All Photos courtesy Adirondack Museum, graciously supplied by
Todd Happer, Director of Marketing.
Are you the kind of
traveler who likes to soak up the culture and history of the
region you are visiting? If so, during your next North Country
vacation, plan to spend a day at the Adirondack Museum in Blue
Mountain Lake, NY.
A day? Yes, a whole day.
You might be able to get there and race through it faster than
that, but who would want to?
First of all, the ride to Blue
Mountain Lake is a vacation highlight in itself, so don’t rush
that. From the tourist hub of Lake George Village, head north to
and through Warrensburg on New York State route 9, and then,
three miles farther north, catch route 28 on the left, pointing
your nose northwest. Feel stress melt away as your car climbs to
its destination, with each successive summit disclosing yet
another breathtaking panorama of mountains and lakes. You will
pass through a series of quaint Adirondack towns – North Creek,
just off 28, North River, Indian Lake (do you see a theme
developing here?), and finally, Blue Mountain Lake, concluding a
trip of about 60 miles. You’ll sense the change in elevation as
you leave the North River area. The preponderance of deciduous
trees, hemlocks and eastern white pines give way to the stately
spires of spruce and balsam firs. Here and there you’ll spot
tree-ringed wetlands dotted with emerald clumps of vegetation.
You’ll peer across the water, hoping to spot a moose browsing.
At Lake Durant, just south of Blue Mountain Lake, you might
linger a little rest area equipped with a couple of picnic
tables affording a nice lake view. When you arrive at the “T”
intersection in Blue Mountain Lake, route 28 turns left and you
will turn right, following New York State route 30 N. The road
climbs once more, and a short distance from the intersection
you’ll find the Adirondack Museum on your left, with ample
parking in the lot and adjacent garage.
|Adirondack Museum-Log Hotel
|| ADK Museum Campus Pond
Marion River Carry Pavilion
The museum was opened
by the Adirondack Historical Society in 1957 with a small, but
impressive collection housed on property that had been the site
of an old tourist hotel, the Blue Mountain House. First tourist lodging on this
property. “Since then,” notes the museum web site, “the
Adirondack Museum collection has expanded to include artifacts
representing community life from all over the Adirondack region.
Be sure to take a camera; photo ops abound. The museum actively
collects, preserves and exhibits objects that were made or used
by Adirondackers. These objects are historical documents that
tell how people live, work, and play on the Adirondack
landscape.” From its humble beginnings, the museum’s
ever-growing collection now includes some 30,000 objects, more
than 70,000 photographs, 9,511 books, and 800 pages of original
| This engine was one of the
museum’s earliest artifacts.
|| View Blue Mtn Lake
The museum’s regular season runs
from late May to mid-October, and the campus is open from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. This writer suggests you get there in the
morning, and either take a picnic to enjoy at one of several
picnic areas on the grounds, or buy lunch at the Lake View Café,
which serves snacks and beverages 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and full
menu from 11 to 3. From the café you can savor scenic views of
Blue Mountain Lake. Enjoy a picnic or
lunch at the café overlooking the lake.
|Bull Cottage sits atop a hill on
the museum campus, with its prized examples of
Adirondack rustic furniture.
|| ADK Museum Exhibition-Boats &
The exhibits of
the Adirondack Museum are spread out among numerous buildings.
Sites include the Log Hotel, on site since 1876, the one-room
Reising Schoolhouse, and Bull Cottage See exhibits about outdoor
historic watercraft and learn about their construction boats and
boating, logging, rails and roads. Kids love to scamper down the
paths to find each destination, but must adults prefer a
leisurely amble, with occasional stops to rest on
strategically-placed benches amongst lawns and gardens.
Save time and energy for browsing in the museum gift shop,
chock full of regional books and field guides, maps,
apparel, housewares, jewelry and gifts for all ages.
|Navigating around the museum
campus by map is an enjoyable challenge for many young
|| Adk Museum Gift
Not your ordinary souvenir shop!
year visitors are treated to a kaleidoscope of changing exhibits
and new informative programs. The 2014 season will be
highlighted by demonstrations of traditional arts, an Arto
Monaco (Land of Makebelieve) exhibit, an exhibition about
photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard, and an exhibit of fine art
portraying the Adirondack landscape from the past two centuries.
Described by museum staffer Todd Happer as “one of the most
action-packed” in years, the 2014 season makes giant strides in
fulfilling the museum’s mission to “expand public understanding
Adirondack history and the relationship between people and
the Adirondack wilderness, fostering informed choices for the
Don’t miss this Adirondack experience. Wheel
chairs, electric carts, wagons and strollers are available.
For more info:
www.adirondackmuseum.org or www.adirondackmuseumstore.com.
9097 New York 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
352-7311 Fax: (518) 352-7653
Ads fund American Roads so please consider them for your needed
If you enjoy the articles we offer, donations
are always welcome.