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The most exciting thing – at least from Wren’s perspective - about the paddle we took on Moose Pond in Bloomingdale this week was the tennis ball she found at the boat launch. I unloaded gear while she played with the ball in the sandy gravel, shoveling it between her legs and then chasing it. Once I was unloaded and ready to push off, I gave her a few throws into the water and she happily... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Summer, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, foliage, Fishing, Family Fun, Fall, Dog friendly
One of the many professional hats I wear finds me teaching Field Ornithology courses at Cranberry Lake Biological Station for the State University of New York. The other week I was teaching the Ornithology portion of a Wildlife Techniques class, and the students and I were to be seen traipsing around various habitats in the Adirondacks and North Country.On one day we headed out through Lake... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Hiking, foliage, Family Fun, Fall, Birding
Saranac Lake has an extraordinary place in its history, tucked between the lumbering and ice harvesting of its earliest times to the lure of its gorgeous scenery in the present. At the turn of the 20th Century, it was a world famous center for tuberculosis care (known as Taking the Cure) and research.While there were many local sanatoriums, some people were able to “take the cure” in a private... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Wellness, Summer, Historic Downtown, Heritage, Family Fun, Events
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
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
Adirondack PaddlingSizing up the right paddleWhen it comes to buying gear for your paddling adventure there are some things that are very important to realize, and special steps that should be taken to get the appropriate gear for your time on the water. Below I would like to share with you a few important steps when purchasing the right equipment more importantly sizing yourself for a paddle. Be... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Outdoor Recreation, gear, Fishing, Fall, Equipment, Summer, spring, Paddling
Adirondack PaddlingChoosing the right boat for canoeing & kayakingBoat lengthIf you are just getting into canoeing or kayaking first you need to decide where you will be paddling the most, but not to limit yourself either. First off, will you be navigating rivers with tight oxbows and narrow passages? Will you be on small ponds and lakes? Will you venture off onto larger lakes like the... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Summer, spring, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, gear, Fishing, Fall, Equipment
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
2nd Largest Peat Land in the ADKSSince Spring Pond Bog is the second largest peat land in the Adirondacks, it offers birders an array of habitats for finding species. I’ve led an annual birding trip there with The Wild Center the past few years and we once again took a trip to Spring Pond this year as well.The birds were initially quiet, but we were soon adding species in the coniferous forests... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Wildflowers, Summer, spring, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Hiking, Family Fun, Birding
As I sat in my chair looking out at Lower Saranac Lake from our campsite on Pirate Island, I found myself humming the Jimmy Buffet song “One Particular Harbor.” I mentioned it to my husband and we immediately dubbed our awesome little island “One Particular Island.” Although we live in nearby Lake Placid and actually have a camp on Placid Lake, we love to go camping in the Adirondacks to... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Family Fun, Dog friendly, Camping, Birding
Summer in Saranac Lake brings with it events to keep everyone busy. From free outdoor concerts to our much-loved Pendragon Theatre productions, there's something for everyone throughout the season. engage in history The rich heritage of the Saranac Lake region is celebrated during the summer season. One very interesting option is the Great Camp Tours being offered regularly at... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Events, Summer
The Saranac Lake area was once home to many Great Camps, the elaborate form of "roughing it" that the very rich enjoyed during the Gilded Age. Time has not been kind to this extravagant tradition. Because of the risk of fire, each room was designed as its own building, and because of their remote locations, many of them burned down, anyway. Between the deep winters and the wilderness itself,... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Wildflowers, Summer, Heritage, Family Fun, Fall
Birds of All Kinds Flock HereThis past weekend I helped lead trips for the Great Adirondack Birding Celebration (the GABC) held at the Paul Smith’s College VIC (Visitor Interpretive Center). In its 12th year, the event brought together birders from across the northeast and even other parts of the country as they explored the region on a variety of field trips. I led the trips into Madawaska, a... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Summer, spring, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Hiking, Family Fun, Birding
This week I was in search of an activity during which I could take advantage of our recent late morning and afternoon breeze. This is the time of year when the black flies come out and the wind may be the best repellent I have found so far. The weather was great and I headed to Lake Colby in Saranac Lake, which is my go-to paddle when my time is limited.I unloaded my boat from the car and grabbed... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:spring, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Natural History, Family Fun, Dog friendly, Birding
 Bog Trekking and Birdwatching This past weekend I helped lead a trip into Massawepie Mire, the largest bog in the Adirondacks. Massawepie is an enormous complex of habitats centering on the bog which is accessed via an old railroad bed. My co-leader and I met our group in a parking area surrounded by mixed deciduous forest and we began our day by listening to species like Red-eyed Vireo,... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding
Adirondack Lakes and Rivers Paddles Kayaking and canoeing in the Adirondacks, especially in the lake country near Saranac Lake, has an abundance of paddling possibilities. We are home to the 18,400-acre St. Regis Canoe Area. This is the only designated Canoe Area in all of New York State, with almost sixty bodies of water to explore, each with their own charm. This broad and untouched... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Dog friendly, Family Fun, Outdoor Recreation, Paddling, Summer
Roadside GemsPaddling the Saranac Lake RegionThe Saranac Lake Region is a mecca of paddling opportunities for all skill levels and rewarding destinations. Questions I often receive are in regards to, where to go. But more deeply, places with easy access, and for new paddlers. Again, not narrowing it down too much, since Saranac Lake has many destinations that are road side, I often think of three... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Birding, Family Fun, Outdoor Recreation, Paddling, Wildflowers, Wildlife
5 Overlooked Destinations for Hiking, Paddling, and/or Trail Running1. Floodwood Mountain[img:floodwood.jpg]Getting ThereFrom the intersection of Route 86 and Route 3 follow Route 86 toward Paul Smiths. Continue for 5.0 miles to Route 186 on the left. Follow Route 186 to its end where it turns into Route 30 (approx. 4-miles). Follow Route 30 west for 5.75 miles to Floodwood Road on the right –... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Wildlife, Trail Running, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Hiking, Family Fun, Birding
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
it's all about the bloomWhen Spring hits the Saranac Lake Region we know Daffest isn’t too far off!  Initiated a few years ago, Daffest has grown into a community family event consisting of many smaller events within Daffest.  The spectacular, sweeping Daffodil plantings have been expanded every year so the displays within the Village have become quite amazing when they bloom in... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Historic Downtown, Family Fun, Events
Our boating possibilities are both vast and varied. Even in the Adirondacks, where half the towns have "lake" in their name, the Saranac Lake area is notable for the sweep and majesty of our Saranac Chain of Lakes.Before cars and railroads, the Saranac Lake area was still a busy place because of the abundant waterways. These lakes and rivers were used to travel from Old Forge to Lake... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Family Fun, Fall, Dog friendly, Camping
Cold water paddling, preparation & fun I might be a little on the early side for talking about cold water paddling, but it’s better to get the thoughts rolling early so you can plan ahead and be ready when the time comes. I hated to put my paddle away for the season but I did stretch it out for as long as I felt comfortable doing so, and now it’s time to dust off the old canoe and get ready... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Paddling
Keeping it coolI remember my first trip to Saranac Lake, now hailed as, and what probably has been the coolest place in the Adirondacks for a long time. Not knowing it then, the events of that trip became the catalyst of my eventual residency here.  It was the winter of '99 and we were 4 hours into our trip. We were headed to a place I had no thoughts of, no prior preconceptions of, and... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Ondak
Categories:Music, Arts
Kayaking & Canoeing Top 10The beauty of paddling in the Saranac Lake area is the abundance of choices. But the sheer amount of Adirondacks on offer can be overwhelming! Here’s some Top 10 Paddling Spots to consider when it’s time to get out that canoe, kayak, or stand up paddleboard (SUP.)Wonderful WildernessWe have plenty of pristine and gorgeous places where the only human sound might... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Summer, Paddling, Outdoor Recreation, Fishing, Family Fun, Dog friendly, Wildlife
This is the time of year Saranac Lake area anglers see the ice fishing season taper off… and start thinking about the spring to come. Adirondack iceout! It’s one of the best times to land a trophy trout.The fish start being more active, and more hungry. April 1 is the season opener for most trout and salmon. Panfish like pumpkinseed and yellow perch are open all year. Here’s some tips on wetting... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Summer, Outdoor Recreation, Fishing
We learned last month how awesome the Paul Smith’s VIC is.  What could make it even cooler? You guessed it. Live music.  The VIC has been bringing in musicians to entertain visitors for a Sunday afternoon series, running from the end of January and wrapping up after this weekend. The series is free to anyone with a ski pass, though donations are accepted, and is underwritten by... [Read More]
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Author:Jess Collier
Categories:Music, Outdoor Recreation, Winter
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
Sweet Day on the Floodwood Loop- A Ski to remember The Drive: From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 86 in Saranac Lake follow Route 3 toward Tupper Lake. Continue to Route 30 between Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake and then follow Route 30 toward Fish Creek. Continue for just under 9.0 miles to Floodwood Road on the left. Follow Floodwood Road for around 3.0 miles to the trailhead on the left... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Cross Country Skiing, Winter
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
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
Poetry is alive and well in Saranac Lake.  [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Theatre, Heritage, Family Fun, Events, Cultural, Arts
My First 6'er Mountain climbing is one of the most popular sports in the Adirondacks, and one that is enjoyed year round. In Saranac Lake, it is popular to embark on the journey of Being a 6er. This is climbing the six peaks which ring the village and lend it the distinctive "mountain town" character we love. On any such challenge, be it hiking or snowshoeing, we must start at the bottom... of... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Hiking, Saranac Lake 6er, Winter
Ceilidh Music Sessions, Thursday Night Fun For AllOn Thursday nights as you pass the Saranac Lake Vistors Center office, you may notice a lot of cars in the parking lot and all the lights on and wonder what is going on. Most people would assume that it is something chamber related (maybe a board meeting or something) that is closed to the public, but that could not be farther from the truth... [Read More]
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Author:Courtney Petkovsek-Powers
Categories:Winter, Summer, Music, Heritage
Paul Smiths Visitors Interpretive Center (VIC) An Adirondack family ski and snowshoe destination [img:dscf1012.jpg] Just a short drive from Saranac Lake is an outstanding resource for multi-use trails for the entire family. Paul Smith’s College has constructed a rather large trail system to provide a wide range of activities at the VIC. The major emphasis and goal was to engage the college... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Winter
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
With all these absolutely beautiful sunny ‘blue bird’ days, you know you want to be outside all day. But what happens when the sun sets and you are not quite ready for the day to be done? You go to Mt. Pisgah! Mt. Pisgah offers Night Skiing and Night Tubing! The mountain is lit up with multiple flood lights all the way up the mountain side. They have a very nice base of snow already and with... [Read More]
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Author:Courtney Petkovsek-Powers
Categories:Winter, Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, Family Fun
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
Live music enthusiasts should be super psyched about the lineup this year for the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.Saranac Lake already has a thriving music scene for such a small, secluded village, but Winter Carnival is one of the times each year when the music scene shines even brighter than usual. For 10 days, the village comes alive with live music from solo acoustic acts to marching bands to... [Read More]
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Author:Jess Collier
Categories:Winter, Music, Events
Top Winter Activies List in Saranac Lake NY Family fun is easy in Saranac Lake. No matter what size, shape, or attention span that family might have. Whatever the weather, we have activities to help everyone explore winter at their own pace. Share our amazing wildlife up close, slide down a snowy mountain, and ride our indoor carousel. Don't worry about what to do with the kids. From their... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Family Fun, Winter
Saranac Lake's Top Cool Spots for Ice FishingWhat are the best fishing holes, in the winter? It seems that all of them have some kind of appeal. Ice fishing in Saranac Lake offers so many different places, and everyone has a favorite hard water spot.Finding out where they are… well, that’s not easy! But it helped when I added, “Great fishing that everybody knows about.” Then, I got some sighs of... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Winter, Outdoor Recreation, Fishing, Family Fun, Dog friendly
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
Snow Tubing Anyone? What to do? What to do? Here it is, Friday afternoon and no plans after work. Well, luckily my husband had read Mount Pisgah was opening their tubing hill that evening. We’ve been tubing before, but not at Mt. Pisgah, so we decided to make it a date night. After work we went out to a lovely dinner in town and went home to change into our snow suits. Don’t forget your... [Read More]
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Author:Courtney Petkovsek-Powers
Categories:Family Fun, Winter
            Unfortunately for those of us who love to play in the snow, our temperatures have been fluctuating widely this ski season.  Our warm ups have been followed closely by deep freezes, creating an icy base and constantly varying conditions.  As a result you can’t waste time in enjoying good ski conditions – otherwise they... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Cross Country Skiing, Winter
With fishing a favorite pastime in the Adirondacks, it’s no surprise that our anglers don’t let low temperatures stop them. Ice fishing, aka hardwater fishing, keeps the fun going all the year 'round.  Saranac Lake is an ideal spot for the sport. It’s dotted with small lakes which are quick to freeze, and dotted with avid anglers who love to get out there. That fishing staple, the fishing... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Fishing, Winter
Taking on Ice Fishing in Saranac Lake Ice fishing is a premier Adirondack sport, and Saranac Lake can lay claim to having some of the best. Our abundance of lakes and ponds, many of them easily accessible, puts us right at the top of hard water fishing places. We also get lots of great winter to freeze them up! Despite the early freeze, I had managed to not go myself until just the other day.... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Fishing, Winter
Slip Sliding away on Gothics & Armstrong The winter climbing season is upon us in the Adirondacks The winter climbing season is a very exciting time of year and when the conditions are good, the climbing is exceptional.  This goes for all of the mountains in the Adirondack Park, but for those aspiring to be winter 46ers, this is especially true. Saranac Lake makes for an... [Read More]
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Author:Spencer Morrissey
Categories:Hiking, Winter
            Snow covered landscapes the world over have a few things in common.  They are white.  They are generally cold – recently true around here.  And they are quiet.               The day following our recent snow storm Wren and I skied north from the north... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Outdoor Recreation, Winter
How to choose the right snowshoeI enjoy many delightful spots based on the abundant wilderness in Saranac Lake. As my fall hiking got later and later into the holiday season, the decision to become a snowshoer, aka winter hiker, became an inevitable next “step.”Many sports seem to demand the equipment before we even get started. How can we canoe… without a canoe? Good luck pole vaulting without... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Winter, Snowshoeing, Shopping, Outdoor Recreation, gear, Family Fun, Equipment, Dog friendly
How I don’t get lost in the woodsI had a great day snowshoeing at the Paul Smiths Visitor Interpretive Center. It combines so many Adirondack passions into one place; wilderness, the arts, and learning. While it seems a world away, it’s so close to Saranac Lake.I set out because it was a “bluebird day,” with blue sky above and white ground below. The VIC has wonderful hiking paths in summer, and... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Winter, Wildlife, Snowshoeing, Outdoor Recreation, Family Fun, Dog friendly
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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