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Water's Edge owners Tom and Leslie Knoll. Photo: Zach Hirsch
Water's Edge owners Tom and Leslie Knoll. Photo: Zach Hirsch

Why people keep coming back to the Adirondacks

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It's almost summertime, and already seasonal tourists are making their way back to the Adirondacks. Tom and Leslie Knoll are a couple of the people who offer to put them up. They've owned Water's Edge Cottages in Long Lake since 1982, and they say their place has 40 feet of beach and beautiful views of the sunset.

Zach Hirsch dropped in for a visit last week and asked them, What makes the Adirondacks so unique?

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Leslie Knoll: We've got one of the best views in the Adirondacks, from the bridge, looking down to the end of the lake, just beautiful. Basically for me it's the trees, and the fresh air, and the water – just the combination. I don't know, I just can't think of any place I'd rather be.

Tom Knoll: We're a little bit slower this year than we usually are in the business.

The view from the main building. Photo: Zach Hirsch
The view from the main building. Photo: Zach Hirsch
LK: I'm positive it's going to pick up, though. Like I said, things will go in ebbs and flows. And it's not always year-to-year, it maybe take two or three years, sometimes, to rebuild up, but, there's always new people coming around.

TK: We've been doing it even before we moved up here in Long Lake. We were doing it on Long Island – actually Fire Island, in the business, started out there with a friend of ours.

Zach Hirsch: How does doing this kind of job up here compare to doing it in Long Island?

TK: It was crazy…We worked on Fire Island –

LK: In the '70s.

TK:  - And the ferry would come in, and they'd all unload at once and want to check in first. It was weird. We were young, so we could take it, but we took long walks down the beach.

LK: When we came back to the Adirondacks, I realized how much I missed it.

TK: And up here it's totally different. People check in, they're relaxed when they get here, they're already on mountain time. They're not on their own time anymore, they're already relaxed. They just love it.

LK: Another thing is I don't think Long Lake overall changes that much. When they come back, their memories always seem to be the same.

TK: I tell you what, the people who come to the Adirondacks are loyal customers. They love the Adirondacks. In fact people have stayed in our cottages. I think eight of them have bought houses in Long Lake.

LK: At least.

TK: If you're in a place that makes you feel good, then you're in the right place.

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