Further Afield: Fall in the Adirondacks

I got to enjoy some fall foliage last weekend, at a friend’s wedding in the Adirondack Mountains, about four hours north of New York City.

The couple rented out Forest Lake Camp, near Chestertown, NY, for the occasion. Though the Adirondacks (I’m told) have more conifers than the Catskills a couple hours downstate, that just meant a healthy helping of evergreen made the reds and oranges and yellows even more vivid.

We had a chilly first night in bunk bed cabins with no central heating, but that was a perfect excuse for a bonfire! S’mores and spiced hot cider also warmed us up.


The next morning, the grass was covered with frost.


Fortunately, it had warmed up by mid-afternoon, so we were able to partake in some of the camp’s activities before the ceremony, such as kayaking and archery.



The wedding itself took place about a 15-minute hike from the main camp grounds, near Lookout Point. I didn’t get any pictures of the “Chapel,” but the view from Lookout Point was well worth the climb.


All in all, a very satisfactory fall trip, with a good mix of partying, physical exertion, and relaxing — and all in a beautiful autumnal setting!