Update: It’s a happening again this weekend! September 13 – 4pm
My most excellent friend Ingrid in Montreal just notified me of one of the coolest things for cycling beer-lovers.
Stones and Beer Bike Tour
The Stones and Beer Bike Tour
Sunday August 16 – 4 pm
An exciting bike trip exploring local history, architecture, secret spots and building stones.
The tour starts with ancient fossils at the Redpath Museum, travels along Sherbrooke street west to the Sulpician’s reflecting pool at the Grand Seminaire, heads up the old Indian trail on Côte Ste. Antoine road that leads to Leonard Cohen’s boyhood home, glides downhill through the Glen to McAuslan Brewery for a tasting of 5 different micro-brews, and finishes with the ghosts of Griffintown.
Price: $25 regular or $15 for students /seniors
Includes the popular booklet What Building Stones Tell and beer tasting at the McAuslan Brewery with fresh market bread, fruit and cheese.
Reservations: 514-398-4094 or email: email@example.com. Limited to 20 participants.
Could it really be true that only a year has passed? It seems like it was all a dream. Let me tell you about it.
I once dreamed that I’d be harnessing the web for Business Intelligence and Brand Marketing. You see, in this fantasy, I was building a Mythological Brand. Much like a Priest, my Mission-in-Life would be to Spread the Word about The Brand. Mobilizing my Army of Disciples, we would march forth with Our Message. Because We Believe that it is only through Our Brand, that Self-Actualization can be achieved.
My semi-serious jokes about ORDA and the Gay Olympics are not appreciated by the local tourism demi-gods. Toobad, cuz I think it would be fun(ny). (Possibly NSFW)
I’ve always believed that Montreal is a feeder-market that has been poorly developed by tourism promoters in the North Country. Last time we talked about “alternative” market niches, an unnamed county legislator almost had a stroke. Maybe when I get an official Adirondack video camera, I can make some fun commercials too.
The new and improved Plattsburgh International Airport will be the main focus of attention at the upcoming Montreal National Home Show. I’m not a huge fan of this type of promotion, but some still swear by traditional methods. The results of a voluntary survey of attendees will be “directly used by the chamber in its continuing air service development efforts.” It’s not just marketing science, but an added bonus, as those “inquiries” could also be used in a fancy tourism CPI formula!
The one page website put up for the airport seems a bit weak considering almost $200,000 in “community support” has been collected to promote this venture. What we really need is for the spokesperson of the home show to let us use her picture on the site. Of course, that might be false advertising.
Travelers heading to or from the Adirondacks or Champlain Valley may find that Plattsburgh is a viable choice – someday. Till then, the best airport choices remain Burlington – VT (BTV), Albany – NY (ALB), or Montreal – QC (YUL). The notable exception, for the moment, is the Adirondack Regional Airport. Last I checked, Continental was still offering $78 Round-trip fares between Albany and Saranac Lake. That is an awesome deal!
It is no secret that getting to the Adirondacks can be a challenge. We are a primarily drive-in destination and if you do a search, you won’t find an Adirondack International Airport. Well, that’s not exactly true, there is the Adirondack Regional Airport at Lake Clear, but with less than a handful of flights a day, it doesn’t really count. So what are the best airports for the traveler wishing to visit the Adirondack region?
"These trails are constructed for motor vehicles operating at a high rate of speed" ... "The state argues that the new trails will enable DEC to close routes in the interior of the Preserve, enhancing its overall wildness."
"Public hearings are going on right now in towns and cities across New York state. In all there are a total of 102 different parcels being affected by various proposed changes, some of them major and some minor."
"How nature and the outdoors are appreciated or experienced differs across cultures. We must therefore continue to understand what people care about and why, as well as how forests are viewed, valued, and being used by our changing communities."
"The destinations presented in the media are generally so unattainable by most people that they might as well be on the moon–and don’t even bother going if you’re not wearing expensive, high-tech apparel and using modern, high-priced gear."
"The Adirondacks may be relatively young mountains, but their distinctive grey granite, anorthosite, originated 1.1 billion ago, so deep in the earth's crust that only continental collision could have formed it."
"The Tribe believes the County’s efforts to impose taxation or regulation of businesses on tribal land is not only unlawful, it creates an undue economic burden that is harmful to our community’s economic development and enterprises."
"... our legislators decided to turn it over to a sketchy non-profit corporation that is not subject to the same scrutiny under the FOIL [Freedom of Information Law] and Open Meetings Law that every other agency is."
"In my opinion, a lot of the problem is that ORDA and the Convention and Visitors Bureau don't work together, year round, for the common goal of promoting the community, for the benefit of the whole region."