When Beauty’s a Cottage Industry

01 Sep 2015 0 Comments

When a singer/model decides to try her hand at a new creative project, one needs to pay attention. After all, talents and interests often overlap, often to startling effect. Such was the case when Sharon Middendorf decided she could make a business out of gutting cottages in the Adirondacks, where she and her hubby Todd Carter had been
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Run Baby Run: Lake Placid Hiking Trails

24 Aug 2015 0 Comments

Who’s ready for a hike? The Adirondacks offer thousands of miles of trails! In Lake Placid, Henry’s Woods is one of my favorite trails since it’s so convenient – just an 8 minute walk from the cottage. And you can either go on a 3 mile hike or a 5 mile hike. It’s a great work-out whether
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Let’s cut the grass!

10 Aug 2015 0 Comments

I love cutting grass! It’s a great exercise and can be therapeutic as well. Fresh cut grass smells really good and gets the blood and sweat glands going! What a perfect form of exercise! One of the best parts of cutting grass is being able to see the immediate beauty and change happen when you’re done. I
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This is an Inari Fox

06 Aug 2015 0 Comments

This is an Inari Fox. Check out the detailing on this amazing animal. I want one now! 


IRONMAN: Bike for Your Life

20 Jul 2015 0 Comments

The annual IRONMAN Lake Placid is one of our favorite events of the year and it’s coming up this Sunday! Thousands of triathletes descend onto the village of Lake Placid each year for IRONMAN’s largest American event next to the World Championships in Hawaii. We love our Ironmen and Ironwomen! The course involves swimming across Mirror Lake,
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It’s deck staining time!

29 Jun 2015 0 Comments

Summertime is always a great time to stain your porch or deck! We talked about building a deck in our external renovation post but now, 9 years after we built it, it’s time for a re-haul. The flowers are pretty but look at how dark, grimy and mossy the deck is! YUCK! We built these wood
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Lake Placid Horse Shows

15 Jun 2015 0 Comments

The Lake Placid Horse Shows are coming up next week and we’re really excited! It’s one of our favorite events of the season and I am personally in-love with horses. They’re such strong, beautiful, graceful, and very intelligent animals and have been a personal favorite of mine ever since I was a little girl. I used
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Kayaking the Great Lake Placid!

01 Jun 2015 0 Comments

Summer is the best season to go kayaking and enjoy the fresh air, water and sunlight! I got obsessed with kayaking last summer, when I went for my first time ever on Mirror Lake.  Here’s a video of that experience! Mirror Lake is relatively small, so we soon ventured onto a much bigger body of water, the
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Introducing the new GO-Cottage shop at Great.ly

18 May 2015 0 Comments

The GO-Cottage shop at Great.ly is a fun new way to shop for your home! As a tastemaker on Great.ly, I get to curate GO-Cottage’s own shop of goods by individual makers. It’s a wonderful way to support artisans and get decorating inspiration. Discover new lines, accessories, artwork and more for your home!  


Boulders Rock! Geology and Landscaping in the Adirondacks

27 Apr 2015 0 Comments

I love the huge boulder we have in the front yard. It’s one of my favorite vocal points when you drive up to the Cottage. It makes a cool statement and plays on the Adirondack‘s geological origins. The Adirondacks take up 6.1 million acres of upstate New York, forming a dome of peaks rather than
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