Fulton County NY
The splendor of the seasons comes naturally to Fulton County where the southern Adirondack Park meets the Mohawk Valley. Fulton County is home to 44 lakes and 74,832 acres of wild forest, and is blessed with a rich, inviting history, a wealth of culture and the arts, and outdoor activities in abundance such as boating, kayaking, swimming, fishing, and camping. Adventure awaits you on our bicycle and hiking trails; play on an array of golf courses; explore our many museums and historic sites, and family attractions; patronize our local farm markets and agritourism venues.
Montgomery County NY
Montgomery County has plenty of things to do during your daytrip or vacation. Let us help you tour historic and cultural sites, shop and dine in our peaceful villages, travel along the Erie Canal by boat or bike, camp in our parks and forests, be inspired by our waterfalls, fish in pristine streams, enjoy the abundance of our farms and visit diverse cultural and sporting events. Located at the foothills of the Adirondacks in the Mohawk Valley, this region is filled with beautiful countryside, including numerous parks and recreation facilities.
Cascade Mountain Winery
835 Cascade Mountain Rd, Amenia, NY 845.373.9021; www.cascademt.com
Cascade Mountain was founded in the spring of 1972 by Bill Wetmore who pioneered the production of premium table wines on the eastern side of the Hudson River.
Brookview Station Winery
1297 Brookview Station Rd Castleton, NY 732.7317; www.brookviewstationwinery.com
Rensselaer County’s first winery has been voted the “Best Winery” by Capital Region Living readers. Brookview Station wines and its Joe Daddy Hard Ciders are made using fruits and grapes grown on its century old family farm.
The Hudson-Chatham Winery is Columbia County’s first winery and has been voted the “Best Winery” by Capital Region Living readers. Hudson-Chatham is proud of its multiple award-winning wines and high scores, received from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast magazines.
Hudson Valley Distillers
Hudson Valley Distillers has been awarded 2016 Best of Class Vodka by the American Distilling Institute.
Berkshire Mountain Distillers
A founding members of the craft distiller movement and the Berkshires’ first legal distillery since prohibition; award-winning artisanal spirits including Ice Glen Vodka, Greylock Gin, Ragged Mountain Rum, Berkshire Bourbon and New England Corn Whiskey.
Clermont Vineyards and Winery
On a former dairy farm; wines crafted using grapes grown on premises.
Furnace Brook Winery Hilltop Orchards
413.698.3301; 800.833.6274; www.furnacebrookwinery.com
On a 100 year-old farm set on 200 acres; award-winning wines from select Northeast varietal grapes and estate-grown apples.
Harvest Spirits Golden Harvest Farm
Distilling only 100 gallons at a time, but flexible and precise enough to create some of the country’s very best vodka; includes flavored vodkas and brandies.
Hillrock Estate Distillery
One of the few “field-to-glass” whiskey producers in the world and the first US distillery since before Prohibition to floor malt and hand craft whiskey on site from estate grown grain. Tours by appointment only.
Overlooking the Hudson River and the Catskill mountains; 15 acres of Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir under production.
Madison County, NY
What are you in the mood for? Craft beer enthusiasts will want to visit Hamilton’s Good Nature Brewing Company, which uses many local ingredients in its “farm to glass” brews. For dinner, enjoy locally raised braised beef short ribs at the nearby Colgate Inn. In Cazenovia, sip award-winning hard cider at Critz Farms Brewing & Cider Company or award-winning wine at Owera Vineyards before dining on chicken française by the lake at the Brewster Inn. Afterward, settle into your room at a quaint B&B or polished country inn. No matter what tastes you crave, unwind and enjoy in Madison County.
High Falls Gorge
761 NYS Route 86, Wilmington 946.2278; www.highfallsgorge.com
High Falls Gorge is an Adirondack natural history experience designed for everyone. Steel walkways provide access to an up-close experience of four powerful waterfalls. Kids are rewarded for learning in the Junior Explorer Club and the young and young-at-heart can mine for gemstones at the Ausable River Mining Company, making the site great for families. The River View Cafe offers up local food flavors, New York State wines and regional craft beers on tap. A mile from Whiteface Ski Center and eight miles from Lake Placid, High Falls Gorge has everything for a perfect day trip, including the rush of the falls, nature trails, incomparable views, delicious food, and an Adirondack gift shop filled with keepsakes!
Old Forge and Inlet NY nestled in the Adirondack Mountains
By The Grateful Traveler, Vikki Moran
Old Forge has long been considered “Adirondack Base Camp” for vacationers who wish to enjoy everything from tranquility to adventure. According to www.oldforge.com, the largest hamlet in the historic Town of Webb includes Eagle Bay, Big Moose and Stillwater. From there, you can explore the central Adirondack region and all of the Adirondack Park. Inlet is on the eastern end of Fourth Lake in the Adirondack Fulton Chain of Lakes. This tranquil town is ideal for families wanting to reacquaint with each other and nature. Camping, swimming in pristine waters and, of course, fishing reign supreme here. Whatever you do, do NOT leave your binoculars home. Bird watching and scenery dreaming are ways of life here! Biking, hiking and canoeing in the central Adirondacks are nothing short of invigorating. The huge Moose River Plains Wild Forest (50,000+ acres) is bounded on the north by the Pigeon Lakes Wilderness Area, Raquette Lake and the Blue Ridge Wilderness; on the east and the south by the West Canada Lakes Wilderness and the private lands of the Adirondack League Club; and on the west by the Fulton Chain Lakes and NY 28. This is only a part of what is available to the active tourist. There are also numerous state campgrounds in the area, including Eighth Lake, Limekiln Lake and Brown Tract Pond and numerous outstanding choices in lodging. The gravelly, flat, grassy “plains” of the Moose(featured on our cover) and Red rivers are distinctly different from that of the more touristy Adirondack region making the area a gem and a natural anomaly. The area is known all over the region for its outstanding fishing in both the summer and winter. Bass, northern pike, muskie, trout and landlocked salmon are few examples of the fish available. For the golfers who cannot have a vacation without the game, consider heading to their greens. Old Forge /Thendara has one of the finest golf courses here. While challenging and outstanding, the course embodies the natural beauty of the central Adirondacks. Golf is a relaxing sport, but challenge is also involved and the courses in the Adirondacks are perfect for both. Stand-Up Paddle Boards and water rafting may be more your speed and involve a degree of skill. The Old Forge area is a super place to learn. Rarely crowded, always stress-free, it is a perfect spot to learn or perfect your abilities. Breathe deep, reflect, listen and watch nature, browse their eclectic shops then settle down with a campfire and a glass of wine and a hearty Adirondack meal to top off a uniquely Adirondack experience.
RV fun this summer!
According to Kevin Broom at the RVIA.org, the soon to be released Camp Fire Survey will show that 83% of families who RV each summer will head out as much or more then last year. That percentage will translate to 22-25 million RV travelers, both RV owners and RV renters. They will travel in hoards during the summer holiday breaks to our State and National parks. Sixty-four percent will travel during the Fourth of July holiday and 63% during Labor Day break. Fifty-seven percent went out during this year’s Memorial Day weekend. With the National Parks celebrating a huge centennial year, the parks are wonderlands, for families to explore. Seventy-four percent of this year’s RV enthusiasts will visit the parks available while 64% will take a historical and educational trek to historic sites. Don’t forget the family pet. According to the survey, 60% will bring them along on the trip. RV essentials, according to www.gorving.com, include keeping your RV stocked with nonperishable foods, linens and clothes, so you’ll be ready to go anytime and anywhere you wish. Everyone has favorites and must-haves, but here’s a list of some stock items to keep on board at all times:
• Adapters for 30-amp and 50-amp outlets
• Bottle/can opener
• Camera and memory cards
• Dishes andcooking utensils • Firewood
• First-aid supplies
• Flashlights, lanterns
• Folding chairs
• Grill and fuel
• Heavy-duty extension cords
• Insect repellent
• Maps and GPS
• RV toilet paper
• Nature field guides
• Pillows, blankets, sheets
• Picnic basket
• Plastic bags (large and small)
• Pots and pans
• Road flares
• Rope and bungee cords
• Shovel (small folding type)
• Soap and toiletries
• Sports equipment
• Tool kit
• Trash bags
• Water hose (white potable water type) There’s a caution when getting ready: Consult the weight label on your RV for more information. Like all travel, over packing is NOT good.
National Parks birthday party and we are all invited
There are more than 20 national parks in the New York region and some in the Albany area and nearby. Find your park. The National Park Foundation’s Find Your Park/Encuentra tu Parque movement, marking the National Park Service’s centennial milestone, encourages the next generation to discover our national parks. www.findyourpark.com
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
Explore the Erie Canal and discover America’s most famous and influential man-made waterway—over 500 miles of navigable waterway and 234 distinctive communities. The Corridor spans 524 miles across the full expanse of upstate New York. It includes the Erie, Cayuga-Seneca, Oswego, and Champlain canals and more than 200 canal communities. You can check out the historic vessels and canal sites, as well as the lively Main streets, along with recreational opportunities and hundreds of festivals and events.
Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area
The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area stretches from New York City to Albany, contributing Revolutionary War stories, famous residences, scenic parks and gardens, and landscape interpretations. Hike or kayak the Greenway Land Trail, tour the Untermyer Park and Gardens (private estate of Samuel Untermyer) in Yonkers, check out the 1841 Albany Rural Cemetery or journey to Kybuit (Rockefeller country estate) in the Hudson Valley.
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site and Roosevelt
Ride Also in the Hudson Valley, take a guided tour through the Vanderbilt Mansion, which illustrates the political, economic, social, cultural, and demographic changes that occurred as America industrialized in the years after the Civil War. Through “Roosevelt Ride,” you can tour all historic sites including: Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, FDR’s Top Cottage, FDR Presidential Library, Vanderbilt Mansion, Roosevelt Rose Garden, Mrs. Roosevelt’s Val-Kill Cottage, additional trails and more.
Appalachian National Scenic Trail
The Trail traverses the Appalachian Mountain chain from central Maine to northern Georgia, for a distance of approximately 2,180 miles.
Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
Experience the trail and learn about John Smith’s historic journeys, the lifestyles of American Indians, and the rich and diverse flora and fauna of the 17th-century Chesapeake Bay. Plan a paddle trip, a sailing excursion, or a drive to the shore for a glimpse of the Bay. Kayak or canoe along one of the many water trails associated with the Chesapeake trail.