Friday, July 15, 2016
One of My Favorite Spots in New York...Ausable!
When I first moved to New England, everyone I knew talked about vacationing in Lake George, New York. I've done that, and I really enjoyed it. However, if you drive a couple more hours up I-87 towards Canada, you will arrive in one of my favorite areas of the state. The town is called Keeseville, but the chasm is called Ausable.
Ausable used to be a small attraction. It was just the chasm, which is beautiful and amazing. You walked through it, taking a raft for the last part of the tour. Then they added the night tour with lanterns, which was really cool. Now you can take the adventure tour, walk any of a dozen trails, to a photography tour and more. You can even come up and take the winter tour where you wear crampons and stuff. You can climb the rock walls, you can rappel down the walls. If you stay in the campground, all the tours are at a discount and you can do all kinds of stuff. It's a great place to spend some time.
There's a lot to do. And in the evening, you can go into town and go out to eat and shop. It's a lot of fun.
There are activities at the campground too. You can play Frisbee golf, take a swim in the pool and many other things.
And if you aren't done after, not far away is High Falls Gorge. I must admit, when I first arrived at this place, I thought it was a rip off. I was wrong. Even though it is fenced off and privately owned, it is beautiful and the admission price is well worth it. It's a short stop, but a gorgeous one.
Also in the vicinity is Howe Caverns. This heads a cave system that runs down the eastern part of the country. Howe Caverns is a great place to spend any rainy times while you're in the area. They have a spot where you can get married too. They also have a boat trip inside the caverns.
About three miles from Ausable is Port Kent, which sits right on Lake Champlain, and the ferry that takes you to Burlington, Vermont. There is a little beach there and a snack bar. It's a great place to watch the sun set after a day at Ausable.
Burlington is the largest city in the vicinity. They are a college town, and an old town. The city streets are beautiful, the waterfront is beautiful. The shopping and restaurants are great. After taking on the wilderness, this is a great way to balance your trip with some urban time. Or, at least as urban as you can get in Vermont.
Do you have kids to travel with, or a girl that you would like to romance? Well, Burlington is home to the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory. You can stop off here and see the bears being made. You can make one for yourself as well. It's a lot of fun, I don't care how old you are.
So, take the road less traveled. Spend some time in the true Adirondacks and spend some time with nature. Ausable Chasm is one of my favorite places. The whole area is beautiful and relaxed. The people are friendly, and the scenery is amazing. There's a lot to do, and time to reconnect with your family. Take the time to go north of Lake George. No offense to that area, but I like something a little less. A little less crowded, a little less expensive, a little less inhabited. It's back to nature in a lot of ways, and it's well worth the time. Come to Ausable. You won't ever regret it. Enjoy!