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Please see below……something special to do in EVERY SEASON!

 

Summer: Swim, Boat, Golf, Biking, Hiking, Fishing, Gondola Riding.

Fall: Beautiful Fall Leaf Peeping, Apple Picking, Hiking, Biking.

Winter: Skiing, Ice Skating/Fishing, Snowmobiling, Bobsled, Sledding.

 

Detailed Lists of other Interest: Museums, Dining & other great activities in New York and Vermont.

 

Most Popular Attractions:

Lake Champlain: Historic Lakes, Lake Champlain Region

At your door is Lake Champlain, which is situated in the Champlain Valley between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York.

Often referred to as the Sixth Great Lake, you can travel anywhere in the World by boat from Lake Champlain. Heading either direction: 1) South to the Hudson River and the Mohawk and Erie Canal, or 2) North to the Richelieu River and St. Lawrence River (of Canada) you can go to the Atlantic Ocean or the Great Lakes. Lake Champlain is the largest mountain lake (490 square miles) in the US. It stretches 120 miles (North – South) from end to end, 12 miles across (East – West), and is 400 feet deep at the deepest point.

One of the more enduring mysteries surrounding Lake Champlain is that of the infamous Champy. Reminiscent of the Loch Ness monster, Champy is purportedly by both locals and tourists as giant aquatic creature that makes the lake its home. Sightings have been sporadic over time, and the legend lives on. 

 

The Adirondacks/Whiteface Region: Go Adirondack, Whiteface Region, Whiteface

About 40 minutes away you can experience the magic, majesty and romance of the Adirondack Wilderness. Come hike, bike or ski through balsam-scented woods, or canoe, fish or camp on pristine mountain rivers and lakes, or fly fish on the famous Au Sable River. It's all here in the spectacular Whiteface Mountain Region.

 

Plattsburgh: Go Plattsburgh!, Plattsburgh Chamber

About 20 minutes away is historic downtown Plattsburgh, New York, which was the site of important battles during the Revolutionary War and is home of many events throughout the year. These include the July 4th fireworks and festivities, the Mayor's Cup yacht race and celebration in mid July and the Battle of Plattsburgh weekend in early September. In the last few years Plattsburgh/Lake Champlain has become a stop on several national bass fishing tournaments' schedules.

 

Burlington: www.churchstmarketplace.com, www.vermont.org/visiting/index.aspx

About 30 minutes away is Burlington and the historic, award-winning Church Street Marketplace which is nestled in the heart of downtown Burlington, Vermont.

From a casual stroll to serious shopping, a scrumptious snack to truly fine dining, you'll find it all within four architecturally-historic blocks. Restaurants, street vendors, and more than 100 retail shops lend Vermont's favorite pedestrian mall a distinctive flair -- part rural spice, part urban utopia. Immediately adjacent to the Marketplace is Burlington Town Center, downtown Burlington's premier indoor shopping center, featuring an exciting mix of national retail stores.

 

Montreal: www.go-montreal.com/areas_oldmontreal.htm

About 45 minutes away is the beautiful, international city of Montreal. In the heart of Old Montreal, the gentle slope down from the Nelson monument affords a superb view of the Old Port. A major gathering place and entertainment site in Old Montreal Place Jacques Cartier draws visitors who enjoy street artists, roving entertainers, jugglers, mimes, face painters anurists.

The street overflows with warm and inviting restaurants offering traditional fine French and Quebecois fare. Busy nightclubs and jazz clubs add spice to the neighborhood nightlife. The cobblestone road, particularly East of St. Laurent Blvd., is crowded with horse-drawn carriages and fascinated pedestrians discovering the history of Old Montreal. Stroll along de la Commune Street and take in the magnificent view of the Old Port.

 

Lake Placid: www.lakeplacid.com

About 70 minutes away is the quaint town of Lake Placid. While the village of Lake Placid is a year-round resort, it is likely most known as the site of the 1980 Winter Olympics, and particularly the USA-USSR hockey game, the "Miracle on Ice," when a group of American college students and amateurs upset the heavily-favored Soviet national ice hockey team 4-3 and two days later won the gold medal. The victory is sometimes ranked as one of the greatest in American sports history.

Lake Placid is well-known among winter sports enthusiasts for its skiing, both Alpine and Crosscountry, one of only three actual bobsled rides in the North and South American continents, the open skating on the Olympic Oval where Eric Heiden won his five Olympic Gold Medals, and one of the few places in the contiguous United States which offers dogsled and sleigh rides. Also popular are gondala rides in the summer.

 

Saratoga: www.saratogaracetrack.com , www.saratoga.com

About 2 Hours away is Saratoga which is a hot-spot for the rich and famous with natural mineral springs, the Saratoga Racetrack, historical landmarks, Saratoga Springs is still one of the most popular tourist attractions nationwide.

 

ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center: www.echovermont.org

At ECHO which is about 35 minutes away, you'll discover 70 species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles; more than 100 interactive experiences; changing and permanent exhibits; seasonal events; and the multimedia Awesome Forces Theater — all exploring the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin.

 

Permanent exhibits feature FrogWorld — with colorful and bizarre frogs from six continents, INDIGENOUS EXPRESSIONS: Native Peoples of the Lake Champlain Basin, and Be a Watershed Weather Reporter — where you can star in, edit, and even take home a DVD of your own weather report, from our cool TV studio. Don’t forget to see what’s new at ECHO — with our changing exhibits and seasonal events! Next, check out daily ECHO Encounters, including Live Animal Feedings & Demos, games, crafts, and hands-on activities.

 

Ausable Chasm: http://ausablechasm.com/

 

About 35 minutes away it is sometimes referred to as the Grand Canyon of the east, Ausable Chasm is the oldest natural attraction in the US, established in 1870. Once used as a backdrop for movies, this 1,000 acre wonderland is now an educational and recreational experience. Walk the trails, raft the Ausable River (right) and just take in the breathtaking terrain that began forming 500 million years ago.

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory Tours: Ben & Jerry's

About 70 minutes away is a great experience for all ages, it is just north of the small town of Waterbury, Vermont, the factory offers educational fun for everyone.

 

Vermont Teddy Bear Factory Tours: Vermont Teddy Bear

About 90 minutes away you can tour the factory where the Best Teddy Bears in the Universe Are Born! Vermont Teddy Bear Company is the largest maker of hand-crafted, American-made Teddy Bears! Embraced by the scenic Green Mountains, Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains, the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory colors the countryside in beautiful Shelburne, Vermont, USA.

 

The Shelburne Museum: Shelburne Museum

Located in Vermont's scenic Lake Champlain valley about 60 minutes away, Shelburne Museum is one of the nation's finest, most diverse, and unconventional museums of art and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds.

 

Parc Safari: www.parcsafari.com

Only about 25 minutes away Parc Safari is much more than a zoo! We learn, we laugh, have lots of fun and all of this is outdoors. 600 animals from the 5 continents! An automobile safari, 5 kilometers long where you can drive in the middle of the giraffes, the rhinoceros, the elephants, the gnus, the zebras and several varieties of antelopes! Parc Safari is also an amusement park with rides. For small children and the young at heart! At Parc Safari we must especially remember to bring our bathing suits! 4 small lakes and a water slide await you.

 

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Horses in Motion: www.horsesinmotion.net

About 20 minutes away is Horses in Motion, where they offer beginner (English) riding lessons. Our expertise is with younger children (ages 2-15) and adults who have never ridden before. Lessons are given at the Sorrell Quarter Horse Farm on the Alder bend Road in Altona. An indoor arena and a comfortable observation room are available for the convenience of our riders and their family members.

At Horses in Motion, our number one priority is safety.  Our number two priority is having lots of fun! If you or your child would like to learn more about Horses In Motion, call the owner (Alexandra Barie) at 518-420-2487

Welcome to Horses in Motion, where we offer beginner (English) riding lessons.

Bird Watching: http://www.lakechamplainbirding.org/

We are located and the door step of the Kings Bay Wildlife Management Area which is part of the Birding Trail. This trail is a highway-based trail (approximately 300 miles) which unifies and connects 88 birding sites along the Lake Champlain shoreline and uplands in Vermont and New York into a cohesive and marketable unit.

 

Billings Farm & Museum: http://www.billingsfarm.org

About 90 minutes away you can explore one of the finest operating dairy farms in America and a museum of Vermont's rural past – your gateway to Vermont's rural heritage. Billings Farm features many aspects of farm work, including care of the Jersey cows and other livestock, milking of the herd, crop rotation, and feed production.

 

Get to know our Jerseys, sheep, horses, oxen, and chickens through interactive programs and activities. Explore the barns and calf nursery and watch the afternoon milking of the herd. Visitors will experience a first-hand sampling of actual farm work, animals, and agricultural processes. The authentically restored 1890 Farm House, the center of the farm and forestry operation a century ago – features the farm manager's office, family living quarters – and creamery, where butter was produced for market. Interactive programs in the farmhouse for visitors and students interpret 19th century agricultural improvement, butter production, and domestic life. Engaging exhibits housed in 19th century barns depict the annual cycle of rural life and work, as well as the cultural values of Vermont farm families a century ago.

 

Fall Foliage: http://www.iloveny.com/foliage/

We are located at the gateway to both Upstate NY & Upstate Vermont, which have among the most beautiful foliage displays in the world! Many of the scenic roads in the Adirondacks & Green Mountains are tiny two lanes which can make for some slow, but very scenic driving.  Large interstates also offer spectacular vistas and views.  From Interstate 87 heading south towards Albany, New York the Adirondacks can be gorgeous. From Interstates 89 in Vermont the Green Mountains are very scenic to look at as well.

 

Museums, Dining & other great activities in New York and Vermont.

 

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WINTER – Sledding/Snow Skiing/Bobsled

 

 

Titus Mountain, New York:  www.titusmountain.com/

About 50 miles away is very popular winter recreation spot for kids. The most family-friendly ski resort in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. One trip down the Snow Tubing Park & you’ll be hooked!  All you need are some warm clothes.  We’ll provide the tube & the smile on your face!  Tubing is available weekends, holidays & Fri.-Sat. evenings. New for 2012-2013 is a warming station at the top for the comfort & convenience of both tubers & watchers!  You must be at least 42 inches tall to ride a Snow Tube.  Treat yourself to a thrilling day of healthy exercise in the mountain air! Titus also offer downhill (Ski/boarding) with 10 lifts and 42 trails. Contact Titus directly at 518-483-3740.

 

Hard’ack, Vermont:  www.hardack.org/

About 30 miles away is very popular winter recreation spot for kids. The hill offers a “Tow rope” for sledding, skiing and snow boarding and lessens to kids of all ages. Sleds are also available at Hard’ack. Please call them 802.233.0786 for hours. They ask only for donations since they are a non-profit and also offer ice skating. Tons of Family Winter Fun!

 

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Lake Placid/Whiteface, New York:  Whiteface!

About 60 miles away is the ever more popular winter hotspot of Whiteface/Lake Placid. The surprisingly unspoiled and quiet village that has been host to two Winter Olympics, 1932 and 1980, and the 2000 Winter Goodwill Games. The memories these stir, combined with lots of ongoing outdoor activities and events, set Lake Placid apart as a winter sports mecca.


Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort Lake Placid, New YorkA quarter century after it hosted the Olympics, Lake Placid is still all about winter games. Race down the ice chute feet first on a luge sled and try not to stretch your toes to save that extra .001 of a second on the clock...try not to push just a little harder as you ski into the cross country finish stadium...try not to put a little extra lean into the arena turn under the lights at the speedskating oval...look down the in-run of the 120-meter ski jump and...well, let's not go overboard here! You get the picture. This is not your average ski town.


As you drive past the dramatic Olympic jumps, just south of the village, you’ll know this isn’t an ordinary winter vacation spot. The Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) operates the multi-facility recreational area. More world-class winter sports athletes train and compete here than anywhere else in North America. The facilities also attract competitions in all of the Olympic winter sports, so athletes of all ages, nationalities, and abilities fill the town throughout the season, constantly refreshing the village’s Olympic atmosphere.

Whiteface Ski Resort is one of the 46 peaks in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State with a summit above 4,000 feet. It has glade skiing, a wonderful beginner's area known as Kids Campus, and in 1997 opened up what was previously out of bound skiing in The Slides. The Slides offer over 1,000 vertical feet of treeless skiing and when open boosts Whiteface's vertical to 3,430 feet. With four to choose from, 'The Slides' is a true backcountry experience for expert skiers only. They are open only when conditions permit. Encountering frozen waterfalls, cliffs, and other obstacles is to be expected.

Overall, Whiteface is a racing/cruising mountain. The Ski School offers 'Parallel from the Start' training aided by the use of blades and shaped skis. The program guarantees skiing from the summit of Whiteface Mountain in five days. Whiteface has a Half Pipe and Terrain Park and it's a ball to watch those who dare to go there. The mountain and the beautiful village of Lake Placid have much to offer and it is possible for skiers at all levels to have a wonderful time at this Eastern Olympic mountain.

 

Jay Peak Resort, Vermont: Jay Peak Resort

About 60 miles away…. Jay offers 76 trails, glades, and chutes, eight lifts (including a 60-passenger tramway), and 2,153 feet of vertical. Jay receives an average annual snowfall of 355 inches, rivaling many Western ski resorts, and the reason for this is a phenomenon known as "orographic lift." The resort features a variety of activities for the whole family, including ice skating, sledding, snowmobiling, bonfires, and snowcat rides, and there is enough beginner terrain so that novices and intermediates can enjoy themselves and improve their skills.

Because Jay Peak sits atop the northern tip of the Green Mountains and nothing but a few fences sit between it and the prevailing winds from the Great Lakes, it receives the brunt of any weather system moving west to east. These storms tend to lift themselves and circulate between the summit and Little Jay, its sister peak a few hundred yards away. The result is 30-plus powder days a season, including a four-foot dump in '98 and a three-and-a-half-foot powder day in April of 2000.

A second reason (as if you needed one) is some of North America's best tree skiing. The glades are cut in the summer by the same guys who groom the hill in the winter, and according to Jay Peak guide Andre Cimon, "These guys know a fall line." Andre leads daily complimentary mountain tours (9:30 a.m.) and treated us to his philosophy of gladed skiing: "It's all about confidence, not skill, in the glades," he said. "You must see the empty spaces, not the trees, and know exactly where your first few turns will be."

Jay Peak rates its glades from one to six, progressing from the easiest (generously spaced trees and an easy pitch, such as Little Bushwacker) to the most difficult (super-steep chutes with only a tight line through the trees, such as The Face). Everglade is a level-five glade, one full mile in length, with the lower portion easing off a bit to a level three. You can even ski the glades from top to bottom?that's a 2,153-foot vertical of nothing but the best tree skiing in North America.

 

Smuggler’s Notch, Vermont: www.smuggs.com/winter

About 60 miles away your will find “Smuggs”. In a word-association test, if you said "family skiing," any Vermont skier would respond "Smugglers' Notch." Nobody accommodates families better. Period. For one thing, they've been doing it longer than most; the resort opened its first summer children’s camp in 1976. For another, all trails eventually lead to the self-contained base village, allowing parents to give their children free reign. Add the state-certified nurseries, pervasive après-ski activities, and the FunZone indoor playland, and you've got a familial heaven.

But family friendly doesn’t necessarily mean easy, mundane terrain. The resort is set on three peaks, each appealing to different skier levels. Novice learning is isolated above the village on Morse Mountain, where the installation of the mountain’s third carpet-surface lift has made this section truly beginner-friendly. Madonna Mountain promises some of the headiest expert terrain around, such as double-black diamond Freefall and triple-black diamond The Black Hole. Sterling offers a mix of the two, including Rumrunner, a favorite blue cruiser that was widened and contoured during the summer of 2006.

A few other areas of Smuggs have received facelifts, too. In the Log Jam terrain park, those new to trick skiing and riding will find more rails and hits and a larger half pipe for repeated attempts to perfect that first move. The Mountain Grille, which serves uncommonly delicious waffle fries, has a new upper-level dining room with awesome slope-side views. And although Smuggs is blessed with an annual average of 288 inches of natural snow, the snowmaking capacity continues to increase at the resort. The lifts are a bit old—no high speed quads here—but they get the job done. And the views of the White Mountains and Lake Champlain from the base-to-summit Madonna 1 Lift can’t be beat.

 

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