Your 2019 Must-Do Checklist

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

New Year’s resolutions are made with the intention of making the most of our time, our resources, and of ourselves. Maybe your resolution is to be more active or to try something new. Maybe it’s to expand your mind or improve relationships. Whether you’ve kept up with your resolution or not; we think your resolutions could be met with “Your 2019 Must-Do Checklist” – imagine yourself in Old Forge…

☐ Paddling grab an oar! Paddling enthusiasts will tell you the Adirondacks has something for every skill level from the sublime to the most challenging waters. We recommend a Moose River trip!

☐ Mountain biking – develop your skills. From flat trails to the most difficult terrain, you're sure to find something that suits your riding preference. There are new Mountain Biking Trails at McCauley Mountain, check them out! Read more on this blog: Bike, Hike, and Views in the Adirondacks.

☐ Skiing – McCauley Mountain – This is a little mountain with big mountain challenges. Olympic skiers grew up on McCauley! So, whether you're a seasoned shredder or just starting out, you'll love McCauley Mountain.

☐ Snowmobiling – thrilling! It’s no secret that Old Forge is the snowmobile capital of the East! With over 500 miles of snowy trails, snowmobilers flock to the area annually. Learn what it’s like from the professionals “Grooming the Snowmobile Capital of the East” in this blog on and “Snowmobile tips and tricks in the Adirondacks”. You could even rent sleds here in town! Reach out by phone to either of these fine businesses, they’ll have you equipped and ready to get on the trail: Old Forge Sport Tours at (315) 369-3796 and RPM Snowmobile Rentals at (315) 369-5522.

☐ Camping – relax, find serenity, bring the family or come with a friend. We may be biased, but we love Old Forge Camping Resort’s campgrounds. We have year-round accommodations and a beautiful lakeside view. Of course, there are other camping experiences in the Old Forge area from state campgrounds to privately owned establishments. If you’re new to camping, check out our recent blog “Try Camping: A Beginner’s Guide” and “Winter Hiking Do’s & Don’ts”.

☐ Hiking – find your favorite view! With options for the beginner and the expert, the Adirondack Park has it all! Hiking is one of the most popular activities the Adirondacks offer, and the best part is, it can be enjoyed all year long! With several trails open during the winter, it is a whole new hiking experience. Just remember to dress warm! We recommend these gems: Lock & Dam (Easy), Bald Mountain AKA Rondaxe Mountain (Intermediate), or Black Bear (More challenging).

☐ Shopping - get lost at Old Forge Hardware! It's a must-do any season you visit. Mountain Greenery - ADK gifts & flowers and women's & children's apparel, MountainMan - to get the true ADK look and for all your outdoor needs. For more ideas, check out this blog on titled “Give Your Home an Adirondack Feel by Adding Some Adirondack Flair.”

☐ Things To Do - snowmobile (Snofest/Snodeo), biggest St. Patrick's Day in the ADKs - the Friday before St. Patrick's Day, Payne's Air Service for unique Fall Foliage experience, Christmas on Main Street, Strand Theatre - a unique experience all on its own! With old film artifacts dating back as far as 1923, this is a local treasure which features today’s movies. For more ideas, check out this blog also on titled “Live Like a Local – 8 Best Experiences in Old Forge.” Create a new ADK tradition with a Summer outing with your colleagues or extended family to Enchanted Forest Water Safari or Calypso’s Cove. Rent a boat or kayak and change your point of view.

☐ Historical Interest – a look back! If you’re into vintage photos and postcards or genealogy, then The Goodsell Museum by the Town of Webb Historical Association should be on your must-do checklist! Afterward, of course, visit the Strand Theatre (see above ☝️)

☐ Arts – enjoy unique pieces of art? Open year-round, View Arts is an attraction for both locals and visitors alike! Featuring artists from across North America, known for its juried exhibitions and its displays of the work of regional and local artists. View Arts also offers many events, workshops, and performances which means they have a little something for everyone no matter what age.

The Pickle Boat- Crispy Shrimp Roll

☐ Culinary Experience – good eats! Enjoy a central New York favorite – chicken riggies at Thendera Pine Restaurant, the seasoned clams at Tony Harper's Restaurant, a variety of chicken wing flavors at the Screamen Eagle, or brunch at the Mountainside Smokehouse & Grill. Looking for an international flavor? Try the French dip at Slickers Adirondack Tavern, Frankie's Taste of Italy or the variety of options at The Pickle Boat Grill, where you can find sushi and Mexican dishes in one stop! Whatever your taste buds crave, you will find it when you eat where the locals eat. For more ideas, check out this blog “Top Eats in Old Forge”

In the summer months, incorporate even more fun into your checklist! Whether you bring the kids or you're a kid at heart, Enchanted Forest Water Safari and Calypso’s Cove will bring thrills and smiles – truly memorable experiences at Water Safari Resort.

Plan your getaways for the year. Start a new tradition with the family or plan some solo time to dig deeper within yourself. Here’s to YOUR 2019 Must-Do Checklist!


Read Next:

  1. Bike, Hike, and Views in the Adirondacks
  2. “Try Camping: A Beginner’s Guide” 
  3. “Winter Hiking Do’s & Don’ts” 
  4. “Grooming the Snowmobile Capital of the East” 
  5. “Snowmobile tips and tricks in the Adirondacks.”
  6. “Top Eats in Old Forge”
  7. “Give Your Home an Adirondack Feel by Adding Some Adirondack Flair.”
  8. “Live Like a Local – 8 Best Experiences in Old Forge.”