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Hiking and Mountain Biking in the Adirondacks

Took my first mountain bike ride in ions.  A quick jaunt to the old Lake Durant carriage road.  Pretty lake side ride.  Perfect biking weather, about 56 degrees and sunny today.

Have been a member of the ADK Mountain Club for 3 years but inactive.  I just found out they get together every week for hiking, canoeing, kayaking, snow shoeing & x-country skiing.  Wondering about mt. biking. Gotta get the old bones moving again.  And want to experience the lakes with the club.  So many lakes near Blue Mt Lake.

Sure there are higher mountains elsewhere but it is sure pretty here in the Adirondacks.  There are some great trails for hiking too.  Trails to Blue Mt, Snowy Mt and Oak Mt are all less than 15 minutes away.  With the exception of the High Peaks in Lake Placid these are some of the highest mts in The ADK’s.

Lenny Baglieri


Blue Mountain Rest

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Get Dad out to the Mountains for Fathers Day, Adirondacks that is!

June  17th – 19th

Fathers Day Weekend.  Get Dad out of the office and into nature.  Is he the outdoorsy, adventurous type?   Book a room in a rustic cabin, cottage or lakefront resort so he can spend some quality time with the whole family.

Does he like to go fishing, kayak, canoe, hike, mt bike, water ski, golf, horseback ride or go white water rafting?  How about something more laid back like renting a flotilla like a pontoon boat for a lazy afternoon on a lake; go to the Adirondack Museum, take a dinner cruise on Raquette Lake or see one of the Great Camps at Sagamore.  What about something a little more exciting like taking a seaplane ride to get a birds eye view of some of the most beautiful lakes and mountains in the central region of the  Adirondack State park in NY.

Blue Mt Lake is the central hub of all of this activity where you will find some wonderful lodging and all of these fantastic activities.  A few to mention-  some historic seasonal full service resorts like The Hedges & Hemlock Hall or more moderate, cozy accommodations like Curry’s Cabins or Blue Mountain Rest who was featured in Time Out Magazine,  NY.   All dressed in Adirondack decor and a great place to give dad a relaxing respite from the everyday.  For more information go to

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7th Annual Birding Festival – Indian Lake in New York’s Adirondack Mts


Bird watching in the Adirondacks is marked by the Hamilton County Birding Festival, held annually the second weekend of June. This year’s Festival will be held June 10-12, and has grown to become a premiere regional attraction in celebration of Adirondack Boreal Birds. The three-day event will feature guided hikes, canoe excursions, driving safaris, walks, a cruise and evening presentations.

Registration is required for each outdoor activity.  A complete festival schedule of activities is available at the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce, participating  Festival businesses, the Indian Lake Town Hall, at or call 518-548-3076.

Welcome Birders… to the   7th Annual Hamilton County Birding Festival Featuring…   The Usual Suspects: A Sampler of ADK Specialty Birds The Boreal birds of the Adirondacks Presented By   John Thaxton, author, photographer and noted Adirondack Birder Saturday, June 11, 7:30 PM  Indian Lake Theater Admission: $5.00         Sponsors: Hamilton County Tourism, Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce, Town of Indian Lake.

INDIAN LAKE   –   As part of this year’s 7th Annual Hamilton County Birding Festival, join author and noted Adirondack birder, John Thaxton , for an evening of educational entertainment highlighting the lives and habits of boreal species found in the Adirondacks.  John will present, “The Usual Suspects: A Sampler of Adirondack Specialty Birds”, Saturday June 11, 7:30 pm at the Indian Lake Theater. He will share information about bicknell’s thrush, black-backed woodpecker, palm warbler and others including: wood warblers, olive-sided and yellow bellied fly catchers, gray jays, three toed woodpeckers, boreal chickadees unique to the boreal landscape of Northern Hamilton County.

John is the author of 6 books and has written articles for “The Kingbird,” “Birder’s World” and “Adirondack Life.”  He recently has started writing a regular column, “Birdwatch,” for “Adirondack Explorer.”  John is also an accomplished photographer whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and a veteran leader of birding field trips.

  • In addition, during the weekend, participating Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce businesses, Adirondack Museum, Cedar River Golf Club, Hutch N Stuff, Indian Lake Restaurant, Marty’s Chili Nights Restaurant and Pines Country Store, will offer 10% discounts to Festival Birders. Blue Mountain Rest a year round lodging facility in Blue Mt Lake is offering 20% off  their lodging rates or a Free Night go to for details.

Discount coupons will be available at the Chamber of Commerce, Town Hall, at participating businesses and at  For further Festival information, please call Kristina Eldridge at the Chamber: 518-648-5112.

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Great Upcoming Events in the Adirondack State Park, NY

Memorial Day Weekend kicks it all off, not only in a series of upcoming events in the central Adirondacks but this is the true beginning of the 2011 summer vacation season.  In the following weeks there will be several major events: the Birding Festival, Black Fly Challenge, The Americade and Fathers Day Weekend throughout the Lake George, Indian Lake, Moose River Plains, Blue Mt Lake and Inlet areas.

May 26th -31st

Memorial Day Weekend-  Everything opens

Bring your boat or rent one:  canoe,  kayak, speed boat for water skiing, pontoon boat or fishing craft. Camp sites open & golf courses.  Take a seaplane ride or go horseback riding, whitewater raft or fish in dozens upon dozens of lakes all around this mountainous and majestic region.   Take a dinner cruise on the WW Durant in Raquette Lake, go to the Adirondack Museum or Cultural Center in Blue Mt Lake or the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.  Take a hike on the interwoven NY State trail systems throughout this region or up some of the highest peaks in the Adks in Indian Lake and Blue Mt. And Inlet offers some of the best Mt Biking in the Northeast.

June 4th – 12th

The Americade in Lake George hosts one of the biggest biker events in the country.  Tens of thousands of motorcyclists descend upon this well known tourist area each year.  Besides having access to all the outdoor adventures, Lake George has shops, clubs, restaurants and some great night life overlooking one largest and most beautiful lakes in the Adirondacks. If you come to this event be ready to party!

June 9th -13th

Want a little something more subdued? Come to the 9th Annual Birding Festival in Indian Lake and Blue Mt Lake.   Peace, serenity and solitude is on the agenda as you literally get a birds eye view of indigenous wildlife.  Your binoculars will not only yield a colorful array of  bird species but my even pick up a rare siting of a cotton tail, coyote, coy dog, black bear or moose at a distance.

June 11th

Ready for a ride and something more vigorous?  Sign up for the Black Fly Challenge- a 40 mile mountain bike event that starts in Indian Lake, continues thru the Moose River Plains and ends in Inlet.  Contact the local chambers in Indian Lake and Inlet for all the event details and prizes.

June  17th – 19th

Fathers Day Weekend.  Get Dad out of the office and into nature.  Is he the outdoorsy, adventurous type?   Book a room in a rustic cabin, cottage or lakefront resort and spend some quality time with the whole family.   Blue Mt Lake is the central hub of all of this activity where you will find some wonderful lodging.  A few to mention-  some historic seasonal full service resorts like The Hedges & Hemlock Hall or more moderate, cozy accommodations like Curry’s Cabins or Blue Mountain Rest who was featured in Time Out Magazine,  NY.   All dressed in Adirondack decor and a great place to give dad a relaxing respite from the everyday.

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Hiking, Biking in the Adirondack State Park, NY

The central Adirondack region has a maze of trails in a topagrahy that can range up to 3,900 vertical feet.   Snowy Mt in Indian Lake,  Blue Mt in Blue Mt Lake and Oak Mt in Long Lake are some of the highest peaks in New York.  The Adirondack State Park is a perfect unspoiled back drop to your vacation adventure offering spectacular panoramic views overlooking dozens of  crystal clear lakes.

The NY State Trail System in this central region has a rich variety of terrain for the beginner or expert;  Sprague Pond offers the flatest, easiest and shortest trek of just .3 mi, more moderate to difficult trails Chimminy and  Wakely Mts are 1.1 to  3 mile jaunts or the 7.9  mile difficult to steep Sucker Brook trail is in Indian Lake.  Hiking Blue Mt has the Castle rock and Tirrell Pond trails that can even connect you to the Northville- Lake Placid Trial – 130 miles for the hard core long distance enthusiast.  But there are dozens of other trails Rock Lake,  Baldface Mt,  Sawyer Mt & Bullhead Pond just to name a few. 

If you road bike Rts 28, 30 & 30N are the main thorough fares that will bring you to the towns of Speculator to south, Indian Lake, Blue Mt Lake, Raquette Lake to the northwest and Long Lake or Tupper Lake to the northeast.   Just pedaling thru these areas will give you the true flavor & sheer beauty of the Adirondacks.  You’ll see majestic mountains, blue lakes and picture perfect vistas at almost every turn.

All of the off road trails are good for hiking, many for moutain biking in the warmer seasons and snowmobiling, snow shoeing or x-country skiing in winter.   In the town of Inlet there are some of the best mt biking trails in the whole northeast.   For the avid mt biker contact Pedals and Petals for more info.   The local chambers of commerce have trailmaps as well as many of the lodging facilities for easy review of the general area.

Blue Mt Lake is the epicenter of this hiking and biking mecca.   Blue Mountain Rest has Hiking and Biking Specials for discounted loging rates and is just one of the recommended lodging facilites there;  as well as, Prospect Point Cottages, The Hedges & Hemlock Hall.   Do a google search and enjoy your experience in the overwhelming expanse of the Adk State Park.

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Easter in Blue Mountain Lake, in NY? Fun for the family, away from home.

Easter is family time. That juicy ham, Easter pie and other traditional goodies bring everyone to the table. Great home made food, drink and conversation always tie the family together. But this Easter why don’t you add some real fun to the festivities after all the libations and fabulous fare are gone?

How about white water rafting, some hiking, mountain biking, fishing or horseback riding?  Forget about those video games- put away the Xbox, the Wee and get out into nature, real adventure, the ultimate reality.   And the Adirondack State Park in NY is the ultimate venue to create memories that could make this Easter unforgetable.   6 million acres makes the Adriondacks one of the largest parks in the nation.   Picture perfect mountains and lakes, a “forever wild” landscape is THE back drop to your outdoor adventure.  Who knows may be you’ll see a moose, black bear, loon, osprey, white tail deer or dozens of other wildlife while you are out there.  A theater in the wild, what a view!

Blue Mt Lake in the central Adirondacks, is smack dab in the middle of the park.  Lakes are everywhere, just to name a few:  Blue, Eagle, Raquette, Long, the Fulton Chain of lakes 1st thru 8th, Durant, Indian, Adirondack, Lewy, Abanakee, and Tupper Lakes are where you can get out on the water, for some fishing or even early canoeing or kayaking.  And some of the highest peaks:  Snowy mt, Blue mt, Oak mt are between 3,200 and 3,900 ft vertical make horseback riding, hiking and mt biking scenically ideal.  And if you want a little more speed and excitement there is white water rafting in Indian Lake.  Huge snow this winter means huge melt off and even bigger rapids this spring.

Eat, enjoy each others company and have FUN in the Adirondacks this Easter in Blue Mt Lake.

And for that holiday dinner check into Blue Mt Rest.   Recognized by Time Out NY magazine in ’08 for having some of the best priced and coziest cabins in the area.  This property in particular is just 1/2 mile from Blue Mt Lake and capacity for up to 34 guests.     All of Blue Mt Rest’s cabins have fully equipped kitchens so you can share the  holiday meal together.  As well as fireplaces indoors for atmosphere and outdoor fire pits for some story sharing of the days events.  For more info go to

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Spring fling! It’s time to get into the mountains- Adirondacks that is.

Spring has certainly sprung.  If you want to get away for Easter with the family, are a student on Spring Break or belong to a fishing or hiking club…. find adventure or experience the quiet solitude of the Adirondack State Park, Blue Mt Lake is the perfect venue.   

But while you are there go to explore- hike, bike, fish or go white water rafting. 

Blue Mt is one of the highest peaks in the Adirondacks just under 3,800 feet, fantastic for hiking or mountain biking.  The New York State trails are everywhere,  leading to you moderate trails for novices or steep terrain for the truly experienced.

Go Fishing. It’s trout season and less than 15 minutes from your lodging facility are 7 lakes.  Blue Mt Lake, Eagle, Durant, Indian, Adirondack, Long & Raquette Lakes stock a colorful variety of species of fish including: small and large mouth bass, land locked salmon, northern pike, brook, brown and lake trout, bullhead, pumpkin seed, smelt, red breast sunfish, whitefish, yellow perch – ideal for any angler,  family outing or just a peaceful jaunt on the water.

If you want a little more action try whitewater rafting.  Excillerating white water will cruise you past scenic gorges, blue iced mountain faces and pine covered high peaks. – tiz the season for these effervescent flows, the winter melt off is happening right now and will continue into lake spring and summer.  There are three rafting companies in Indian Lake where you can sign up for a ride of a liftetime especally if you grab a raft on a level 4-6 rapid.   Students on spring break get special perks on this one becuase your anticipation and enthusiasum is felt right through the hospitality industry.  But you don’t have to be young to do the whitewater, just young a heart. Come on give it a shot!

To recreate & have fun you’ll need lodging.  Check out all the facilities in Blue Mt Lake, in particular the comfortable lodgning at Blue Mt Rest.  “The Rest” as it is known in this region is running spring specials for all of these activities.  Contact the proprietor Lenny Baglieri by phone 845.236.4071 or thru his web site .  The accommodations sleep up to 34 people, have fully equipped kitchens, Direct TV, DVD, internet services, outdoor fire pits and some have fireplaces as well.  Bed down… then have your Spring Fling in the mountains,  Adirondack style!

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A Winter Festival for your Winter break in Indian and Blue Mt Lake, Adirondacks New York

Presidents Week and Winter Fest in Indian and Blue Mt Lake Feb 17th thru Feb 28th.

Enjoy your winter break from Feb 17th thru the 28th and all the winter activities at the Winter Fest in Indian Lake and Blue Mt Lake. Come for all the fun on Presidents weekend Feb 18th, 19th & 20th: Skiing and snowboard contests, snowshoe outings, bonfires to fireworks, packed with fun for all ages. Come Celebrate winter with us and meet Ollie the Otter!

Snowmobile entusiasts sign up for the POKER RUN on Feb 19th registration from 9 AM to 1 PM, were area businesses donate great prizes. Sponsored by the local snowmobile club the Indian Lake Snowarriors. Ride from business to business collect as many poker cards as you can, get the best poker hand and be awarded Cash Prizes and Door Prizes donated by the local merchants. Then enjoy all the activities, food and drink at the Indian Lake Tavern and Restaurant where the drawings will be held between 3 & 5 PM.

And don’t forget to stop by Blue Mt Rest along the way, one of the stops on the POKER RUN, on the Blue Mt Lake trail. The proprietors will be providing some hot soup and chili to warm you up before you get to the next stop.

Blue Mt Rest still has limited availability if you are looking for cozy Adirondack style lodging that week. Go to for all their week long specials, Feb 17th- 28th.

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New York Central Adirondacks for Valentine’s Day Weekend

Do you want to try something different for Valentine’s Day? Sure you want to wine & dine, no problem but do you like to play in the snow?   There is tons of it in the Central Adirondack region, over 2 feet of fresh powder has fallen since last Wednesday.

You’ll find that romantic restaurant in either North Creek, Indian Lake, Long Lake or Old Forge Saturday night but what about the rest of the weekend?  Don’t you want some fun and adventure?

New adventures will abound during the day and for the rest of your stay.  Snow shoe, x-country ski, snowmobile, snow tube,  snowboard, downhill ski, horseback ride, ice fish or ice skate in some of the most pristine wilderness in the US.  The Adirondack State park is a mammouth 6 million acres which you can use as your personal playground.

And if you need a place to stay with your sweet heart Blue Mt Rest in Blue Mt Lake still has rooms with fireplaces  available; with the NY State Trail system just across the street.   All rooms have Direct TV, DVD,  fully equipped kitchens and internet services are on site as well.  Call about their Valentine’s Day Specials and find out about how you can get a free night…. or go to their web site Ph. 845.236.4071.

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Gore Mt for Valentines Day? Adirondack Mts in New York

Sure you want the romantic dinner in a restaurant with the fantastic view, the roses, the champagne… all to celebrate and commemorate your love for each other.   But do you also want to get out and hit the slopes to ski or snowboard  making this Valentine Day weekend different, fun and unique?

Come to Blue Mt Lake in the Adirondacks.  Pick from 3 local ski areas just minutes away.  Beginners, novices and new intermediates can enjoy Mac Cauley & Big Tupper Ski areas which offer incredible skiing values or you can go to Gore Mt which offers some of the most challenging runs in the Adirondacks.

Area restaurants in Old Forge, Inlet, Long Lake, Tupper Lake and North Creek not only offer great food but also panoramic views and/or lakeside dining.

In the middle of it all is Blue Mt Rest, offering cozy, comfortable Adk lodging.   All with traditional Adirondack decor,  mountain views,  fully equipped kitchens and for your romantic getaway some cabins have hearth warming fireplaces.  Ask about their Valentine’s Day Specials that can tie in with Gore Mts skiing discounts for a Stay & Ski Package.   Also,  Blue Mt Rest is adjacent the NY State Trail System for other great winter activities:  x-country skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling are just outside your door.  For more info go to

Gore Mt which celebrated their 47 birthday recently, has big news announcing their new Hudson chair which connects North Creek Ski Bowl area where you can snow tube as well,  to the main mountain.  See an excerpt of their press release below:

NORTH CREEK – Gore Mountain will celebrate the Grand Opening of the Hudson Chair and completion of its Interconnect with the Historic North Creek Ski Bowl on Saturday, January 29.

The redeveloped terrain on Little Gore Mountain, which now features snow making and trails for all ability levels, will be open. Guests can also ski “Eagle’s Nest” from Little Gore’s summit to the base of Burnt Ridge Mountain, which provides access to the rest of Gore Mountain’s vast multi-peak trail system.

The new trails follow the profile of the same terrain North Creek’s earliest skiers traveled, and the lift line of the Hudson Chair was once home to the 1946 t-bar at the Ski Bowl. The expert “46ER” trail that is there was named in tribute to the Bowl’s rich ski history, and runs such as “The Oak Ridge Trail” and “Half-n-Half” maintain their same names and routes as well.

January 29, 2011, just four days after Gore Mountain’s 47th anniversary, commemorates not only the revitalization of the North Creek Ski Bowl, but also the exciting business growth in the region, that in accompaniment with Gore’s extensive improvements have made the entire area a more attractive recreation destination.

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