Adirondacks this weekend: Art and leaves!
Here in Ottawa, our tendency (naturally enough) is to go leaf peeping locally–after all, the Ottawa and Rideau valleys put on an amazing show. But if you’d like a change of pace, this is a great weekend to head to the Adirondacks, just a three-hour drive south of Ottawa in upstate New York. Not only are the leaves there heading for their peak, but you can also see works by some 50 artists during the self-drive 2013 Artist at Work Studio Tour. It runs from today through Sunday. Participants include painters, carvers, ceramic artists, photographers and many more.
To find out more about the region’s flora and fauna, drop into the award-winning Wild Center in Tupper Lake, which has also published a dandy online guide to some of the Adirondacks’ prime leaf-peeping spots.
Lake Placid is the region’s most famous town, but I really like smaller Saranac Lake. It doesn’t feel quite as hectic, and there are some great little shops and restaurants. If you’re really, really hungry and you like Italian, check out the huge, tasty portions at Nonna Fina. Bring a cooler for your doggy bags. (I’m not kidding–we lived on the leftovers for most of the next day.)
Leaves. Art. Pasta. Owls. Really, what’s not to love?
P.S.: For more info on what to see and do in the Adirondacks this weekend, check out my post at OttawaMagazine.com.
The author travelled to the Adirondacks as a guest of the Lake Placid Convention and Visitors Bureau.