Join us for a trip to Vermont and Upstate New York during the peak of the fall foliage colors. We’ll spend three days in Burlington at the Hotel Vermont [https://hotelvt.com/] and five in Lake Placid at the Crowne Plaza Lake Placid [http://crowneplaza.com/lakeplacid]. You can hike, bike, paddle, and visit regional museums. Or just take scenic drives, visit breweries, or shop.
This will be a pretty flexible trip. We’ll have an SUV for every four or five people, but each SUV holds 7. On days when we’re not transporting luggage, we can rearrange groups according to their interests. Want to do a challenging hike? If you can make a group of three—maybe even two—it can probably be arranged. But there will also be organized activities to participate in many days and suggestions offered for the rest.
Take Burlington! Many will bike in and around Burlington on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday and Tuesday, we’ll likely visit a nearby museum one day and hike the other.
The Burlington Bike Path is the draw for our biking outings. Buy the two-day supplemental biking package and you can explore the short southern segment of the path on Saturday afternoon. We’ll make it a “Bike & Brew” outing—as recommended in a New York Times travel article—with six or more beer and cider breweries to choose from in a six-mile loop. We’ll all meet at a designated brewery for a pre-dinner drink and to assemble into dinner groups.
Sunday’s bike ride promises to be exciting. [If you skip the Saturday bike ride, you can buy a Sunday-only package instead.] The 20-mile round-trip ride goes along—and into-- Lake Champlain. A highlight is the three-mile stretch on a causeway into the lake, Water on both sides, we reach the end of the causeway where we catch a short ride on a bike ferry to an island in Lake Champlain. You can linger on the island to explore and have lunch or just rest on shore for a bit and head back into town. Another brewery meetup before dinner? Of course!
Ready to hike? There are many offerings within 20 to 30 miles of Burlington. Ask for my itinerary. I suggest four or five Vermont hikes of various lengths and difficulty.
Tired from a day of biking or hiking? Let’s go to the Shelburne Museum [https://shelburnemuseum.org/]! A short drive south of Burlington [with some quickie hikes nearby to fill out the day], the Shelburne is an eclectic museum of Americana, folk art, and textiles—much of it displayed in 25 historic buildings relocated to this complex.
Everyone transfers to Lake Placid on Tuesday evening. It’s a fun town with many eating and drinking venues to explore. Wednesday is our organized paddle day! We’re offering three optional guided paddles near Saranac Lake outside Lake Placid. Each is described in more detail under “Optional Offerings” below.
Three days left! Adirondack hiking options are endless. Contact me for a detailed [though still draft] itinerary. You might return to our outfitter to do another paddle—guided or just renting a boat on your own. But another museum awaits to add to the mix of activities, too.
Adirondack Experience [https://www.theadkx.org/]; formerly the Blue Mountain Museum, is a compelling regional museum. It’s a 50+-mile drive to get there! But it’s a drive through some of the prettiest part of the Adirondacks. Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Long Lake. A beautiful drive at the peak of the season. After visiting the museum, you can come home the same route or make a more ambitious loop.
Want more options? Organize a side trip to North Creek south of Lake Placid to do a railbike outing with Revolution Rail [https://www.revrail.com/faqs]. Or visit Ausable Chasm [http://ausablechasm.com/ ]—the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks—where you can hike, float, or rappel.
Sunday, October 6th, we return to Burlington to take an early-afternoon flight home to Chicago.
The trip includes round-trip non-stop airfare from Chicago [O’Hare] to Burlington, Vt.; eight nights lodging [double occupancy; breakfast NOT included]; shared ground transportation [SUVs with four or five people in each vehicle; gas; parking, and ferry]; and some form of group celebration [party; brewery drink tickets; hosted appetizers?] to be determined. No meals are included.
Registration Closes: May 15, 2019
Package and Option Cost:
Regular Package (all inclusive): $1,945.
Land-only Package (contingent on meeting minimum number for airline group): $1,535.
Single Supplement: $1,050.
Additional Activity Options:
Burlington bike rental packages at Local Motion [https://www.localmotion.org/]:
□ Two-day package at $55. Includes bike from Saturday afternoon, Sept 28th through 6pm on Sunday, Sept 29th; overnight storage of bike at rental outlet; and round-trip bike ferry to Lake Champlain island.
□ Sunday only package at $40: Includes bike all day Sunday plus the round-trip bike ferry to Lake Champlain island.
Guided Paddle with the St Regis Canoe Outfitters [https://www.canoeoutfitters.com/guided-tripson] Wednesday, Oct 2nd, 2019:
□ $149 for Middle to Lower Saranac Lake trip. [4-5 hours; no portages.] This is one of St Regis’s most popular outings and may attract the biggest group on our trip. It is a flatwater paddle on two very scenic lakes that are connected by the Saranac River. Near the end of the river section there is an old-fashioned wooden lock that is hand operated.
□ $149 for on the Raquette River trip—from Axton to Crusher Landing. [4 hours; no portages.] This is the easiest of the three offerings. It’s a shorter outing on a quiet river along a bottom land lined with silver maples.
□ $149 for Hoel to Long Pong. [4-hour paddle; 2-hour hike; three portages--longest about 1/3 mile.] This is the most ambitious outing, with both a hike and three portages. This small stream with portages connects a series of four ponds. The wilderness is undeveloped wild land that offers a good chance to see wildlife. If time allows, you hike Long Pond Mountain, a 700-foot ascent to an open, rocky top that provides views of the St Regis area, Upper Saranac Lake, and the High Peak District.
Note on Paddle Pricing: All three paddles include boat [canoe or kayak], guide, and lunch. If we reserve four or more spots on any one outing, our price drops to $119 per person. Refunds will be provided as appropriate.
Initial Payment:: $1,000 Due by April 15, 2019
Remainder of the Balance Due by June15, 2019
Contact: Ken East (Leader) Tim Thurlow (Assistant)