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A lake view at White Pine Camp.
A lake view at White Pine Camp.

Fodor's gives White Pine Camp a gold star

An Adirondack Great Camp has won high praise from Fodor's Travel. The travel guidebook publisher has named White Pine Camp, near Paul Smith's, as one of the top 10 "Best Sense of Place" destinations in the U.S. Fodor's calls White Pine Camp, "Rustic and elegant". Built in 1908, it hosted celebrities and dignitaries, including President Calvin Coolidge and his wife, in the 1920's. Dick and Mary George are co-owners and caretakers of the camp. Todd Moe spoke with Dick George about White Pine Camp's history and authentic feel.  Go to full article

Tourism experts view summer season with cautious optimism

Business owners and tourism officials in the Adirondack Park say they're cautiously optimistic about the summer tourism season, which unofficially kicked off this weekend. They're optimistic because the country is slowly pulling out of an economic recession, the Canadian dollar remains close to par, and the weather over the last few weeks has been sunny and warm - all of which are factors that, if they continue, could bring more tourists to the Adirondacks. But, as Chris Knight reports, those in the Park's tourism industry are cautious because the economy remains unstable and the weather in the Adirondacks, which can play a big role in people's travel plans, is unpredictable.  Go to full article
By car, tractor, donkey...and snowshoe. Photo by Carol Pynchon.
By car, tractor, donkey...and snowshoe. Photo by Carol Pynchon.

On the road: 'round the world hitchhiker pauses in the North Country

Frenchman Jeremy Marie is about halfway through his world tour. It's a slow trip. He figures it will take him five years, because he's hitchhiking, ride by ride, from his home in Normandy and back.

The 25 year-old has been through Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He crossed the Atlantic by crewing on a catamaran from South Africa to Panama. The it was north through Central America, Mexico and the west coast to Alaska and across Canada. Now he's thumbing his way south through the U.S.

He's ridden in cars, trucks, on tractors and donkeys. His budget is seven dollars a day, and he's slept on people's couches, outdoors at gas stations in the middle of the desert -- anywhere he can find a bed.

This past week he's been on "pause" in the North Country, with home base in Canton. He says this is the coldest place he has been, but also one of the most hospitable. Martha Foley spoke with him after his talk at the Canton Rotary Club, on his first day in town.  Go to full article
The Akron multi-modal transportation center was built by the tracks, but before completion Amtrak pulled out, leaving only the bus. Photo: Julie Grant
The Akron multi-modal transportation center was built by the tracks, but before completion Amtrak pulled out, leaving only the bus. Photo: Julie Grant

All aboard for Amtrak?

People who like the idea of passenger trains have been waiting for decades for the federal government to get on board. Now, some think Congress might be ready to get funding on track for Amtrak. Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article

Rising gas prices may help, not hurt, tourism

North Country businesses that depend on summer tourism are keeping a worried eye on the rising cost of gas. Concern is growing that many travelers will avoid punishing prices at the pump and simply stay home. But, as Jonathan Brown reports, tourism officials say higher gas prices could help the region attract more visitors.  Go to full article

Strong Loonie and ad campaign bringing more Canadians to NNY

More Canadians are driving into northern New York and that's boosting sales at North Country retailers. But, as Jonathan Brown reports, the state is working hard to lure more people across the border and get them to stay longer.  Go to full article

McHugh: new border rules could be disaster

A new regulation at the international border is set to take effect at the end of the month. Beginning January 31, Americans returning from Canada will have to present proof of citizenship, such as an original birth certificate, in addition to a driver's license. Congressman John McHugh says the new rule hasn't been publicized and could be a disaster for travelers. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Exploring Kerouac?s On the Road

35 SUNY-Potsdam students hit the road this week for an audio documentary project to explore the places that inspired Jack Kerouac's book, On the Road. 2007 marks its 50th anniversary. Dr. Audrey Sprenger says the students will read Kerouac's writings as if they were maps and then follow these maps out into the world to the places where they were set - San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, New York City and Lowell, MA. Sprenger told Todd Moe that the students will document the people they meet using words, sounds and images, and add their own chapters to the story of American life.  Go to full article

Bus accident blamed on tire leak, driver cleared

New York state police held a press conference yesterday to announce the findings of an investigation into last summer's fatal Greyhound bus crash on the Adirondack Northway. The crash left five people dead, including the driver. Dozens more were injured. Civil litigation filed by surviving passengers has accused the driver of talking on a cell phone or falling asleep before the bus careened out of control. But as Chris Knight reports, the police investigation faulted a tiny tire puncture.  Go to full article

McHugh Wants Delay in New Border ID Cards

North Country Congressman John McHugh wants to delay a plan to require passports or similar documents at the Canadian border by 2008. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

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