RaChelle Martz

RaChelle Martz

RaChelle is the Aide to the Director of Tourism and Economic Development in Hamilton County. Living in the Adirondacks her whole life, she has always loved the area but is growing to love it more and more as a place to raise her two children. She loves taking her kids hiking, boating, to the beach, or in and out of local shops. She loves finding new (kid friendly) adventures!

Written by RaChelle Martz

The Lemon Tree

If you are at all familiar with Speculator you may remember the Lemon Tree as it used to be: a Ski-Doo, Sea-Doo, Nautiques dealer / repair shop. It was the place you went if you needed your...

Inlet in the Fall

20Sep2021
Fall in the Adirondacks is the perfect time to visit. The weather has cooled down, but we still get the occasional gorgeous summer-like day. The scenery is unbeatable, and the crowds of summertime...

First Time Snowshoe

15Feb2021
When I was a kid I was always outside. Summer time you could find me at the beach, and in the winter time I practically lived at Oak Mountain. I loved skiing and snowboarding, but a combination of...

Foxey Brown Cross-country Ski Trail

Last weekend my husband, brother in law, pup and I headed out to check out the recently refurbished Foxey Brown Trail. It was a cold, early winter afternoon and the trail was a little damp, but the...

Winter Bucket List

25Nov2020
Winter this year may look a little different than previous years. Regulations have tightened a bit and we may not be able to spend as much time indoors as other years. Why not make the best of the...

Small Towns - Big Snowmobile Adventures!

27Oct2020
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There are two types of people - those who long for summer for half of the year, and those who long for winter the other half! If you find yourself in the latter group, why not consider a trip to...

The Rhinelander Estate

08Oct2020
The story begins in 1815 in a sleepy little town in the Adirondacks now known as Lake Pleasant. Philip Rhinelander arrived on 300 acres of land that had been given to him by his brother. The land was...

The Peaks at Peak

21Sep2020
We had one seriously hot summer, but as quickly as September arrived, so did the beautiful cool weather that makes us all turn off the air conditioners and crack the windows at night. Along with the...

The ADK Trading Post Gets Creative

01Jun2020
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If you've ever been to Long Lake, you probably know about the ADK Trading Post (mostly because of their famous lobster rolls!). Things have gotten a little tricky in the Adirondacks, and everywhere...

Our Family Staycation

17May2020
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Last summer feels like a lifetime ago, but I was just sitting here thinking about the “staycation” my husband, along with my kids and niece, took while his brother was here visiting from North Dakota...

Mother's Day Shopping at Tracy's Rustic Relics

03May2020
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As you head through the infamous 4 Corners in Speculator, you'll see a cute little shop with a beautiful flower garden and seasonal Adirondack decorations. To one side of the building is a hysterical...

Where to Find the Coolest Stuff

If you are anything like me, when you have the chance to do some shopping, you love to wander around and spend time looking at everything. Whether you are in the market for a souvenir for yourself, a...

Fall Events Lineup

09Sep2019
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Fall is one of the most stunning times to visit the Adirondacks. The warm days and cool nights, the dazzling foliage, the quiet towns without the hustle and bustle of summer. Its the perfect time for...

Short Hikes

Known for its High Peaks and tough trails, hiking in the Adirondacks can seem a little daunting for beginners or those with families. But, I’m here to tell you, while we do have plenty of difficult...

Family Camping

21Jul2019
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A favorite pastime of my family here in the Adirondacks is camping. We love go for a weekend to take in the sights and really appreciate the beauty of where we live. It is an easy thing to overlook...

Lakefront Lodging

03Jun2019
The Southern Adirondacks are peppered with great places to spend the night. Whether you prefer to stay right in the hustle and bustle of town, a secluded cabin in the woods, or in a tent, there is an...

Run the ADKs

Whether you are a serious athlete who competes in marathons, or if you love to just take a casual jog now and then, the Adirondacks are the perfect beautiful setting to do your biking, running, and...

Your Family Reunion in the Adirondacks

If you're looking for the perfect place for your next family reunion, look no further than right here in the Adirondacks! We are home to many great locations for your family to get together and have...

Top 4 Ways to Enjoy Winter

You may be thinking “I’m getting the winter blues and I need a vacation,” and I know the first thing that pops into your head is somewhere tropical, but why not try something different? The...

Maple Fest!

Maple Syrup. Sweet, sticky, delicious. And a staple here in New York state. There are over 2,000 maple sugarmakers in New York, which if you ask me, is something to celebrate! Cue MapleFest!   2019...

Your Guide to Holiday Shopping

Summer is now just a tiny speck in the rear view as we fly through fall, headed straight for winter. That means it's time to pack up the Halloween decorations, maybe put up a few decorations for...

Top 4 Scenic Foliage Drives

Indian Lake to Speculator   Trip distance: 34 miles This drive will give you gorgeous scenic views of the fall foliage, as well as views of two beautiful Adirondack lakes. Starting in Indian Lake,...

Fall Festivals

Many people think of the Adirondacks as a place to visit in the summer when they can enjoy the lakes and the beautiful green scenery. Or, maybe as a place to visit in the middle of winter when the...

Summertime = Beachtime

One of my favorite summertime activities here in the Adirondacks is taking my kids and spending the day at the beach. We love to go to the public beach in Speculator. This is the beach I grew up on...

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