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A Place You have to Visit Jones Pond is one of those places that requires a visit or two every year. And so, the other evening Wren and I could be found preparing to set off onto the small, intimate body of water. She played in the shallows while I unloaded the boat. Once ready I kicked us off from shore, spotting a Broad-winged Hawk disappear into the trees as I did.... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Fall, Outdoor Recreation, Paddling, Wildlife
Submitted by guest blogger, Eileen Mowrey Saranac Lake is cultural balance at its best. Enjoy all the pleasure and charm of a small mountain town – a local coffee shop, friendly faces, beautiful scenery – and all the music, food, and fun of a small city. Because both are equally important, right? Imagine spending your day hiking in the remote, rugged mountains and the night dancing your tired... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Beer, Cultural, Music
The End of a Beautiful Day A splendid summer afternoon was turning to evening as Wren and I pushed off onto the waters of Lake Clear Outlet – one of my favorite local paddles. As I almost always do when I paddle, I skirted the outline of the waterbody, hoping to find birds and other wildlife tucked along the edge of the water. After all, the outlet is outlined in many places with a marshy... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Dog Friendly, Fall, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Paddling, Summer, Wildlife
With little rain, and lots of sun, the weather in the Adirondacks has been beautiful — especially for those of us lucky enough to get out and play! My friends, Gretchen and Kathy, invited me to paddle with them on a day when temperatures were expected to reach the 90s. Kathy wanted to paddle close to home, where we could have lunch in the shade and swim. There are many options near ... [Read More]
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Author:Lisa Sciacca
Categories:Fall, Family fun, Outdoor Recreation, Paddling, Summer
The lazy dog days of summer have passed and the air is crisp with fall. The Adirondacks is a unique place because all four seasons bring different opportunities for adventure, and the amazing outdoor recreational opportunities never cease no matter what time of year. In the fall, you can expect pleasantly cool days making it perfect for a hike up an Adirondack mountain. The foliage is stunning... [Read More]
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Author:Sabrina Alli
Categories:Fall, Family fun, Historic Downtown, Outdoor Recreation, Paddling
Fun in the fall. Naturally! Fall is a favorite season for many locals and visitors alike. The days are full of crisp, clean air, the nights are cool and cozy, and you won’t find a prettier place to view the colors of the season. The mountains are painted in bold reds, oranges that pop, and vibrant yellows – a stunning contrast against the deep blue of the lakes. To add to the... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Events, Fall, Family fun
Meet Tyler Merriam. He paddles, hikes, bikes, swims, skis, runs. He is a guide, an instructor, an avid outdoorsman. And on July 26, 2018 he added Ultra 6er to his list of accomplishments! Follow along as Tyler recounts his Ultra attempt with us. The following is submitted by guest writer Tyler Merriam. Allow me to share the personal experience of my hiking/running... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Hiking, Saranac Lake 6er, Summer
The Saranac Chain of Lakes packs a lot of special Adirondack fun into six lakes and two ponds. Launch from the town boat dock on Lake Flower and watch the Victorian homes and small family camps fade into the mostly uninhabited Oseetah Lake. Paddlers here will find plenty of options for exploration. Follow the western shore of Oseetah to discover a river that leads to Kiwassa Lake, or... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Natural History, Outdoor Recreation
I thought I was moving to Saranac Lake for the mountains. I wanted easy access to trails, and to be able to find precious solitude at a moment’s notice. I dreamed of spending my free time exploring every inch of forest, marveling at the plants and creatures who dwell there. And that’s all true — those things were exactly why I moved to Saranac Lake. But once I left the forest, a strange and... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Arts, Cultural, Dining, Events, Historic Downtown, Music, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Saranac Lake 6er, Shopping, Summer
An early morning walk My dog, Wren, and I travel to lots of cool places in the North Country, and the other day we had the chance to explore Dexter Bog. Dexter is a small area of boreal habitat, but despite its size birders can find a wide diversity in a short period of time. Our early morning walk began with Yellow-rumped Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, a Black-throated Blue... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Outdoor Recreation, Paddling, Summer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XThq7l245U
Longing for an extraordinary nature experience? Consider Saranac Lake's St. Regis Canoe Area, where you can sample most of the outdoor activities the Adirondacks has to offer. It's a giant buffet of absolutely gorgeous woods-and-water luxury. You can go full Adirondacks and camp here, or you can make the short drive back to town to enjoy all the amenities of civilization at the... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Outdoor Recreation, Paddling, Summer
Let me tell you all the reasons why summer in the Adirondacks is the best. The days are extra long and sunny. The High Peaks are prime for hiking. The many lakes and rivers are perfect for paddling. Swimming all day is a reality. All this makes me think of one thing that tops it all off. Ice cream. Every summer adventure needs to be topped with ice cream, and summer is when the local ice cream... [Read More]
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Author:Sabrina Alli
Categories:Family fun, Summer
A beautiful morning It was a sunny and warming morning when Wren, my dog, and I set off along the Bloomingdale Bog Trail to do some birding. We had walked the north end of the trail off Route 55 in Bloomingdale the previous week to check out the Gray Jays, but on this day we were hiking from the south entrance off Route 86 north of Saranac Lake. Wren and I often walk there, but my plan on this... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Dog Friendly, Fall, Hiking, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Spring, Summer, Wildlife
Submitted by guest writer Tyler Merriam. If you follow news in Saranac Lake you may have noticed an article in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise this past March titled Whitewater Group Wants to Make Waves. This clever play on words is indeed correct, local whitewater boaters want to make waves, or at least a single wave. More specifically, we would like to rebuild and modify the whitewater... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Outdoor Recreation, Paddling
Submitted by guest blogger Elisabeth Marchbanks. Above is a photo of Walter Hagen, circa 1923, making a spectacular drive on the new Saranac Inn Golf Course with a foursome. Hagen made the 18 holes in 70 swings, creating a record for the course.  The pro's pro  The Saranac Inn Golf Course was once part of the famous Saranac Inn Resort... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Golf, Summer
Submitted by guest writer Carol L. Douglas It’s the wilderness that draws us, so we draw the wilderness. I’ve painted in tough locations, including on the deck of an ocean-going schooner, in the desert, and above the Arctic Circle. Yet there is no place more exciting or challenging for the plein air painter than New York’s Adirondacks. The landscape dares the painter to leave his car and... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Arts, Natural History, Summer
It’s been a wonderfully warm, sunny summer in the Adirondacks, and there’s no better place to be than in the water. Saranac Lake doesn’t quite have the deep, mountain-stream pools synonymous with swimming holes, but there are some fantastic spots with rocky shores or sandy beaches to hit up when the mercury climbs. Check out our five favorites below, then head into town and ask one of our local... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Outdoor Recreation, Summer
It is summertime in the Adirondacks, and you’re in the right place to enjoy some spectacular outdoor recreation. And starting June 27, there’s no better place to spend Wednesday evenings than Saranac Lake’s Music on the Green at Berkeley Green! Featuring local musicians, as well as regional and national acts, Music on the Green is one of Saranac Lake’s favorite summer events. A... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Music, Summer
My folks were watching my 12-year-old niece Rebecca for the weekend and it seemed like a good idea to have them all come up to Saranac Lake 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... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Family fun, Hiking, Saranac Lake 6er, Summer
The 6ers are what we call the six hike-able mountains that ring the village of Saranac Lake. The Adirondacks are known for its mountain hiking, and it's human nature to create "sets" for achievement purposes. There's the 46 High Peaks that are over 4,000 feet in height. Thus inspired, we have created what has turned out to be a very popular way for people to enjoy our kinder, gentler... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Fall, Hiking, Outdoor Recreation, Snowshoe, Spring, Summer, Trail Running, winter
One of the great joys of my summers for the last decade has been taking advantage of one of Saranac Lake’s more unique outdoor experiences, island camping. Sure, you can find world class lakeside camping in Saranac Lake. But there’s something extra special about paddling or motoring up to your site and knowing that, for the time you’re there, it’s all yours. No traffic driving by, no other... [Read More]
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Author:Glenn Pareira
Categories:camping, Dog Friendly, Family fun, Outdoor Recreation, Paddling
Rainy day fun Rainy weather didn’t stop us from having fun in the woods when I helped out with a Lake Placid Middle School field trip at the Paul Smith’s College VIC. Thankfully the steady rain abated early in the day and we were left with mostly damp and misty conditions. Students alternated between stations to look at stream invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, and... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Dog Friendly, Family fun, Hiking, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Spring, Summer, Wildlife
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... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Arts, Birding, Dog Friendly, Fall, Family fun, foliage, Hiking, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation
Submitted by guest writer: Tyler Merriam On a late Friday afternoon, I loaded my mountain bike in the back of my car and drove the short distance to the southernmost entrance of the Bloomingdale Bog Trail. For those of you who don’t know, this trail begins just off Route 86, about 3 miles north of the heart of Saranac Lake, and ends approximately 16 miles away in the town of Onchiota. The... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Cycling, Outdoor Recreation, Summer
Submitted by guest writer: Eileen Mowrey The Adirondacks are full of beautiful waterways just waiting to be explored. Running straight through the heart of Saranac Lake is one of the area’s best paddling opportunities – the Saranac River. This 81-mile river encompasses several lakes and winds through miles of both civilization and wilderness before spilling into Lake Champlain.... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Fall, Family fun, Outdoor Recreation, Paddling, Spring, Summer
There’s nothing more Saranac Lake than Third Thursday ArtWalks. Every third Thursday in June through September, the galleries open their doors and showcase their artwork. Art and oftentimes the artists who created it literally spill onto the streets from 5-7:30 p.m. There’s music and laughter everywhere, providing a lively backdrop to the positive energy and celebration of all... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Arts, Events, Historic Downtown, Music, Summer
Submitted by guest blogger: Rivka Cilley It was a beautiful sunny day in May with temperatures in the mid 60s when a group of us set out to paddle from Hoel Pond to Long Pond. The sky was a rich blue with a similar color reflecting on the water. The water was calm and inviting. We stepped into the water to launch our canoes feeling the refreshing coolness of the water on our feet.... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Paddling, Spring, Wildlife
I love standing on a mountaintop, surveying the surrounding landscape and watching clouds roll by, but I don’t always have time to get to those wonderfully out-of-the-way places. That’s one of the many things I love about living in Saranac Lake — there are options to be had — and since I've been too busy to do long hikes I love having a list of easy go-tos. Besides that, at this time of year... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Family fun, Hiking, Outdoor Recreation, Spring, Summer
Fiddlehead Bistro is a work of art. If you’re in downtown Saranac Lake you can’t miss it — it’s the bright yellow building on the corner of Broadway and Dorsey streets, right next to the Saranac River. Detailing on the outside is simple. There’s a nod to the restaurant’s namesake flora, and a small iron snail that says a lot about the food. It’s delicate, beautiful, and not for people in a rush... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Dining
A Chilly Start to Spring While winter held off the arrival of spring this year with both hands, warm weather is finally coming on in full force – and birds are coming with it. After all, even with the chilly weather we’ve had this spring, birds have been on the move – with ducks like Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup, and both Hooded and Common Mergansers on Lake Flower... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Events, Family fun, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Paddling, Spring, Summer, Wildlife
The New York State Department of Conservation runs twelve fish hatcheries, or fish culture stations, across the state. In turn, these hatcheries raise and stock fish into more than 1,200 public waters. Hatchery programs help improve recreational fishing and restore native fish populations. Doing their part to keep fishing in the Adirondacks a real experience for anglers today and in... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Conservation, Family fun, Fishing, Spring
Submitted by guest writer: Rivka Cilley The Saranac River is always the first body of water in the Saranac Lake area to be clear of ice. A group of us recently paddled from the launch at St. Regis Canoe Outfitters to the top of Permanent Rapids on River Road.  It was a beautiful, warm sunny day with very little wind. The water levels were high with the spring melt, enabling us... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Paddling, Spring
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, kayak, or even innertube, we have an adventure to fall in love with. To help with this question, I asked some local guide services about their favorite places. What do they recommend most often? Where are the places that are extra scenic, or... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Dog Friendly, Fall, Family fun, Paddling, Spring, Summer
The beauty of this 'Round the Mountain race is... it doesn't have to be a race. You don't even have to be in it to revel in the fun. It's a great way to kick off the paddling season and get those competitive juices flowing, or be a spectator, cheering the first boats and experiencing the scenic and picnic possibilities along the shores of Lake Flower. Any time, it can be a more... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Events, Family fun, Historic Downtown, Paddling
Chilly Spring Weather While it may not have been welcomed by many folks, my skis and I were happy about the chilly weather we had for much of March and April. I was out skiing and enjoying the snow as much as I could. But, when the weather turned warmer and finished off the cross-country skiing season, it ushered in spring birding and I happily set aside my skis for my... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Hiking, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Spring, Wildlife, winter
The first day of spring, called the vernal equinox, has historically fallen on either March 19, 20, or 21. This year, the equinox landed on Tuesday, March 20. But in Saranac Lake, on March 20 you are just as likely to see a foot of snow piling up on the trails as you would see the crocuses popping up in front of the library. So how do you know, really, when spring has arrived? Here... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Spring
Submitted by guest blogger: Tyler Merriam As the snow finishes melting and we take guesses at when the ice will go out, our thoughts often turn to our summer paddling plans. On June 1, we once again kick off Celebrate Paddling ADK, the month-long series of paddling-related events in the Saranac Lake region. One of the best things about canoeing, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Family fun, Outdoor Recreation, Paddling
Of course, when it comes to getting away, "girls" can be any age. Because no matter how accomplished a woman is, she will always enjoy a time away from her responsibilities. The greater the challenges, the more necessary stepping away can become. It is incredibly rejuvenating to find a welcoming atmosphere, where one can be herself, with her friends, and do fun girl things. I love it! Here'... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Arts, Cultural, Dining, Heritage, Historic Downtown, Shopping, Spring, Summer
When I think of Cris Winters' work, I think texture. Her Pink House Gallery downtown is full of different layers. Sometimes it is overt, as when she uses multimedia techniques to create a mood or landscape. Other times it is conceptual, where her work suggests depths that are not physically there. But always, there is a great engagement with nature, which is a constant theme in her work.... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Arts, Cultural, Exhibits, Shopping
In the microclimate of Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC), I find myself in a winter wonderland, as if a Hollywood special effects crew came through and sprayed and hosed down the vast landscape with deep, sticky, fake snow, but this is real stuff here - natural.    An Intimate Museum    Enter here and walk through time and see how... [Read More]
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Author:Troy Thomas
Categories:Birding, Conservation, Cross Country Skiing, Exhibits, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Snowshoe, winter
Blue Skies and a Day of Birding With a beautiful blue winter sky above us, my brother, nephew, and I set out the other day to enjoy some boreal birding in the Bloomingdale Bog Complex north of Saranac Lake. The afternoon was forecast to turn rainy (ugh) anyway, so we wanted to enjoy the snow and winter before that happened. And for those of us who aren't yet ready for spring, this is the... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Fall, Family fun, Hiking, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Snowshoe, Wildlife, winter
Saranac Lake is a beautiful conglomeration of mountains and people. The downtown captures this essence in a wonderful way — eclectic eateries are interspersed among art galleries, music is on everyone’s mind, and mountains and lakes play peek-a-boo from behind the historic architecture. People visit for a lot of reasons, but they always find more than they expected while they’re here. Still... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Arts, Beer, Cultural, Cycling, Dining, Dog Friendly, Events, Exhibits, Fall, Family fun, Fishing, Heritage, Hiking, Historic Downtown, Music, Outdoor Recreation, Paddling, Saranac Lake 6er, Shopping, Spring, Summer, Trail Running
If your kids are anything like mine they love breaking records. And second best to holding the record, is knowing the record - biggest number (Googolplex), smallest state (Rhode Island), fastest animal (Cheetah), funniest Minion (Stuart), smelliest feet (Dad for the win). I had been waiting to bust out my trivia challenge for just the right day. "Tallest tree?" I asked. Silence. With both... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Conservation, Dog Friendly, Snowshoe, Spring, Wildlife
So much to do I just love winter and sometimes I feel like there are not enough days to do everything I want to do: downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and ice skating. It is also hard to squeeze in the not-so-fun things that I must do, such as laundry, cleanin,g and filing income tax! On this particular Sunday I had promised myself to do laundry and file my income tax.... [Read More]
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Author:Lisa Sciacca
Categories:Outdoor Recreation, winter
I’m not a history buff, but one thing that’s always fascinated me is the Adirondacks’ place in the world. If you ask the right people, big names get thrown around. Bill Clinton has visited; Melville Dewey, creator of the Dewey decimal system, lived in Lake Placid; and poet Sylvia Plath broke her leg on Mount Pisgah in Saranac Lake while visiting in 1952. The accident reportedly... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Family fun, Historic Downtown
A Change in the Fortunes of the Weather Let’s be honest. January was a frustrating month in the Olympic Region for anyone who loves skiing and winter sports. Check that – January was a wildly frustrating month for anyone who enjoys such activities. Our variable and constantly changing temperatures gave us rain and warmth followed by frigid drops which froze everything solid – it was no fun for... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Cross Country Skiing, Dog Friendly, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Skiing, Wildlife, winter
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdR_kBSIENc
Turns out, maple syrup has a connection with Mark Twain. At least it does now. Mark Twain Mapleworks is a sugarhouse on the shores of Ampersand Bay on Lower Saranac, part of the same complex where Mark Twain stayed for the summer of 1901. It's utterly appropriate, as it turns out. A list of "Mark Twain's Favorite Foods" reads: maple syrup, cranberries, raccoon, garden produce, canvasback... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Family fun, Heritage, Natural History, Spring
Saranac Lake is home to some great waterways. Popular fishing and paddling waters are now frozen over and the shanties and augers are out for ice fishing. Before you head out, here are five fun tips to ensure you get the best out of this cold-weather experience! 1. Get there early to get your favorite spot  Lake Colby is a popular ice fishing spot. It seems like every day... [Read More]
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Author:Brooke O'Neil
Categories:Fishing, Outdoor Recreation, winter
Submitted by Guest Blogger: Jeremy Evans Day at Dewey One of my favorite things about Saranac Lake is that it feels authentic, comfortable, and home-like to both residents and visitors alike. I can sense this at many of its community gathering places like Mt. Pisgah, Downtown, the Civic Center, and at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center. Located on Route 3 on the western edge of the... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Cross Country Skiing, Family fun, Outdoor Recreation, Snowshoe, winter
The Saranac Lake 6ers: Baker, St. Regis, Scarface, Haystack, Ampersand, and McKenzie. You hiked them one-by-one in the summer and marveled at the variety of views they afforded — distant High Peaks and uniquely shaped lakes. So now what? Time to try them in winter, that’s what! In the Adirondacks, nice summer hikes turn into full-blown adventures in the winter. It’s a beautiful time to be... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Hiking, Outdoor Recreation, Outerwear, Saranac Lake 6er, Snowshoe, winter

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