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Maple Weekend

Freshly boiled maple syrup fills the air with a distinctively sweet smell as Mickey Maynard sits down to a piping-hot, maple-infused breakfast in a pancake house. He’s just a few steps from the Parker Family Maple Farm sugarhouse.“We look forward to Maple Weekend every spring to celebrate the end of a long winter with family and friends,” Maynard, a Lake Champlain fishing charter captain, says. Maynard is not alone. For the past 20 years, Maple Weekend has been a staple of early spring in upstate New York. In late March and early April, locals and tourists alike crowd into sugar…

Therapy Two Stories Up

(DoNorth/Kayla Breen) Two stories above downtown Plattsburgh in a rustic brick-walled room of the Adirondack Wellness Alliance, Kristin Moore skillfully massages a completely-relaxed client. Moore practices extreme focus and precision in tailoring her touch to her client’s specific needs. “I think that labels like ‘deep-tissue’ or ‘Swedish massage’ are just guiding terms,” Moore says, beginning to explain her massage method. “For me, it’s all about understanding each unique client’s body, muscles and needs.” Moore’s talent in feeling for problem areas is so advanced that she practices reiki, a Japanese technique utilizing touch to transfer energy which alleviates stress and promotes…

Cycling the Saranac

          (DoNorth/Tim Behuniak) The sun sets. The lake’s reflection mirrors the sun’s orange, reddish-hues as the clouds gather. Isaac Hardy adjusts his helmet. His red-and-yellow checkered skinsuit stands out on this cloudy day. Gracefully, he mounts his bicycle and glides down the Saranac River bike trail. To his left, college students shuffle across the grass to kick the soccer ball into the goal. To his right, a man fishes in the river. The deep-blue waves crash against the boulders. A man wearing thigh-high rubber boots stands by one of the boulders as he diligently waits to catch…

Plattsburgh Then vs. Now

(DoNorth/Jessica Blondell) Plattsburgh City Beach THEN: Judging by the beach attire and the cars scattered along the beach, Roger Black, Clinton County Historical Society volunteer of historic photos, estimates this photo was taken in the early 1920s. When the weather warmed up and the beach welcomed visitors, people from the surrounding Plattsburgh area and into Canada would park their cars on beach and bask in the sun with friends and family. NOW: The Plattsburgh City Beach is one of the largest freshwater beaches in the United States, according to the City of Plattsburgh Parks and Recreation Department, and has views…

Hops to it

  (DoNorth/Kevin McAvey) Winter weather welcomes darker beer — stouts and porters. With the exception of a few flagship pilsners and pale ales, lighter beers tend to drop off the taps in correlation with the temperatures. In a nation with an ever-growing thirst for microbrews, the upstate region of New York has adopted the trend as more variety in local establishments emerge day-by-day. Visit these downtown Plattsburgh bars that offer craft brews on draft. Hobie’s Sports Den (68 Margaret St., 518-562-1000) Hobie’s is a cozy brick-walled sports bar with a menu ranging from pizza and pasta to salads and burgers.…

Miner Details

  (DoNorth/Kayla Breen) Alice and William Miner are well-known names in Plattsburgh and Chazy. This influential couple of the early 20th century dedicated their time to humanitarian purposes, creating a series of public institutions that has enriched and educated the Clinton County community. The Alice T. Miner Museum and the Kent-Delord House Museum are just two remnants of a past that reflects the relentless work and impressive legacy Alice and William Miner left.   Alice T. Miner Museum Alice herself established the Alice T. Miner Museum in 1924. The building that houses the museum was first built in 1814; the…

Taking Flight

(DoNorth/Kayla Breen)   The concrete runway at Plattsburgh International Airport stretches for nearly two miles, disappearing into the Adirondack peaks. For over half a century, everything from military bomber and tanker aircraft to commercial and jet airplanes have landed on this runway. The terminal was built on the former U.S. Air Force Base, utilizing aviation access, hanger storage and hundreds of acres of industrial land. The 2,000-acre airport began as a Strategic Air Command (SAC) heavy bomber base in the 1950s and was later reassigned in 1991 as an Air Refueling Wing. Hosting an Air Force meant big planes, and…

Biodôme and Planetarium

  (DoNorth/Jessica Blondell) From the corners of the continents to the ends of the universe, Montreal delivers an escape from the cold outdoors during the winter and spring months. Watch a star show across the Milky Way to Mars or venture through ecosystems from around the world. It all begins at Montreal’s Space for Life. Space for Life includes all things flora, fauna and extraterrestrial. Humans can connect with the natural elements that surround them as they explore The Biodome, Insectarium, Botanical Garden and Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. Planetarium Inside the Milky Way Theater at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium,…

Au Bord du Lac – Rouses Point, NY

  (DoNorth/Kayla Breen) Au Bord du Lac is a cozy lakefront bed and breakfast situated on the northwestern shore of Lake Champlain. The four-bedroom establishment in the village of Rouses Point sits back from the road a bit and offers seasonal views of the lake in every room. A large wrap-around porch offers visitors stunning views of the sunrise over Vermont’s Green Mountains and the lighthouse on Windmill Point. Owners Anne and Bill Carey offer a continental breakfast and serve coffee, tea, water and juice throughout the day. Originally, the building was a private residence. It was later transformed into…

Bird is the Word

(DoNorth/Jessica Blondell) Clinton County is a haven for wild feathered friends. Check out what to bring, where to go, species to look for and a few good references to bring on a birding adventure. What you’ll need: Binoculars William Krueger, birding enthusiast and author, suggests buying a nice pair of binoculars to have the best experience birding. “Don’t go cheap,” he says. “Spend at least $150 minimum or up to $250 for a good pair. Don’t go over the top though, like $2,000 on a pair, if you’re just starting out in case you don’t like it.” Notebook and pencil:…

Shopping Through the Decades

(DoNorth/Kayla Breen) From Raggedy Ann dolls and Little Lulu books, to wooden dressers and vintage coins, the Antique & Variety Mall welcomes anyone who is curious for nostalgia and hungry for a second-hand treasure. Located in the heart of downtown Plattsburgh, this 36-year-old antique shop is filled with charm, clutter and hundreds of handcrafted, antique and contemporary items that take visitors on a journey from past to present. Antique & Variety Mall operates as a group shop consisting of 52 vendors who each sell their own items. One-of-a-kind jewelry, vintage clothing, hard-to-find books, vinyl records and antique furniture are just…

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