If you need a reason to visit the Adirondacks, read along with us as we count the top 10 reasons to visit the Adirondacks. Continue reading
Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center is located in the tiny town of Northville, NY, one that Adirondack.net calls a “true Adirondack village.” Right on the shores of the Great Sacandaga Lake, Northville provides residents and visitors alike the opportunity to go sailing, fishing, boating, hiking, bicycling, and golfing in spring, summer and fall, and ice fishing, skiing and snowmobiling in winter.
Northville was first settled by Europeans around 1786 (although some areas south were settled earlier, around or about 1762). Native Americans lived in the area for centuries prior to the Europeans’ arrival. Continue reading
You probably don’t come to Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center to spend time in your cottages. They are fabulous, of course, but if you’ve made it this far, we highly recommend that you take advantage of our beautiful surroundings and take a walk around our 30 miles of wooded trails and our three-mile nature trail.
As easy as hiking is – just put one foot in front of the other – it is wise here in the Adirondacks to prepare properly. Read below for some tips on how to prepare for a hike around Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center. Continue reading
There’s just something so downright mesmerizing about a campfire. Often just simply staring into it and watching the flames dance is entertainment enough after a good day of relaxing, hiking, swimming, fishing, and more.
Read below for some more fun things to do while sitting around the campfire. Continue reading
A gentle kayak on Woods Lake in the Adirondacks at Lapland Lake. Quiet, crystal clear, non-motor. Almost heaven…
View from my kayak back toward Lapland Lake’s beach. Just on the the many reasons we love living here.
Kiva (Karelian bear dog) and Balto (husky mix rescue pup) have become the best of friends! Balto always wants all the toys (that is a chewy bone between his paws), and Kiva generally waits patiently for Balto to become distracted before stealing them from him. That’s what she is doing in this photo…just biding her time!
If you love to see nature erupt in the spring – from the bushes and wildflowers blooming to the young fauns and cubs emerging from dens – you owe it yourself and your family to make a trip to the Adirondacks in the spring.
Yes, the temperatures can be a bit chilly in late-March through mid-June. And you may see some snow still on the hiking trails (cross-country skiing, anyone?). But the tourists haven’t really arrived yet, so visiting the Adirondacks in the spring can mean just you and the quiet wonder of nature as you hike, canoe, fish, bike – or even ski or snowshoe.
Read below for some great things to do in the spring in the Adirondacks.
- Go for a horseback ride. Several ranches offer riding opportunities for experienced riders and beginners alike. Children love to ride horses and those ranches that offer rides always have gentle and slow smaller horses for your gentle, slower and smaller children.
- Check out the downtowns of the towns of Lake George and Glens Falls. Both have an eclectic mix of restaurants, galleries, gift shops, boutiques and more that are sure to please everyone in your party.
- Golf! Several golf courses and resorts are open at this time of year, yet the links are far less crowded.
- Book a massage, facial, pedicure – or all three – at one of several salons and/or spas located in the Adirondacks. If coming to the Adirondacks for a romantic getaway spas, many offer couples’ massages, facials, etc.
- Go canoeing, kayaking or even whitewater rafting.
- Go for a hike! Yes, it probably will be muddy, but just be sure to wear warm layers that you don’t mind getting dirty, bring a walking stick, a good hat, sturdy shoes, plenty of water, sandwiches, and get ready to be amazed at the flora and fauna along the trail! Depending on any lingering snowpack, see how many of the 46 Adirondack mountain peaks you can climb in one day (it is possible to climb two or three in one day – they’re quite close together).
- Nights can still get chilly, making for the perfect excuse to stay snug and cozy in front of a fireplace drinking hot cocoa or a terrific glass of wine.
- Go on a getaway. If you love the outdoors, you’ll love the Adirondacks in the spring. The earth is just waking from its winter sleep. Trees and shrubs are starting to bud. Birds are starting to call to each other. Mammals are coming out of their burrows or stretching their legs to welcome the renewal. The quiet is intoxicating, the weather during the day is crisp and the surroundings are breathtaking.
A Lovely Sight!
A nice coating of white has greeted us with dropping temps and the possibility of another 1 – 3″ of snow this evening. If it stays cold, this could be the start of our winter base. No skiing yet, but it is just a matter of time. It’s feeling like the start of an old-fashioned Northeast winter. Jammies inside-out!
Self Guided Nature Tour
Within Lapland Lake’s 30-mile trail network lies a wonderful 24-station self-guided Nature Trail. Three miles in length and developed by a local naturalist, our Nature Trail is a delightful way to pass an hour or two in the company of friends and family.
Descriptions of typical vegetation and animal life indigenous to this region of the Adirondacks are presented. Children and adults alike will delight in spying an alder branch where a whitetail deer has rubbed his antlers and in learning, for instance, which tree produces cough syrup, wine and jelly! Much aquatic life exists in the property’s streams, and these are detailed as well. Mosses, berries, many varieties of trees and shrubs are all addressed in the on-loan Nature Guide. You’ll even see the remains of our 100+ year old Giant Pine, 53” in diameter and at one time 115 feet tall. It has since been struck by lightning several times, and visitors can easily see the scars of these impacts.
You may see wildlife along on your journey. Be certain to enter your sightings in the Wildlife Guide at the Main Office. Everyone enjoys reading what others have seen and experienced.