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April 13, 2013

Destination Master Plan progress touted

PLATTSBURGH — The latest Vision2Action community forum detailed progress in implementing the Adirondack Coast Destination Master Plan.

North Country Chamber of Commerce Board Chairwoman Vicki Demarse-Giroux of La Quinta Inn and Suites said the plan, which was unveiled in December 2010, focused on the region’s core strengths: outdoor recreation, agricultural tourism and history.

”I’m proud of how far we’ve come,” she said.

ALL-SEASON RECREATION

Kristy Kennedy, the chamber’s group and event specialist, said those who collaborated on the plan recognized outdoor recreation as an area where the region could see almost immediate progress.

“And we were right,” she said.

The region is really developing as a four-season recreation center, Kennedy said.

In winter, the area hosted sno-cross races, snowshoe races and a winter disc golf tournament. Titus Mountain was recognized for the lodge and trail improvements unveiled last year, and AuSable Chasm for development of cross-country skiing trails and winter chasm tours.

Cycling events such as the Velo Quebec Grand Tour continue to generate interest. The Saranac River Trail is developing and could eventually extend from downtown Plattsburgh to the Town of Saranac.

Water sports are growing, especially kayaking and paddle-boarding. New launches have been built in Rouses Point and Plattsburgh.

Fishing tournaments remain a big draw, with five scheduled for this summer.

Several new events are expected. The Biggest Loser Race/Walk is scheduled for June, and professional beach volleyball events are planned for 2014 and 2015.

The Lake Champlain Windsurfing Festival is scheduled for Sept. 28 and 29.

The American Windsurfing Tour event will include races, exhibitions and clinics. It is free and will include awards, prizes, raffles, music and a barbecue.

WINE AND FOOD

Miner Farm Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator Rachel Dutil outlined progress in promotion of agri-tourism.

Vineyards and wineries have really exploded in the area, she said.

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