As many of you know, our beloved museum in Blue Mountain Lake has undergone a lot of changes in the last few months. They have changed from The Adirondack Museum to Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake. While the old name was pretty straightforward, the new name really gives you an idea of what they are hoping you will take away from your visit — the Adirondacks aren't just a place, but an experience.
A Break in the Weather
Memorial Day is right around the corner, and you know what that means... It's time for the Great Adirondack Garage Sale!
With sales from Speculator to Inlet to Indian Lake to Long Lake (and everywhere in-between), there are over 200 miles of sales. And if this isn't reason enough to visit the Adirondacks over Memorial Day weekend, here are a few more things you can do along the way.
It's nearly impossible to miss: A few miles north of Speculator, right next to Route 30, there's a boulder painted to look like a pig's head.
Affectionally known as "Pig Rock," the man-made landmark is a welcome site for locals and travelers alike. It means you've arrived here, in the Adirondacks.
Spring fever... cabin fever... Call it what you will — I'm feeling it!
We've had a fantastic winter season, but lately we've had a lot of warm temperatures and rain, usually followed by plummeting temperatures and snow. It's making me stir crazy!
I'm ready for flip flops and tank tops, hikes and beach days. But in the mean time, I'll make the best of what I have.
2016 Top 3 Blogs In Review
We scoured our blogs for the most popular, most informative, and just downright funniest pieces from the past year. In case you missed them when they were originally published, here are our top three Adirondack Experience picks. Enjoy!
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?!
Inlet is a small town in New York, populated by just over 300 year-round residents. It is situated in the western Adirondacks not far from Old Forge. Although it is a small town, it is one with lots of historic happenings. Some spookier than others...
If you're looking for fall foliage you'll find it in the central Adirondacks, but did you know there's more than one way to see nature's most vibrant display of the year? Check out this list of our nine favorites.
1. take a cruise in Raquette Lake
Corenne and I have this unique quest to climb all the fire tower peaks in the Adirondacks, even if the fire tower has been removed. This brought us to the Piseco area, on a trek that would gain us the summit of Tomany Mountain, the added adventure of another peak, and a final descent down to a peaceful Adirondack lake.
Great Camp Sagamore is gearing up to open for the season. Everything is getting scrubbed down and spruced up after a winter of being closed. I was lucky enough to take a little walk around the grounds before they opened up!
Farming As a Means of Survival
The Central Adirondack region has traditionally not been known as farm country. Between the weather, the short seasons, and the terrain, it has always been a less than ideal place to cultivate. However, settlers found their way to providing for their families and making the land and resources work for them.
The celebration of Hamilton County's Bicentennial is happening this year, and we have been doing a little delving into our history! While 1816 marks the inception of the county, Wells and Lake Pleasant are actually the only two current towns that also existed then. Hope was formed in 1818, then Morehouse in 1835, closely followed by Arrietta in 1836 and Long lake in 1837, Indian Lake came along in 1858, Benson in 1860, and finally Inlet in 1902 when it broke away from Morehouse.
When there's rich there's famous...
2015 TOP 3 BLOGS IN REVIEW
We scoured our blogs for the most popular, most informative, and just downright oddest pieces from the past year. In case you missed them on the first go-round, here are our top 3 Adirondack Experience picks.
Durant Days and Boat Parade Weekend
August 1st and 2nd
Come out and celebrate William West Durant the inventor of the Great Camps Style Architecture, who was born in Raquette Lake. You can take a boat tour of Raquette Lake, tour great camps, and listen to music performed by a wide variety of artists. The night will end with a fireworks show. If you are interested in the history of Raquette Lake this is something you won't want to miss!
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?
Green before "green" was cool!
Long before the first Earth Day was recognized on April 22, 1970, the Adirondack Park was setting a national precedence for being a "green" location. Green may not have been the term of choice in 1885 when the Adirondack Forest Preserve was first created, or even seven years later in 1892 when the New York State Constitution adopted Article VII, Section 7, (later renumbered Article XIV) which established the Adirondack Park - but green it was!
We all associate the Adirondack Park with being a pristine wilderness area full of endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. But, like all places, there is more to these small towns and villages in Upstate New York than simply what fits on a postcard. From "The Boob" to conspiracy theories, the Adirondacks has its share of oddities. Don't believe me? Then, check out this list of weird things that are sure to leave you wondering.
The "Gilded Age" in America was a time of rapid economic growth, and those who achieved such wealth celebrated it like never before. It was during this era that the Adirondack Park became one of the favorite playgrounds for the rich and famous, and the origin of the American Vacation. In the second half of the 19th century, or "Gilded Age," the affluent population of New York City would "vacate" the hot and muggy city for the cooler weather at their luxurious camps in the Adirondacks and thus the "American Vacation" was born.
On June 25, 2011, Dr. Roland M. Brown, Jr. donated his father's Congressional Gold Medal to the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake. His father was awarded the medal of honor for his service during WWII. But, this family's ties to the Adirondack Park didn't just start with a medal dedication, it actually started with a legendary African-American golfer in the 1900's.
Over the past few weeks I have devoted quite a bit of my time to learning how to hunt. And now as the calendar switches from September to October, I am continuing on with that mission. However, in the spirit of October, I felt it would be appropriate to trade the rifle in for a camera and kayak and head out on a different type of hunting expedition.
Like Peas and Carrots...
Great food, good company and even a little history along the Sacandaga River Pathway
This week I had a meeting in the Speculator, New York area of the Adirondacks. When my meeting concluded, I stepped out of the air conditioned building and was greeted by sunshine and a warm, gentle breeze. It was so nice out, that the though of going back indoors to eat lunch didn't appeal to me. Therefore, I decided that I would grab a sandwich and eat outside.