historic Downtown, Family fun, Events, Cultural, Arts
Snow Shoe In Saranac LakeMount Arab is located so close to the Saranac Lake Region, yet it gets very little attention from visiting hikers and snowshoers. This 2,500’ peak is a gem in the tri-lakes area and with its attractive firetower, it boasts has some pretty amazing views.  I had never been up Arab with snow on the ground before and I thought this would be a great day to change that... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:winter, Snowshoe, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Family fun
Top Family Winter Events in Saranac Lake Sparkle Village Craft Fair This year, as in winters past, Saranac Lake pulls out all the stops for the events that have made their mark on the winter calendar. The fun starts with a shopper's delight, Sparkle Village Craft Fair.  Over the past 26 years Sparkle Village has grown from a small event into one with a very long waiting list... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:winter, Historic Downtown, Family fun, Events
            We have once again reached the time of year when turkey is in the forefront of our minds and in the center of our plates, and it is worth considering the Wild Turkey which makes the Adirondacks and New York State its home.  Turkeys range across much of the country and all of the state and are common in the region.  I... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:winter, Wildlife, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Hunting, Family fun, Fall, Conservation
Take a cool Adirondack art community with talented artists, add some holiday cheer and you get a festive art attraction. New this season from November 22nd - December 28th, BluSeed Studios is bringing Saranac Lake a trendy twist on the craft fair. Dubbed the “Starving Artist Exhibit and Sale,” local artists will be presenting a range of new work on sale for the holidays. This month-long event... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Kennedy
Categories:winter, Shopping, Family fun, Exhibits, Events, Cultural, Arts
            I see muskrats almost every day that I’m out walking with Wren or looking for birds.  I find them in most streams, lakes, and marshes in the region from Bloomingdale Bog to the waterways which empty into Lake Champlain.  This is particularly true during the fall as our days grow shorter and after we change our clocks to... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:winter, Wildlife, Summer, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Fall
With hunting season in full swing many hikers decide to take a bit of time off. The time off is not only to partake in hunting, but in some cases many hikers are quite nervous about being in the woods.  Hunting season isn’t a reason to become a couch potato; you can still have to get out there and enjoy Mother Nature and do some serious hiking. This is a great time of year to be in the woods... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:camping, Equipment, Dog Friendly, Family fun, Fall, winter, Wildlife, Snowshoe, Outerwear, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Gear
Part of the heart and soul of Saranac Lake is its art community. You can see it in the walkable downtown and in talking to the residents - here are 5 simple ways to experience it during your next visit: Live Performances! - The Pendragon Theatre is an award-winning professional theatre, the only year round professional repertory in the Adirondack Park. They offer a full range of... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Kennedy
Categories:winter, Theatre, Summer, Shopping, Historic Downtown, Heritage, Family fun, Fall, Exhibits, Cultural, Arts
Through the grapevine I had heard about a new trail up Goodman Mountain, formerly known as Litchfield Hill. I knew nothing about the DEC forming a trail up this peak, but it would be a good idea, I thought to myself. I had been up this 2000’ peak a few years ago in winter and found the woods to be very open and a pleasant bushwhack; it would be nice to see it under different terms.  This... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:winter, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Family fun, Fall
I get this question a lot, “What’s the difference between this trekking pole and this one?” While trekking poles are relatively simple to use, they can be confusing to purchase. Not only are there several different brands out there to choose from, but you have key features like materials, basket size, suspension or no suspension, grip ergonomics, weight, etc., to choose from. What I would like to... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Snowshoe, Family fun, Fall, Saranac Lake 6er, Equipment, camping, Birding, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Gear, Trail Running, Summer
As the fall foliage drifts away into the history books and winter is still a few weeks away, some ask what we do for fun during the in-between time?  We fully embrace the arts and indoor events  this time of year! Of course we still get outdoors as well, but indoor events are a most welcome distraction as the temperatures dip to the chilly level.This coming week it’s all about the... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Wildlife, Theatre, Heritage, Family fun, Fall, Events, Cultural, Birding, Arts
            Wren and I hiked St Regis Mountain north of Paul Smith’s the other day, taking advantage of the beautiful weather.  St. Regis is short enough to do in half a day and I stopped work early to make sure we had enough daylight. I’ve hiked St. Regis quite a few times before, but this is the first time I’ve hiked it since it was... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, foliage, Family fun, Fall, Dog Friendly
            Wren and I took a hike at the Paul Smith’s College VIC this past weekend, enjoying the fall colors.  The day, like so many others of late, was warm and sunny, and the chance to get outside was not to be missed.  The VIC’s network of trails takes hikers through a wide range of habitats, and we started our walk along Heron... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, foliage, Family fun, Fall, Dog Friendly, Birding
            All this warm fall weather has had me wanting to get out for a paddle, and I was finally able to do so this past weekend on Jones Pond near Paul Smiths.  Since Jones Pond is not large, it can be covered in an hour or it can be extended for as long as you want.  And, since Wren does not generally want to lie still for... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Family fun, Fall, Birding, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife, Summer
The colors were bright; the sun was high in the sky without a cloud blocking its warm rays, and the wind, absent. This called for a perfect day to get a fall kayak trip in. I had never paddled Church Pond and was curious about the access to Osgood Pond and what it was like.So many times I have driven by Church Pond and the boat launch site, even gotten out of the car for a photograph or two, but... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Fall
The 7th Annual Artist at Work Studio Tour is upon us and what a weekend for it! Reports say that our leaves will be at peak and I must say that nature’s landscape is just as stunning as the man-made works that I am seeing today.The Artist at Work Studio tour is a free, self-guided tour of 50 artist’s studios that is organized and presented by Saranac Lake Artworks. It extends from Jay, NY to Paul... [Read More]
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Author:Kathy Recchia
Categories:Heritage, Arts, Exhibits, Family fun, Events, Cultural
The Saranac Lake Region is blessed with numerous recreational opportunities from hiking trail to quiet bodies of water. The area also has some of the most scenic roadways in the region. With all that’s going on recreation wise, you now have the changing of the guards. As summer hibernates, the fall colors come alive with a show that makes the best 4th of July Celebration a bit humbled.  One... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Hiking, Family fun, Fall, Outdoor Recreation
This coming weekend - specifically Friday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Sept. 29 - artists around the northern Adirondacks will throw open the doors to their studios and invite us in for this year's version of Artist at Work Studio Tour.  Each year on this weekend we get a rare opportunity to watch our renowned artists at work and see their workplaces.Last year I toured some of the artists'... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Family fun, Fall, Events, Cultural, Arts
            While many folks are waiting for changing leaves to grace our landscapes with color, I have always liked the late summer and very beginning of fall for the ornamental colors they provide.  As August advances and becomes September, wildflowers continue to bloom along trails, roads, and hillsides.  Their colors mingle with... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildflowers, Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Family fun, Fall
While the leaves are busy beginning to change for our annual Adirondack Fall spectacle, think about joining in on one of our regional events. Saranac Lake will be alive with many cultural and historic events during the next couple of weeks.A most popular weekly summer event comes to a close with the final Third Thursday Art Walk on September 19th.  Galleries and sidewalks come alive with... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Music, Historic Downtown, Heritage, Family fun, Fall, Events, Cultural, Arts
The North Country seems to have a fascination with train depots. In Westport, the current Amtrak train station is also the home of The Depot Theatre which hosts professional theatre all summer long. In Saranac Lake, The Union Depot has been restored and is home to the Adirondack Scene Railroad. But once a year, it is home to more than just a lovely train ride.It is the site of Hobofest--an... [Read More]
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Author:Kathy Recchia
Categories:Summer, Music, Historic Downtown, Heritage, Family fun, Events, Dog Friendly, Cultural, Arts
I am sure by now most everyone has heard of the Saranac 6. But if you haven’t it’s a hiking endeavor to climb six distinct peaks in the Saranac Lake Region; Ampersand, St. Regis, Baker, McKenzie, Scarface and Haystack.I had previously climbed all these peaks but have only done one since the start of the Saranac 6ers. A few weeks back I made way to the summit of Ampersand Mountain for my first... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Hiking, Summer, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun
            Last week The Wild Center hosted FlavorFest, an all day event built around the tastes of the North Country, and a great excuse to pay the museum a visit.  The event was held in conjunction with the museum’s weekly Thursday Farmer’s Market and the vendors were in their usual location in the outdoor tent.   ... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildlife, Outdoor Recreation, Wellness, Family fun, Exhibits, Summer, Events
The fifth annual Hobofest takes place Sunday, September 1, 2013 at the Union Depot in Saranac Lake.Hobofest celebrates American roots culture and the independent spirit with free musical performances from noon til late.Chef John Varga of Eat and Meet will be at the grill. Blue Line Brewery will serve a signature "Hobo Brew" in the Depot building in the afternoon. Children's activities range from... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Family fun, Events, Historic Downtown, Heritage, Summer, Arts
Last Friday I was invited to take a much-overdue trip up the river to Kiwassa Lake from Lake Flower for some family fun activities on the water.  I jumped at the opportunity. I hadn’t been on a boat trip on the Saranacs in two years - way too long! We loaded up the coolers, towels, kids gear and adult gear and headed out on Lake Flower. Our destination: Kiwassa Lake.  My personal... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Wildlife, Summer, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Family fun, Dog Friendly, camping, Birding

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