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Take a turn onto Brandy Brook Avenue from the main road that heads into Saranac Lake, and you’ll find a large dirt lot and a modest building with a smartly-decorated-but-otherwise-unassuming facade. Behind the building’s rustic exterior, a little bit of magic happens. This is the home of Pendragon Theatre, a staple of the Saranac Lake community that’s celebrating its 40th season this year.... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Arts, Theatre
In search of a big catch? Wet a line in Saranac Lake!  Endless lakes, ponds, rivers, brooks, and streams flow through the region, making it a prime location for Adirondack fishing. By boat or by land, from early spring to late fall — the fish are as plentiful as the places to fish.  [img:rs69228-0q1a5353scr.jpg] Because the opportunities are endless, we have paired up six... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Fishing
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... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Dining
Sumitted by guest writer Rivka Cilley Our dog Raquette starts getting excited the moment we take out our paddles. He knows that he is in for a long day of relaxing on the water.  We are expecting an easy day on the water with plenty of sunshine and fresh air. The paddle from State Bridge to Ampersand Bay on Lower Saranac Lake is a great trip for kayaking on open water in a scenic, island... [Read More]
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Author:Rivka Cilley
Categories:Paddling
I am drawn to water like a moth to light. The sound is therapeutic, the movement is hypnotic. Simply put, a day on the water is good for the soul. My love affair with water has lead me to countless towns that hug the water's edge. While the water is a draw, it takes more than that to make a place a cool paddling town. It needs the combo of water galore and water ingrained in day-to-day... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Paddling
Last spring I was invited to take a much-overdue trip up the Saranac River from from Lake Flower to Kiwassa Lake for some family-fun activities on the water. I jumped at the opportunity since I hadn’t been on a boat trip on the Saranacs in years — that's way too long!  [img:camp.jpg] Setting out We loaded up the coolers, towels, kids gear, and adult gear, and headed out on Lake... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Paddling
Longing for an extraordinary nature experience? Consider the Saranac Lake region's St. Regis Canoe Area, where you can sample most of the outdoor activities the Adirondacks has to offer. It's basically a giant buffet of absolutely gorgeous woods-and-water experiences. The best part is, you have options — you can go full Adirondacks and camp here, or you can make the short... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Paddling
There’s nothing more Saranac Lake than Third Thursday ArtWalks, an event that's been a tradition in this village for more than 20 years. The format is pretty simple: Every third Thursday in June through September, the galleries open their doors and showcase their artwork. Art and the artists who created it literally spill onto the streets from 5-7:30 p.m. And in true... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Arts, Events
When it comes to quality of life, there is no place like the Adirondacks. It’s true, a lot of people visit the region to explore the outdoors, but the same mountains, lakes, and fresh air that inspire the adventurous also make it the perfect place for rejuvenation and indulgence. And for the record, indulging doesn’t always mean a day at the spa, but it certainly can!  Morning Shake off... [Read More]
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Author:Brooke O'Neil
Categories:Wellness, Winter
We refer to Saranac Lake as decidedly different for a reason. We are very proud to be a hub of eccentricity in the Adirondacks. Because of this, the town is also known for its vibrant local arts scene. For generations it has attracted artists and other creative types, leading it to become the arts haven it is today. Downtown Saranac Lake has several galleries that feature and celebrate... [Read More]
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Author:Sabrina Alli
Categories:Arts, Winter
Winter should not stop anyone from fishing. Cold temperatures beckon to the dedicated angler, who regards ice on frozen lakes the same way most people think of milkshakes: the thicker, the better. Snug shelters and fish finding skills come to the fore in this sport, since techniques like fly casting are unable to be practiced under the ice. Here are some special spots and... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Fishing, Winter
What to Expect The Saranac Laboratory Museum is open year-round Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission is $7, students pay $5, and children 12 and under are free. Visitors typically spend 30 minutes to one hour exploring the museum. Exhibits are self-guided, however staff is always on hand to help guide visitors through the exhibits and answer any questions. While at the... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Exhibits, Historic Downtown
A captivating place to visit any time of year, Saranac Lake especially glistens in the winter. While some dread the cold and snow that winter brings, others see it as a perfect time to bask in the peaceful nature and serene beauty of the season. If you are the latter, Saranac Lake is for you! Saranac Lake offers a true variety of accommodations, from mom-and-pop run motels to a historic... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Winter
Winter Specialties A few weeks ago, the Saranac Lake Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held around the New Year as it always is. And so Wren, my dog, and I did our part covering a segment of the count area, hiking through the winter snow, and counting birds as we went. One of the hopes of the CBC was to find the “winter finches” — those sought-after species which are generally more common at... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Fall, Hiking, Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife, Winter
It’s December 21 in the Adirondacks, the sun rises at 7:30 a.m. and sets at 4:30 p.m.; it seems it wouldn’t leave much of a window for anything to be done. Don’t let those short winter solstice hours fool you — they assuredly will not put a halt to adventure in the Adirondacks. A few years ago, on this same day, my family set out on an adventure that would... [Read More]
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Author:Traci Wagner
Categories:Cross Country Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Winter
Did you know there is a railroad track that goes all the way from Lake Placid to Saranac Lake? I knew about it, but I never paid it much attention until I started to think about its potential as a cross-country ski. Winter hit early in the Adirondacks this year and I was ready to set this idea into action. I headed out that morning with one goal in mind — to ski from Lake... [Read More]
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Author:Traci Wagner
Categories:Cross Country Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Winter
Winter is here and Saranac Lake is ready to celebrate  Photos by Mark Kurtz Photography Winter Carnival is what happens when you take Saranac Lake and throw it into a cauldron, sprinkle in a clever theme, and boil it down until all that’s left is a sweet syrup of feisty good humor. When Winter Carnival is on you can’t walk through downtown, let alone buy a cup of coffee,... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Events, Winter
Like many Adirondack towns, Saranac Lake has a hometown ski hill. Here is where local children have learned to ski for generations. Saranac Lake started skiing in 1892 when the first pair of skis came to town, courtesy of John R. Booth of Ottawa (yes, it was news).  [img:044a2722.jpg] Mt. Pisgah, after the peak which revealed the promised land in the Bible, has snowmaking, two main... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Skiing, 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... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Saranac Lake 6er, Winter
Submitted by guest blogger Kaet Wild. Being from Buffalo, snow is nothing new to me, but somehow, I had never gotten into cross-country skiing. But, when a friend brought it to my attention as a possibility, it appeared to be a cheaper alternative to downhill skiing. Plus, I could bring my dogs along... sold! “Have any plans for tomorrow morning?” my good bud, Tyler, asked... [Read More]
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Author:Guest Blogger
Categories:Cross Country Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Winter
Saranac Lake is well known for its stunning scenery, unique charm, and outdoor adventure. Perhaps a lesser known fact is all the gems you can find downtown. I was immediately taken in with this idyllic village when I first visited it a few years ago for Winter Carnival. I remember the first time I walked down Main Street, noticing all the different and interesting stores that you couldn... [Read More]
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Author:Sabrina Alli
Categories:Shopping
Don’t stay inside this winter Climbing a mountain in the winter requires a lot of preparation and a bunch of gear. It’s fun, beautiful, and rewarding but it’s also a lot of work. The good news is snowshoeing doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, if you can walk, you can snowshoe!  If you’re new to snowshoeing or you’re simply looking for a way to get out for a few hours, Saranac Lake’s cross-... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Outdoor Recreation, Snowshoeing, Winter
The VIC Paul Smith’s College owns and operates the Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC), and in turn, opens it to the public. Just 13 miles north of downtown Saranac Lake, the VIC offers a snapshot into the six million acre Adirondack Park. It has mountains, marshes, forests, and streams for you to explore year-round. Located on 3,000 acres with 25 miles of trails —... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Outdoor Recreation, Snowshoeing, Winter
It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year in the Adirondack Mountains. In our house, the day after Thanksgiving marks the first day of the holiday season. On this day, it has become a tradition for us to welcome the holiday spirit by cutting down our Christmas tree at a local tree farm. Over the years, we have had numerous people encourage us to visit Moody Tree Farm, and this... [Read More]
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Author:Elisabeth Marchbanks
Categories:Shopping, Winter
Who really cares about eating when they are on vacation? Well, everyone of course. If you are like me, you want to hit the best local spots while you’re in town. You want to know where to get a good craft cocktail and where to eat a farm-to-table dinner. Downtown Saranac Lake has become a hub of unique and locally sourced restaurants. Here are some suggestions of where to eat while you... [Read More]
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Author:Sabrina Alli
Categories:Dining
The VIC pretty much has every kind of Adirondack experience you could want — lakes, wetlands, forests, a nice waterfall, and a sweeping mountain view, all in one 25-mile trail network. In fact, the nature center is home to every Adirondack ecosystem except high alpine tundra, the hard-to-reach landscape found atop many of our highest peaks, so visitors are guaranteed to see a full sampler of... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Fall, Outdoor Recreation
The weather Saranac Lake is literally a winter wonderland. The temperature in Saranac Lake during the winter is around 24°F. And that’s the average, lows drop into negative digits. Saranac Lake will be cold - no doubt about that. But it will also be beautiful! Saranac Lakers have their share of sayings —“You’re only cold if you’re standing still” and “There is no bad weather, just bad... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Shopping, Winter
Playing in the snow is a very old Adirondack tradition, but it took a while for this activity to become more enjoyable than practical. Depending on the level of development where people lived, skiing and snowshoeing was simply the way people got around in the winter. Local indigenous people, like the Huron and Algonquin, taught European explorers and trappers the usefulness of the right footgear... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Cross Country Skiing, Skiing, Snowshoeing, 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 the things that make this village so unique.  It’s a quirky place that draws the adventurous, the curious, and the creative, but when all of... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Outdoor Recreation, Winter
I must admit, fall is my favorite season in the Adirondacks. As the air becomes crisper and the leaves start to change their color, I can’t help but spend each free moment admiring the beauty of the outdoors. I look forward to hiking the most, and I usually spend my weekends exploring a new and unfamiliar trail. This weekend, my boyfriend, Mac, and I chose to hike one of the Saranac Lake 6ers,... [Read More]
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Author:Elisabeth Marchbanks
Categories:Fall, Hiking, Saranac Lake 6er
The liar drained the last of his IPA (“I want it hoppy, ya hear?”) and rubbed the Saranac Lake Ultra 6er patch on his jeans pocket. It looked brand new because it was. He made a mental note to rub dirt on it, when the time was right. “So you did Baker Mountain first? Most people knock that off last, being so easy.” The guy with the brown-gold beard had drawn the liar close. He had been passing... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Hiking, Saranac Lake 6er
A great time of year for a hike Fall is made for hiking. It possesses the perfect mix of pleasantries — leaf color, pleasant temperatures, and no bugs — that appeals to time outside. So when a couple friends of mine came to visit the other weekend, we hit the trail. That started with an afternoon hike up Baker Mountain, but our longer, planned hike came the following morning when we arrived... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Fall, Hiking, Saranac Lake 6er
A time of year to be savored Fall in the Adirondacks is meant to be experienced. It is a time of cool nights and warm days. It is a time of frosty mornings, the icy coating soon to be burned off by the bright sun. And it is a time of bright leaves which paint the landscape in a kaleidoscope of color. And so fall must be savored. After all, the warm days offer us a throwback to summer, and we... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Fall, Paddling
For the residents of Saranac Lake, their downtown clock tower is one of the iconic symbols of the community. It sits high above the entrance to the town hall, at a major intersection which contains important civic buildings. It is diagonally across from Riverside Park, with its bandshell, boat docks, and benches. This landmark is used when giving directions. Places are "three down... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Historic Downtown
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. We... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Paddling
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 margin... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Paddling
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, Paddling
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 adventures, 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 and bursting... [Read More]
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Author:Sabrina Alli
Categories:Fall
The Knollwood Club was created to solve a late 19th-century problem: going on vacation as someone of the Jewish faith. At that time, many hotels and country clubs were "restricted," as the term was known. Six friends wanted to summer in the Adirondacks together and decided to build their own shared Great Camp. They were: Louis Marshall, prominent civil rights lawyer. Daniel Guggenheim,... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Heritage
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 paddle... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Paddling
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:Fall, spring, Summer, Winter
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, Paddling
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
[img:walter-20hagen.jpg] 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  [img:rs67352-0q1a2006edit.jpg] The Saranac Inn Golf Course was once part of the famous Saranac Inn Resort. The... [Read More]
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Author:Elisabeth Marchbanks
Categories:Golf, 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: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:Hiking, Saranac Lake 6er, Summer
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, Summer
Earn Your Patch There’s an adventurous spirit in all of us. In Saranac Lake, you can answer that call by becoming a Saranac Lake 6er.
Unplug Outdoors The mountains, rivers, and lakes bordering Saranac Lake aren’t just for show, and those boots on everyone’s feet aren’t a bold new fashion statement.
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