Exploring the Adirondacks in New York State

Owls Head Mountain Long Lake, New York Adirondacks - Exploring the Adirondacks in New York State

Sunset over the Owls Head Mountain in Long Lake, NY, a different view from the city…

I have visited New York City more than a handful of times on my travels and it is really a city that I love and adore. However with all of these visits I have rarely left Manhattan let alone the city. Of course I know that there is more to the state than the city but it never really occurred to me what else there was to see and explore outside of the Big Apple. This recently all changed when I was invited to explore the Adirondacks, St. Lawrence River and 1,000 Islands area of the state, an invitation that I couldn’t resist.

best friends canoeing in the adirondacks - Exploring the Adirondacks in New York State

Not only did I learn that there is a whole lot more to see and do in New York than just New York City but I was also met with a lot of surprises, made new friends and now perhaps not only is New York home to one of my favourite cities but now possibly one of my favourite states in general.

Canadian Geese at Point Au Roche State Park - Exploring the Adirondacks in New York State

Canadian Geese on the shores of Lake Champlain at Point Au Roche State Park

My trip actually began in Montreal and from there we crossed the border and spent our first night in Plattsburgh, New York. In Plattsburgh we had our first taste of many craft beers in the state at the Plattsburgh Brewing Co. and aside from enjoying time along Lake Champlain at Point Au Roche State Park, Plattsburgh is also where we began our tour of the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail.Adirondack Coast Wine Trail snapchats - Exploring the Adirondacks in New York State

You guys know I love my wines and my snapchats! @cailinoneil

Home to seven different wineries and vineyards the best way to enjoy them along their 133km route  is by bicycle. We unfortunately only had the chance to stop by three, but what I did taste I was quite impressed with. Visiting Amazing Grace Vineyards, Vesco Ridge Vineyards and Elfs Farm which was a ciderie that served us apple cider wine and other tasty ciders.

Paradox Brewery Beaver Bite IPA Beaver Approved - Exploring the Adirondacks in New York State

Beaver approved Beaver Bite IPA at Paradox Brewery

This however wasn’t the end of our “tastings” for the day as we also visited Paradox Brewery, popular for their Beaver Bite IPA and the tastiest pretzels ever! Offering us seven samples of various beers they definitely know how to make a blogger happy. We also visited the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery, and Raquette River Brewing and with each stop I was even more impressed than the last at the large selection that New York State has on offer for craft beers.

Tasting Menu at the 1844 House Restaurant - Exploring the Adirondacks in New York State

A sample of the delicious tasting menu at 1844 House

We also ate some amazing meals along that way at Sticks and Stones Wood Fired Bistro & Bar, the Long Lake Diner, Well Dressed Foods, 1844 House, Wellesley Hotel, and the Tin Pan Galley all being my favourites. I am always amazed as I travel when I find some of the most amazing food in the middle of nowhere and of course nothing makes me happier.

Mt Arab Fire Watch Tower - Exploring the Adirondacks in New York State

The Mt. Arab Fire Watchtower 

stunning views from the top of Mt Arab in the Adirondacks - Exploring the Adirondacks in New York State

Stunning views from the top of Mt. Arab in the Adirondacks

This trip wasn’t all drinking and eating, there was also a TON of “activeness”, more than I am use to in a week or a year… we hiked a mile up hill with a change in elevation of 750feet to the top of Mt. Arab and then I went even further climbing to the top of the fire watch tower because what is the point going to the top and not making it all the way up?

 

canoeing in Amerpsand Bay in the Saranac Lake region - Exploring the Adirondacks in New York State

We also did a two hour canoe paddle with boats from the Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters, starting in Second Pond in the Saranac Lake area and finishing in Ampersand Bay in record breaking time. One of the things that I was most excited for was also going fly fishing for the first time. I might not of caught anything but our guide Ken Kalil was great and taught us a bunch.

With the weather against us (an often theme of our travels that week) we also paddled kayaks amongst the thousand islands from Eel Bay to Boomerang Island with Boomerang Bike and Kayak Rentals. We were slightly wet by the end of it but the homemade cookies and scones that awaited us made up for that.

the wild center museum in the adirondacks - Exploring the Adirondacks in New York State

The Wild Walk at the Wild Center – the coolest place ever!

We also stimulated our brains and had fun exploring the Wild Center (by far the coolest place ever!), we dove into history at Fort Ticonderoga (which played an important role in the American Revolutionary War) and we visited the Adirondack Museum learning about the history of the mountains, boats, the surrounding area and more.

touring the St Lawrence River and 1,000 islands with Uncle Sam Boat tours - Exploring the Adirondacks in New York State

On tour with Uncle Sam Boat tours on the St. Lawrence River

On our final day we took a boat cruise from Alexandria Bay on the St. Lawrence River around a few of the Thousand Islands in the 1,000 Islands and saw some magnificent homes and learned tons of interesting facts and information and we even crossed the border into Canada on the boat for about 4 minutes, (no passport required).

To learn more about my whirlwind trip through the Adirondacks and Upstate New York watch my highlight video and stay tuned for most posts about my trip.

 

 

Have you ever been to these parts of New York State? What was your favourite place and thing to do?

 

Thanks to ROOSTADK and other service providers for hosting me on this trip, follow along on social media with #EatPlayLoveNY . As always all views expressed are my own.

35 Comments

  • Reply
    Angelina
    September 23, 2015 at 8:32 am

    My favorite thing is The Wild Walk at the Wild Center :) So much fun there :)

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    Natalie Deduck
    August 24, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Amazing views! Stunning Landscape!!
    Thanks for let me know there are so many interesting things to do outside NYC. I have no idea the nature would be so beautiful. When you told us about the wine tasting and the winery visit, I was told. There is nothing better than a nice trip surrounded by nature and a few stops for sip fine wine!
    Great. Safe journey!
    Nat

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      Cailin
      August 28, 2015 at 12:10 am

      Right?! I was amazed by all of the beauty outside of the city too! Glad I helped you learn more about New York! :)

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    Laura
    August 24, 2015 at 12:41 am

    That’s a tour I would really love to do. I lived in DC for a decade and went to NYC many times, but the only place I ever went outside there was Niagara Falls. The wine in that area is great, but I’m glad you mentioned the breweries you went to as well. That’s one of our favorite things to do!

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      Cailin
      August 28, 2015 at 12:11 am

      You definitely have to go back and explore the Adirondacks and 1,000 Islands! These wines are a bit different from the Niagara and Finger Lakes areas, but still great and craft beer is always good no matter where it’s from! lol

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    Mia
    August 23, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    What a great vacation! I’ve never been outside of the city in New York (when I visit) so it’s very cool to see that there are other places to go and things to do that don’t have anything to do with Times Square. The Wild Center looks like a fun place as well!

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      Cailin
      August 28, 2015 at 12:23 am

      You will definitely have to leave the city the next time you visit. And yes the Wild Center is the coolest!

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    Jen Seligmann
    August 23, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Hey Cailin!

    Sounds as though you had a great trip and I love that you got to discover more outside of the city.

    My husband and I are big lovers of craft beer and we have been hearing more and more of late how much the craft beer scene in the US is taking off. Our current plan is to road trip the US in a few years time once we have finished with Australia. So I’ll be keeping these craft breweries in mind for our trip.

    Look forward to reading your upcoming posts on this trip!

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      Cailin
      August 28, 2015 at 12:24 am

      That sounds like an awesome trip, I highly recommend theses places, they really know what they are doing! So delicious!

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    Holly
    August 23, 2015 at 10:05 am

    I’m glad you got to experience upstate NY. There’s so much to do outside of NYC. Looks like you had a blast

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      Cailin
      August 28, 2015 at 12:24 am

      Thanks Holly! It was awesome! :)

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    Veronika
    August 23, 2015 at 6:03 am

    Hi! You are so great with the camera! Almost like professional TV host that has all the crew with him/her. Thanks for your tips – seems like great inspiration for one week trip. Cheers, Vero

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      Cailin
      August 28, 2015 at 12:25 am

      Thank you Vero! Now I just need my own TV show! ;)

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    Claudia
    August 22, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    I lived in NY for months and I never left NY in those months… I got into this kind of mood that the city had all I could possibly want and just never explored anywhere else. But it does look like there are other interesting places to see. I could go for the wine ;)

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      Cailin
      August 28, 2015 at 12:25 am

      Wine and beautiful nature, instead of just bright lights and cement! lol Outside of Central Park that is.

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    Alice Teacake
    August 22, 2015 at 7:38 am

    If I get the chance to go I’m definitely making my way up to Mt. Arab. That view is stunning! Looks like you had so much fun and good job on the video!

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      Cailin
      August 22, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      You should definitely do the hike, they say its one of the more “milder” ones for the area :) We had a lot of fun, thanks for the kind words!

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    Natasha Amar
    August 22, 2015 at 5:33 am

    Love the colors in the photo of Lake Champlain! I’ve actually never heard of this wine trail before, will bookmark this for my trip next year :)

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      Cailin
      August 22, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      I think that wine trail has only been official since 2013, its the newest in North America. I highly recommend Vesco Ridge and Elfs Farm Cider :)

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    Dave from Daves Travel Pages
    August 22, 2015 at 4:14 am

    Checking out those vineyards by bicycle sounds perfect! It seems like you managed to see the best of the area in a relatively short amount of time, and it’s inspired me to visit!

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      Cailin
      August 22, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      Glad I could help inspire! I was blown away at how much there was to see and do in the area. :)

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    VickyFlipFlop
    August 21, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Such a fun and interesting week – your video has captured it perfectly :) Think we managed to see quite a bit of the Adirondacks in such a small amount of time!

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      Cailin
      August 22, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      It was a great little trip! Glad I got to enjoy it with you :)

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    Bethaney - Flashpacker Family
    August 21, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Hiw did I miss this on my road trip from Montreal?! Bummer!!

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      Cailin
      August 22, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      Now you and the family have to go back! :)

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    Laura Goyer
    August 21, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Great food, a wine trail, and a beer called ‘Beaver Bite’. Doesn’t get much better than that :-)

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      Cailin
      August 22, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      There was also one called the Beaver Underbite and I think it had about an 8% alcohol content! Not to be missed! lol

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    Chanel | Cultural Xplorer
    August 20, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Even though I grew up in upstate New York (right outside of Albany), I never visited the Adirondacks, but it has been high on my list for quite a while. I hope to get up there soon :D

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      Cailin
      August 22, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Yes! You will have to visit next time you are in Albany!!

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    Sandy
    August 20, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Love your photos..and especially the video! So fun to watch! Makes me want to go back :).

    • Reply
      Cailin
      August 22, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks Sandy! I love yours too, it was a fun trip! :)

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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    August 20, 2015 at 6:18 am

    I remember seeing this on snapchat. The weather really wasn’t co-operating but it sounded like you guys had a great time nevertheless! :D

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      Cailin
      August 22, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      Yeah the weather was tricky at times! lol The beers, cider and food made up for it ;)

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    Erin Marie
    August 19, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    So much fun! Your video brought me right back – you got some great shots. I can’t wait to travel with you again soon!

    • Reply
      Cailin
      August 22, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      Glad I got to hang with you on the trip and happy you liked the video!! :)

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