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On paper at least, mid-August probably charts as a brilliant time to hold a beer festival, like the National Capital Craft Beer Festival, taking place in Ottawa this weekend – like, right now! Regrettably, as I wrote this the projected high...
Sometimes we’re just fish in water, oblivious to our own surroundings. That was part of the message two tourists from Europe shared recently, in an “Open letter to the people who hold power and responsibility in Canada.” In it,...
Special artists attain enough fame to draw crowds on their reputation alone. You know, ones like Picasso, Rembrandt, da Vinci or Monet. Others are also important, but just don’t have the right name recognition. Take Gustave Doré. Sure,...
I’m not sure how often big structures get blown up in this region, or if that’s the sort of thing you’ll go out of your way to watch. But if explosive change strikes you as a marvel of ingenuity, than Ottawa’s Central...
I’ve been writing a lot recently about tourism in the Adirondacks and the North Country region more broadly. What I’m finding is kind of a tale of two cities, or rather two very different types of small town. Some...
News stories tagged with "tourism"
Jan 13, 2003 — This weekend brought another snowmobile death in the north country. A 28-year-old woman from Cadyville died Saturday night after being thrown from a sled. As Brian Mann reports, one of the drivers involved in the accident has been charged with driving while intoxicated. Go to full article
Jan 01, 2003 — The last couple of years, the Adirondacks have been discovered. Not just by tourists, but by foreign workers. Young people from around the world are flocking to Lake Placid, where businesses say there's a shortage of busboys and maids and bartenders. But as Brian Mann reports, critics say the foreign visitors are competing with local workers at a time when jobs are increasingly scarce. Go to full article
Dec 31, 2002 — Authorities say one young person died and a second was injured in a snowmobile accident over the holiday weekend. Seventeen-year-old Christopher Ernest died in a crash near Albany. As Brian Mann reports, the latest fatality follows a rash of early-season snowmobile deaths. Go to full article
Dec 20, 2002 — Walt Disney opened his first theme park in the summer of 1955. But half a decade before Disneyland, there was Santa's Workshop in Wilmington ? the creation of north country native Arto Monaco. Monaco built a half-dozen theme parks. Most are gone now, swept away by changing tastes. But Monaco himself is still around, still creating make-believe worlds. Brian Mann visited his workshop in Upper Jay and has our story. Go to full article
Nov 19, 2002 — A new survey finds early bad weather and tighter border security hurt many Thousand Islands businesses last summer. As David Sommerstein reports, many in the area's tourism industry are taking a cautious approach to the future as they face a weak economy. Go to full article
Nov 15, 2002 — The Adirondack Park Agency commission got a first look at a new plan for the Bog River and Lowe's Lake on Thursday. The plan -- for an area near Tupper Lake -- includes a restriction on commercial floatplane use. As Brian Mann reports, the Agency won't vote on the proposal until January. Go to full article
Nov 05, 2002 — For some in the North Country, the first days of snow can be a hard time. We say good-bye to our gardens and look forward to long months of scraping our car windows and shoveling sidewalks. But for those who love to ski, the first taste of snow is intoxicating. Brian Mann skied Whiteface Mountain's Memorial Highway over the weekend. He sends this audio postcard. Go to full article
Oct 31, 2002 — On Wednesday (Oct. 30) the Adirondack Park Agency staff approved a permit for a new 97-room hotel in Lake George. The project has drawn criticism from pro-environment groups, who say it was given fast-track treatment because the developer is a former state official. Brian Mann reports. Go to full article
Oct 31, 2002 — For years tourism has been seen as an important part of the North Country's future. While mining, timber, and farming lost jobs, the government spent tens of millions of dollars to jump-start the region's visitor industry. In part two of a series on the region's tourism industry, Brian Mann looks at the quality of tourism work - an industry plagued by low pay and low benefits. Go to full article
Oct 30, 2002 — For years, the tourism industry has been seen as the North Country's next economic engine. Ten of millions of dollars have been spent to polish the region's attractions, from tourist trains to ski slopes. But the last decade has seen little of the growth local leaders counted on. In this first of a two part series, Brian Mann reports many communities have struggled to find private investors willing to bank on North Country tourism. Go to full article