Adirondack Region Offers a Unique Vacation Destination in Northern New York
By Mel Fabrikant Sunday, March 10, 2013, 07:14 PM EDT
Get off the beaten path in the Adirondack Park and experience an authentic Adirondack vacation, attraction or festival in any season. From relaxing in the lap of luxury at a Rockefeller-era Great Camp, to paddling to your own island for a camping excursion – take a road less traveled in New York’s six-million-acre park.
Visit the Adirondacks this year and return home with stories, experiences and memories as souvenirs. The Adirondack Regional Tourism Council presents a sampling of the unique vacation opportunities, events and festivals available in Northern New York.
This June, Great Camp Sagamore presents the 2nd annual Black Fly Home Brewing Camp for amateur and wanna-be beer brewers at the former summer home of the Vanderbilt family on Raquette Lake. From June 28-30, learn how to:
• Pair beer and food
• Use locally-grown ingredients to craft local brews
• Identify the different qualities of a great beer
The weekend includes a variety of workshops, seminars and presentations with master brewers, beer tastings, live music and more. At $189 per person, the weekend is open to adults 21 years and older, and includes activities, accommodations for two nights and meals. For an additional $45, enjoy an evening cruise on Raquette Lake and special beer pairing menu aboard the W. W. Durant.
Escape to the coast of Lake Champlain and experience the Adirondack’s primeval water park at Ausable Chasm with rafting, cliff walks, tubing and a new Rappelling Adventure Tour. Conquer the chasm along a series of rappel drops and traverses 130 feet above the Ausable River. The tour lasts three hours and costs $59 per person. For additional savings, book the Ausable Chasm Escape Package for just $99 a night mid-week and $120 on weekends, and enjoy family-friendly overnight accommodations in Plattsburgh, free breakfast each morning, two adult tickets to Ausable Chasm and more.
Throughout 2013, the Lake George Region celebrates its bicentennial with fanfare and family-friendly events, historic tours and festivals. The Warren County Bicentennial Celebration includes events such as Summerfest & Fireworks on July 6,kicking off a series of free events, games, music and children’s activities capped off by fireworks at dusk. Discover Lake George’s incredible history; dine with re-enactors during “Dinner with the Dead,” or enjoy the numerous parades and community events.
The Saranac Lake Islands Campground will re-open on May 16, offering one of the most unique Adirondack camping experiences found in the entire six-million-acre park. Paddle or boat to an island in one of the three Saranac Lakes and experience the thrill of waking to waves lapping the shores of your own, private paradise. Enjoy fishing, swimming, access to hiking trails, and paddling. Each site is meticulously maintained, costs $22 per night, is pet-friendly and includes a pit privy, fireplace and picnic table.
In the Adirondacks Tug Hill Region located near the shores of Lake Ontario, the Adirondack Mountains give way to rolling farmland and the towering Tug Hill Plateau. Home to the Kraft Cream Cheese plant, the largest producer of cream cheese in the world, you’re invited to enjoy the annual Cream Cheese Festival in Lowville and taste the world’s largest cheese cake, participate in local contests and enjoy the bounty of the Adirondacks’ fertile farmland.
Additional unique Adirondack attractions and events include the Madrid Bluegrass Festivalheld in the Adirondack Seaway town of Madrid in June, and featuring three days of bluegrass music, jam sessions, ice cream socials and camping along the shores of the Grasse River. Travel through American history and visit two Adirondack Coast forts at Crown Point State Historic Site and Fort Ticonderoga. Less than 20 miles apart, these historic sites overlook Lake Champlain, and are linked by scenic roadways perfect for an afternoon bike tour.
For more information about visiting the Adirondacks or to start planning your trip, log onto visitadirondacks.com.
About the Adirondacks:
The Adirondack Region is a six-million-acre park offering limitless recreation amid 2,000 miles of hiking trails and 3,000 lakes and ponds. Part of the largest temperate forest in the world, the Adirondacks are also home to 103 towns and villages. Connect with the Adirondacks on Facebook.com/visitadirondacks or Twitter.com/visitadks. Search Adirondack events, attractions and Adirondack vacation packages at VisitAdirondacks.com.