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Keeping children entertained during summer break is no easy feat, but Lake Placid's many fabulous lodging options take the sweat out of traveling with the kids and add in some fun! 
With the recent growth of craft beverages in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga Counties, the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce saw this as the perfect opportunity to present an Adirondack Craft Beverage Inaugural Tour!
If you're like me, the idea of a hike sounds amazing; the beautiful outdoors, fresh air, and a new adventure is the perfect way to exercise and get the most out of a summer day. However, if you're also like me, you may not know the first thing about hiking.

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For my first date with my boyfriend he wanted to take me on a hike up Prospect Mountain. I'm more of a wine and dine kind of girl, but this sounded like an exciting alternative to a first date. I wore jeans with no belt, Tom's slip on shoes, and a flannel (looking cute is important, right?) and I was mortified about 30 minutes into our trip.

As I laughed to cover up my shortness of breath, heaved my pants up every two seconds, and found reasons to fall behind (like taking in the view) I realized I was not prepared at all for this journey. I "made up" lunch plans I had with my aunt and ditched out on our date early; as I climbed down the mountain, I prayed that he believed me.
As time goes on, people are slowly but surely realizing how important it is to "go green." Whether it is taking a bike to work one day a week, recycling used bottles, or grocery shopping with a reusable bag, every little bit counts when reducing our population's carbon footprint.

Almost everything you can think of has an"eco-friendly" alternative. Now, thanks to BLD (Blue Line Design) Clothing, even the most extreme tree-hugger can be a fashion lover! Blue Line Design & Apparel is a new, active-lifestyle, eco-conscious clothing company that is sweeping the Adirondack Park!

We all have that Ron Swanson type in our lives: the guy you see frequently starting fires with just two sticks, the guy who has built his own canoe - twice, the guy who truly doesn't need a map - he's made his own. If you're not essentially an Adirondack Paul Bunyan, you might be surprised to that you can still learn these 5 essential old school Adirondack skills.

A wedding is a celebration of the future, so why not bring that celebration into each and every detail of the reception, including the food? At Farmstead Catering near Lake Champlain, they strive to bring local, sustainable, delicious food to weddings in Upstate New York. 


The new catering business is helping brides and grooms celebrate their future with forward-thinking food, drinks, and flowers at their reception.

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In honor of April being National Poetry Month, we decided we'd do a little Adirondack poetry. Using a theme and rhyming scheme borrowed from a great poem my father, Kevin Cail, once wrote, I Hold The Sparrow, below is my spin-off: I Hold The Adirondacks.

I Hold The Adirondacks
April Fools is upon us, and it's time to call a friend and go out hiking... and pull a few pranks while you're at it. Here are some fun April Fools Pranks you can pull on your hiking buddy that won't ruin your friendship.

April Fools Hiking Adirondacks
Photo credit: Emily Bernal and Jajce Waltz atop Mt. Jo
While the rest of the country is talking brackets and March Madness, here in the Adirondacks we are talking trees and Maple Madness! Maybe you missed National Pancake Day, but don't worry, maple syrup tastes amazing on almost anything!

While we gear up for maple season, here are 8 foods you didn't know tasted amazing with maple syrup...

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Maple Weekends officially take off on March 22-23rd and March 29-30, but we needed something to hold us over. That's why we're celebrating National Pancake Day to satisfy our sweet tooth and enjoy some of that sugary Adirondack nectar.