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Attractions in the Lake Champlain Valley – High Peaks – New York/ Vermont Region

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum 4472 Basin Harbor Rd. Vergennes, VT 05491 A non-profit organization for preserving and sharing the heritage of Lake Champlain. Member of the Vermont Museum and Gallery Alliance and Council of American Maritime Museums. Operating with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Alice T. Miner Colonial Collection & Museum – Located in Chazy, N.Y. on Route 9 north of Plattsburgh. Opened in 1924, the museum was created by Alice T. Miner, a pioneer in the colonial revivement movement and wife of William H. Miner, railroad industrialist. You will see 15 rooms filled with period furniture, miniature furniture, a vast china collection, porcelain and glass, a superb collection of early samplers and other textiles, War of 1812 muskets, Revolutionary War cannon balls, dolls and other early Americana. Open: Feb. – Dec. 22. Tues. – Sat., 10 – 4. Admission charge.


Lake Champlain Bikeways
Lake Champlain Bikeways Clearinghouse c/o Lake Champlain Visitors Center 814 Bridge Road, Crown Point, NY 12928. Lake Champlain Bikeways’ mission is to promote bicycling throughout the Lake Champlain regions of New York, Vermont and Quebec for the purposes of increasing opportunities for bicycle recreation and transportation, improving the quality of life, enhancing the economic vitality, advocating for sustainable communities, encouraging healthy lifestyles, and raising public awareness and appreciation of inherent scenic, historic, cultural, natural and recreational resources throughout the area.Cyclists who ride in the Champlain Valley know it has all the right ingredients for a premier bicycle touring destination: peaceful country roads, picturesque villages, breathtaking scenery, charming B&B’s and inns, country stores and farmstands, bicycle tour outfitters, impressive historic sites and museums, lovely shoreline parks and campgrounds, convenient connections to passenger rail lines and ferry crossings, and access to numerous lakes and rivers.

Clinton County Historical Museum – 48 Court Street, downtown Plattsburgh, N.Y. The museum interprets the area’s history on Lake Champlain. Collections feature Redford glass, Staffordshire china, portraiture, photographs and textiles. Special exhibitions are regularly presented. Open: Year round. Tues. – Fri., 12 – 4. Sat., 1 – 4. Admission charge.

1812 Homested – Located in Willsboro, the Homestead is a fascinating working farm and museum of. the 1800’s. The complex includes a farmhouse originally built as a tavern in 1812, where you might sample cornbread from the hearth; a woodshop where you might help the hired man make cedar shakes or split rails; a cabin, where you might hand dip your own candle; and a one room schoolhouse. Not to mention gardens, oxen, sheep and livestock. Student programs, are offered throughout the school year, with “hands on” experiences including dipping candles, woodwork, feeding the animals, attending lessons in the schoolhouse, baking on the hearth, spinning wool, pressing cider, boiling maple syrup, making soap and cheese, blacksmithing, and learning Native American lore and skills. The 1812 Homestead Nature Trail is designed for curriculum-related ecological study. Special events include craft workshops, a spring Maple Sugaring Festival., a fall Apple Fest, a Hearthside Thanksgiving and a Carol Sing in December. Open: Daily from July 1 to Columbus Day, 12-4pm.-Speclal tours & events may be arranged year-round.

 

Art Museum at Plattsburgh State – Plattsburgh State University, Plattsburgh, N.Y. An extensive array of permanent and changing exhibits. Among its features are the Rockwell Kent Gallery, housing the largest collection anywhere of works by Rockwell Kent; the Nina Winkel Sculpture Court, the largest space in the nation devoted to the sculpture of one woman; the Burke Gallery, used for changing historical and contemporary exhibitions; the Myers Lobby Gallery, used to display student art; the Sculpture Park and Sculpture Terrace. Open: Year round except major holidays and Dec. 24 – Jan. 3. Daily, 12 – 4. Free.

 

Kent-Delord House – 17 Cumberland Avenue, Plattsburgh, N.Y. An exceptional museum, home of the Delord family for three generations (1810 – 1913). Furnished with family belongings, including a collection of 18th and 19th century furniture, Canton porcelain, Royal Crown Derby, Sandwich glass and monogrammed silver. Family portraits are attributed to well known early American artists. The Federal-style garden was laid out according to an 1812 design. Other gardens include a colorful Victorian garden, antique roses and a garden of herbs. The barn provides space for many programs, including summer concerts. Open: March – December. Tues. – Fri., 9 – 4; Sat., 12 – 4. Admission charge.

Battle of Plattsburgh Interpretive Center – Located in City Hall, downtown Plattsburgh, N.Y. The Center features a diorama and exhibits telling the story of the Battle of Plattsburgh in 1814. It is an excellent place to begin your exploration of the rich military history of Plattsburgh and the Champlain Valley. Free.



Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks

Betsy Lowe
PO Box 897
Tupper Lake,NY12986
Franklin County
Website: http://www.adknature.org
Description: The Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks will be a new state of the art museum with live aquarium type exhibits, mulimedia exhibits, grand hall, panoramic theater, educational classrooms, outdoor observation tower and more in Tupper Lake, Franklin County.

Santa’s Workshop
Stephanie Gates
Whiteface Memorial Hwy
North Pole,NY12946
Essex County
Website: http://www.northpoleny.com
Description: Home workshop & mailing address for Santa Claus, his helpers, storybook friends and reindeer team. A family tradition since 1949.

Spirit Of Plattsburgh
Gwendy Lauritzen
348 Flynn Ave
Burlington,VT05401-5015
Website: http://SOEA.com
Description: Spirit of Plattsburgh – 500 passenger cruise ship. Daily narrated scenic tours, lunch, brunch, dinner, murder mystery, variety show, lobster dinner cruises. Available for private charters- weddings, corporate outings, conventions, three decks – 2 enclosed and heated, top open air deck. On board food & beverage. May – October.

Whiteface Mountain Ski Center
Bridget Hinman
PO Box 1980
Wilmington,NY12997
Essex County
Website: http://www.whiteface.com
Description: Summer scenic gondola rides, mountain biking program and ski center.


Adirondack Museum

Ann Carroll
PO Box 99
Blue Mountain Lake,NY12812
Hamilton County
Website: http://www.adirondackmuseum.org
Description: Adirondack Museum-The Adirondacks Come Alive! at the Adirondack Museum. “Called the best of its kind in the world,” by the New York Times. Exciting new exhibits and programs each year. Twenty indoor/outdoor exhibit areas explore how people lived,moved, worked and played in the Adirondacks. Museum Store and Lake View Cafe.

Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Doug Masters
PO Box 84
Thendara,NY13472
Essex County
Website: http://www.adriondackrr.com
Description: 3 Separate train rides into the Adirondacks. 1) Lake Placid station to Saranac Lake Union Depot-roundtrips either way 2) 1 1/4 hour trips out of Thendara (Old Forge). 3) 108 mile round trips 4) Train robberies, murder mysteries and private cocktail events. from Utica to Thendara (Old Forge)

Ausable Chasm Company – Natural attraction-fabulous views, nature trail, gentle float rides via raft. Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks.

Carman Brook Maple & Dairy Farm – Tour our state-of-the-art family owned maple sugarhouse. Learn how milk is produced in our new cow comfort tie-stall barn. Educational

Cold Hollow Cider Mill – The Cider Mill features a large cider press that operates year ’round, a cider jelly making room, natural ingredient bakery, and impressive retail store.

Essex County Fair – 8/12, Tuesday through 8/17, Sunday, Fair for all ages, Amusements,4H Shows, Entertainment, and Rides all for one price

Hildene – Robert Todd Lincoln s historic home in Manchester Vermont on 412 acres with formal gardens. Original furnishings and personal belongings of the Lincoln family. Open for tours May through October.

Kent-Delord House Museum – 19th century family life, furniture, portraits, Battle of Plattsburgh, War of 1812 – 17 Cumberland Ave., Plattsburgh, NY, 12901.

Lake Placid Marina – One hour scenic narrated boat cruises in fully enclosed tour boats. See many of the spectacular Adirondack camps on this 16mile trip. Mid May – Mid October. 

Natural Stone Bridge & Caves – 535 Stone Bridge Road Pottersville 

Spirit of Ethan Allen 2 – cruise Ship and Banquet Facility

Stowe Area Association – Central Reservations and visitor information center for Stowe – welcoming visitors for over 200 years to our mountain village. Visit our website to find out more! www.gostowe.com

The Sugarmill Farm Maple Museum – free admission to maple museum, self guided tour to maple sugar house and beautiful maple orchard. free samples of maple syrup.Convenient rest area stop with restroom facilities & picnic sites.

The Vermont Wildflower Farm – 6 Acres of wildflowers, home of America’s #1 wildflower seed for every region. Large gift and bookshop. Open 10-5, 7 days, April – Late October. On Rt. 7 5m. South of Shelburne Museum.

Vermont Wildflower Farm – The east’s No. 1 Wildflower Seed Center with 6 acres to stroll, theatre show. Gifts, seed for all US. On Rt 7 five mi. s. of Shelburne. Opn. Apr-Oct, 10-5, seven days wk.