Adirondacks this weekend: Art and leaves!

Posted on September 27th, 2013 by Laura Byrne Paquet in Destinations, News

Here's how the colours on Upper Saranac Lake looked earlier this week. Photo by Tom Phillips.

Here’s how the colours on Upper Saranac Lake looked earlier this week. Photo by Tom Phillips.

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.

Owls are among the many small animals you can learn about at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. Photo by Laura Byrne Paquet.

Owls are among the many small animals you can learn about at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. Photo by Laura Byrne Paquet.

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.)

If the weather's warm enough, Nonna Fina's patio overlooking Lake Flower is a great spot to eat. Photo by Laura Byrne Paquet.

If the weather’s warm enough, Nonna Fina’s patio overlooking Lake Flower is a great spot to eat. Photo by Laura Byrne Paquet.

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.

2 Comments on “Adirondacks this weekend: Art and leaves!”

  1. Emilie Harting

    Laura, I have absolutely LOVED the Adirondacks–ever since I went to a wilderness Girl Scout Camp and climbed up to the top
    of a mountain and discovered I could see for fifty miles. For many years we took our family there to a rented cabin. The mountains and lakes get into your soul after a while.

    • Laura Byrne Paquet

      I’ve discovered in writing this post that lots of people have a very strong emotional connection to this area. It IS pretty special, isn’t it?

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