Local residents do not have to travel to far-away locations to enjoy some family-friendly activities this summer. With very little effort or expense, families can take advantage of all the Adirondack region has to offer, without ever leaving their backyards!
Those looking for a quick getaway or something to cure the summer doldrums should stop by any of the following local attractions:
The Adirondack Museum tells stories of the people - past and present - who have lived, worked, and played in the unique place that is the Adirondack Park.
Summer 2010 will offer several special exhibits at the Adirondack Museum. They celebrate food and the pleasures of eating in the Adirondack Park with a new exhibition, "Let's Eat! Adirondack Food Traditions."
A "Wild, Unsettled Country: Early Reflections of the Adirondacks" will show paintings, maps, prints, and photographs that illustrate the untamed Adirondack wilderness discovered by early artists, cartographers, and photographers. For information about all that the museum has to offer, please call 352-7311, or visit www.adirondackmuseum.org.
Wakely Lodge Golf Course & Restaurant
The 9-hole "Wakely Lodge" course at the Wakely Lodge Golf Course facility in Indian Lake, New York features 2,549 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 34 . Designed by Richard Fletcher/Thomas O'Brian, the Wakely Lodge golf course opened in 1969. Thomas O'Brian manages the course as the General Manager.
This course, nestled in the middle of the Adirondack Park, is surrounded by mountains. This is a place where golfing and nature blend to make a serene paradise. The fairways are relaxing to walk down, but are challenging to play, and the greens are well manicured. The course offers a gift and pro shop. A lunch room and lounge are open daily. The main dining room overlooks a private lake. The restaurant serves dinners, private parties, bus tours and banquets by reservation.
The course is located at 110 Cedar River Road and greens fees are reasonable. For more information or a tee time, call 648 - 5011.
Adirondack Buffalo Company
The Adirondack Buffalo Company, owned and operated by Dorreen and Steve Ossenkop is located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains in North Hudson and the 100+ acre farm is home to a herd of about 50 North American Plains Bison, commonly known as "American Buffalo".
The Adirondack Buffalo Company's Bison are free to roam the entire farm and form a natural grazing herd and raised hormone and antibiotic free. Because of this natural upbringing, the bison can not be handled, but can be observed from the farm's gift shop and observation deck.
The gift shop also features bison products, fresh produce, baked goods and souvenirs. A line of rustic furniture has also been added to the gift shop.
For information call 532-9466 or visit www.AdirondackBuffaloCompany.com.
Of course, it's easy to relax knowing your belongings are safe at home. Mahoney Alarms of Glens Falls offers security systems for all needs.
Mahoney utilizes advanced technological equipment and works with the safety concerns of the area's largest industries, museums, financial institutions, schools, historical sites, farms, great Adirondack camps and residential homes, both large and small to maintain, repair and monitor all types of alarm systems.
For more information or a free security consultation, call 523-1600 or visit www.mahoneyalarms.com.
Stagecoach Antiques & Home Decor
Stagecoach Antiques & Home Decor is located at 5 Olmstedville Road in Pottersville and pride themselves in bring a "Customer Friendly Shoppe" specializing in antiques, collectibles, ephemera, glass, furniture, hand crafted wood toys, pictures, porcelain, pottery, candles, greeting cards and much more.
On July 14 the shop will host an "Appraisal Day" from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. People can bring up to two items to the store for a free appraisal of their value. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, call Stagecoach Antiques & Home Decor at 494-3192.
Up Yonda Farm
The natural beauty of the Adirondacks is what Up Yanda Farm prides itself in. Operated by Warren County Parks, Recreation & Railroad, they offer 73 acres of land overlooking Lake George that is host to public nature programs on a variety of topics presented year round.
Natural history exhibits featuring a diorama with native mammals and birds are housed in the museum. Hiking trails offer the opportunity to view wildlife the perennial gardens are home to a butterfly garden from June to Sept. Special programs for schools and groups are available by reservation.
Up Yanda Farm has many summer programs planned, which are posted on their website at www.upyondafarm.com. For more information, call 644-9767.