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Americade bikers get ready to ride through the Adirondacks on Tuesday morning. Photo: Zach Hirsch
Americade bikers get ready to ride through the Adirondacks on Tuesday morning. Photo: Zach Hirsch

Harleys to Hondas: bikers take over Lake George

Lake George is one of those North Country towns that's calm and quiet in the winter, but explodes with tourism in the summer. Right at the top of tourism season is a motorcycle rally called Americade.

Every year, thousands of bikers from all over the northeast gather in tiny Lake George. Riders tour the Adirondacks, peruse new gear, watch stunt shows, and meet one another. Zach Hirsch spent a day at the bike festival earlier this week, and produced this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Crews hired by Roedel Companies are restoring the Hotel Saranac's original arcade. The arcade ran through the ground floor of the building from Main Street to Academy Street until it was blocked off in the late 1970s when Paul Smith's College extended the hotel's central staircase to the ground floor. Photo by Chris Knight-Adirondack Daily Enterprise<br />
Crews hired by Roedel Companies are restoring the Hotel Saranac's original arcade. The arcade ran through the ground floor of the building from Main Street to Academy Street until it was blocked off in the late 1970s when Paul Smith's College extended the hotel's central staircase to the ground floor. Photo by Chris Knight-Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Renovations take the Hotel Saranac back in time

Crews are well into renovating and restoring Saranac Lake's iconic downtown hotel.

New Hampshire-based Roedel Companies purchased the Hotel Saranac in early December from the Arora family for $1.4 million. The company has promised to return the 1927 hotel "to its historic grandeur."

Chris Knight recently took part in a tour of the ongoing renovations.  Go to full article
Americade '05 Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/82045003@N00/60244277/">Daniel Howe</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Americade '05 Photo: Daniel Howe, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Thousands of motorcycles to rally in Lake George

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) State police and the Thruway Authority are advising drivers to watch out for motorcycles as thousands head for the 32nd annual Americade rally in Lake George this week.  Go to full article
Workers beginning to lay out the landscaping and sidewalks outside the future Thousand Islands Harbor Hotel. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Workers beginning to lay out the landscaping and sidewalks outside the future Thousand Islands Harbor Hotel. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Luxury hotel in Thousand Islands nears completion

The luxury hotel in Clayton is getting close to completion. And local officials hope it will draw a new kind of tourist to the region.

Two Buffalo-area developers are building the 105-room Thousand Islands Harbor Hotel on a former hazardous waste site right on the St. Lawrence River.

The new construction is transforming Clayton's waterfront.  Go to full article
President Obama greets guests at the baseball hall of fame. Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO
President Obama greets guests at the baseball hall of fame. Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO

Obama pitches tourism in Cooperstown

President Barack Obama sees tourism as a valuable American export, and he wants to make it easier for foreigners to visit and spend money in the United States. He made his case during a visit to the baseball of fame in Cooperstown yesterday.  Go to full article
The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:National_Baseball_Hall_of_Fame_and_Museum.jpg">Beyond My Ken</a> via Wikimedia Commons
The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Photo: Beyond My Ken via Wikimedia Commons

President Obama highlights tourism at Baseball Hall of Fame

President Barack Obama is speaking this hour at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown to highlight the economic benefits of the tourism industry.  Go to full article
President Barack Obama practices his pitching in the Rose Garden. Official White House Photo: Pete Souza
President Barack Obama practices his pitching in the Rose Garden. Official White House Photo: Pete Souza

Cooperstown preps for visit from President Obama

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Call it a walk-off home run for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

President Barack Obama is traveling to New York on Thursday to stress how tourism can lead to good-paying jobs, and he's delivering his speech inside the baseball mecca in Cooperstown.  Go to full article

Lake George's tourism transformation

The summer tourism season is slowly coming awake across the North Country. One of the big hotspots will be Lake George, which is in the middle of a building boom. Community leaders hope to see a kind of growth that will extend the village's visitor economy into the fall and winter months.  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack looks at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks each weekend.

Rain through Sunday morning will exacerbate our already wet and muddy trail conditions and raise the levels of rivers and streams so that some crossing may not be accessible and trails near waterways may be flooded on Sunday morning before skies clear and winds - which are expected to be 10-15 miles per hour Friday and Saturday - begin to calm. Rains are expected to be heaviest on south and southestern slopes.  Go to full article

Saratoga and North Creek Railway sold

One of the Adirondack Park's two tourism railroads has been sold, according to a report in the Adirondack Journal newspaper. Iowa Pacific Rail, which operates the Saratoga and North Creek Railway, is selling an 80 percent interest to a company called Chai Trust Company and EGI Fund Investors.  Go to full article

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