The August 2012 issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine has a wonderful article on visiting the Adirondacks!
“The word camp, it seems, can mean many things to many people. If you happen to be, say, an oil baron or a railroad tycoon, the word might conjure up the image of a woodsy expanse of lakeside acreage dotted with grand lodges and rambling cabins and perhaps a private bowling alley. Otherwise, camp simply suggests a tent, a campfire, maybe a scrap or two of wood for whittling. The Adirondack region of New York allows for–encourages even–all kinds of interpretation.” (Martha Stewart Living 112)
From Adirondack great camps (those originals of the early 20th century to ones today) to simple cabins to tents and sleeping bags–all of these and more are parts of the Adirondack experience one can choose.
The article claims that life in the Adirondacks is best spent outdoors. There are 46 High Peak Mountains to climb along with many other trails. Lake Champlain and the myriad of other rivers, ponds, and lakes offer plenty of waterways to canoe, swim, fish, or have fun playing other water sports in. And that’s just the tip of the recreational Adirondack iceberg!
There are several Adirondack businesses and locations mentioned in the article, but the closest to Essex, NY, was Ausable Chasm. It is specially listed as one of “12 places to stop in the Adirondacks!”
The Adirondacks are an escape for many people. The article’s author even makes a joke about how visitors would choose not to charge their cell phones not just because of the area’s sometimes spotty (though improving) cell phone coverage but because the Adirondacks gave them a sense of freedom.
“Keeping the Adirondack Park (itself larger than several states) natural was of such importance, it was written into New York’s constitution in 1895.” (Martha Stewart Living 112)