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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…

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.…

Anthony’s Restaurant and Bistro delivers first-rate fare

(DoNorth/Kayla Breen) What began as a 19th-century farmhouse was transformed into a contemporary restaurant inspired by French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish cuisine. Anthony’s Restaurant and Bistro is home – with a European twist. In 1980, Anthony’s opened as an Italian gourmet restaurant and two years later adopted a continental/European menu. Scott Murray has been there from almost the beginning. In 1983, Murray was hired as the executive chef. By 2009, he bought the place. Since then, Anthony’s has welcomed customers with its warm ambiance, dedicated staff and versatile menu. “Our menu is designed to be really comfortable,” Murray says. One…

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…

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