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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 — the... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Outdoor Recreation, Snowshoe, 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’re in town... [Read More]
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Author:Sabrina Alli
Categories:Dining
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 year, we... [Read More]
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Author:Elisabeth Marchbanks
Categories:Shopping, winter
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... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Cross Country Skiing, Skiing, Snowshoe, winter
’Tis the season to get out and celebrate the holidays and all things winter. Well, Saranac Lake has no shortage of winter. In fact, we specialize in winter. You might have heard of our annual Winter Carnival, which is a ten day spectacle that involves outdoor adventure, competition, and lots of that unique village charm giving us our motto: decidedly different. In addition to Winter Carnival... [Read More]
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Author:Sabrina Alli
Categories:Events, 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 those things... [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:Fall, 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... [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... [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.... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding, Paddling
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, Paddling
Submitted by guest writer Tyler Merriam Many people know about the fantastic trails located in and around Saranac Lake. The 6er Peaks, Dewey Mountain, and the Paul Smith’s Visitor Interpretive Center are just a few of the numerous places to walk, hike, forest bathe, or even trail run! I’d like to take a few minutes to introduce you to the fantastic world of this last sport, trail running, an... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Fall, Trail Running
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 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 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
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: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
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
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. The original six holes were built in 1901 and... [Read More]
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Author:Elisabeth Marchbanks
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: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
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
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
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
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 years... [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: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:Outdoor Recreation, winter

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