Subject: Re: Adirondack vacation
Hi Lucy,

We just spent a couple of days in the Adirondacks and I can recommend a couple of things:

- The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake describes in great detail (21 buildings and extensive displays & videos) the development of the region. Plan on a couple of hours at least. There was an article last August in the Boston Globe about the museum:

- The lunch cruise on Racquette Lake, where you can get a look at some of the Great Camps that were built in the 1800s by the New York in-crowd. I don't know how late they run, but we weren't able to get on without an advance reservation in late September. Too bad, it's supposed to be a nice trip.

- We stayed at a place that I only tepidly recommend. The rooms were pretty basic and the included dinner was mediocre, but it was in a beautiful setting on Blue Mountain Lake. Fair warning - bring your own wine (they don't serve it) and don't leave a tip (it's included in the rate.)

It's really pretty country up there and we did a lot of driving (we're not much into hiking unless it's downhill in both directions). The local tourist council has a pretty good web site at We actually enjoyed the region south of there more (the Catskills and south), with all the fascinating houses and gardens along the Hudson.

Regards, Al Sonoma, CA, USA