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There’s no doubt that the best snowmobiling in the Northeast is here in Old Forge. Did you know that it is referred to as ‘The Snowmobile Capital of the East’?! Snowmobilers rush up North in troves to ride on the powdery, groomed trails that provide endless fun and breathtaking views of Old Forge. Here are some tips and tricks to take advantage of your time snowmobiling in the Adirondacks.

Trail Access:

The Old Forge snowmobile trails connect with all major trail systems in Central and Upstate New York. The trails are groomed daily to ensure prime riding conditions. You can also access trail reports that evaluate different trails as marginal, good, great, and fair depending on their coverage and bumps, giving you a variety of conditions to choose from!

Did you know? Old Forge Camping Resort has direct access to Trail 5, as well as miles and miles of groomed trails through the town of Webb and Inlet, which accommodate any level or desire of snowmobilers. What’s better than having trail access right in your backyard?!

You can also fill up your snowmobile in the Enchanted Forest Water Safari parking lot across from Waters Edge Inn at Enchanted Gas, which is open 24/7 and is easily accessible from Trails 1 and 5. Only credit and debit cards are accepted, so be sure to bring your card! Take the hassle out of filling up your snowmobile and hit the trails as early as possible!

Parking:

Who enjoys hitching and hauling their snowmobile up North because you are unable to stay the whole season? Park your snowmobile trailer at the Old Forge Camping Resort for the winter season and use it as you please. The grounds are maintained and monitored daily, providing security to your snowmobile. Even more convenient, you can securely access your sled at any time! At $300 per site for the season, this option saves you time, money, and traveling – leaving you with only the best aspects of snowmobiling to enjoy in Old Forge!

Packages & Offers:

 

Old Forge Camping Resort offers many great packages to help you make the most of your day in Old Forge! You can see our full list of winter packages here: 

Our sister propery, Water’s Edge Inn offers many great plans and packages also! Purchase a Full Season Permit, Weekday Season Permit, or a Seven Consecutive Days Permit to fit your needs at a reasonable price! Prices are per snowmobile and can be purchased during the Inn’s operational hours at the Tourism Information Center, making it easy to get your snowmobile on the road!

Water’s Edge Inn also offers a Snowmobile Park & Ride offer. The discount package includes a two weeknight stay for two guests in your choice of a Lakeview Double or Standard Double room. Also, enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants in the area, and a complimentary continental breakfast every morning of your stay. What’s better than a warm breakfast before a cold, snowy day on the trails?!

Food:

After a long day of snowmobiling fun, we imagine you will have worked up quite the appetite. Luckily, Old Forge has a plethora of restaurants for you to pick from. Most restaurants have a wide variety of options to satisfy everyone in your party’s needs. Try a delicious hot dog from the Adirondack Dog House, a delicious breakfast from Walt’s Diner, or a warm cup of coffee from Ozzie’s Coffee Bar. No matter where you stop in, you can’t go wrong!

Kickoff the weekend by getting a peek at 2018 Snowmobile models by the 4 major manufacturers at the Hiltebrant Recreation Center Pavilion in Old Forge!

Come Saturday to experience the history of snowmobiles with the Vintage Snowmobile Show and Swap Meet beginning at 8am. Then head over to watch the Annual Kitty-Cat Snowmobile Races, followed by an appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus! Take advantage while these special guests are here, capture this memorable photo op available 1-4pm. Be sure to swing back over to the snowmobile show to find out who takes home the win in 17 different categories at 2pm.

Plus Enjoy the AmSnow Dynotech Research New York Shootout on Saturday, December 9th, 2017, at Chip and Cindy Sauer's Track, behind The Ole Barn - The Ole Barn is located at 74 Limekiln Road, Inlet, NY. Gates open at 8 a.m. The shootout starts at 11 a.m. - snow or no snow! The spectator fee is $10. Trail riders can run 660 feet for $10. This event will host the four snowmobile manufacturers: Arctic Cat, Ski-Doo, Yamaha, and Polaris, as well as shop-modified runs. Water’s Edge Inn & Old Forge Camping Resort are proud to be a sponsor of this event! 

We put the newest stock snowmobiles on the radar gun for the first time to see which one can claim bragging rights as the 2017-18 snowmobile season gets underway. But that's not all! You'll also witness some of North America's top performance shops showcasing their products down Chip & Cindy Sauer's quarter-mile track behind The Ole Barn restaurant. Plenty of food, beverages, and fun to be had. This is one wild snowmobile party you don't want to miss!

On Sunday, come on out for your chance to win in the raffle! Drawings for the youth raffle and a raffle for a new 2018 snowmobile of your choice and cash prizes, starts at 1pm. It’s sure to bring in the crowd!

 

Hazy and humid summer days are long gone, autumn’s vibrant and colorful leaves have fallen, and winter is upon us! Old Forge is a beautiful and fun place to plan a camping trip or quick weekend getaway. Whether you’re enjoying hot cocoa by the fire at Waters Edge Inn or roasting s’mores at Old Forge Camping Resort, you are sure to have a great time. Why let tedious packing ruin your excitement?

Here a few ways to pay more efficiently for your trip to the Adirondacks:

1.) Make a checklist.

What is a better way to keep the stress out of packing than to create a list? Camping checklists can be found online, but it is also a good idea to create a list customized to your family. By writing out everything you need ahead of time, you’ll be able to put everything in your suitcase right before you go with the assurance that you have not forgotten anything. Plus, you’ll be able to make sure you have everything before you leave and once you get back home.

2.) Roll clothing, don’t fold.

Flannels, thermals, sweatpants, and socks!! You will want to pack thick, cozy layers to keep you warm and toasty on brisk mornings. Because the bulk of warm clothing can take up a lot of room in your suitcase, roll your clothing instead of folding it. Fold shirts and pants in half lengthwise and roll them up. Put pieces of clothing on top of one another before folding to keep outfits intact! This method prevents wrinkles and leaves ample room for the rest of your clothing. Plus, it’ll be easier to spot the article of clothing you’re digging to find. 

3.) “Last in, first out”.

A good rule-of-thumb is to pack your vehicle with the idea of “last in, first out”. Stowaway items that you will not need in your car first, while packing the things you’ll need first in last. This saves you the frustration of rummaging through pillows, coolers, bags, and suitcases to find a blanket to cover up with or a treat to snack on during your trip. 

4.) Use plastic bins

Odds are, you plan to spend some time outdoors during your stay in the Adirondacks. You’ll want to bring your hiking boots, activewear, backpacks, water, and miscellaneous items, like bug spray and a first aid kit. Instead of rifling through your suitcase for what you need and throwing your muddy gear back in with your clothes, purchase a few large or medium sized plastic bins. Organize your supplies according to what you plan to do on your trip. This is perfect to leave in the car and which make sure you’re not running around, scrambling for supplies at the last minute. 

Winter is the time of year most families retreat indoors and say goodbye to the endless adventures of the outdoors. Camping gear is packed away and not thought of again until next spring. But what if all that could change? 

Winter camping is an exciting way to enjoy the outdoors, even in those cold months. It can also be a great family bonding experience! To make the best of your winter camping getaway, we have compiled a list of winter camping hacks, to help keep you warm and your spirits up! 

Water Bottle in Sleeping Bag: boil water and pour it into water bottles. Place the bottles in the bottoms of sleeping bags and it will warm your toes all night!

Extra padding: air mattresses, yoga mats, and any other padding is great to put in your sleeping bag. This will add more insulation between you and the ground, making it that much easier to fall asleep comfortably. 

Dance party: Having a dance party is a great way to warm up and get the whole family laughing and having fun! 

Sleeping close together: family camping is perfect for the winter because more people = more heat. 

Wear less to bed: sleep in only a warm base layer, this allows the sleeping bag to fill up with heat, instead of your clothes absorbing it all.

Bring lawn chairs: avoid sitting in the snow by bringing lawn chairs for the whole family! That way when you gather around the campfire, you can stay warmer. 

Store water bottles upside down: water freezes from the top down, placing them upside down will allow for the water at the bottom to freeze first, so you can still drink it!

Open vents: before calling it a day, open the vents of the tent. This will prevent condensation from freezing on the tent overnight. 

For the best camping experience, bring your family to the Old Forge Camping Resort! Set in the Adirondacks and open all year long, it is a great place for the whole family. They have heated restrooms and showers, kitchen stations for tent and cabin campers and 24-hour security! Not only will you and your family feel safe and comfortable at Old Forge Camping Resort, but you will be surrounded by non-stop fun too! 

For more information, check out our site!

 

 

Why stop doing what you love because of the weather? The winter can be one of the best times to explore nature, but there’s a lot to prepare for in such a cold season. Being someone who can brave the frigid temperatures won’t cut it out here – it pays to be prepared for the wintry outdoors. Whether you’re skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing, there are many things to be aware of in order to enjoy your time on the snowy trails. Here are a few things to keep in mind while hiking during the upcoming winter months. 

Do’s

1.) Be sure to research your location.

Hiking locations can vary considerably between the summer and winter months. Be mindful of the lack of daylight hours and how long you will be. Certain parts of the trail may be closed off due to extreme weather conditions and some trails may be closed altogether. It pays to find a location that is the right fit for you. 

2.) Check the weather before you head out for your expedition.

This one seems like a given. However, weather can change without expectation in the blink of an eye. You want to be aware of the precipitation, avalanche reports, daylight hours, and wind speed. There’s no need to be a winter weather expert, but make sure to do your research. Snowy conditions can be scary, so it is always good to know when to draw the line and postpone your hike.

3.) Invest in the proper gear that will withstand the elements.

Not only will you want to pile on the layers, but you will also need quality, durable clothing in order to stay warm and comfortable as you trek through the snow. A good rule of thumb: You do not want to have on too many layers. A top, middle, and bottom layer will keep you warm and give you accessibility.

Your main priority is your safety – white-outs and avalanches do happen, so make sure you are prepared for anything and everything. An ice ax, gaiters, goggles, and snowshoes are always good to have. 

4.) Take the same precautions as you would in the summer.

Just because you cannot see the sun does not mean that it isn’t there - make sure you pack sunscreen! The sun reflects off of white snow and the higher up you trek, the stronger it will be. Make sure you stay hydrated, well-fed, and don’t forget your sunglasses– even if that isn’t your priority in the cold weather! 

 

5.) Bring supplies to eat and cook.

Simply put, your food will freeze. Plus, you want to prepare for the possibility that you may get stuck in a storm. (We don’t want to think about it, either, but better to be safe than sorry!) As with any form of exercise, you want to fuel your body so that you do not feel fatigued during your hike. 

There’s no need to pile on the pots and pans, but make sure to bring some matches and non-perishable food for the day. Liquid-fuel stoves are recommended for cold temperatures and are more helpful than a canister. It is also smart to bring a windscreen and heat exchanger to help make cooking easier. 

 

Don'ts

1.) Do not go alone.

It is a good idea to share the trip with a few nature-loving friends with you as well. It wouldn’t hurt to have varying skill sets to prepare you for all kinds of potential problems. You never know when you’ll need your buddy who is well-versed in snow travel or your sister who is a genius with route finding to help you out in a pinch! Make sure you keep pace with the slowest in the group so you all stay together – you don’t want to lose one another out there! 

2.) Do not underestimate the elements.

Hiking in the winter is a completely different experience than in the other seasons. There are extreme risks associated with the winter that you should be prepared for. The snow can make visibility difficult and the low temperatures can present new challenges that you will not have to worry about the warmer weather. Consider going on a shorter trail or limiting your outdoor exposure time. If you see the weather start to take a turn for the worst, be prepared to turn around and call it a day! 

3.) Do not rely on your cell phone for emergency help.

Though it is always good to have, cell phones cannot protect you against low temperatures and dangerous conditions. Moreover, you may not be able to receive service on your hike. Personal locator beacons and snow saws may not be on your shopping list, but it pays to be prepared. 

4.) Do not forget the basics. 

Though it’s important to put emphasis on the equipment you need specifically for the winter, it is crucial to not overlook your basic amenities. Be sure to pack a map, guidebook, compass, first-aid kit, waterproof matches, any medications you may need, and a Swiss-army knife on your trek. Winter hiking certainly is different than warm weather hiking, but not too different. 

5.) Don’t forget to leave your plans with a friend or family member.

It is always important to let someone know where you are in case of an emergency. Make sure you inform someone of your plans for your hike and try to stick to them as closely as possible. Also, sign a hiking register, if available. Make sure you have everybody’s phone numbers, and that someone apart from the hike knows how to contact you. Most importantly, let someone know when you leave and when you return.

Wondering what gift to buy your outdoor loving friend? The one who spends every weekend in the Adirondacks, hiking, fishing, skiing, and just about everything else they offer, then you have come to the right place! We have put together the perfect gift guide for those Adirondack fanatics! 

Adirondack embroidered throw blankets, hand-crafted mugs or bowls, or an Adirondack themed calendar for the new year are perfect for those friends who love decorating their homes with all things Adirondacks. You can even purchase dog toys for the animal-loving friend!

Book a relaxing getaway at one of the lodges or inns of the Adirondacks, surrounded by nothing but beautiful scenery and providing the best comfort, your friend will never stop thanking you! If going away for the weekend doesn’t work, a bottle of wine from one of the Adirondacks wineries can be a lovely substitute. From the peace of their own home, they can enjoy a part of the Adirondack experience. www.watersedgeinn.com

Tickets for skiing resorts, white water rafting, or ice skating, are all fun gift ideas for your friend that keeps on going! At McCauley Mountain Ski Center, in Old Forge, your friend can ski or snowboard and enjoy a beautiful ride on their scenic ski lift! 

Old Forge is also home to Enchanted Forest Water Safari! Give your friend the gift of unlimited visits for the whole summer, with their Season Pass! 

We all know it as one of the most important aspects of any vacation: The food. Wherever you go, there are delicious restaurants and diners with a warm meal that is sure to leave you wanting to come back for seconds. In Old Forge, the great scenery and fantastic family fun are coupled with amazing places to grab a bite to eat. Be sure to explore and fill your belly with some of the delicious food that Old Forge has to offer!

 

 

Five Corners Café

A crowd favorite, Five Corners Café is a small, eclectic restaurant located on State Route 28 in Old Forge. Their menu is consistently reviving itself to suit the changing seasons. The presentation is outstanding and plan to be greeted by attentive, kind service. With a wide selection of beers, wines, and food choices, Five Corners is sure to please your whole group!

 

 

Billy’s Italian American Restaurant

With a wide array of Italian meals, Billy’s Italian American Restaurant ensures good prices and plentiful portions. No wonder it is well loved by locals and visitors alike! Located on Main Street, you will have no hassle stopping in after a long day of hiking or lounging by the water. Billy’s also gives back to their community by hosting Donation Dinners each season. 20% of all sales are donated to different community organizations to thank them for their hard work. What’s better than a restaurant that serves great food and stands behind a great message? 

 

 

Slickers

Established in 1984, Slicker’s offers a wide selection of takeout and dine-in food choices. Try their homemade chowder or chili or join them for their Shrimp Happy Hour! Some even argue that Slicker’s is home to the best pizza and wings in Old Forge! See for yourself and stop in on your next trip up North! 

 

 

Adirondack Dog House

Did someone say hot dogs?! Located right next to Enchanted Forest Water Safari, the Adirondack Dog House offers a diverse variety of hot dogs, French fries, and sandwiches. There is no better way to end your day! The Dog House offers various specials and any topping you can think of to make your hot dog suit your taste. Have you ever heard of guacamole on a hot dog?! You’ll have to stop in and see for yourself! 

 

 

Ozzie’s Coffee Bar

Looking for a cozy little coffee shop to sit outside and enjoy coffee or a bite to eat on your trip to Old Forge. Ozzie’s Coffee Bar is your place! Offering baked goods, soup, salads, sandwiches, and (of course!) great coffee, revel in relaxation at this little lunch spot!  

There’s a never-ending debate on which type of environment is a more desirable to be—the city, or the countryside, or in our case, the Adirondack Mountains. Although there are some things that the city offers like restaurant opportunities, sports arenas, and career opportunities, we’re confident that in the end, the ADK is a the more desirable place to be. It’s got the breathtaking views, the peace and serenity, and the fresh air, which we’re going to discuss.

With that being said, here is our compilation of the top 4 advantages that makes being in the Adirondacks more enjoyable than being in the city, although there are plenty more! Enjoy!

#1 Getting Around

When you’re in the Adirondacks, you can kiss cramming yourself into a jam-packed subway car goodbye. Even though traveling via the subway or other public transportation methods might seem easier, it’s not a pleasant experience trying to get around the city. In the ADK, there are more relaxing ways to get around town. You can take a boat across the lake or hike up the nearest mountain. In the winter seasons, you can bust out the snowmobiles, snowboard, or skis for a more exuberating way to get around! Even if you have to drive, forget about all the traffic. There’s usually another route, so you won’t be late. You’re more in control, and there’s plenty of free parking!

#2 Pollution/Air Quality

Take a deep breath. Don’t worry—that’s the fresh air you’re smelling, not the garbage that you can’t seem to get away from in the city. Not only does city air smell bad, but it’s terrible for your health! You can read more at http://tinyurl.com/cityairquality, where Laurie Winkless explains it further. 

Because we’re surrounded by trees, and other natural air filters, you can breathe in confidence that the air you’re breathing isn’t tainted by car and factory exhausts. 

#3 Peace and Quiet  

Let’s talk about sleep.

Sounds of the city keeping you awake? Can’t seem to get away from the cars, trains, and sirens? You’ll never sleep so peaceful than you will in the Adirondacks. Instead of the bright car and skyscraper lights, you have to close your shades just to get away from, the twinkling stars are your nightlight. And without all of the buildings and streetlights, you can actually see the stars! Not only do the stars help, but you have the calming waves or crickets to lull you to sleep. For the full experience of sleeping in the Adirondacks, check out Old Forge Camping Resort!

Stressed out?

When you’re stressed out, the city is the last place you want to be. You’ve got to walk fast, keep up with transportation and, again, can’t get awake from the noise. That’s the not the case here. In the ADK, you’ve got an endless array of ways to relieve the stress of the everyday grind. You’ve got many different lakes that you can sit by or take a boat out on to reflect and get your head on straight. You’ve got the gorgeous views to help you take you take your mind off whatever’s going on. You can take a peaceful hike and explore to free your worries. Being so close to nature can really give you that peace of mind. Take your pick!

We saved our personal favorite for last:

#4 Views

When it comes to sight-seeing and outdoor enjoyability, nothing beats the Adirondacks. The fall foliage during the autumnal months, the mesmerizing snow-covered peaks in the winter, and the gorgeous greenery the rest of the year will knock you off your feet all year long. Whether you’re on top of a mountain looking down, or down by the lake at Water’s Edge Inn looking up, rest assured, you won’t see anything like it anywhere else.

In conclusion

Being in a city offers some conveniences, there’s no doubt about it. But for a more enjoyable experience, you’ve got to go with the Adirondacks. Getting around is much more relaxing and easier than navigating your way through a busy city. The air quality up here is so much better—not only the way it smells but the benefits it has on your body! You’ll get the most rejuvenating sleep in ADK, no doubt about it! Get away from the lights and noise of the city and sleep like you never have before in the mountains. The sights and views in the Adirondacks are to die for! In the city, you see buildings, huge groups of people, and nonstop traffic. In the ADK you get stunning views of foliage, awesome mountains, and wildlife that you won’t see anywhere else.

 

Old Forge Relaxation Under $50

It’s been a rough week and you want to escape. Only problem is, with the added expense of school supplies, soccer cleats and scout uniforms, you don’t have a lot of handy cash. No problem, head out to Old Forge and you can have a great time for under $50.

The vast trails and endless scenery of the Adirondacks is always free and you simply cannot match the beauty of nature’s fall palette. 

 The best way to see the foliage is from above, with The McCauley Mountain Scenic Chair life ride. During the fall, you can witness nature's amazing show as the colors of the Adirondacks change. Pack a lunch for a picnic at the top and watch the deer as they wander in and out of the trees. Adults: $6; Juniors 6-16: $5; Seniors/Active Military: $5; Kids under 6: FREE 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For something to eat, make a stop at Ozzie's Coffee Bar, located on Main Street. In addition to a wide selection of café drinks, you can enjoy breakfast, paninis, cold sandwiches and soups and salads. They also serve wine and beer. 

 

For a quiet, relaxing break, head to the Montezuma Winery, 3050 State Route 28, and enjoy tasting some wines specially created for the Adirondack’s. Tasting fee is only $4 per person or $6 to include a souvenir tasting glass. 

 Take in a modern movie in a classic historic setting at the Strand Theater at 3093 Route 28. Enjoy first run films in this movie house, built in the 1920s and lovingly maintained in its original opulence. 

 

 

 

Ahhhh, Fall. It’s here, there’s no denying it. Fall camping offers many rewards, including less-crowded campgrounds, increased wildlife spotting, and outdoor recreation pursuits best experienced in the cooler months. While the season brings colorful foliage and cooler temperatures, it also brings a wide variety of amazing foods to supplement your camping.

Cooler temperatures call for heartier cuisine, and simplicity is key when your cooking outdoors. 

The ultimate, undisputed champion of one-pot cooking is chili, a savory combination of meat, tomatoes, onions and beans, all slow-simmered with a variety of seasonings. Bear in mind, however, that the opportunities for variations of the ingredients is limitless, you just can’t go wrong. Load the pot early, let it simmer then enjoy the satisfaction as you sit bundled up near an early evening fire.

Your favorite stew recipe can almost always be recreated in the outdoors.  

Use a Dutch oven to allow your stew to simmer longer.

Fall is the time for squashes, butternut, acorn, and of course, pumpkin. These hearty and delectable gourds can be prepared in any number of ways but their finest hour is when they are roasted over an open flame then simmered into soups.Want to take less time and have more variety? Then try “hobo packs.” Simply wrap favorite combinations of meat, fish, vegetable and seasonings in heavy aluminum foil and place directly over the fire. These easy to make meals also allow for everyone in your camp to enjoy their own combination.

 For dessert, try a berry cobbler. Pick your own berries or buy a bag of frozen berries. Mix them with sugar and cinnamon, and top it with store-bought crust dough. Cook your cobbler in a Dutch oven or even over a campfire on a grill.

Close your day with the year-round campfire favorite of s’mores. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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