Upstate New York

I first visited my friend’s cottage here back in 2003 when we were childless high school teachers. We’ve come back a few times since, and now there are 2 cottages, usually grandparents in one and 5 kids between the 2 of us! It’s a whole different kind of party now, and a lot of fun.

Lake Champlain is far enough from New York City to seem undiscovered. It doesn’t have the crowds like Lake George in the summertime.  I highly recommend renting a place here in the summer, and be sure to have access to kayaks. The lake compared to others I’ve been to has few motorized boats, so it’s quiet and safe.  The kids love being outside in the bug-free breezes (they do come out at night but nothing like our hometown bugs).  The water is clear and calm and much warmer than all the Michigan lakes we’ve visited!

Berry picking is a good idea if you’re there in summer – the blueberries were in season while we were there.

Some things to do in the area:

Rent a cabin on the lake and swim like crazy!

Horse camp: Willow Hill Farm is a really special place. The camp lead teacher has been running the day camp for 16 years!  We visited for the day and a lesson and it was an overwhelmingly positive experience.

Ausable Chasm – not cheap, and mixed reviews, but some people rave about it.

Ausable Brewing Company

Mace Chase Farm if you’re renting a place with a kitchen. This area is rich with sustainable foods.  There’s also a small but nice farmer’s market in Willsboro on Thursdays.