Oktoberfests, Brewfest, and more!

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by Kim Rielly

Oktoberfests, Brewfest, and more!

Tip a beer to fall colors, head into the woods, or spend a day in town. We've got the scenery, you choose the adventure. 


Brew fest how-to

Brewfest: A how-to from a pro

What makes me a pro, you ask? Twenty years of at least three festivals each year, ranging from large national festivals to small farmers' festivals. I've done them all. I've worked at them, I've attended them, and I've even been to them when I was pregnant — sober, of course. I am married to a brewer and together we own two breweries, so I know a little about the inside scoop. Here's my advice to you; I hope you take something out of it and make the day at the brew fest a great one.



Birding Spring Pond Bog

I had an errand to run in Tupper Lake the other day, and so I took Wren the dog along with me so we could adventure after I was finished with my responsibilities. It had been far too long since I had checked out Spring Pond Bog, after all.



St. Regis adventure

One of the more unique features of the Adirondacks is the proximity between its lakes and mountains. In some cases, the two are right next to each other with a trail from lakeside to summit, such as Long Pond Mountain in the St. Regis Canoe Area, Castle Rock on Blue Mountain Lake, and, of course, St. Regis Mountain on Upper St. Regis Lake. 



Birding the Vanderwhacker forest

My friend and I were doing some exploring east of Long Lake, having made quick stops in places like the canoe access for Fishing Brook (between Long Lake and Newcomb), and finding Red Crossbills along the way – our first of several for the trip. We decided to set up camp in Vanderwhacker Wild Forest off Moose Pond Way, the road which takes hikers to the trailhead for Vanderwhacker Mountain.



Inlet in a day

With its lakeside location, nearby hiking trails, beach, restaurants, and diminutive yet bustling downtown, Inlet is a choice spot for an Adirondack getaway.



Whiteface Oktoberfest

We all know Whiteface Mountain has the greatest vertical drop of any resort east of the Rocky Mountains. But, did you know about its annual Oktoberfest?



Birding at its best

I was out with a group of folks this past weekend in the Champlain Valley – in search of shorebirds, marsh birds, and anything else which might be on the move. After all, August is a time of migrants and of birds dispersing after they’ve nested.



Fall for history

The wonderful House of History hosts their Fall for History event every autumn, on a Saturday. One of the highlights is their baking contest, focused on apple pie, which has historic significance for the Malone area.

There are also games, music, food, and a bit of history, too. It makes for a fine and fun afternoon at their lovely museum, which was once an 1864 Tuscan-style brick home only a block from Main Street.