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African Americans have never made up large percentages in any census of the Adirondacks. However, they have been welcomed in proportions much greater than their numbers. Saranac Lake has long been supportive when it comes to the unique and profoundly difficult challenges faced by African Americans. Depot on the Underground Railroad The Champlain Valley to the east had been settled by a strong-... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Wellness, Heritage, Cultural
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In Saranac Lake, we love our history. From the region's earliest inhabitants — the Iroquois people who hunted here — through the first 19th century settlers to the development of the village as a health resort, Saranac Lake has plenty of stories to tell. We celebrate these stories in a lot of ways, including at museums, special events, and through unique tours. We especially love to share the... [Read More]
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Author:Aurora Wheeler
Categories:Cultural, Heritage
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There is an old lady in Saranac Lake loved by everyone. She is famous, infamous, and in spiffy shape for her age; she's seen a lot of activity in her 92 years. She's the Hotel Saranac  — known as Hot Sara to many locals — and she is the perfect base for your fall vacation in Saranac Lake. [img:sl-1.jpg] Hotel Saranac was built in 1927, full of modern conveniences and unusual architectural... [Read More]
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Author:Aurora Wheeler
Categories:Cultural, Dining, Fall, Family Fun, foliage, Hiking, Historic Downtown
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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
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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... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Conservation, Cultural, Exhibits, Family Fun, Heritage
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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
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The talk on the streets is that "Hot Sara is back!" This joke references the only partly lighted sign that once stood atop Saranac Lake's tallest building: the Hotel Saranac. But a new era is dawning for this important part of the town: February 11, 2017 (the same day of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Gala Parade,) the new sign was lit up. It spells out the entire name. That's not all that is... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Historic Downtown, Cultural
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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
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Do you ever get stressed out just hearing the phrase "the holidays"? Me too. It's a wonderful time of year when everyone is super cheery and friendly and everything is beautiful and there are so many parties and social events and I love it — and it's completely exhausting and stressful. You need to make sure to buy presents for everyone, make a dish for some party or event, and you're... [Read More]
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Author:Jess Collier
Categories:Winter, Wellness, Cultural
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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
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Is a steady downpour putting a damper on your camping vacation? You can always create your own workshop at BluSeed Studios.[img:bluseed.jpg]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.... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Family Fun, Events, Cultural, Arts
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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
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Assemblage: A work of art made by grouping found or unrelated objects.By themselves, those objects are just discarded human possessions. They turn up along railroad tracks, deep in the wilderness, and behind construction sites. Moss-covered, half-buried, and forgotten, they've been left to rot and rust and decay in the Adirondack soil. They're everywhere, and most people don't want them.But... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Exhibits, Cultural, Arts
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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
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During Saranac Lake's years as a tuberculosis curing center, people got off the train... alone. They had left everyone behind, and were worried that it might be years before they saw them again.Patients had to create a whole new set of social connections for themselves. Some of the new people they met would become close friends. Some of them would be more of a romantic attachment.There was a... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Wellness, Heritage, Cultural
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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:Cultural, Family Fun, Historic Downtown, Shopping
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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
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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
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Relaxing Retreat Saranac 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... [Read More]
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Author:Mary Gallagher
Categories:Arts, Cultural, Theatre
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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
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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!   Living in Saranac Lake, I've paddled the ponds and hiked the trails and climbed the mountains. Now, we have a new way to experience the Adirondack... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Cultural, Family Fun, Heritage, Outdoor Recreation, Summer, Wildflowers
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Saranac Lake has wonderful lodging and wellness venues. This year was the first time they were combined in a delightful weekend event. Which created a vortex of healing Adirondack vibrations!The Holistic Health Retreat & Conference was held on the weekend of May 16th & 17th, but I arrived Friday night to relax and enjoy the fine dining at the hosting property, the Lake Clear Lodge... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Wellness, spring, Events, Cultural
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If you've got Cabin Fever, the only prescription is... Saranac Lake!Cabin Fever was first officially called that back in 1838. It describes the psychological reaction to being cooped up indoors without interesting things to do. Irritability, restlessness, listlessness, and even paranoia can be symptoms of Cabin Fever. According to a paper in Psychological Science, February 2008, it can... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Winter, Wellness, Outdoor Recreation, Events, Dog friendly, Cultural, Cross Country Skiing
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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:Cultural, Family Fun, Heritage, Winter
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Saranac Lake is the perfect place to hit the town for an evening with friends. There are just enough bars to keep you busy, but not so many that you can’t stand up straight by the end of the night, and for the most part they are all pretty close to one another. I’ve found myself on an impromptu pub crawl through Saranac Lake just to meet up with multiple friends who are out in various places or... [Read More]
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Author:Jess Collier
Categories:Music, Historic Downtown, Events, Cultural, Arts
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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
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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
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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
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The Blind Owl Band is just like the band’s hometown of Saranac Lake: the real deal. They are as raw and authentic as it comes, growing their popularity as a band organically out of working hard and cultivating personal relationships. The four musicians that make up the Blind Owl Band are Eric Munley (mandolin), Arthur Buezo (guitar, vocals), Christian... [Read More]
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Author:Jess Collier
Categories:Music, Historic Downtown, Events, Cultural, Arts
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Here are just a few of the events happening around Saranac Lake in the next few weeks.  Don't forget you can use your mobile to also search for more events and nearby restaurants, lodging and activities and attractions.ARTS IN THE REGIONArts are a large part of our summer event offerings here in the Saranac Lake area. Every week there are a multitude of cultural events for everyone to choose... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Summer, Historic Downtown, Events, Cultural, Arts
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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
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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
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Midweek Live Music Sets In Saranac LakeIt’s March! Time to get out of the house a bit! Luckily, the Waterhole has announced a series of free Wednesday night concerts to keep us busy throughout the spring. [img:poster.jpg]It’s a slower time of year, so the Waterhole’s booking agent Eric Munley (who also plays mandolin in the Blind Owl Band) told me he was trying to scale things down to make... [Read More]
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Author:Jess Collier
Categories:Music, Events, Cultural, Arts
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As you walk down the streets of Saranac Lake, you will find a plethora of different food options. But it’s hard to tell what they offer simply by their name or even what their storefront looks like. It’s especially hard to tell what restaurant to choose and if they will be a good fit for your wants and needs. Well, I am here to help you out. I am going to give you a little inside peak of each of... [Read More]
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Author:Courtney Petkovsek-Powers
Categories:Winter, Wellness, Family Fun, Cultural
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Sweet Line up in Saranac LakeBluSeed Studios is one of the artistic cornerstones for the strong arts community in Saranac Lake. I haven’t spent nearly as much time at BluSeed as I would have liked, but I’ve always enjoyed it each time I make it there.Nestled along the railroad tracks at 24 Cedar St. in Saranac Lake, the industrial warehouse was dormant until it was revived into an arts nest... [Read More]
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Author:Jess Collier
Categories:Music, Exhibits, Events, Cultural, Arts
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Theatre, Heritage, Family Fun, Events, Cultural, Arts
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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
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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
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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
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Sun Tzu’s Awesome Tips On Art GiftsSaranac Lake is a great place to get art of all kinds & prices, for holiday gift giving. The abundance of galleries and the many local crafts in stores offer variety, but there's still one problem. How do we do this particular kind of shopping for the people in our life?Art just might be the trickiest form of gift, relying as it does on such elusive... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Shopping, Historic Downtown, Cultural, Arts
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 [img:sandra-style-on-sale-today.jpg]Sandra Hildreth is not only a sensational artist but also a very good marketer. I am here today at her studio/home in Saranac Lake because I saw her Open House Studio posted on the North Country Public Radio Community Calendar.Several artists in the area are having Holiday Open Houses and giving the public a chance to purchase fine art Christmas... [Read More]
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Author:Kathy Recchia
Categories:Exhibits, Cultural, Arts
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Art & Dining = Blue Moon CafeFood and art go hand in hand. A glass of wine, a plate of cheese and crackers, and an oil painting says gallery opening to us. But what about adding a caesar salad, or salmon and cream cheese on a bagel? We can have it all… at the Blue Moon Cafe in Saranac Lake. While the saying is “once in a blue moon,” we can enjoy this local dining favorite every day. At Blue... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Historic Downtown, Shopping, Cultural, Arts, Exhibits
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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
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Artists often work alone, but like everyone else, they can find strength in numbers. This is the thinking behind a membership of artists, galleries, theatre and art related businesses in the greater Saranac Lake area, called ArtWorks. It’s not only a concept. It’s also a place! [img:artworksgallery.jpg] Saranac Lake has a wonderful, walkable, downtown area which groups most of my... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Arts, Cultural, Exhibits, Shopping
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Have you ever gone on a hike, arrive at the summit and then realize you don’t remember the trip up? Most of us will take a hike, walk, or journey of some kind and go as fast as we can to get to the ‘reward’, but how often do we stop during the journey to enjoy our surroundings? Probably not very often. Edward Kanze is a naturalist, author, columnist, wildlife photographer,... [Read More]
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Author:Courtney Petkovsek-Powers
Categories:Wildlife, Heritage, Cultural
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[img:sue-young-at-work.jpg]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.... [Read More]
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Author:Kathy Recchia
Categories:Arts, Cultural, Events, Exhibits, Family Fun, Heritage
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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.[img:studiotourcover.jpg]Last year I toured... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Family Fun, Fall, Events, Cultural, Arts
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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
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[img:picture1.jpg]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... [Read More]
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Author:Kathy Recchia
Categories:Summer, Music, Historic Downtown, Heritage, Family Fun, Events, Dog friendly, Cultural, Arts
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Summer, Historic Downtown, Heritage, Family Fun, Events, Cultural, Arts

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