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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... [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:Cross Country Skiing, Dog Friendly, Outdoor Recreation, Snowshoe, 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
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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
In winter, this Adirondack village is a haven for skiing, snowshoeing, winter hiking challenges, snowmobiling, and exploring a lively downtown full of artsy shops and restaurants. A favorite time of year is when the snow flies and locals and visitors can get out into the woods on skis or snowshoes, and embrace the season with outdoor events. This February, there is more reason to celebrate... [Read More]
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Author:Carrie Gentile
Categories:Events, Family fun, Outdoor Recreation, Snowshoe, winter
If you’ve ever been to Saranac Lake, especially in winter, you’ve probably heard of Winter Carnival. It’s the longest-running event of its kind in the U.S., and it’s also one of the quirkiest. Let me explain. Every year, volunteers pull large blocks of ice from Lake Flower to build the ice palace, a stunning blue structure that people can walk through after the 10-day Carnival starts. There’s... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Events, Family fun, winter
Saranac Lake calls to people in different ways. Yes, there’s art, music, good food, and good people here. There are also events like Winter Carnival that bring visitors and residents together for a blockbuster, two-week celebration of all things cool. It’s a quirky place that draws the adventurous, the curious, and the creative, but when all of those things are pushed aside there’s one thing... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Cross Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Outdoor Recreation, Saranac Lake 6er, Skiing, Snowshoe, winter
As I got ready for my thrift shop expedition, my husband cautioned me, "Now don't go crazy." I don't know why he is always asking this of me. I consider my enjoyments to be springing from enthusiasm, and there's nothing wrong with enthusiasm. Like in the photo above, where I found a beautiful purple coat for only three dollars. Who wouldn't be excited about that? The lure of saving money... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Historic Downtown, Shopping
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
As I stroll through the village of Saranac Lake, a virtual Norman Rockwell or Currier & Ives painting, I keep waiting for the horse-drawn sleigh to pass by — the passengers in stocking caps and mittens, colorful quilts piled on top of them.  The horse-drawn sleigh never materializes, I shiver and zip up, and one word comes to mind — coffee. Where The Warmth Is The cafe... [Read More]
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Author:Troy Thomas
Categories:Dining, Historic Downtown, winter
Monitoring the snow depth The beginning of ski season is often a game of figuring out how much snow depth we have and how much snow coverage is needed to explore certain trails. So early season skis tend to be on open trails and fields which catch more snowfall – unless the wind is pushing it off. With the depth of our snow increasing of late and with the storm late last week, Wren (my four... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Cross Country Skiing, Dog Friendly, Family fun, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Skiing, Wildlife, winter
Winter is Finally Here! It took a long time to show up this year with our crazy warm fall, but winter weather has finally started to arrive in the northern Adirondacks. Our recent wet weather aside, little by little we’ve built up some snow as evidenced by my regular need to shovel. It all makes Wren, my four-legged companion, excited as she plays with her tennis ball in the snow... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Dog Friendly, Family fun, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Skiing, Wildlife, winter
Lets do this! With less than a week until Christmas, its time to check those final things off your gift list. In Saranac Lake, shopping downtown offers a low-pressure experience and so many different options. Plus, smaller stores mean shorter lines. So, go! Find the ideal gift, make it meaningful…and get back to enjoying the holiday season. Here are six gifts for those types sure... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Historic Downtown, Shopping, 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
Goodbye warm-weather gear! Sadly, on November 1, I hung the kayak and canoe in the garage, but I was still holding out for another bike outing which was scheduled for November 7. Unfortunately, as that date approached the nights grew colder and so did the days. Biking in 30-degree weather was not something our group wanted to do - so we changed plans! Take a... [Read More]
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Author:Lisa Sciacca
Categories:Birding, camping, Conservation, Cross Country Skiing, Dining, Equipment, Gear, Hiking, Outdoor Recreation, Outerwear, Paddling, Shopping, Skiing, Snowshoe, Wildflowers, Wildlife, winter
The first Friday of every month, the galleries of downtown Saranac Lake host art openings, highlighting their featured artists and providing an opportunity to mingle and discuss. My girlfriend and I consider this a favorite activity. It's a great time for us to go off and have a girls' night. Saranac Lake is an art town. Photography, painting, jewelry, and crafts of all kinds pop up... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Arts, Cultural, Dining, Events, Exhibits, Historic Downtown
Submitted by Guest Blogger: Kathy Barlow Ten Reasons to be grateful in and around Saranac Lake This year, after a rainy (and cool) spring and summer, autumn gave birth to warm days, cool nights, and a festival of colors in the mountains. The extended good weather gave us more opportunities to take advantage of all our area has to offer. Now, as the days are getting shorter and the stars... [Read More]
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Author:Guest Blogger
Categories:Heritage, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Wellness
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
Saranac Lake is not only a beautiful Adirondack mountain town, ringed by crystal blue lakes and countless hikes to amazing vistas, but it also has a lively, walkable downtown. Main Street and Upper Broadway are replete with artists’ studios, restaurants, and bars. Now that Saranac Lake is my hometown, I’ve done my due diligence and “researched” the numerous eating and drinking... [Read More]
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Author:Carrie Gentile
Categories:Beer, Dining, Fall, Music, winter
A Quick Hike If time to fit in a hike is short, then Mount Baker is always a good bet. After all, it is only about a mile to the summit, and it offers a rewarding view for the effort. And so, with a few friends in town in search of an easy hike, Baker was our choice. Colors and Birds Wren led us up the trail, through a golden beech forest on the backside of the mountain.... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Dog Friendly, Fall, foliage, Hiking, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Saranac Lake 6er, Spring, Summer, Wildlife
Amazing Fall Weather Our weather as of late has been nothing short of amazing, and so my friend and I decided to take advantage of our sunny streak by squeezing in an evening paddle after work the other day. That’s one of the best things about living around here – there are so many lakes and ponds to explore that you can easily add a quick paddle in on a busy day. And at this point in the... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Dog Friendly, Fall, foliage, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Paddling, Summer, Wildlife
If you have ever listened to music for the purposes of relaxation, you have the beginnings of what the Sound Healing experience is like. A friend and I set out for a session from two different sets of experiences. I'm a fan of soundscape music and an experienced meditator. My friend has never meditated and was not familiar with the full variety of sounds we would experience. We both agreed... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Arts, Heritage, Wellness
Submitted by guest blogger: Jeremy Evans On a recent Saturday, my family and I awoke to perfect hiking weather - cool and clear with low humidity. My wife and I chose Azure Mountain because we were looking for a hike that our youngest son, who had just turned 4, could do on his own. He is a big kid and he outgrew our baby pack long ago. Since then, I have carried him when he got tired or... [Read More]
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Author:Guest Blogger
Categories:Fall, Hiking, Outdoor Recreation
My friend Peggy and I had planned a camping trip to Lake Harris but due to a bout of uncooperative weather, we cancelled and Peggy came to visit me for a few days. We figured we could hike, bike, or paddle as long as there weren’t downpours. The first full day of Peggy's visit was cold and rainy, so we spent the day reviewing an overseas bike trip for 2018. The following... [Read More]
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Author:Lisa Sciacca
Categories:Cycling, Dining, Equipment, Hiking, Outdoor Recreation, Paddling, Shopping, Summer
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
It’s that time of year It sometimes takes a bit to get going, but the fall migration in the Adirondacks has been underway for a while, and it has been a lot of fun as of late. Our drippy weather the past few weeks has helped as well — the birds often actively feed down low on such days and are not being flushed south by strong north winds. Walking along Lake Colby A little over... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Fall, Hiking, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Summer, Wildlife
Submitted by Guest Blogger: Tyler Merrimam Lakes and Mountains One of the more unique features of the Adirondacks is the proximity between its lakes and mountains. In some cases, the two are right next to each other with a trail from lakeside to summit, such as Long Pond Mountain in the St. Regis Canoe Area, Castle Rock on Blue Mountain Lake, and, of course, St. Regis Mountain on Upper St... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Hiking, Paddling, Saranac Lake 6er
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 extra tips that will come in handy when taking to our lakes to enjoy the fall foliage. Happy paddling!  Blog originally posted in 2013. Not to set myself up with a very corny pun, but I am in the same boat as many of you — I don’t want to stop paddling either. Honestly, why should... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Fall, Outdoor Recreation, Paddling, Wellness
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
We have hit our summer stride! August is a golden month here in Saranac Lake. The days are warm, the air is fresh, and the evenings have enough hours to pack them full of outdoor fun. Hit the open road with Cycle Adirondacks or stay put for Plein Air Festival —either way, we are ready for you! FEATURE EVENTS Adirondack Plein Air Festival, August 14-19: What is plein air? For... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Arts, Cultural, Events, Theatre
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
Submitted by Guest Blogger: Tyler Merriam Bouldering is a style of rock climbing that is performed relatively close to the ground with no ropes, harness, or hardware. Bouldering usually takes place on — you guessed it — large boulders, though any rock face under 20 feet will do. Characteristics of bouldering include challenging and often violent-looking moves, copious grunting,... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Fall, Outdoor Recreation, Spring, Summer

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