Hike up Mt. Baker! short hike...
Hike up Mt. Baker! short hike but beautiful views! Walk through the village, there are great walking paths that can be found on a map at the local Chamber. (town hall).Our village is located right next to Lake Flower. Casa del Sol (mexican) is a favorite amoung the locals, as is the 'bell' or otherwise known as the Belvedere. good food (italian and american) at great prices. The lakeview deli offers some of the best homemade soups and sandwiches in the area. Donnelly's ice cream stand is the local's absolute favorite!! Just living in this beautiful area provides memories everyday!! But probably hiking is the best destresser one can experience!!
Adirondack Camp boat house
Many camps had spectacular boat houses. If you are interested in learning about this unique architectural style, there is a book called "Adirondack Camps: Homes Away From Home, 1850-1950," by Craig Gilborn and Paul Malo.
Hike to Rainbow Falls
One of my favorite hikes in the Adirondacks is the trail to Rainbow Falls. Along the way you pass the Ausable Club, an impressive old building, and Ausable Lake, a jewel wedged between two mountains. You pass through a beautiful gate, and walk through deep woods. Eventually you find yourself at a spectacular waterfall.
Visit the website listed below for a great description of this hike plus many others.
For a site with great waterfall photos by Jon Binder, go to:
ExGuyParis's new Saranac Lake Page
"Walking in a Winter Wonderland"
Many people who think of "New York" only imagine New York City, but New York State is also the home of an incredible park with 3000 lakes and ponds, 2000 miles of hiking trails, and some of the most beautiful mountains in the world. This 6 million acre treasure is called The Adirondack Park. Of the 6 million acres, about 2.5 million acres are public lands, owned by the state of New York. The remaining land is privately owned, and includes a number of interesting towns and villages. Aproximately 130,000 people live in the towns and villages that fall within the Park's boundaries. The towns include Lake Placid, home of the 1980 Winter Olympics, and Saranac Lake, which this VT page will feature.
The Adirondack Park was established by the New York State Legislature in 1892. The Constitution of New York State decrees that the public land in the Adirondack Park can never be developed and that they "shall be forever kept as wild forest lands."
Accommodations in the park range from simple camping to the most luxorious resorts you can imagine. There are over 100 campgrounds (both state and privately managed). Check my tips for information about a range of accommodations.
Saranac Lake holds a major place in my heart and soul; it is one of the most beautiful places on this earth. My grandmother had a summer house on Upper Saranac, and while growing up, I spent part of every summer there. I have dozens of cousins in Tupper Lake, Lake Clear, Saranac Lake, and Lake Placid-- they educated me in the wonders of the Adirondacks. For a few years I had the luxury of staying in Saranac Lake for the entire summer. After many years away, I returned in July 2004.
If you enjoy the mountains, lakes, hiking, canoeing, fishing, you will be in your glory in the Adirondacks.
And if you enjoy winter sports, this region offers a multitude of options.
For general information about the Adirondacks, visit this website
For the official Saranac Lake web site, go here
"Living on the Lake"
My grandmother and her twin sister at Saranac Lake, a long, long time ago (probably about 1920). One winter she was driving her car across the lake (then a fairly typical practice, as it is very cold in the winter and the ice is quite thick; as I type this on January 16, 2004, it is minus 22 centigrade/minus 7 Farenheit there). The ice broke and the car plunged into the water. I am very grateful she escape safely; otherwise I wouldn't be here typing this!
"An Adirondack "Camp""
Wealthy New Yorkers built beautiful summer "camps" in the Adirondacks. These were summer homes, often mansion-sized, built in a rustic Adirondack style. Some survive to this day; for example, The Point, an exclusive hotel I describe under accommodations, was a Rockefeller Camp.
My great-grandfather was a caretaker at the Agar Camp. My grandmother used to speak of the beautiful grounds and buildings. The owners came for a few weeks each summer, and the rest of the year it was "home" for my grandmother and her family.