"Get Out - Get Green - Get Going" this Spring
ADIRONDACK REGION, N.Y. March 17, 2009 - The Adirondack Region of Northern New York is a six-million acre wilderness and among the nation's five largest carbon "sinks," areas where CO2 is absorbed rather than emitted. It is at the leading edge of climate consciousness and a great place to catch Earth Day fever. In the Adirondacks, springtime means melting snow and ice and rushing river rapids. Whitewater Rafting Whitewater rafting in the Adirondacks starts in April if the ice has melted and, by May, is at its peak on the Hudson and Indian rivers. Due to the melting ice and snow, rapids can swell to Class 4 and 5 in sections of the Hudson - which is right on par with rapids on the Colorado River. Class III - V rapids mean high waves, powerful currents and the absolute necessity of an accomplished guide/navigator. Now there's no way to get around the fact that you've got to drive all your equipment to the river - but once there - you're completely man-powered. WHAT TO DO AND WHERE TO STAY: Middle Earth Expeditions licensed Adirondack Guide, Wayne Failing, is a philosopher, environmentalist and photographer. A trip down the Hudson River with him is an unforgettable experience. He even provides a hearty, healthy lunch at the end of the ride. For more information, log onto AdirondackRafting.com. For an extensive list of experienced and licensed rafting guides located throughout the Adirondack Region, log onto VisitAdirondacks.com.
The 51st Hudson River White Water Derby is an historic and unique event which attracts teams and competitors from around the world. The race, created to highlight the important role that the Hudson River has played in New York, features several different entry categories, as well as slalom runs. For more information or to register, log onto WhiteWaterDerby.com.
The Glen Lodge and Market Bed & Breakfast in Warrensburg is an environmentally-friendly bed and breakfast that uses wind power for 100 percent of their electrical needs, bio-fuel in their vehicles, recycles with a passion and cleans with natural products. Special packages include "Rafting and Room" - two nights with breakfast, a rafting trip down the Hudson and with a dinner following. Contact: (800) 867-2335 or (518) 494-4984 or email: info@TheGlenLodge.com. Stoney Lonesome Bed & Breakfast in Crown Point is an eco-friendly bed and breakfast nestled between the historic towns of Ticonderoga, Schroon Lake and Crown Point. The green lodging's low carbon footprint is due the owner's use of solar energy for all electrical power. Located just 10 minutes from Lake George, it is also close to Lake Champlain, and the Pharaoh Wilderness area containing thousands of acres of forest filled with lakes, ponds and streams. Stargazing, paddling and hiking are free and environmentally wonderful! Contact: (518) 597-3574 or email: email@example.com. Misty Meadows Bed & Breakfast in Canton incorporates sustainable living in its cozy bed and breakfast that lies nestled on a 17 acre property. Sit beside their perennial garden and listen to the fountain in the pond while also enjoying the areas surrounding birds. Contact: Misty Meadows B&B (315) 379-1563 or email firstname.lastname@example.org The Hohmeyer's Lodge on Lake Clear sits on 22 acres of "Adirondack Spa" wilderness. Owned and operated by Ernest and Cathy Hohmeyer, the Lodge offers fine "Adirondack Alps" dining, access to the Old Forge-Lake Placid Recreational Trail (excellent for biking), cooking demonstrations, lake access and more - all in eco-Adirondack style. Hear loons, eat well and rest easy. Contact the Lodge on Lake Clear: (518) 891-1489 or email: email@example.com The Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort is an environmentally friendly resort and one of only 12 properties in North America with a Four-Leaf ranking from the Audubon Society for environmental sustainability. In-house recycling and waste-reducing programs, coupled with a green roof and the dedication of its owners and staff make this resort a comfortable, sustainable lodging choice if you're visiting Lake Placid. The Golden Arrow's Eco Fair is also a must for any green traveler. Contact: (800) 582-5540 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org About the Adirondack Region The Adirondack Park, named for the Adirondack Mountains that lie within its boundaries, offers some of the best opportunities in the United States for both recreation and relaxation in a superb natural setting. Its six-million acre wilderness areas are an outdoor-lover's paradise and Adirondack Green Getaways offer wonderful opportunities for visitors to sample all that there is to see and do. The Adirondack Regional Tourism Council can provide information about planning a vacation in the region. Call 800-487-6867 or log onto VisitAdirondacks.com for package listings, events, activities, restaurants, lodging and maps.