Camp Wilderness Sunrise

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Big Tupper Update

Big Tupper has been getting lots of play in the press lately, both within the Adirondack Park and beyond. ARISE, the non-profit that will be running Big Tupper this winter, is hosting a benefit fundraising on Saturday, December 14th, at the mountain–the Snowball. We went to the last one and it was an absolute blast–the lodge looked incredible, everyone was all dressed up and we laughed, danced and enjoyed wine and apps all night. The Albany-based Times Union reports the mountain is hoping to open for the season on December 16th. Lift tickets will again be just $25 and Camp Wilderness Sunrise is open throughout the winter for rental (and we have a wood-burning fireplace!).

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Easy Fall Meals: Beef Pot Pie

1 lb. ground beef
3 large carrots (diced)
1 large onion (diced)
2 stalks celery (diced)
1 large clove garlic (minced)
2 large baking potatoes (peeled and diced)
1/2 C. dark beer
8 oz. sharp cheddar (shredded)
salt and pepper
2 sheets frozen puff pastry (thawed, but cold)
1 egg yolk (beaten with 1 T. water)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a skillet, combine beef, carrots, onion, celery, garlic and potatoes. Cook over medium high until beef is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Lower heat to medium, add beer, cheddar, salt and pepper, cook 10 minutes.
2. Cut one piece of the puff pastry to fit your square baking dish. Fit into the bottom of the dish. Top with meat mixture, then second piece of puff pastry (also cut to fit, with an “X” vent cut into the middle). Make fun designs with leftover puff pastry, add to top. Brush with egg. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake 45 minutes.

*recipe modified slightly from one found in Everday by Rachel Ray magazine.

*OMG, this is delicious, y’all. Perfect on a chilly or snowy night, leftovers are even better.

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Things To Do: Bowling

With the colder weather comes the re-opening of Lakeview Lanes for the fall and winter season in Tupper Lake. This bowling alley is conveniently located less than a mile from Camp Wilderness Sunrise and is a great place to take the family on a chilly night. They’re located at 1939 State Route 30, have Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4pm-6pm and have open bowling at the following times:
-Mondays: 4-6pm
-Tuesdays: 1-10pm
-Wednesdays: 4-10pm ($1.50 per game!)
-Thursdays: 2-10pm
-Fridays: 2-Close
-Saturdays: 11am-Close
-Sundays: Noon-6pm

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Guided Trips in the Adirondacks

On a recent visit to Camp Wilderness Sunrise, we were going on an early morning family jog up Country Club Road, adjacent to the Camp. This is the road that leads to the Tupper Lake Golf Club, winter snowshoeing trails and Big Tupper Ski Area. I noticed a sign for “Adirondack Connections Guide Service” and decided to do some research. I have dreamed of offering suggestions for guided trips in the area beyond the paddling trips available through Raquette River Outfitters (that I’ve mentioned in the past; they’re great and have kayak, canoe & SUP rentals and sales), since so many of our guests are outdoorsy and travelling from far away for an authentic Adirondack experience. Here’s what I found out:

  • Adirondack Connections Guide Service was founded by Lynn Malerba in 2002. (Fun fact: Mrs. Malerba was my high school PE teacher! She’s awesome, you’re in good hands.).
  • They offer trips year-round, pre-designed and custom.
  • Fall trips include fun things like day paddles, pond-hopping hike & paddle trips, paddle camping, day hikes, backpacking, GPS and navigation courses.
  • Winter trips include adventures like winter camping (even for beginners!) and snowshoe trips.
  • Spring events include a Women’s Paddle Weekend and Hornbeck Boat Demo Weekend.
  • Summer trips include day paddles, day hikes, paddle camping and more.

One of these trips would be a great way to enhance or extend your stay with us in the Adirondacks.


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