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Adirondack Culinary Arts

The Adirondacks & the Lake Champlain Valley of Upstate New York & Vermont have long been known for their truly unique & varied cuisine ranging from fresh caught native brook trout cooked over an open campfire to world class dining at five star resorts.

In the internationally acclaimed City of Saratoga Springs, diners can choose from over fifty exciting restaurants with menus featuring everything from spicy Mexican foods to hearty home-cooked meals. If romantic candle light dining in a Great Camp setting appeals to you, the beautiful Saranac Lake and Lake Placid region offers an unparalleled experience. Because of the abundant fish and game found throughout the Adirondacks, visitors have the opportunity to sample such native culinary delights as smoked venison, roast duck, and fresh rainbow trout.

We invite you to take a virtual tour of some of our most popular travel destinations including Saratoga Springs, Ballston Spa, Glens Falls, Lake George, Ticonderoga, Old Forge, Blue Mt. Lake, Canton, Watertown, Saranac Lake, Lake Placid (host of the 1932 & 1980 winter Olympics) and the City of Plattsburgh. In neighboring Vermont, experience the beauty of Lake Champlain and the Lake Champlain Valley featuring the historic communities of Burlington, Shelburne, Charlotte, Vergennes, Middlebury, St. Albans, and the Grand Isles of NW Vermont.

Kitchen Design

If you are interested in interior design and looking to specialize in designing beautiful kitchens that take into consideration style, use and function – an online kitchen design school may be right for you. Designing a kitchen is a very personal project and you must work closely with the user of the proposed kitchen. In many kitchens space is limited, so multi purpose and multi functional spaces are worked into a good design. Redesigning a kitchen doesn’t always have to be a major expense. In fact, with smart designing skills you can redo a kitchen for a fraction of what is the industry standard. A good online design school can start you on your way.

The Culinary Arts program at Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks was founded on the principle of learning by doing. Many of today’s local chefs learned their trade at Paul Smith’s.

Students in Baking and Pastry Arts are preparing for careers in the growing hospitality industry, and upon completion can expect to find positions in hotels, resorts, and restaurants. This career path develops skills and knowledge necessary for employment in a variety of baking and pastry establishments.

Examples of these positions include:
Baker, Baker’s Helper, Pastry Cook, Assistant Pastry Chef, and Bakery Manager.
This fast paced industry offers many opportunities for advancement.
Whether rolling dough, piping decorations, pulling sugar or preparing and finishing desserts, pastry students are taught the basics ranging from classical to contemporary preparations. Emphasis in a baking and pastry arts program is placed on teaching advanced pastry skills and providing managerial training while covering all aspects of pastry preparations, presentation and service at international standards. With hands-on experience emphasized throughout the program, students spend approximately three quarters of their training time performing practical work in food preparation. The skills and knowledge acquired in a Pastry Arts program helps graduates to advance their careers at an accelerated pace.

Many Culinary Schools specialize in teaching the skills involved in :

  • Advanced Wine & Spirits Studies
  • Art of Cooking
  • Baking & Pastry Arts
  • Catering & Banquet Operations
  • Culinary Arts
  • Culinary Arts & Restaurant Ownership
  • Culinary/Restaurant Management
  • Entrepreneurship & Restaurant Ownership
  • Foundation in Wine & Wine Service
  • Fundamentals of Restaurant Baking
  • Fundamentals of Restaurant Pastry
  • Hospitality & Restaurant Business Management
  • Intermediate Studies in Wines & Spirits
  • Pastry Arts
  • Professional Baking & Pastry
  • Professional Catering
  • Professional Cooking
  • Restaurant & Catering Management

Adirondack Shopping

Shopping is at its best in the Adirondacks – we showcase the regions finest boutiques, galleries, stores and antique & craft shops throughout Upstate New York, the Lake Champlain Valley & the Adirondacks. The Adirondack Region has been renowned for its shopping, hospitality and lodging since the turn of the century when the rich and famous constructed spectacular Great Camps and huge rustic hotels during the “Gilded Age”. Today, visitors have their pick from a wide and eclectic assortment of shopping and services ranging from Adirondack gifts, rustic furniture, crafts and artwork to household items, pet care and lawn and garden equipment. gives you everything you need to know to plan your trip online when visiting Upstate New York and the Adirondacks.