Give the Adirondacks

Christmas is just around the corner, and while we sit here and cross our fingers, pray and do snow dances in hopes of a good winter, it's never too early to think about summer. Maybe your family is planning a vacation, or you know someone who would love to take a trip to the Adirondacks. This year, why not give the gift of an Adirondack Experience?!

14
Dec
2016
Author: RaChelle Hosley
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Fall Festivals

A notable temperature shift has been happening over the last couple of weeks, making many people realize summer is coming to an end! While we may be packing away the beach chairs and getting ready to head back to school, paddling or hiking are fun ways to take in the ever-changing fall foliage, or perhaps you'd enjoy warming up next to a fall campfire. There is still plenty to do in the Adirondacks! We love this season, and we celebrate it the way all good Adirondackers should — with great fun and good food while surrounded by gorgeous foliage!

07
Sep
2016
Author: RaChelle Hosley
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A memorable wedding getaway in Inlet

Inlet is the perfect place for an Adirondack wedding getaway. My boyfriend Andy and I were invited to a wedding in Inlet last summer, and we decided to make a full weekend escape out of it, camping and paddling before the wedding then staying in a cozy cottage after.

06
Apr
2016
Author: Jess Collier
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Get ready for camping, Part 2: Sleeping bags and pads

Picking a sleeping bag is not all that difficult once you get a grasp on your personal comfort level. There are numerous companies out there making sleeping bags, and some are better than others, but I'm not telling you this to sway you toward a certain company or to coax you into buying more than you need. I am hoping to help you along a little bit with some of the most popular questions about one of the most intimidating pieces of camping gear to buy.

04
Apr
2016
Author: Spencer Morrissey
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1/4 pound of lobster lovin'

Fallin' in love with The Sandwich

As a child, and even into early adulthood, I despised sandwiches! Unless it was the occasional grilled cheese, just the thought of a sandwich turned my stomach. So other than out of complete desperation, they pretty much lived on my "will not eat" list. Then one day, I discovered what a sandwich really could be...

The problem was -- I was doing it all wrong! I have since learned that the childhood lunchbox staple of meat, mayo, and tasteless white bread is not even close to what a true sandwich is  — or should be.

16
Mar
2016
Author: Michelle Clement
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Avoid the Madness and Shop Local!

Crowded Malls? No thanks!

Black Friday shopping is a phenomenon that has taken over the country. People are camping out for days waiting for the hottest, newest merchandise at the best deals. If this doesn't sound appealing to you, shop local this season! Avoid the crowds and long lines, and get great gifts for everyone on your list, all while still getting great deals! 

17
Nov
2015
Author: RaChelle Hosley
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Have You Seen this Funky Little Town?

I've always said that one of my favorite things about the Adirondacks is that you never know what you will find around the next corner. It might be an amazing view, a funky sign that seems to be in the middle of nowhere, a nostalgic rock painted like a pig, or a single community that has an intriguing number of outhouses. But more importantly, as you travel from village to village you will discover that each community has it own unique personality that makes it stand apart.

13
Oct
2015
Author: Michelle Clement
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Quiz: Do You Know These ADK Facts?

With a rich  and vibrant history, the Adirondack's boasts not only millions of acres of ground to explore, but probably equal amounts of cool facts, statistics, folklore and more. So here is where we ask you how well you know the 'dacks?

Take the Quiz: 

1. Blue Mountain Lake 

Blue Mountain Lake has not always been the name of the beautiful body of water that sits in the shadow of its namesake peak. Do you know what the original name of the lake was?

21
Jul
2015
Author: Michelle Clement
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Bucket List for 2015

I have always been something of a creature of habit. Even as a young child I remember being so upset one year because my parents had decided to put the Christmas tree up in a different location. Now that I am raising a family of my own, I've discovered that my need for routine has become apparent in every aspect of my life and it is rubbing off on my children.

04
Jan
2015
Author: Michelle Clement
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2014, What a Year!

2014 in the 'DACKS

As we get ready to ring in a new year and bid farewell to an old, we often find ourselves reflecting over what has happened throughout the past year. It may be that as the family gathered together for the holidays, you shared photos and stories from last summer's camping trip. Or maybe you have found that 2014 wasn't a year that you could get away during and are looking forward to planning a family ski trip or romantic Adirondack getaway in the new year.

28
Dec
2014
Author: Michelle Clement
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An Adirondack winter outing; Snowshoeing the Sagamore Lake Loop

An Adirondack winter outing: Snowshoeing the Sagamore Lake Loop

A Winter Carnival Event

Participants

This outing was an event planned by the Great Camp Sagamore as part of the Long Lake/Raquette Lake Winter Carnival in February 2014. So please keep this in mind for this year's winter carnival where similar events will be planned and run throughout the weekend.

14
Dec
2014
Author: Spencer Morrissey
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Wonderful Early Winter Events!

As we say farewell to 2014 - and welcome in 2015 - there are a variety of events and activities that are sure to catch your attention! Do you like to participate in an event, or are you a great spectator? Perhaps you just want to relax, browse or shop ? Yep, you can do all that here!

THUNDER ON THE HILL!

Who says you need a lot of snow to have fun?  (most of the time we do! )

23
Nov
2014
Author: Dean Nervik
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Adirondack Fire Tower Challenge

The Challenge

"To complete the Challenge and receive the official full-color patch, hikers must climb and document, by date, ascents of at least 23 fire tower summits: 18 of 23 Adirondack Park summits and all 5 Catskill Park summits. Climbing each tower itself is not required, nor in fact recommended, for those towers that have not been restored for safe public use. The mountain should have a standing fire tower on the date of your ascent." Information from adk-gfs.org (www.adk-gfs.org/firetower.challenge.php)

02
Oct
2014
Author: Spencer Morrissey
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Cabins and campers and bears, oh my!

As I lay in our teardrop camper thinking about the bears the ranger had advised us about at Eighth Lake State Campground I realized I'm really not afraid of bears any longer. There was a day when I'd practically have a heart attack at the sight of the bear we had around our house when we first moved in during the late 1980's. It was only the second time in my life I'd actually seen a bear in the wild, the first when I was about 7 years old on a highway near Keene Valley.

19
Sep
2014
Author: Sue Cameron
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Fall Events Not to be Missed this year

One Square Mile of Hope

On September 13, 2014, One Square Mile of Hope will attempt to take back its title and set a new Guinness world record for the Largest Raft of canoes and kayaks, while raising funds for breast cancer research and awareness. This year the Kiwanis Club of the Central Adirondacks joined One Square Mile of Hope with the goal of recapturing the record.

12
Sep
2014
Author: Dean Nervik
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