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Dana’s Rusty Anchor

(Do North/Natasha Courter) Different sunset hues of oranges, pinks, and blues dance off Lake Champlain and frame the historic Valcour Lighthouse. Its sturdy and stark red brick, a bulwark jutting out of the verdant island forest that surrounds it. As the last sailboats tack past, seemingly close enough to touch. The spectacular view from the lakeside deck at Dana’s Rusty Anchor makes for more than a meal; it’s an event every spring and summer evening. The RustyAnchor, a seafood restaurant and bar, is the sort of place you can race past if you’re not looking, a fairly nondescript building on…

Brewfest: Where Local Brewers Showcase

This summer, sand between the feet of the Cumberland Bay State Park visitors, music vibrating through their ears and the sun-kissed summer glow will pair well with cold local craft brews — thanks to Plattsburgh’s Brewfest on Tap, a beachside festival by beer aficionados of the local community. Brewfest on Tap, a festival to showcase beers and ciders Aug. 1, is a way to help support local businesses and encourage people to join in on the brewing fun, says Erin Frey, the vice president of Adirondack Cider Company, who helped organize the event. “You get to talk to the people…

Three Amazing Down to Earth Farm Vacations

Sitting on the back deck, watching the cattle graze in the huge field while guitar riffs and melodic voices drifted in the summer breeze, I found no better relaxing farm experience than at Conroy’s Organics’ annual Barbecue Nights.

The Right Time for Pie at Noon Mark Diner

Keene Valley, nestled between I-87 and Lake Placid, may be the sweetest spot in the Adirondack Park — and not only for the majestic rock slabs and peaks in its backyard. While climbers and hikers use the village’s central location to springboard themselves up their next cracked face or 46er, Keene Valley isn’t simply a quaint pass-through on the path to adventure. One reason: pie. For many outdoor enthusiasts, stopping for homemade pie at Keene Valley’s Noon Mark Diner has become a staple of the Adirondack experience. And regardless of where visitors rank Noon Mark pie alongside other Adirondack favorites…

Clare & Carl's

Experience the North Country Michigan

(Do North/Natasha Courter) In the North Country, there is this thing they call a Michigan. The steamed, red-skinned hotdog cradled in a custom-made bun, beneath a light touch of mustard, diced onion and seasoned meat sauce makes for a unique breed of comfort food. For over half a century, Michigans have been the uncontested taste of the region. There is no wrong place to grab a Michigan. Able establishments pepper the landscape from Keeseville to Malone, and I have yet to visit one that hasn’t mastered the mysterious dog. McSweeney’s, Gus’ and every stand, deli or restaurant that serves the…

Plattsburgh’s Take on Asian Cuisine

  Craving some far Eastern cuisine? Don’t waste time traveling across the world to Asia. Step into Plattsburgh’s colorful Himalayan restaurant or the ornate Koto. What about the homey Sawatdee? Each restaurant offers something unique for Plattsburgh’s residents and visitors. Dark-wood décor and dim lighting welcome visitors into Koto Japanese Steakhouse, followed by the sounds of knives slapping the grill and chicken sizzling at the hibachi tables. Traditional meals such as sukiyaki, a stew that consists of beef, vegetables and rice, delight guests at Koto. “The sushi is amazing,” says Sara Mattson, a Koto regular. “I tend to come here…

Duke's

Duke’s Diner’s Challenging Breakfast

What’s the best way to conquer a 3-pound breakfast burrito loaded with ham, eggs, cheese, home fries, onions, peppers and salsa? Grab a knife, cut in and take the first bite. Duke’s Diner in Plattsburgh has been a breakfast staple in the community for more than 15 years. A few years ago, owner Chris Duquette noticed a trend in culinary contests on television and made one himself: a 2-pound breakfast burrito. Later, thinking 2 pounds wasn’t enough, Duquette shoved another pound of deliciousness inside to create a monster. This wicked burrito gives eaters more than a victory shirt — they…

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Cold, Hard Drinks of the North Country

There is no ignoring the North Country’s winter. Local business owners know that better than anyone. But where some see nuisance, others see opportunity. The Adirondack Coast’s rapidly expanding adult-beverage business uses the region’s unique chill to produce distinctive beverages. Ice spirits offer a sweet and sophisticated example of what all dessert beverages should be: low-alcohol, refreshing and flavorful. Concocting these drinks requires far more than cold temperature. The practice, adopted from our northern neighbors in Canada, demands precise labor and know-how. These factors make ice high-end alcohols increasingly popular. The term “ice” does not refer to the temperature that…

Bechard’s Sugar House Sells Sweet, Sugary Treats

Maple candy hangs on the rack next to a tub of maple cream with spoons. The sweet scent from a fresh batch of maple coffee drifts through the sugar house. Maple tea bags and maple sugar lie next to each other on a stand. A stack of home recipes for treats like maple-glazed carrots and maple-cheesecake bars await. Good luck resisting. Bechard’s Sugar House near West Chazy, New York, is surrounded by 300 sugar maple trees and 450 maple taps. Sap gradually travels from the taps through a network of lines into the main line, where it is collected by…

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