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Penny Curran, MaryAnn MacIntire, Lorraine Kelley Susan Gray, Julie Cotter / Lic. R. E. Agents Carol Urquhart / Associate Broker

Saranac Lake’s #1 real estate office in transactions closed 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2007


(as reported by the Northern Adirondack Board of REALTORS’ Multiple Listing Service)

uide Boat Realty was also named the Best Real Estate Agency in the Mountain in 2005 and 2008 by the readers of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. Guide Boat Realty, LLC was founded in March 2000 by broker and owner Christopher W. Covert, Jr., GRI. Covert has assembled the best agents in the area, Penny Curran, Carol Urquhart, Susan Gray, MaryAnn MacIntire, Julie Cotter and Lorraine Kelley to create this consistently top producing Saranac Lake agency. Saranac Lake is truly one of the most special places on earth. Filled with the natural beauty of lakes, rivers and mountains, with a rich and unique history as the “cure” for tuberculosis, blessed with a thriving arts community and filled with a family friendly community spirit, it is no wonder that Saranac Lake was named an All-America City and one of “The 25 Coolest Mountain Towns” by Men’s Journal. Guide Boat Realty is an active member of the Saranac Lake community and takes pride in sponsoring youth hockey and softball teams, summer concerts in the park, and the Annual Willard Hanmer Guide Boat Races, Pendragon Theatre and the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Guide Boat Realty is also active in the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club of Saranac Lake. Saranac Lake is only 2 1/2 hours from Albany, NY and 2 1/2 hours from Montreal and Ottawa, only 10 minutes from Lake Placid, the Winter Sports Capital of the World by car. And now only an hour and a half from Boston on Cape Air! For additional information and our latest property listings visit us on the web at Guide Boat Realty, “Your Guide to Adirondack Real Estate” Saranac Lake, Make Your Family Memories Here


Saranac Lake! Welcome to


ake the Cure! Reconnect with the past, enjoy nature and all its

beauty and peacefulness, discover world-renown artists and enjoy getting back to your core-self thanks to our wellness programs which abound in the region.

Born from the hard and perilous efforts of loggers, the Saranac Lake area is at the heart of New York’s Adirondack Park, six-million acres of public and private lands - to remain “forever wild” - our region boasts something for everyone. Thanks to its distinct four seasons, the Saranac Lake area is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise featuring warm summers along the sandy shores of lakes and rivers, a winter wonderland during the colder months, fiery colors in autumn and the awakening of nature in the spring! Outdoor activities in the Saranac Lake area include camping, hiking, biking and hunting in our bountiful forests; boating, canoeing, fishing, and kayaking on our beautiful and remote lakes and rivers; alpine and cross country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, and snowmobiling during the winter, leaf watching in the fall and so much more! For the more urban, we have world-class shopping in our locally-owned boutiques located in the historic downtown. You will discover that art is very much alive in Saranac Lake. We feature world-class artists who bring to life the Adirondacks in their work. For theatre buffs, we are proud to be the host to the Pendragon Theatre, the only year-round theatre in the Park which presents professional plays for your enjoyment. Those in search of relaxation can find spa services with an approach to the entire being, including physical and spiritual, going back to the tradition of caring made renown by Dr. Trudeau and his pioneer work in finding a cure for tuberculosis back in the late 1800s. The Saranac Lake area is more than a hidden vacation spot. Our village is nestled in the Tri-Lakes Region which features thriving communities such as Tupper Lake and its Wild Center, a museum dedicated to the natural history of the Adirondacks; Lake

Placid, host of the 1932 and 1980 Olympics where Olympic venues can give want-to-be athletes the time of their life; and Whiteface Mountain, a world-class ski and four-season outdoor area. Our roads lead to cities such as Montreal, Albany, Plattsburgh, Burlington, Vermont, New York City, Boston, Syracuse and Ottawa. We are the gateway to the Canadian border and feature the Adirondack Regional Airport, a state of the art facility many small towns would be envious of that features daily commercial flights to Boston via Cape Air. The friendly people of Saranac Lake invite you to come and visit our beautiful region. See what we’re all about. If you are like us, you will never leave!

Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce 193 River Street 518-891-1990 Fax: 518-891-7042

The Adirondack Guide

—a living legend

Summer on the Lakes T

he grandeur of the Adirondack Mountains it’s lakes, the natural beauty of the woods and the fresh air of public lands designated as “forever wild” by the Adirondack Park Agency and the Department of Environmental Conservation provide the perfect environment for health, the arts, outdoors activities and wellness. Saranac Lake serves as base camp for hundreds of miles of waterways, thousands of miles of wooded trails and acres of pristine summits from which to view it all! Come rejuvenate your body, relax your mind and restore your spirit. Bring home a new awareness, feeling more nurtured and inspired than when you arrived.

Camping Camping is a great way to discover our region. Choose an isolated island campsite or a campground with services. Boat access sites on Lower and Middle Saranac can now be reserved. Most state campgrounds offer waterfront sites, boating, swimming, hiking, biking, and more.

Canoeing/Boating The Saranac River flows from the Village of Saranac Lake to Lake Champlain. Visitors can launch upstream into the Saranac Chain of Lakes where canoe and kayak travelers can explore endless islands and secluded ponds, many of which have campsites, just waiting for you to settle in for an unforgettable sunset.


You can travel downstream from any of the launch sites directly located in the village and designed specifically for paddlers. From there, drift down the meandering Saranac River as it travels through bogs and forest land all with stunning views of the surrounding peaks and providing ample opportunity to catch a glimpse of osprey, bald eagle, beaver and other wildlife – the Saranac River is a photographer’s dream. Motorized craft are also welcome for a leisurely cruise, an afternoon of fishing or an overnight stay. From the village, travel to both Lower and Middle Saranac Lake through a pair of unique man-powered locks maintained by the State Department of Environmental Conservation. Don’t forget to clean your boat before you use it here. Invasive species are not welcome!

Hunting The Adirondack wilderness provides sportsmen with thousands of acres of public lands to pursue big and small game. White tail deer, black bear, snowshoe hare, ruffed grouse, ringnecked pheasant are abundant, and the Moose is also making a comeback.

Call upon the services of an Adirondack guide for your next outdoor adventure — it could be the best decision you make when planning your trip. They have a knack for finding hidden places to fish or set up camp, as well as a great command of Adirondack wildlife, history and lore.

-Paul Smith

Public Canoe Launch Sites There are public canoe launch sites in Saranac Lake: • Pine Street and Bloomingdale Avenue • Behind the Power & Light Building, 3 Main St. • Ampersand Bay next to Ampersand Bay resort. • River Street. • Behind 39 Main St., Harrietstown Town Hall, The Adirondack Paddler’s Map is for sale at the Saranac Lake Area Chamber, local outfitters or online at

State (DEC) Camp Sites Buck Pond, Onchiota 518 891-3449 • 114 Sites Fish Creek, Upper Saranac Lake 518 891-4560 • 355 Sites Meadowbrook, Ray Brook 518 891-4351 • 62 Sites Rollins Pond, Adjacent to Fish Creek 518 891-3239 • 290 Sites Saranac Lake Islands • 87 Sites Boat Access Only 518 891-2841 Wilmington Notch, Wilmington 518-946-7172 – 54 sites For reservations: 800 456-2267 Information: NYS DEC 518 897-1310

Campgrounds Charlie’s Inn, Lake Clear 518 891-9858 • Full Hookup and Tent Sites

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Road with countless possible lines.

Bordering the lakes in our region, the Adirondack Mountains offer challenging summits like Mt. Marcy and Algonquin (both over 4,000 feet). Long and short day climbs bring spectacular views. A different trail can be hiked everyday for a year and never be trampled twice.

Horseback Riding

•Mt. Baker, off Moody Pond in the Village of Saranac Lake, is a great family hike with a short, gradual climb and great views. –1.8 miles round trip. •Haystack Mt. in Ray Brook is a moderate-tosteep climb with expansive views of the high peaks. – 6.5 miles round trip. •Ampersand Mt., just 8 miles from Saranac Lake off Route 3 West, is a steep climb with an open summit and stirring panorama that takes in the Saranac Lakes, Tupper Lake, Long Lake and the high peaks. – 5.4 miles round trip. The Department of Environmental Conservation 518-897-1200, the Adirondack Mountain Club 518-668-4447, ROOST 518-523-2445.

Climbing For the rock climber, there are endless crags to explore just a short drive from the Village of Saranac Lake each featuring a pitch for all ability levels. The Cascade Lakes region on State Route 73 is a particular favorite along with various challenging routes lying within the Wilmington Notch. If bouldering is your thing, Saranac Lake boasts the McKenzie boulders just off McKenzie Pond

Explore the Adirondacks on horseback with guided trail rides or choose a fully outfitted, extended wilderness pack trip — all options are available. Contact the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce for more information at 518-891-1990.

Golfing Our area features some very nice greens, from 9 to 45 holes, with challenging and fun courses both for the novice and the experienced golfer. Contact us at the Chamber of Commerce for more information at 518-891-1990.

Fishing An unusually wide variety of game fish (salmon, brook trout, brown trout, lake, bass, pickerel) can be found in the lakes, rivers and ponds in and around the village. From boat or shore, angling enthusiasts will enjoy the challenge of casting for wily native sport fish. Au Sable River in Wilmington, Franklin Falls, Moose Pond, and Sumner Brook in the town of St. Armand are some of the best waters in the area for flyfishing.

Biking Bike Saranac Lake and surrounding Adirondack areas, past lakes and mountains! Great bike routes to choose from: short jaunts through historic villages or around Moody Pond; medium length routes that families can explore; and longer routes past scenic views. Ride to Donnelly’s Ice Cream, Norman’s Ridge

and Franklin Falls for spectacular views. For additional gentle excursions ride to Onchiota, Gabriels, Paul Smiths, etc. Mountain biking is great at Dewey Mountain or along the Bloomingdale Bog trail. Detailed bike routes with maps, directions, and mileage are available at the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. You can also rent a tandem bike for couples and family fun from our local tandem shop, Gear-To-Go Tandems, off of Glenwood Road (518) 891-1869.

Paddling the Northern Forest Canoe Trail 147 miles of the 740-mile NFCT route traverse the Adirondack Park in New York. The western terminus of the Trail is Old Forge, and from there the route follows the Fulton Chain of Lakes, the Raquette River and Long Lake, the Saranac Lakes, and the Saranac River to Plattsburgh. From the pocket ponds of the Fulton Chain, to the wide waters of the Saranac Lakes, to the ledge drops on the Saranac River, these New York waterways include an enticing mix of smooth waters, wide vistas, tumbling rapids, intimate coves, and just about everything in between. A wonderful bonus of a water trail is that in addition to gliding through remarkable wild places, the waterways also deliver you through the heart of local communities. Slide into Saranac Lake and resupply at one of several outfitters, and grab a slice of pizza or a milkshake while you’re at it. You can even take a side trip up to Blue Mountain Lake and the Adirondack Museum. The remote, the wild, the cultural, and the commercial life of the region is literally at the tip of your paddle….

Saranac Lake History T

Caring as a Tradition

he Village of Saranac Lake is located in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondackk r, Park, the largest Park in the lower 48 states - bigger than Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Great Smokey Mountains National Parks combined! Saranac Lake, Lake Placid and Tupper Lake are commonly called the “Tri– Lakes Area.” They are surrounded by numerous beautiful lakes and ponds. This is also the most populated area in the Adirondack Park. Before Jacob Smith Moody settled in Saranac Lake in 1819, Native Americans were attracted to the area for hunting and trapping. Centuries ago, the Iroquois from the South and the Hurons and the Algonquins from the North were enemies. The word Adirondack is believed to be a Native name meaning “bark eaters.” A Native American treat, still enjoyed today, is our beloved maple syrup! Saranac Lake grew slowly through the early 1800s, its economy based primarily on logging and on hosting and guiding “sports”, those who came to hunt and fish. In 1856, Saranac Lake counted only 15 scattered families. In 1859, Apollos Austin Smith known as “Paul” - a guide and host married Lydia Martin and opened a hotel on Lower St. Regis Lake. That hotel became well known as “Paul Smith’s.” Among his early guests were Dr. E. L. Trudeau and Theodore

Roosevelt. Roosevelt was elected governor of New York in 1898. He recognized the Adirondack Park as a great resource for forestry and wildlife. His Adirondack experiences helped make him a champion of conservation. Paul Smith was hugely successful, and outdoor recreation became a mainstay of the region’s economy. In his will Phelps Smith (Paul’s son) left the entire estate to establish a College named for his father: Paul Smiths College now provides full four year education specializing in Arts, Forestry, Hospitality and Hotel Management. By 1876, the village was home to 700 people. That year, a man who would transform the area, Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau, came to Saranac Lake with his wife and two children to stay. An outdoor enthusiast who had come to love these forests and waterways, Dr. Trudeau suffered from tuberculosis. To his astonishment, his stay in the mountains arrested his disease, thus forming the basis for a curing regimen that eventually established Saranac Lake as a “Pioneering Health Resort.”

In 1892, the Village of Saranac Lake was incorporated, and Dr. Trudeau was its first mayor. In the early 1900s the village grew into a thriving community, a fashionable destination resort, home to the world renowned Trudeau Sanatorium, a dozen bustling hotels and a host of what became known as “cure cottages.” Author Robert Louis Stevenson came in 1887 to be treated by Dr. Trudeau; The Winter Carnival was first created to give some fun to the numerous people on recovery in the village; and the Will Rogers Hospital brought members from the entertainment industry to Saranac Lake to heal. Today, the village features 170 properties that are listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Wealthy families of the time built great camps in the area and spent memorable times here with their friends and family in the Saranac Lake Area. Notable names include: Rockefeller, Post, Bache and Guggenheim. Mark Twain,

Christy Mathewson, Jack Dempsey, Al Jolson, Somerset Maugham, Albert Einstein, Bela Bartok, and Presidents Harrison, Roosevelt, McKinley, Coolidge and Clinton came to Saranac Lake for rejuvenation of body and spirit. The innovative development of a pharmaceutical cure for the tuberculosis in the 1950s brought the curing era to a close and the healthcare community reinvented itself, establishing The Trudeau Institute as a leading independent research facility in the U.S., studying the functions of the body’s immune system.

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Traveling to Saranac LakeArea Bus Service


Air Service

From Montreal: - Take Autoroute 15 south to the Champlain border crossing, where it connects with I-87 south. Take Exit 38 to Rt. 374 west to Rt. 3 west to Saranac Lake.

The Adirondack Regional Airport (SLK), owned and operated by the Town of Harrietstown, has been serving the aviation needs of the Tri-Lakes region for over 60 years. Located in Lake Clear, just ten minutes from Saranac Lake, this gateway to the Adirondacks provides daily commercial service to and from Boston. General aviation services include fuel, parking, hangars, GPU, lavatory service, pre-heat and de-icing.

Buses operate daily between NYC and Saranac Lake, with connections east or west available in Albany.

The airport is open all year and manned from 6 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. daily. Taxi service is available. The fully instrumented 6600-foot runway can accommodate charter and general aviation aircrafts up to and including Boeing 757s. For more information call 518891-4600 or online at

Car Rentals

From Metropolitan NY and NJ area: - Take NYS Thruway (I-87) north to Exit 24 (Albany/Montreal). Continue on I-87 north (Adirondack Northway) to Exit 30. Follow Rt. 9N to Rt. 73, west to Rt. 86 & Saranac Lake. From Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse area: - Take NYS Thruway (I-90) east to I-81 in Syracuse. Follow I-81 north to Watertown, then Rt. 3 east to Saranac Lake. From Ottawa: - Take routes south to the Cornwall Bridge. Pick up Rt. 37 east to Malone. Follow Rt. 30 south to Rt. 86 east to Saranac Lake.

For commercial airline schedules and information call 800-324-0714 or go online to

Rail Service Passenger trains operate between New York City and Montreal, with connections east or west available in Albany-Rensselaer. Local stops in Westport and Plattsburgh area, both 50 miles from Saranac Lake.

Available at the Adirondack Regional Airport



A Winter Wonderland W

inter! The Saranac Lake region is a true winter wonderland. Because we receive so much of the white stuff, our residents and tourists embrace this wonderful season. Cold weather to us means beautiful afternoons spent cross country skiing or snowshoeing in nearby meadows; ice skating at the Olympic Oval in Lake Placid or the Civic Center in Saranac Lake, or just enjoy a cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace.

Alpine Skiing

• Mt. Pisgah Veterans Memorial Ski Center is an excellent family slope for beginner and intermediate skiers: 5 trails, 100% snowmaking coverage, snowboarding and tubing. Ski, snowboard and tube under the lights. 14 acres of lighted slopes, lodge facilities including snack bar, and 500 feet tubing run with lift back to the top. Call for more information. Mt. Pisgah Road, Saranac Lake, 518 891-0970 or 518 8914150.

• Whiteface Mountain is the preeminent ski mountain in the area with the greatest vertical drop in the East. It has ample terrain for beginners and intermediate skiers as well as advanced. 65 trails, with snowmaking, skiing & snowboarding, lessons available. Whiteface Mountain Regional Visitor’s Bureau: 800 462-6236 or 518 946-2255.


Ride more than 100 miles of groomed county trails and numerous state trails. Maps and info are available at the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. For your safety, only guided tours are available. (Snowmobiles have to be registered with NYS DMV). NO ICE IS SAFE!

Ice Climbing

When it’s cold, head to the cliffs! An amazing variety of great walls are available throughout the area. Most popular is the easily accessible Cascade Lakes Region off State Route 73.


Cross County | Snowshoeing

• Dewey Mountain, a municipally owned X-country Ski and snowshoe Center, offers trails for all levels, including 5 kilometers of lighted trails for night skiing. Skate skiing permitted. 15km groomed trails, season and day passes are available. Route 3, Saranac Lake, 518 891-2697. www. • Paul Smith’s Interpretive Center (PSIC) has a delightful network of interconnected ski trails, perfect for beginner and intermediate skiers. 17km groomed trails, snowshoeing, at no fee. Rte 30, Paul Smiths. • Mt. Van Hoevenberg is one of the most extensive trail systems in NY, with terrain to satisfy skiers of all abilities. 50km groomed trails, rentals, fee. Route 73, Lake Placid, 800 462-6236 or 518 523-9572. • The Jackrabbit Trail is a 44-mile wilderness X-Country trail that runs between Saranac Lake and Keene, with an added section running between Paul Smiths and Lake Clear Junction Trail maps are available at the Saranac Lake Area Chamber.

Local Olympians

The Tri-Lakes were well represented at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. We are home to the Tri-Lakes 12 including the two Flag Bearers for the USA, Bill Demong and Mark Grimmette. Many of the athletes developed their skills at a young age at our local ski areas. Our local medal winners are Bill Demong with Gold and Silver medals in Nordic Combined, and Andrew Weibrecht with a Bronze medal in Alpine Skiing-Super G.

The The oldest oldest

Winter Carnival W C l in the East

T he Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, the oldest winter festival in the eastern US and perhaps the most popular legacy of the curing days, celebrates its 116th anniversary in 2013. Winter Carnival always starts the 1st weekend of February. Events continue for 10 days, ending the 2nd Sunday in February. Week-long festivities include two parades, numerous sporting events such as snowshoe and Nordic ski races, inner tube and skating races, softball and volleyball in the snow, logging exhibitions, spectacular fireworks displays, the Ladies Fry Pan Toss, a slide show, dinners, concerts, performing arts, dances and more! Visitors will marvel at the mighty worldfamous Ice Palace, constructed each year from blocks of ice cut from Lake Flower.

Upcoming carnival dates include: 2013 - February 2nd - February 10th 2014 - February 1st - 9th

While Nature

Paints the Mountains

is so beautiful here! The explosion of warm colors dazzles and lasts about a month. Autumn Visitors come for the pleasure of “Leaf Peeping”. To enjoy the natural fireworks display and to be ready to start your own collection of memorable pictures, get your camera ready and hit the roads and trails in the Saranac Lake Area! Combine leaf peeping with a weekend of browsing local artisits studios during the Artists Studio Tour the last weekend in September.

Available at the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center: Guides,

local & regional maps, camp information, accommodations, attractions, outdoor activities, arts, local history, local events, retail, directions...any questions are always welcome! 518-891-1990,

When Nature Awakens H

ave you ever set eyes on a gray jay, an elegant hawk-like cousin of the familiar blue jay or stood on a boardwalk gazing into the throats of insect-eating pitcherplants? Have you aimed your camera at wild orchids flaunting luminous pink blossoms in a bog, exchanged glances with a moose or watched the aurora borealis, or northern lights, electrify a star-spangled winter sky?

All these pleasures can be experienced when you come to Saranac Lake. Enjoy even more ask for the services of a local Guide. For lovers of nature and the outdoors, Saranac Lake offers a winning combination of rugged wilderness and civilized comforts. Birdwatchers flock in pursuit of boreal birds rarely seen in the Lower 48. Botany buffs enjoy the area’s diverse wildflower flora and

towering forests. Those with more general interests savor opportunities to hobnob with mosses, spruce trees, beavers, loons, and bullfrogs. Rough it if you like, but from a base in one of our local comfortable lodgings, you can explore wild places by day and count on a sumptuous meal in a fine restaurant when the sun goes down.


Health & Wellness

Integrating Mind, Body and Spirit.


he Saranac Lake Area is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. The majestic mountains, gorgeous lakes, fresh air, abundant nature and wildlife offer the perfect setting to be nurtured and refreshed. As either part of a new or existing way of life, a broad range of services and activities are available to help maximize health and well-being. A sojourn in the Adirondacks has many benefits. It allows a retreat from the regular hustle and bustle, inviting you to take a pause and slow down. Take the opportunity to de-stress the mind and body. Commune with nature and uplift your soul. Either as part of a regular health regimen or developing new habits; return home with a clearer mind, a more physically fit body and a refreshed spirit.

Massage & Bodywork

One of the best ways to relieve sore muscles after a day of hiking, paddling, running or skiing is by relaxing with a massage. The following types of massage and body work are available throughout the region: Swedish, Medical, Deep Tissue, Sports, Pregnancy, Aromatherapy, Hot Stone Therapy, Reflexology, Thai, Shiatsu, Chi Nei Tsang, Zero Balancing, NeuroStructural Therapy, Stone Therapy and Cranial Sacral Therapy.


Take a class at a local studio, hire an instructor for a private session or just do it on your own. Yoga does more than enhance flexibility and strength. It is a unique way to integrate body, mind, and spirit through opening to the wisdom of your body.


Energy Work

Looking for a gentler approach to release stagnant energy, re-energize or balance the energy channels or chakras? Chose from a variety of energy work - such as, Reiki, Healing Touch, Zero Balancing, NeuroStructural Therapy and sound healing. Various practioners can help you connect with spirit guides and teach you techniques to be more mindful.

Tai Chi

Originally a Chinese martial art, Tai Chi involves body movements that are slow and gentle, with deep breathing and meditation.

Outdoor Wellness

Challenge your physical strength and endurance. Climb a mountain, paddle canoes or kayaks, go cross country or downhill skiing, water ski in the summer, tube in the snow in the winter. Have fun in nature’s playground with a self-guided activity or employ a professional guide.

Eating Great As the saying goes, you are what you eat. For the food conscious consumer, vegetarian, non-vegetarian and organic options are available. Purchase locally grown produce at the Farmers Market or the local health food store. In addition, eateries offer smoothies for a cool refreshing drink.

Making it Great Did you know art therapy and occupational therapy were part of the “Cure” for tuberculosis in Saranac Lake? Unleash your creativity. Take a ceramics, or printmaking class. Purchase art supplies, draw, paint, assemble a model, make jewelry. Ask local merchants for products “Made in the Adirondacks” and inquire if they teach how to make the product.

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Saranac Lake is

the heart of the Adirondacks.

And the soul of Saranac Lake can be found in the arts.

19th century artists came to the region to experience and paint the wilderness, 21st century artists are also attracted to this region - and Saranac Lake is home to many of them. W hile Picture this – a small village in the midst of a beautiful park with four seasons of unlimited recreational opportunities. A river runs through it’s historic downtown, mountains circle the deep blue lakes, there are art galleries, a year-round professional theatre, art workshops, concerts, open mic sessions, an eclectic population of artists, writers, and musicians, and a year-round schedule of exciting arts events! Sound impossible? Visit Saranac Lake! Oh – and it’s host to First Night and the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival too. Art works in Saranac Lake! Strolling down Main Street, you’ll find the Adirondack Artists’ Guild - a cooperative retail art gallery representing 14 awardwinning regional artists. Exhibiting fine art in the Adirondacks since 1997, the Guild features a new exhibit every month, holds an annual juried show in March, is a host site for the 3rd Thursday Art Walks, the Adirondack Plein Air Festival, and the Artist at Work Studio Tour. The Guild holds a special benefit exhibit each February and orgnaizes the “Saturday Outdoor Painters”. Across the street is the Blue Moon Café,

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where you can not only get a great cup of coffee and a meal, but view exhibits of local artists as well.

Painter Tim Fortune has a studio/gallery a little further down on Main Street. At the Small Fortune Studio, you can watch Tim paint one of his oil or watercolor paintings of the Adirondacks. Nearby, the Cantwell Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library hosts monthly art exhibits and programs. Mark Kurtz Photography, in business for over 20 years, has a studio in downtown Saranac Lake. Mark produces a distinctive fine art photography, both digital and traditional dark room prints, as well as his commercial work in his gallery. Many of the photographs featured in this publication are courtesy of Mark Kurtz Photography. Several other artists have studios and galleries in the downtown area. At 24 Cedar Street, Bluseed Studios is a 10 minute walk from the downtown scene. In a renovated warehouse, Bluseed boasts a variety of professional level studios in ceramics, printmaking, paper making,

framing, and a room for design and drawing. There is also a large exhibition and performance space, featuring regional as well as nationally recognized artists. Bluseed Studios is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide space for artists to experiment, diverge, exhibit and perform; to move ideas and aesthetics forward; and to share this diversity with the community. On the other side of town, Pendragon Theatre carries on the rich theatrical traditions of Saranac Lake, where William Morris summered and Rosalind Russell got her start in the “Tent” theatre. Pendragon is an ensemble of artists dedicated to preserving the vitality and enhancing the quality of professional theatre through year round performance and education programs. Almost 200 productions have been staged in the 30 years Pendragon has been entertaining theatergoers, and many of them tour throughout the region.

Stop in the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center for an exhibit by some of the members of Saranac Lake ArtWorks.

S Summertime is further enhanced by a number of special art events. Each TThird Thursday from June through September, artists, musicians, and Se performers are out and about in the pe downtown area at 20 or more different do venues between 4:30 and 7. Maps are ven ava available throughout the village and peo people are encouraged to stroll to the vario various locations. In August, A the village is the host site for the Adir Adirondack Plein Air Festival. Experience art in the making! Sponsored by Saranac Lake ArtWorks, this event attracts fine artists from throughout the Northeast. There is a “Paint the Town” event on Thursday Aug 16, where artists will paint in the downtown area. On Friday and Saturday they will paint at various scenic locations in the area and there is a Show & Sale of original art created over the weekend on Sunday, Aug. 19, from 12 – 4pm in the Harrietstown Town Hall. All of these events are free to the public and spectators are welcome. Information about the event is available at pleinair.htm. When the fall colors paint the mountains, artists open their home studios and workshops for the annual Artist at Work Studio Tour, September 28rd – 30th. There will be approximately 50 artists at 40 locations from Tupper Lake to Jay: painters, pastel artists, photographers, illustrators, weavers, ceramic artists, blacksmiths, basket-makers, jewelry designers and more. The Adirondack Artists’ Guild is Studio Tour headquarters where a “Guide to Regional Artists” is available with descriptions, directions and maps to all the studio locations. This is a great way to both get out and enjoy the fall colors and discover some of the unique items being created in the Adirondacks – and perhaps take some home! For more information contact the Adirondack Artists’ Guild, 518891-2615 or visit saranaclakeartworks. com/studiotour.htm.

2012-2013 SARANAC LAKE Art Events May 4: Barry Lobdell Exhibit Adirondack Artists’ Guild 5-7 June 1: Meg Bernstein Exhibit Adirondack Artists’ Guild 5-7 June 21: Third Thursday Art Walk Downtown Saranac Lake 5-7:30 pm June 29: Eleanor Sweeney Exhibit Adirondack Artists Guild 5-7 June 29 - July 8: Arts & Heritage Festival July 19: Third Thursday Art Walk Downtown Saranac Lake 5-7:30 August 3: Mary Lou Reid Exhibit Adirondack Artists Guild 5-7 August 16: Third Thursday Art Walk Downtown Saranac Lake 5-7:30 August 16-19: Adirondack Plein Air Festival Downtown Saranac Lake August 17: Nancy Brossard & Sandra Hildreth Exhibit Paul Smiths College VIC 5-7

SARANAC LAKE Art Galleries Adirondack Artists’ Guild 52 Main St., Saranac Lake 518-891-2615 Bluseed Studios 24 Cedar St., Saranac Lake 518-891-3799 Mark Kurtz Photography 52 Main Street (upstairs) Saranac Lake 518-891-2431 Pendragon Theatre 15 Brandy Brook Ave, Saranac Lake 518-891-1854 Small Fortune Studio 76 & 80 Main St., Saranac Lake

August 31: Jacqueline Altman Exhibit Adirondack Artists’ Guild 5-7 Sept 2: HoboFest CONCERT p 7444 Gallery, Train Depot, Noon-10pm Sept 15: Jacqueline Altman & Eleanor Sweeney Paul Smiths College VIC 5-7 Sept 20: Third Thursday Art Walk Downtown Saranac Lake 5-7:30 Sept 23-29: Plein Air Workshop White Pine Camp Sept 28-30: Artist at Work Studio Tour Oct 5: Ursula Trudeau Adirondack Artists Guild 5-7 Nov 2: Winner of Juried Show Adirondack Artists Guild 5-7 Nov 30: Diane Leifheit Adirondack Artists Guild 5-7


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Promoting and nurturing the arts within our community August 16-19 Adirondack Plein Air Festival September 2 Hobofest: a music celebration of the Hobo spirit September 28-30 Artist at Work Studio Tour All Summer Third Thursday Artwalks All Year Theater Performances • Gallery Exhibits • Poetry Readings Music Concerts • Book Signings Art Openings and Receptions Workshops and Classes PO Box 1274, Saranac Lake, NY 12983 Top Image: Main Street, Saranac Lake by Nancy Brossard

Annual Events

See our detailed Calendar of Events at

APRIL 2012 • 27 through May 13 - Daffest,

JUNE • 2 & 3 Cruisin’ Around the Mountains Corvette Show • 10 Saranac Lake Criterium, Downtown SL • 12 & 26 Sundowner Series Paddle Clinic • 15-17 Gear To Go Tandems Rally • 16 Annual Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race • 17 Saranac Lake Father’s Day Fishing Derby • 21 Third Thursday Art Walk • 26 30th Anniversary Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon • 29- July 8 Arts & Heritage Festival

JULY • 1 50th Annual Hanmer Guide Boat & Canoe Races • 1-8 Arts & Heritage Festival • 4 4th of July Celebration: Kiddie Parade, Mayor’s Cup, Evening Concert & Fireworks • 4 Buzzfest @ The Wild Center, Tupper Lake • 8 Runabout Rendezvous – Lake Flower • 10 & 24 Sundowner Series Paddle Clinic • 14-15 Woodsmen’s Days – Tupper Lake • 19 Third Thursday Art Walk • 22 11th Annual, Ford Ironman USA, Lake Placid • 27 - 29 37th Annual CAN-AM Rugby Tournament – Saranac Lake

AUGUST • 2 10th Annual Saranac Lake Block Party • 2-5 Summit Lacrosse • 7 & 21 Sundowner Series Paddle Clinic • 16 Third Thursday Art Walk • 16 Flavorfest @ The Wild Center • 16-19 Adirondack Plein Air Festival • 25 & 26 Mountain Challenge Archery Tournament,

SEPTEMBER • 7 - 9 90 Mile Canoe Classic • 20 Third Thursday Art Walk • 22 35th Annual Whiteface Mountain Uphill Foot Race • 28-30 5th Annual Artist at Work Studio Tour

OCTOBER • 6 & 7 18th Annual Oktoberfest - Whiteface • 13 & 14 Flaming Leaves Festival - Whiteface

DECEMBER • 8 & 9 24th Annual Sparkle Village Craft Show & Sale • 31 First Night – Saranac Lake

FEBRUARY 2013 • 1 - 10 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

MARCH 2013 •Ice Fishing Derby •Cabin Fever Film Festival

Shopping & More Our main streets are lined with shops offering everything from antiques and handmade crafts to designer clothing, toys, outdoors gear and equipment, specialty gifts, jewelry, home furniture and more. The shopkeepers are always friendly and helpful. New to Saranac Lake is the Saranac Lake Community Store. In October, 2011, Saranac Lake became the first community in New York State to open its own communityowned department store, aptly named, The Community Store in Saranac Lake. With the mission of providing reasonably priced, durable goods to the Tri-Lakes Region, The Community Store carries clothing for men, women and children, infant supplies and equipment, craft and sewing items, towels, linens and tabletop items, and products produced by local artisans. Although the store is owned by over 700 New York State Residents who purchased shares of stock in the corporation, it is open to everyone. Located at 97 Main St., the Store intends to provide a retail anchor for Saranac Lake. With the addition of its own department Store, Saranac Lake is truly now a shopping destination. For additional information, visit their website at: or give them a call at 518-3548173.

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Everyone Loves a Carousel! The Adirondack Carousel in Saranac Lake is one of New York’s most fascinating and unique community projects. Literally “built by community hands,” the Carousel boasts hand-carved Adirondack animals housed in a year-round pavilion. With a vision of fusing art, education and entertainment under one roof, the Carousel will also offer art exhibitions, youth programs and community events that celebrate the beautiful Adirondack region. Other highlights include walkways built with permanently etched personalized pavers and playground equipment in the surrounding park. Come “join the ride,” add your personalized paver, and laugh and play at one of the newest Adirondack attractions in the friendly village of Saranac Lake. Keep checking the website for Summer 2012 Grand Opening details: or Facebook (Adirondack Carousel)


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Dining Out The Village of Saranac Lake and its region boast an array of eateries and restaurants that will satisfy the most demanding food connoisseur. From small cafés to fine dining, Saranac Lake has something for the busy family or a couple in search of a romantic evening. Many of our restaurants offer extensive wine and beer selections to accompany your meal and create an unforgettable experience. Check out what we have to offer – you will not be disappointed!


Adirondack Hospitality... and a Wealth of Choices! Saranac Lake offers a complete vacation experience. You’ll find a variety of lodging in the area — luxurious resorts, cozy bed & breakfasts, comfortable motels, rustic lodges and cabins — sure to cater to your needs and provide an exceptional and relaxing stay. While in town, take a self-guided village walking tour and discover a wealth of information about Saranac Lake, its “cure cottages” and unique architecture.

Charlie’s Inn & Junction Camp Ground

Adirondack “By Owner” 518-891-9919 • Visit our website to see photo listings of vacation rentals, real estate for sale and timeshares offered by owner. We cover Saranac Lake and the entire Adirondack Park region. With more than 1,000 listings, there is something for everyone on Adirondack “By Owner.”

RATES : Varies

44 Junction Road • Lake Clear 518-891-9858 Clean, comfortable rooms in historic inn with full service restaurant/bar/campground on site. Cabin also available. Beach/boating nearby. Famous groomed snowmobile/cross country snowshoeing trails on site. 24-hour gas pump. Closed Monday (winter) - Closed Monday/Tuesday (spring, summer & fall). Open year round.1 Cabin & 7 rooms: RATES min./max.: $65-$150/NT 24 full hook ups: avail. daily, weekly, monthly & seasonal

Cochrans Cabins / Kiwassa Lake B & B 1150 Lake Kiwassa • “Most scenic in the East” 518-891-5721 • Fax 518-891-6936 email: Waterfront, secluded, Adirondack style housekeeping cabins on 25 natural wooded acres. Knotty pine interior, screened porches and private docks. Discover Lake Kiwassa on the Saranac Chain of Lakes, 3 1/2 miles south of village of Saranac Lake.4 rooms/10 units RATES- B&B - min./max.: $125-300/NT RATES- Cabins - min./max.: $95-$250/NT; $6001400/WK

Best Western Mountain Lake Inn 487 Lake FLower Avenue • Saranac Lake 518-891-1970 • Fax 518-891-6195 Area’s newest hotel. Full-service restaurant on premises. Indoor heated pool, complimentary coffee and newspapers. Golf, Adventure & Meal packages available. Air conditioned units and private baths. Children under 18 free. Washer/dryer on premises.

69 units • AAA Rates min./max.: $60-$200/NT

Branch Farm Bed & Breakfast 25 Branch Farm Road • Saranac Lake 518-891-0869 • Located on the shore of Lake Flower with a view of Mount Baker. Offers a serene setting at the start of a 29-mile waterway. Enjoy wildlife on shoreline, leisurely walks on our 120 acres, or launch a canoe for an enjoyable paddle on the scenic Saranac Lake Chain. Minutes away from all major ski areas & the High Peaks. Full breakfast. Sorry no smoking or pets.

3 units RATES min./max.: $90-$140/NT

Fogarty’s Bed & Breakfast 74 Kiwassa Road • Saranac Lake 518-891-3755 email: This historic cure cottage built in 1910 overlooks Lake Flower and faces Mts. Pisgah, Baker & McKenzie. Within walking distanceof downtown Saranac Lake, 10 miles from Lake Placid and 20 miles from Whiteface. Full breakfast.

5 units RATES min./max.: $85/NT

Mountain Shadows B&B 145 Old Military Road • Saranac Lake 518-891-6925 email: Stay at this charming, quiet home, just a 10 minute walk to town, and you’ll feel as though you’re in the country visiting friends. Relax on the deck, rock on the porch, or if you’re adventurous, climb the mountain outside your window. Choose our Sun Room or our Tree House. Each includes a sitting room, bedroom, and a private

bath. 2 units

RATES min./max.: $125/NT, two or more nights $100/NT


Placid Bay Inn “on Lake Placid” 2187 Saranac Avenue • Lake Placid 518-523-2001 • email: Our Picturesque Inn and Cottages are nestled on the shores of Lake Placid with magniÀcent views of Whiteface Mountain. Adirondack ambiance surrounds you in our comfortably appointed rooms, kitchenettes, Suites and Àreplace cottages. Enjoy our year round packages, pool, canoes & Adirondack chairs for lounging on the Lake. Great Value!

Cottages: $230-$300/NT Rooms: $75-$160/NT 19 rooms, 2 cottages

Sara-Placid Motor Inn 445 Lake Flower Avenue • Saranac Lake 518-891-2729 • 800-794-2729 Lake & mountain setting. Free pedal boats, picnic area w/gas grills & gazebo. Public tennis courts, adj. to restaurant, boat marina. Motel rooms, kitchenettes, housekeeping apartments w/decks, family suites, lakeside cottage, jacuzzi suite, log cabins w/Àreplace. 6 mils from Lake Placid. Meal Plan.

18 units • AA RATES min./max.: $58-$275/NT

Saranac Village at Will Rogers 78 Will Rogers Drive • Saranac Lake 518-891-7117 • Fax 518-891-9333 Located in the heart of the Adirondacks, the retirement community provides long-term and short-term housing for 55+ based on availabilty. Services include three meals a day, weekly laundry and housekeeping, activities, transportation and 24-hour staff. Relax in our historic building with panoramic views of the surrounding Adirondack Mountains! 71 units

Call for rates and availability

Wildwood on the Lake 2135 Saranac Avenue • Lake Placid 518-523-2624 • Fax 518-523-3248 email: Located on beautiful Lake Placid, facilities include free boating, Wi-Fi, coffee and muffins for breakfast, bbqs, lake fed outdoor pool, indoor heated pool, whirlpooland sauna. Efficiencies/Cottages some with kitchens, fireplaces, whirlpool tubs ad to the ADK experience. Family owned & operated by the Weber’s for 40 years.

35 units, min./max.: $58-$275/NT

Adirondack Motel At the Center of Everything “Adirondack” Fish, ski, paddle, swim or just relax Walk to Village of Saranac Lake and only 7 miles from Lake Placid Motel rooms, lakefront efficiencies and large cottage suites with fireplace Free use of canoes and kayaks plus motor boat rentals and dock space Free secure WIFI 248 Lake Flower Avenue Saranac Lake NY 12983

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Cover Artist Statement C I was growing up as an average b boy in my home own of Kazaks stan until my elementary teache er mentioned to my mother t that I have a talent in drawing. A After that point, my life cons stantly revolved around paintiing. While my peers had prom on t their mind, I was on my way to t the College of Fine Art in cent tral Russia, which I completed t two years later with a degree in A Art Design. In addition I had acq quired a number of exhibits. H Hungry for more, I followed my p passion for the Fine Arts at the S St. Petersburg Academy of Paintiing, Sculpture and Architecture, n named after Ilya Repin, concent trating on Russian Realism for t the next four years. In 1996, my f family and I took the opportunit ty to unite with family members i America. By moving to New in York City, life was giving me new opportunities. I became a Scenic Artist for United Scenic Artists Union, working for movies and shows. I have always been driven and fascinated with nature. From looking and finding a place for my painting, to the rush of adrenaline when the weather would shift. I consider myself a “plein air” landscape artist with my work unified from this special and original dialogue that I have with nature. Nature is constantly in our lives. It is the begging of everything. Nature is what stimulates us toward the positive, even if we don’t know it. I wish for my work to represent a reminder that we should not forget nature, but cherish the moments that we might take for granted. I use many opportunities to paint, having never stopped my dialogue with nature.

CREDITS Cover: Nikolay Mikushkin, Designed by Sandra Hildreth. Mark Kurtz (1416,21), Artists Guild (14,15), Saranac Lake Free Library (4,10, 16, 20), Birds Eye Aerial (3), Paul Hameline (4, 10, 21), Emma Changelo (11, 14), Ed Kanze (11), Mark Hobson (4), Gail Brill (18, 19, 9), Can-Am Rugby (21), Sandy Hildreth (14, 15), Wilmington Chamber of Commerce (21), Adrienne Relyea (30), Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce: Misc. Photos. PUBLICATION DESIGN BY ADRIENNE RELYEA

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