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Saturday, May 5th, 2012
If you are into Canoe or Kayak racing come out today to watch or participate in the 55th Annual White Water Derby in upstate’s Adirondack Mts. This is a two day event scheduled May 5th, 6th. If you are an avid skier, Gore Mt in North Creek should ring a bell. Most of the afternoon & evening festivities will be celebrated here. Morning registration at the Train Depot gets the Slalom racers started upstream in North River with the race starting at 11AM.
Saturday May 5th- a host of activities will ensue. Slalom awards at Cooperfields later in the afternoon, craft fair and food vendors, pony rides at Riverfront Park, fly fishing demos, free raft rides on the Hudson, a guided hike to Rabbit Pond, Bike rides and Mt Bike Tours as well as several exhibits. Including the Spinning Wheel, Wild Center/Adirondack Wildlife, Birds of Prey and Warren County Hatchery Trout Release Exhibits. There will be live music, Adirondack Bluegrass in the afternoon and the Lazy Sons perform right on main street capping off with Michael La Point and at Copperfields in the evening where you can get $4 Margaritas.
Sunday May 6th- 11 AM, The Whitewater Derby continues down steam starting at the Hudson River Pavilion North and Down River awards end up in Riparius at race end. Besides many of the 2 day exhibits the North Creek Depot Museum will be open, there will be a Horseshoe Tournament, various kids games and live music by Finger Diddle at Riverfront Park.
Also, this weekend The White Water Challengers will host the grand opening of the Aerial Zip Course and Woods Paintball and Target Range in North Creek. The Aerial Zip Course is a series of eight bridge elements, two zap lines and the Big Finish zip line. The paintball range will have family activities and the Woods Paintball fields will feature natural rock & tree barriers and strategically positioned blinds for all players.
It’s going to be a beautiful spring weekend in the Adirondacks, so bring the family and have some fun.
Friday, April 13th, 2012
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.
Blue Mountain Rest
Saturday, July 2nd, 2011
It’s the prime season- summertime! If you haven’t made your vacation plans now is the time to do it.
The Adirondacks in New York State attracts vacationers from all over the US but also, Canada, Europe, Scandinavia, the Mid – East, Northern Africa, Central & South America.
What’s the draw? Maybe it is the 6 million acres of untouched and unspoiled environment, over a thousand crystal clear lakes, gorgeous mountain views, with some of the highest peaks in New York near Saranac & Lake Placid, Blue Mt. Lake and Indian Lake. Deemed “forever wild” the Adirondacks is one of, if not the largest, National Parks in the country.
Maybe it is the wildlife which amazes vacationers in there natural habitat. Dozens of species of bird: including the iconic Loon & Osprey, deer, moose, black bear, coyote, bobcat, coy dog, otter, beaver, hawk or the endless number of steams and lakes stocked with hundreds of species of fish.
Maybe its how much fun you can have sharing this precious space with nature. Canoe, kayak, go white water rafting, rent a pontoon boat, water ski, wind surf, horseback ride, take a seaplane ride, hike, mt bike, spend time on a beach (that’s right I said beach, almost every lake has one and that means swimming in some of the freshest water that streamed down the mountain after the big winter melt offs), golf, jet ski, and fish, fish, fish.
Maybe it’s the history. Learn about W. Durant and how he built the Great Camps in the 1800′s, go to Sagamore and especially the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mt Lake. A world class facility that you can literally spend two days in learning about how the railroad barons built the camps for their summer guests. Did you know that Prospect Point in Blue Mt Lake had the first hotel in the world with electricity?! A 300 room facility with spectacular lake views.
Maybe it’s the designer shopping in Lake Placid or the 1980 Olympic Center. The Wild Center in Tupper Lake an interactive, naturalist museum educating adults and children alike about the indigious wildlife of the central Adirondacks. Or the Arts and Cultural Center in Blue Mt Lake. Or taking a Dinner Cruise on Raquette Lake. Going to the Enchanted Forest, an amusement and water park in Old Forge.
In a brief interview with Lenny Baglieri a hotelier in Blue Mt Lake, owner of Blue Mt Rest, kind of summed it up. “In the five and a half years we have been operating I’ve had clients come from: Denmark, Finland, Holland, England, Germany, Spain, Italy, a country in the Slovac region which was once part of Yugoslavia, Isreal, Puerto Rico, Equador, Peru, Brazil, Panama, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Canada, Japan and India. That’s just one’s I can remember off the top of my head in addition to all the Americans that come from all over the US. It’s a wonderful place to bring your family”.
It certainly is an international destination, don’t hesitate to reserve a room today because before you know it the summer will be over.
Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
Here are the reasons why you come to the Adirondacks.
Shadows in the Mist
Lying in the Valleys of the Adirondacks
And shadows in the mist
The suns insistence to bring a brilliant new day.
Stillness in the air,
Blankets the endless forests
That shrouds the endless vacationers
Enveloped in log cabins tucked deep in the woods
Or million dollar homes perched on lakefront shorelines.
On golden pond
In these mountains
Kayakers wade through high reeds or open water.
Bring anticipation to whitewater rafters.
Campers breathe crisp clean air
The discriminate smell of evergreen,
Inert & intrinsic.
Conquest of stone & rock.
You can’t ignore the harmony between
Sun, water and wind
In this beautiful land
Ancient and prodigious.
Your mind lays at rest
Sitting between the valleys
And the shadows in the mist.
Giving up life’s frivolities
And stepping into a metaphysical realm
Of oneness with the earth
In the soothing breeze and the tepid haze at sunset.
Fast boats race across the calming waters
And you never want to leave this understanding
That is too brief and intoxicating.
Loons are the iconic sounds
That breaks the night’s silence
And tell us- we are here.
Sitting by the fireside, fueling the embers of our soul
Are moonlight and starlight
That dominate the landscape deep within us.
Completing the circle of the day.
Dawn again brings morning light
And the Valleys appear unscathed
Only inundated by the shadows in the mist.
If you ever need lodging contact Lenny Baglieri at Blue Mt Rest located in the Central Adirondacks. 845.236.4071 or www.bluemountainrest.com
Monday, May 9th, 2011
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.
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.
Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
What a way to start the summer vacation season! This is the official kick off. Doesn’t it feel great to know the winter is gone and summer is coming? If you have the extended weekend off come to the central Adirondack region. So much to see, so much to do. All the businesses will be geared up and ready to go.
Come to nature incarnate, the ADK’s is a national park that is protected and deemed “forever wild”. Go boating, fishing, water skiing, golfing, tubing, jet skiing, hiking, mt. biking, kayaking, canoeing, horseback riding, white water rafting or go to a beach (bet you didn’t know almost ever lake has sandy beaches) for some swimming and golden sunbathing. You can relax in the palpable silence of these mountains, gain access to dozens of scenic lakes or find adventure everywhere to fulfill your weekend getaway. Bring your sweetheart or the whole family.
But there is also so much history here. Discover how William Durant created the “Great Camps” for the richest families of the industrial revolution and started a new architectural style that permeates the whole region. Durants’ architectural creations over the centuries have become mainstream and contributed to the “naturalist” movement. Take the Heritage Tour to Sagamore one of W Durants’ first camp creations, onto the wondrous Adirondack Museum and finally a lunch cruise tour on Racquette Lake for a fabulous day outing. Did you know that Prospect Point in Blue Mt Lake had the first hotel in the world with electricity? That there is the Cultural Center in Blue Mt Lake and there is Wild Center in Tupper Lake? Come, discover the richness of this region.
Blue Mt Lake is where the ADK Museum is and is the central hub of all this activity. For lodging on lakefront properties there is The Hedges, Prospect Pt Cottages, Hemlock Hall, Curry’s Cabins and La Pairie’s. A B & B at the Blue Mt Lake Inn and Blue Mt Rest if you are looking for affordable comfortable accommodations that include fully equipped kitchens.
For more information go to www.indian-lake.com.
Friday, April 8th, 2011
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 www.bluemountainrest.com.
Monday, March 28th, 2011
For any season really, the Adirondack Mts in New York State is an outdoorsman’s year round vacation playground.
Kicking off this spring is Whitewater Rafting and Fishing. Winter meltoff is when the whitewater rapids are not only the most fun but the most challanging as well. Trout season is about to begin in the central Adirondacks, in Indian, Blue, Long, Raquette, Mason Lakes as well as, Lake Durant, Adirondack and Abanakee.
In May and June you can start to mountain bike, canoe, kayak or hike. Hiking is premium with Blue & Snowy mountains in Blue Mt Lake and Indian Lake, these are some of the highest peaks in the Adks. But there are numerous other moderate trails interlacing the whole area. High peaks, blue skies & beautiful serene landscape abound. Go from trail to trail or lake to lake, either on your mt bike, by foot or by boat. Great activities for a Mothers Day, Fathers Day or Memorial Day outing. Don’t forget to bring the family.
In June there are a couple of special events. The Blackfly Challange a mountain bike race on June 11th that weaves thru towns starting in Inlet all the way down to Indian Lake and back. At the end of the month there are events and activities for Bird Watchers.
But things really heat up for your summer vacation, July- August. Besides canoeing and kayaking, you can rent a motor craft at the Boat Livery in Blue Mt Lake for water skiing, pontoon boat or a 12 ft fishing boat with a trolling motor, horseback ride in Inlet, take a seaplane ride or golf in Inlet, go on a lunch or dinner Cruise- boat tour in Raquette Lake. Hit the beach on Long Lake (or on any lake for that matter) or picnic at Buttermilk Falls.
For the extremely rich history of the Adks, there is the Adirondack Museum and Arts Center in Blue Mt Lake, Sagamore in Raquette Lake or the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. And for some excitement and family fun there is Enchanted Forest, a water park in Old Forge.
Sept & Oct is not only the foliage season or for the leaf peepers. There is the Rustic Fair, where only the best Adk furniture makers bring their wears and the 90 Miler a canoe/kayak race the weekend after Labor Day that starts in Old Forge, goes thru Blue Mt Lake and ends up in Saranac Lake. In the middle of the month, the 2nd annual Moose Festival is held in Indian Lake.
The central Adirondacks, come to refresh the spirit, refresh the soul in the great American outdoors. Take a weekend excersion or a full vacation in a 6 million acre national park which is forever wild. You will never forget this year round vacation playground which is right in your back yard.