North Country Living

A tour of the Hotel Saranac shows progress but plenty of work left to do

SARANAC LAKE - Step inside the Hotel Saranac's first floor, and you might wonder whether this project will ever be done.The space doesn't look much different than it did eight months ago, when the Enterprise got a peek inside the building that's undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation by ...

Road map to summer arts

While the list of things to do outdoors on a sunny, warm day in the Adirondacks is a mile long, residents and visitors may find cultural options to be not as obvious or expansive. Therefore, we have put together a road map of artistic destinations for your adventures this summer, a document you ...

Airbn-boom

UPPER JAY - When cheese makers Margot Brooks and Alex Eaton bought the 22-acre plot that became their Sugar House Creamery back in 2012, one of the first things the couple did was create vacation rental spaces. After a trip to France, the plan was to list the space on Airbnb, the peer-to-peer ...

Barrel niche

WILMINGTON - "You probably shouldn't print this in the paper because people will think I'm crazy, but you have to get the wood thinking in the right direction," Bob Hockert said with a laugh Tuesday afternoon.And without context that statement is, well, a little crazy. But Hockert and his team ...

A new class of voters

SARANAC LAKE - Like millions of teenagers across the country, Chloe Peer will vote in a presidential election for the first time this fall.You might think she's excited, but the Saranac Lake High School senior says that's not exactly the case, and she doesn't think she's alone."I think that as ...

Adirondack Renaissance man

LONG LAKE - There is a secret to Jamie Sutliff's success as a screenwriter, novelist, artist and musician, a seemingly paradoxical trick he is happy to reveal with a smile to anyone willing to listen."The secret is you convince yourself that you will never make it, so you're just in it for the ...

Making connections

LAKE PLACID - The Breakfast Club, Etc. on Main Street opened up last Thursday for a special event featuring drinks, hors d'oeuvres and popular board games.Cabin Fever Game Night was hosted by the Tri-Lakes Young Professionals, a group formed in April 2015 to help working professionals between ...

Something for everyone

SARANAC LAKE - The sound of kids running and playing and generally having a good time likely brings a smile to your face. And with a deluge of youth soccer options in the area, there is a better chance than ever to hear those squeals of joy.All three towns in the Tri-Lakes have youth soccer ...

Cookie Monster’s last bite

SARANAC LAKE - Annelies Cook remembers being very nervous, almost sick, before the start of the race.It was the women's 4x6-kilometer relay, held a week ago Friday at the International Biathlon Union's World Championships in Oslo, Norway.The 31-year-old Saranac Lake native has skied in ...

Getaway’s lasting legacy

SARANAC LAKE - Once upon a time, The Getaway was a home away from home for kids who wanted to play their music loud. Today, some of those kids have grown up to become full-fledged musicians or otherwise make their livings in the music industry, and, to hear them tell it, that may never have ...

Beyond the scenery

LAKE PLACID - Looking out over the High Peaks at the top of the Olympic ski jumps, 13-year-old Jesus "Bubba" Willis couldn't believe what he was seeing."When you realize this isn't a picture," Willis said to several of his friends, peering through the ski jump's chain link fence, "it's real ...

Muscle up

SARANAC LAKE - Family.That's one of the words that keeps popping up as people think about why they like to work out at Rock Hard Fitness in Saranac Lake.There were about a half dozen people working out Monday evening in the gym, and even though they were there for different reasons, they all ...

Chief’s puppet goes on tour

SARANAC LAKE - If only Saranac Lake Fire Chief Brendan Keough's ventriloquist act had been a little better.For months, members of the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department have carried out an elaborate practical joke on their chief. It started when Keough tried to put on what volunteers say ...

Fire and Ice returns to Tupper

TUPPER LAKE - As Saranac Lakers enjoy the last few days of Winter Carnival 2016, Tupper Lakers are gearing up for their very own winter celebration, the Fire and Ice Festival.Last year's inaugural event surprised many who doubted its organizers could pull it off. Lead organizer Christine ...

The road to Whiteface

LAKE PLACID - When Josh Suskewicz looks at mountain towns and ski resorts across the country, he sees the "ultimate opportunity" for destinations like Whiteface Mountain.The Brooklyn-based partner at the innovation consulting firm Innosight and frequent skier foresees the evolution of social ...

Skiing and chuckling all the way

SARANAC LAKE - It all started when Joe Pete Wilson was a kid. His parents worked and lived in Lake Placid, where he was born, but they bought a farm in Keene when he was still a young'un.There was a sugarbush at the farm, and there was no way to use skis when collecting the heavy buckets of ...

Seeking shelter for the homeless

SARANAC LAKE - You likely won't see them sleeping on sidewalks, curled up inside cardboard boxes or panhandling on the street.Here, they live in cars, tents in the woods or abandoned houses. If they're lucky, they'll stay on a friend's or relative's couch for a few days."People think we don't ...

APO connects humans to space

TUPPER LAKE - Once upon a time, Tim Moeller and Marc Staves rubbed two nickels together, and the Adirondack Public Observatory was born.Staves, the chairman of the observatory, said he told a version of that story at the facility's grand opening ceremony on Big Wolf Drive in 2014. It's the ...

First Night turns 10, looks forward

SARANAC LAKE - First Night Saranac Lake Event Coordinators Nancy LaBombard and Connie Landon came into First Night's 10th year planning to bring back many favorite acts from past years while mixing in a few new ones."Let's get somebody big that the people like and bring in some new stuff, too," ...

Hot shots

Top Enterprise staff photos of 2015: news edition