Michelle Clement

Michelle Clement

Michelle is the Director of Destination Development for the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism. Born and raised in the Adirondacks, she has a love for adventure. From skiing in the winter to paddling, hiking and swimming in the summer, if she can find a way to be outdoors, that is where you will find her! But, more than anything she enjoys seeing the world through the eyes of her three children. In her spare time, you will most likely find Michelle with her husband & kiddos out exploring their 6-million-acre backyard...

Written by Michelle Clement

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...

Ten Reasons to Get Your Raft On

Confessions of a whitewater virgin... I'm embarrassed to say this, especially because the opportunity to do so is practically in my backyard, but until this past Saturday, I had never been whitewater...

5 Ways To Explore Adirondack History 


Like Peas and Carrots In my mind, there is something about autumn and history that go together like peas and carrots! It might be that the kids are back in school and already looking forward to class...

Down on one knee in the 'dacks

What is romance? When some people think of romance, they immediately imagine the classics: candlelit dinner, fancy restaurant, picnic in the park... For romantic gifts, they revert back to the...

Prepping for the 90-Miler

  The Adirondack Canoe Classic (a.k.a The 90-Miler) Adirondack Canoe Classic, Day Two Start - Photo by Alexandra Roalsvig, provided by The Town of Long Lake. The weekend after Labor Day, is an...

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...

Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous!

When there's rich there's famous... During the late 1800s the Gilded Ages brought some of America's wealthiest to the Adirondacks where they built lavish summer homes on the shores of our lakes and...

Meet the Faces of Ski Season

Behind the ADK Ski Scene For those who love winter sports, this "snow drought" is starting to make us a little antsy. I feel like a child waiting for Santa, counting down the days until Christmas Eve...

5 destinations to visit via snowmobile

Destination Snowmobile! Got the itch? No, not that kind of itch! I'm talking about the one where you are pacing back in forth in front of your sled, just waiting for enough snow to get out on the...

2 Facilities, 2 Disciplines, 1 Awesome Ski Season

Let the Countdown Begin! All I can say right now is WOW! Is it really the middle of November already? It seems like the high water and awesome rapids of spring were here just yesterday. In a blink of...

Amateur Video Crew Possibly Missing Near Indian Lake, NY

27Oct2015
Until about a week ago, I truly believed that I had one of the best jobs anyone could have ever ask for. I had been lucky to say that a good portion of what I did for a living was to go out, explore...

Last Minute Adirondack Fall Foliage Tour Ideas

As the calendar changes from August to September, we're reminded that it's time to pull the sweaters out of the closet, grab a pumpkin spice dessert of some sort, and get ready to delve into our...

Oktoberfest + Oak Mountain = Oaktoberfest

It's Simple Math: Question 1: Oak Mountain + Oktoberfest = Oaktoberfest Question 2:  Mountain Biking + German Festival = 1 awesome weekend at Oak Mountain Now Show Your Work: However you write the...

If it walks like a moose and talks like a moose, it must be...

The Elusive Adirondack Moose Weighing in at nearly 1,000 pounds, the moose is a majestic animal that captures the attention and imagination of all ages. From a child who has never seen a moose before...

5 Excuses to Clear Your Calendar

It's In the Air... The evenings are starting to get cooler, the smell of the breeze is beginning to change, and the sight of school buses back on roadways are all signs that fall is practically here...

Insiders' Secrets

Don't Settle... Travel Like a Local! We know our hometowns like the back of our hand. We know where to go to find that perfect cup of coffee, we know where the best place to enjoy a sunset is, or how...

The Trail That Led Us to OK Slip Falls

Long lost friends, trail building and 230 (+/-) feet of falling water Last summer a new trail opened in the Hudson Gorge Wilderness (known locally as the former Finch Pruyn lands), that now leads...

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...

July's a Hot Month!

With a stellar 4th of July weekend upon us, it should be known that July is when the event calendar hits its peak!  In fact, there are so many great events scheduled this month that writing a "...

Independence Day in Our Corner of the 'Dacks

July starts with a BANG! From thousands of falling ping pong balls, to bed races, parades and dazzling firework displays, to say the events calendar for July 4th weekend is jam-packed is simply an...

Rollin' on Two Wheels

So Much to Explore... A year ago this week, I started a new job which not only allowed me to continue to work and live in the place that I love, but it has encouraged/nudged/forced (pick your word of...

Accessible Camping & Fishing at John Dillon Park

A Fully Accessible Campground Located in the heart of the Adirondack Park, just north of the Hamlet of Long Lake you will find International Paper's John Dillon Park. Operated by Paul Smith's College...

The Black Fly Challenge... It's Epic!

It's almost that time of year again... Black Fly Challenge time! Maybe you've heard of it?  If you haven't, rest assured the Black Fly Challenge is nothing like what you are imagining. Here in the...

Don't Stress It!

Life Lesson on Stress Management Recently I was asked to share a life lesson that I have learned in the Adirondacks. And with that question, my mind simply started spinning. I have been blessed to...

Low-Impact Travel Tips

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...

$325,000 Awarded to Hamilton County to Track Tree Migration

01Apr2015
For Immediate Release HAMILTON COUNTY, NEW YORK - Hamilton County, NY received a big boost this week for their upcoming effort to track tree movement on the forest floor. The Forest Migration...

7 Weird Adirondack Things That Will Make You Wonder

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...

The Origin of the Great Camp Style Architecture

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...

Black History Month: One Family's Legacy

17Feb2015
On June 25, 2011, Dr. Roland M. Brown, Jr. donated his father's Congressional Gold Medal to the Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake in Blue Mountain Lake.  His father was awarded...

Ski Date for 2

When the stars align As parents of three, it is rare that my husband and I have a full day to ourselves. Yes, we do try to sneak away for the occasional "date night," but a full day to ourselves...

Mid-Winter Events You Won't Want to Miss!

Got Cabin Fever? Well, we have a cure for that! With over a foot of new snow and a jam-packed schedule of mid-winter events, it's time to get out of the house for some good ol' fashioned fun in the...

4 Unique Locations to Say "I Do"

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Adirondack Mountains, a destination wedding in the Adirondack Park can bring your upcoming nuptials up to the next level. If you've dreamed of tying the...

Ski & Stay at Lapland Lake in the Southern Adirondacks

30Jan2015
As January comes to an end, I am pleased to say that I have already knocked one of the items off my bucket list for 2015! I've skied at one of the area's finest cross-country ski centers: Lapland...

An Adirondack Tradition

14Jan2015
January is National Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month. So, when I was assigned to talk about Adirondack traditions in this week's blog post, it only seemed fitting to share our recent experience...

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...

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...

Extreme Pond Hockey

18Dec2014
When you think of pond hockey, you probably picture a handful of kids shoveling off a small patch of ice in order to hit a puck around with beaten equipment and makeshift goals. In Inlet, NY, when...

Plan The Ultimate Guys Snowmobile Getaway

Boys Trip to the 'DAKS! Tis' the season for shopping, in-laws coming to visit, and corporate holiday parties. Having the kids bouncing off the walls from all of the overstimulating holiday activity...

A Taste of Mexico in the Adirondacks

16Nov2014
The expansive Adirondack Park is comprised of over 6 million acres of land. If you were to translate that into city blocks, you would be able to fit more than 15 million blocks within the park....

A Trail to Veteran's Day...

Over the years, I have created my own Veteran's Day tradition. As long as I am not working, the day typically goes as follows: Early Morning - Wake and spend some time with my family. Late Morning -...

Learning to Hunt (Part 2)

This fall I decided that I was going to learn how to hunt (with a little bit of encouragement). In September, I began my journey by learning the basics of gun safety, finding a hunting instructor and...

5 Tips (x2) For Planning Your NY Ski Trip

Bring on the Powder! The first snowflakes of the season are behind us; we've reorganized the garage (packing away the camping gear in exchange for the snowboards, skis, boots and poles), and now we...

Do you know Blue Mountain Lake's electric legacy?

Adirondack Facts  The Adirondacks are filled with interesting facts - like did you know that there are over 2,000 miles of hiking trails in the Adirondack Park? Or did you know that the Adirondacks...

Oak Mountain Welcomes Chef Lou From Hell's Kitchen

12Oct2014
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A thing of the past In the past, if someone were to have asked me to imagine food options at a ski area, two images would have come to mind: Exhibit A - Nachos... better described as canned "cheese...

An Adirondack Ghost Story

05Oct2014
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 early to late fall, I am continuing on with that mission. However, in the...

Learning to Hunt

This week's assignment: Learn to hunt From 9 to 5, Monday through Friday, my life consists of many, many e-mails. Few however make me laugh as hard as the one than that I received a couple of weeks...

Girls Shopping Trip - Inlet, NY

Now that school is back in session, my three-year-old daughter has been feeling a little left behind. She doesn't need a cool lunch box or new backpack like her school-aged brothers. In her eyes,...

Wallet Friendly Skiing & Riding at Oak Mountain

Affordable Skiing & Snowboarding Does Exist! Are you thinking about planning a family ski trip? Now are you preparing yourself for the sticker shock? No need to worry... skiing doesn't have to...

INTRO 101 - One Square Mile of Hope

One Square Mile of Hope - September 13. 2014 In less that a month, the record breaking One Square Mile of Hope will float onto Fourth Lake in Inlet, New York. Once again event organizers and paddlers...

Relaxing Dinner Cruise on Raquette Lake

Date Night in Raquette Lake, New York Recently I had the opportunity to experience one of the Adirondack's most relaxing attractions and intimate dining experiences: Raquette Lake Navigation's...

Adirondack Insiders' Guide: Summer

Finding the best travel information When I travel, I often find myself asking for advice from people that I meet along the way. It could be the night attendant at the lodging property, the local...

Picnic in Speculator

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...

A Family Hike At John Dillon Park

Discovering John Dillon Park  Last fall I discovered an absolute gem for family camping, hiking and picnics. It's International Paper's John Dillon Park located on New York State Route 30 (The...

Paddling Long Lake & Jennings Pond

I Love The Adirondacks!  I was lucky to be able to grow up in the Adirondacks. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of playing on the water with my friends, hiking with my family and camping...

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