North Country Living

An Airbnb haven in Jay

JAY — The main road into AuSable Acres is nondescript, a winding strip of pavement tightly surrounded by dense foliage. From AuSable Drive, narrow dirt roads with nature-themed names branch out, dotted with Swiss chalet-style, A-frame homes obscured by clusters of greenery. This quiet, ...

Summer student staff

For many, Monday, Aug. 26 was just another start to a work week, but for the high school students with summer jobs around the Tri-Lakes, it marked the start of their last week of work before the school year begins. Summer jobs are a staple of high school life; they provide a chance to earn ...

Fire towers get second life a century on

SARANAC LAKE -- For hikers and snowshoers in the Adirondacks, it's hard to imagine a park with no fire towers. But 30 years ago, the state planned on removing most of the metal towers that adorn Adirondack peaks. They had been out of use, and many were dangerous and -- literally -- in danger ...

Finding balance in art

SARANAC LAKE — This village is known for its recreation, proximity to nature and quirkiness — “Decidedly Different” is its official marketing motto — and also for its abundance of artists. One day it may be home to more full-time artists. To understand the current layout of the ...

Route 73 conundrum

KEENE VALLEY — This past weekend 109 hikers, in at least 43 vehicles, checked in at the Rooster Comb Mountain trailhead. They came from as far away as London, England. The ones who parked legally pulled into a small slab of asphalt off of state Route 73 with a capacity of roughly 18 cars. ...

Big Tupper in limbo, again

TUPPER LAKE — Mount Morris is an ever-present force here. The trails of the Big Tupper Ski Area on its north face are visible from most places in town, tracing veins down the mountain, veins that used to flow with skiers. It’s been four years since skiers and snowboarders have been ...

APIPP helps transform preserve

WILLSBORO — For the last four years, the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy — along with private land owners, local government leaders and volunteers — has worked to transform more than 100 acres in Willsboro into an accessible nature preserve. After years of abuse — ...

Saranac Lake Surge homecoming

SARANAC LAKE — This spring, area baseball fans found out there was going to be a new team in town competing in an independent professional league. After waiting for the season to begin in mid-June, and then waiting for the team to wrap up two road trips to start the schedule, fans ...

The art of the new

In 2018, the Depot Theatre celebrated its 40th anniversary with a trio of productions that hearkened back to the past: “Always, Patsy Cline,” “The 39 Steps” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” All three had been produced in a previous season at the Depot and were selected based, in part, ...

Vacation Photo Contest

The Vacation Photo Contest was judged by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise staff, based on originality, locale and photo quality. Prizes were awarded to the winners. Look for more vacation photos of your neighbors in the upcoming weeks’ North Country Living sections.

2019 Vacation Photo Contest winners

The 2019 Vacation Photo Contest was judged by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise staff, based on originality, locale and photo quality. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Look for more vacation photos of your neighbors in the upcoming weeks’ North Country Living sections.

Silver Lake Mountain goodbye

Birds scream in vowels on this Sunday morning. It’s probably not just a Sunday thing, probably more a spring thing — about this blue sky and 60-degree day. Still not easy put into pen and ink, but hear me out, these birds are putting the “EEeeeiieeE” in “SprEEeeeiieeEng” here ...

Pendragon’s sexton

SARANAC LAKE — Kent Streed’s closet is unlike any other. Most people might have a few pairs of shoes, workout gear, a set of formal clothes for weddings and funerals, and that flannel an ex gave you seven years ago that you just can’t seem to get rid of. Streed has military ...

PHOTOS: Saranac Lake’s spring cleanup

SARANAC LAKE — Spring is here, and it’s time to spruce up and get some work done in the great outdoors. Shovels, brooms, rakes, backpack blowers, wheelbarrows and even jackhammers were some the tools of the trade in these photos of people taking advantage of wonderful weather this ...

Diversity in the North Country

Every New Yorker funds the protection and maintenance of the Adirondack Park, but not all New Yorkers enjoy it, particularly people of color. Two black authors who have written about their experiences growing up in the North Country tell different stories of inclusion, community and ...

Egan not quite ready to retire

LAKE PLACID — A year ago, Lake Placid-based biathlete Clare Egan was getting ready for one more World Cup season before hanging up her skis and rifle at the age of 31. But after claiming her first podium and finishing the season ranked 18th in the world, Egan has changed her tune and is ...

APA board in transition

RAY BROOK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo could potentially reshape the state Adirondack Park Agency for years to come this summer. With seven appointments to the APA board up in the air, Adirondack environmental groups see potential in so many open seats, but also said the current makeup of the ...

PHOTOS: ECAC overtime thriller

LAKE PLACID — Saturday, March 23 was one great night for the Clarkson Golden Knights. It had been a dozen years since the Clarkson men’s hockey team last captured the ECAC postseason title, and that tough stretch came to an end at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid as the Golden Knights ...

Wading through the red tape

TUPPER LAKE — There’s a saying: “The wheels of government turn slow,” basically meaning that if you want to get anything done through the government, it’s going to take a while. But in Tupper Lake, a group of people has discovered that through persistence, those wheels can be ...