We were recently in Tupper Lake for Oktupperfest at Big Tupper Ski Area and the leaves were at their absolute peak. It was so beautiful! In addition to archery lessons for the kids (with targets ranging from zombies to moose), live music, a pumpkin slingshot competition (that my husband won!) and a watermelon eating contest (that my son did not win, which resulted in many, many tears), there were helicopter rides over the Tupper Lake Golf Club and out towards Big Tupper Lake, then back up and down the mountain. It was wonderful to see the parking area at Big Tupper completely packed and friends all over the mountain, enjoying the beautiful day with their families. The Golf Club was also completely packed and we had to wait in line for dinner at Little Italy that night, then again the next morning at the Lumberjack. Clearly we weren’t the only ones enjoying a perfect Adirondack fall weekend. A friend made this video of his ride so you can see the beauty for yourself. Enjoy!
This past weekend we enjoyed time at Long Lake’s town beach with some friends, before a fabulous camping trip and some lake fun in front of the Camp! The kids wanted to wear the GoPro, so we made a little video about their escapades. Enjoy the kid’s eye view of fun in the sun and water at the Camp.
“We very much enjoyed our (lovely!) weekend at your house, and had a great time.”
This past weekend my husband and I were first-time participants in the Warrior Run at Big Tupper in Tupper Lake, NY, along with some friends from high school. The Warrior Run is in its third year and this year added a music festival to the day-long event.
We’d both participated in the Warrior Dash at Wyndham Mountain in the past and having grown up in Tupper Lake I was a little “been there, done that” “I know that mountain like the back of my hand” cocky about the whole thing. Well. The Warrior Run kicked my butt in a way the Warrior Dash did not (and the Warrior Dash was extremely difficult!).
The folks that put on the Warrior Run are all volunteers, supported by the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce. They have basically no budget. What they do have is creativity and access to other like-minded residents and businesses willing to donate time, materials and equipment to make this thing happen. Unlike the more “overproduced” obstacles at the Warrior Dash (which could be kinda lame at times), these obstacles were scrappy, no joke, and at times, downright brutal.
Tires from logging trucks to climb over and through, scaffolding to climb over old ski lifts, buried drainage pipes (with water and mud running through them!), hitting moving (human!) targets with paintball guns, mazes through the woods, painful ascents up double black diamond trails and rope pulls up rock cliffs–this course featured them all, and then some. A 5K mud run can feel exceptionally long anyway, but when you’re running up and down and up and down and across and up and down an extremely steep mountain the entire time, it’s even longer.
We kept joking about the wave of emotions–Excited! Exhausted. Giddy! Angry. I had a serious case of potty mouth every time we had to go back up hill (again) or when the next obstacle just looked impossible (again). We were so muddy. The fire department hosed down the course and obstacles, the local excavators dug mud ponds, there are natural springs and ponds on the mountain–we went through them all during the course. And it was fun. So, so, SO much fun!
We met people from out of town–other adventure seekers who love the Adirondacks, who just stumbled upon this event while googling “mud run” and “adventure race.” They can’t wait to come back and ski Big Tupper now that they’re intimately familiar with it’s varied and steep terrain. The views throughout the course were breathtaking, and again, I’ve lived there most of my life. The view of the lakes and the mountains in the summer is so different than the view I’m used to up there in the winter. At the end of the race, we were hosed off and jumped in the old snowmaking pond to clean up. It felt like a trip to the spa. We stuck around for Saranac beer, BBQ and some great bands. It was really a perfect weekend and we can’t wait to do it again. See for yourself – I shot the footage below of the race using my GoPro.
The 3rd of July was a good day to be in Tupper Lake, and not just because we were five days into vacation, with a few more days of fun and guests on the horizon.
In a sweeping decision made public that day, the appellate division of New York’s Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit aimed to block the Adirondack Club & Resort project in Tupper Lake. The Orvis-branded four season resort project, already approved by the Adirondack Park Agency after nearly a decade of review, will be located on nearly 6,400 acres behind and around Camp Wilderness Sunrise. It’s slated to include a refurbished Big Tupper Ski Area, marina, fly fishing school, golf course, Adirondack Great Camps, slopeside homes, hotel, spa, equestrian facility, nature preserve, an extensive network of hiking and biking trails, an artist colony and more.
After the decision was announced my Facebook newsfeed blew up with excitement from local (and no longer local) friends and signs were erected around town declaring victory. My mother, daughter and I stopped in Sun Creations gift shop to buy some new accessories for the Camp, then attended a Zumba class at The Studio, a new fitness center and personal training facility located in downtown Tupper Lake. Afterwards we met my husband and niece for lunch in downtown, before stopping by the new location for Well Dressed Food, which is under construction. Local painters were on scaffolding reworking the building’s facade, while local flooring contractors refinished the floors inside. The new, much larger store, will include artisan sandwiches and salads, desserts from Cake Placid, an espresso bar, prepared foods for eating in or taking out, as well as their current selection of gourmet food and ingredients.
The progress and excitement all around us was a very exciting way to begin a long holiday weekend. We hope to see more of the same at this weekend’s Woodsmen Field Days, which we’ve heard have added ESPN-style lumberjack competitions to the traditional events, with the addition of the Stihl Timberworks Show. Log rolling and greased pole? Yes, please.
If you enjoy microbrews, make sure to plan a trip to Raquette River Brewing on your next trip to Tupper Lake. The small brewery, located at 11 Balsam Street (right across the street from LeRoy’s Auto in the junction), boasts four different brews for sale by the growler. We keep a couple empty growlers in the dining room that you’re welcome to borrow during your stay at Camp Wilderness Sunrise.
Their Blonde Ale is our favorite, but it often sells out quick, so we’ll grab the Pale Ale when that’s the case. I’m not personally an IPA fan, but friends of ours are, and they really enjoyed that one on their last visit to the Camp. The Red Ale has a unique smokiness to it–it tastes a little like a campfire. I want to try it out with some S’mores. We used to stop at Stewart’s on the way to the Camp to buy our beer, but since Raquette River Brewing opened, we’ve been stopping there instead. The owners are great, super friendly and happy to give you a tour, and they have free dog treats made from the spent grain. The beer is also fantastic (and I fancy myself a beer snob).
A second brewery–Big Tupper Brewing–is in the process of renovating a property in downtown Tupper Lake that they will turn into a brew pub. The plan is to add outdoor seating to the property and brew their beer on site. Their first beer, an IPA called “eh” has the catchy slogan “Say it like a Frenchman. Drink it like an Adirondacker.” Looks like it’ll be an exciting summer in Tupper Lake!