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2018 Best Of The Adirondacks in Raquette Lake and Long Lake!

The Adirondack.net voters have spoken and events and businesses in Long Lake and Raquette Lake have been chosen as some of the top five businesses in their category or categories for 2018. See all the winners here to see how our local businesses stacked up against the Adirondack competitors. Congratulations to the Long Lake and Raquette Lake events and businesses making the cut!  

For a complete list of winners click here

Best Winter Carnival: 5th. Long Lake Winter Carnival

Best Tours & Guides: 3. Raquette Lake Navigation

Raquette Lake Navigation Best Tour

 

 

Best Food & Drink Western Region: 4. Adirondack Hotel

Motel Long Lake Voted 2nd Best Lodging Cabins and Cottages

Best Annual Event: 4. Durant Days

Celebrate the birthplace of Great Camp Architecture in Raquette Lake during Durant Days August 3-5, 2018

 

  

Things to Do on a Rainy Day

So it does happen, not every day can be 85, sunny, windless and beautiful (even though we do love those days for hiking, biking, boating, fishing and Stand Up Paddle Boarding and swimming) So if it rains and you’re feeling a little cooped up, we’ve cooked up some ideas on how to answer the question.. What to do, what to do?

Plenty! Our knowledgeable Town of Long Lake Office Staff volunteered suggestions and here goes some favorites….

Steph Hample is Long Lake’s Events Coordinator and she is always creative, especially since she has two active children who keep her busy in addition to her duties for the Town of Long Lake. What to do with little kids when it is raining? Get puddle hopping. She suggests heading up to the Medical Center Complex/Rescue Squad building and splashing in the puddles. She also says, stop by the LL Transfer Station, pick up cardboard boxes and turn them into cars to watch a movie at your own personal drive-in. 

Cynthia Thompson, Long Lake’s Secretary to the Town Supervisor, recommends touring the iconic local hotspots including the Doughboys Statue, located on the school lawn. It was brought to Long Lake in 1959 by Long Lake American Legion members from the estate of C V Whitney on Long Island, sculpted by his mother Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. The sculpture is a tribute to those who served in World Wars I,II and the Korean conflict. Fun fact… how is Anderson Cooper related to Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and has he ever been to Long Lake? (No idea, but you can ask this when visiting this statue, or try googling!) Cynthia also recommends stopping by the Buttercup which is located behind the Long Lake Town Offices at 1130 Deerland Road. This boat has a storied history involving a sinking, Long Lake guides and a recovery and you can read about when you visit.

Abbie Verner is the Long Lake Archivist. She recommends a trip to Raquette Lake and a tour of Great Camp Sagamore coupled with a boat excursion aboard the WW Durant. It may be raining, but there is an indoor dining area and Captain Dean Pohl narrates this tour with historic facts, and local lore. Abbie also recommends the Long Lake Library for local art exhibits, information about the area, computer access and a newly installed mural celebrating Long Lake and painted by six local artists. The Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb has an exhibit room off the lobby, staff are always available to ask questions and it’s only fifteen minutes away from Long Lake. If the rain lets up you can even explore the nature trails around the building.

Dixie LeBlanc, Long Lake’s own Town Clerk and former operator of Camp Hilary, agrees with Abbie’s suggestion and suggests stopping by the library, get a couple of books or movies, take ‘em home to entertain the crew of summer visitors or …hide quietly in a comfy chair and read, far away from the chaos at camp.

Colleen King our town bookkeeper, aka the lion tamer, offers fun suggestions for those who are willing to hop in the car for a short excursion north twenty five minutes along route 30. Colleen lives in Tupper Lake full time, and while she and her husband both work in Long Lake and love it, they always remind me that Tupper has great activities too! Not only is it a beautiful drive, she recommends hitting the Adirondack State Theater to catch a movie, shopping for fun items at the Dollar General or Family Dollar, visit either Rite Aid or Kinney’s Drug store, or go bowling at the Lake View Lanes,1939 NY-30, Tupper Lake, NY 12986, (518) 359-2234.

Alex Roalsvig, Director of Parks, Rec & Tourism says head over to Incapahco Art Song Studio and take a class from Louisa Wright. Make jewelry,fairy houses or try your hand at something new, from Collography to Mixed Media art projects. You don’t need any experience and you take a creative project home with you. Another fun thing to do, is to take a scenic drive through town, head all the way down to Kickerville Road, turn around at the former Gatehouse for the Walker Estate and then drive down North Point Road to the bridge at the Raquette Lake Inlet. Take your picture and post on the Long Lake FB page, even in the pouring rain! Or make and take an indoor picnic. Pick up your picnic supplies or sandwiches at one of our selection of eateries and eat inside with the lights off and pretend the electricity is out, it makes for more ambience. And there is always the goto Adirondack activities of visiting the Adirondack Museum, The Adk Lakes Center for the Arts or The Wild Center in Tupper as alternative options.

And then for wild adventure and it won’t matter if you are getting rained on.. try RAFTING! Adirondac Rafting Square Eddy or Adventure Sport Rafting are excellent options and their headquarters are located in Indian Lake, NY only 22 miles down the road (and the scenery getting there is amazing, so take advantage of that great activity!)

Stumped, don’t worry, call our offices at 518-624-3077 or stop by. You can meet all of us and we’ll have more suggestions! Our office is located at 1130 Deerland Road next to Custards Last Stand.

Boat Parade Weekend and Durant Days in Raquette Lake

Explore Raquette Lake for a three day event celebrating the Birth of Great Camps! Architecture tours of Great Camps, cruises and community events are scheduled to take place Friday through Sunday, August 1st-3rd.

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Durant Days kicks off on Friday by celebrating the birth of the Great Camps Architecture with a tribute to William West Durant. A special cruise on the WW Durant Cruise Boat provides guests with a luncheon and exclusive tours of Great Camps along Raquette Lake. The Durant will stop along the way for a visit to historic Camp Pine Knot. In addition Bob Milne, American’s own treasured Ragtime Boogie Woogie Pianist will be playing a short concert at Camp Pine Knot. For information and reservations, call (315) 354-5532.

On Saturday enjoy a 2pm concert at the Raquette Lake School featuring Joe Davoli & Harvey Nusbaum. These two present various traditional fiddle styles. Their fiddle repertoire comes from new and old, near and far. Old, as in the essential music for dances and entertainment before recorded music. New, as in tunes that meld world beat rhythms into melodies influenced by the old fiddle music. Near, as in the music originating right in our own backyard, sometimes called bluegrass, jazz or old time. And far, as in the Celtic styles which originate in Ireland and Scotland. Doors open at 1:30pm.

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At 5pm near the Caboose just off the village Green, the Blues Master, Midnight Mike rolls in perform a set to warm the crowd up for the Annual Boat Parade at 7pm.Anyone can enter and prizes will be awarded to first place winners in each boat category along with a Best in Show! Call Pat 315-354-4070 for more info or to register a boat at Burke’s or Bird’s Marina. Saturday’s festivities will wrap up with a spectacular fireworks show at dusk right off the barge.

On Sunday, take a ½ price guided tour of Great Camp Sagamore, featuring 27 National Historic Landmark Buildings at 10am. There is a water taxi service to and from St. Hubert’s Isle from the village dock for The Annual Ecumenical Vespers service will be held at the Church of the Good Sheppard. For more information call 518-624-3077.

Business Updates for Long Lake & Raquette Lake 2015 ADKS

Business Updates for Summer Season 2015.

Here’s what is happening in and around Long Lake and Raquette Lake for the 2015 Summer Season!

Long Lake and Raquette Lake Businesses Gearing up for Summer 2015

Long Lake and Raquette Lake Businesses Gearing up for Summer 2015

Ali Babas Liquors at 1601 Tupper Road, Long Lake NY, 518-624-2020 is open and ready for all your vacation needs. Stop by and check out the fine selection of wines and liquors right in Long Lake, NY.

Chax Handmade Knives located at 385 North Point Road in Long Lake, 518-624-3889 http://www.chaxknives.com in the summer and fall will be re-opening his Long Lake shop in mid-June. Chase travels back and forth between Long Lake and Hamilton NY almost weekly and can send pictures of his handmade knife inventory anywhere and arrange a meeting at a convenient location, bringing a few knives of interest with him.

chase.chaxknives@frontiernet.net

This nomad-like existence can be filed under “What we will do to be near our Grandchildren.”

Hours, Monday – Saturday 12pm to 8pm, Sunday 1pm – 8pm

Donnelly’s Sunset Point located at 987 Deerland Road, Long Lake, NY 12847
518-624-6551

Michelle and Tom are excited to report that as of May 7, 2015 they are open for the season and everyone should check out their new website www.donnellyssunsetpoint.com featuring images of the cottages, maps and info about their property.

The Cellar Restaurant and Pub, 3 Kickerville Lane, Long Lake NY, 518-624-5539
The Cellar Restaurant and Pub Website
Open 7 Days starting May 6th, serving Dinner 4:30pm – 8pm.
Stop in to see the new carpet, a fresh coat of paint and lots of fun, new decor. Big screen tv, lotto, pool table (after dinner hours) and juke box! We open daily at 4:30 for dinner. Stop and see the refreshed look and enjoy a tasty meal from our menu!

The Shamrock Motel & Cottages located at 1055 Deerland Road, Long Lake, NY 12847
www.shamrockmotellonglake.com 518-624-3861
Property owners Tim and Beate have been working hard since last fall on several projects. Look for some units with remodeled bathrooms and new plumbing, new sliding glass doors in the efficiencies, new queen beds in some motel units and new double beds in others. A beautiful new deck on the Lake House. New dining tables and dining bar in cottages 4 & 5. Look for five new 32 inch flat screen tv’s in a few of the units, 5 charcoal grills and 3 new recliners and fresh paint throughout each motel unit and many cottages!

Journey’s End Cottages and Lake House located at 941 Deerland Road, Long Lake, NY 12847 www.journeysendlodging.com 518-624-5381 offers 1, 2 and 3 bedroom modern, well-maintained accommodations with canoes and kayaks on the west shore of beautiful Long Lake in the Adirondacks. Beautiful sunsets at this perfect summertime vacation spot for you and your family. UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP!

The ADK Trading Post located at 1601 Tupper Road, Long Lake, NY 12847 518-624-2357 www.adktradingpost.com is excited to announce the return of Lobster Rolls on Friday, May 22nd just in time for the kick off to the summer season Memorial Day weekend. Stop by and pick up camping items, fishing lures, groceries and terrific gift items featuring Long Lake and Lake Eaton. There’s something for everyone. If it’s in stock, they’ve got it!

The Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub at 1161 Main Street, Long Lake, NY 518 624-3941 announcing the deck is open and the summer dinner menu features Gluten Free Pizza and a Children’s Dinner Menu. Find them on Facebook.

Helms Aeroservice and Seaplane Rides in downtown Long Lake next to the Long Lake Town Beach is open for the season. Call 518-624-3931 to book your flight today!

Hoss’s Country Corner, 1142 Main Street www.hossscountrycorner.com has brand new inventory including handmade Amish Baskets, new sweatshirts and t-shirts, bait and DEC licenses.

Kickerville Mobil, 1383 Tupper Road, 518-624-2178 is excited to announce they will have weekly specials this summer.

Northern Borne, 518-624-3271 located in downtown Long Lake will will be opening Memorial Day weekend. Full service grocery store.

Raquette River Outfitters across from the Town Beach at 518-624-2360 will be opening Memorial Day Weekend. The shop will be expanding and include lighter weight options in their large rental fleet.

Wide River Antiques, located in downtown Long Lake near the Town Dock will be open at the end of June. Look for an amazing array and collectibles and new merchandise to browse.

The Adirondack Hotel at 1235 Main Street, 518-624-4700, www.adirondackhotel.com has a new summer menu premiering Memorial Day Weekend and BBQ on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s.

Gillis Realty, Inc. has a newly designed website that is very mobile friendly and easy to navigate www.gillisrealty.com As new data or pictures are entered on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), it is directly fed to the Gillis Realty website, making our website always current and up to date. Please see www.gillisrealty.com for residential, commercial, land and vacation listings or drop by our office located across from the Town Beach. Facebook us at Gillis Realty Inc. !

In Raquette Lake

Great Camp Sagamore announces the launch of a new website. It is up and running and content will be added over time. Check it out at Great Camp Sagamore Great Camp Sagamore is also offering Central Adirondack business discount coupons for Sagamore tours and events. They will offer your guests $2 off of our award winning tours with children under 12 free. Each business that takes a bundle of tickets will also receive 4 complimentary tour tickets for use by your staff or family.

Raquette Lake Navigation, www.raquettelakenavigation.com 315-354-5532 announces that there will be a mobile friendly conversion of their website launching Memorial Day Weekend. The WW Durant also boasts a new 30 KW Catepillar generator installed plus new carpeting . Look for unqiue events including the Mitch Frasier Music Cruise on Sat June 6 3-5 pm, two for one luncheon cruise Sat June 6 11-1 and the Father’s Day Prime Rib Buffet 5:30-8 June 21. All fathers $5 off. Daily cruising launches June 27 through September 6

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