Unsusual Country Store in the ADKS

Hoss's Country Corner, located in the heart of the Adirondacks, is a landmark country store that has it all. Located on Long Lake, Hoss's is one-stop-shopping for all of your ADK camp-life needs. They sell gifts, books, maps, sporting goods, fresh seafood, groceries, hunting and fishing licenses, live bait, clothes, souvenirs, snacks, and more, and have been doing so since 1972.

Once inside the store, it's easy to see why this place is so iconic. It has all the rustic Adirondack charm you'd expect from an Upstate New York landmark, but what makes Hoss's Country Corner in Long Lake so unusual?

Take a look at the picture below.  Do you see it?

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No, that's not an illusion! It's an actual living tree - completely intact - and built into the left side of store. Photo: Facebook

Wait, That's an Actual LIVING Tree?

It absolutely is!  Plainly visible from outside of the store, you can also see it while inside as well. This type of building is known as "Great Camp architecture" which helps Adirondack structures to better co-exist with nature.

According to sources, this style of architecture was created by William West Durant, who "designed retreat camps for wealthy men with whom his father was trying to do business."

Durant wanted his buildings to blend in with nature, and I think it's safe to say he achieved that, and more!

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A view of the living tree inside Hoss's Country Corner on Long Lake. It actually blends in rather nicely with the other rustic ADK decorations and items. Photo: Facebook

Hoss’s is considered a landmark in the Adirondacks, and one that any outdoor enthusiast should visit if given the chance.

Latest Viral TikTok Trend Takes Funny Look at Life in the Adirondacks

We recently came across a viral video that took a lighthearted and fun approach to "Life in the ADKS." It's been circulating for weeks and we think it's worth sharing!

Is life in the Adirondacks all that different from life in say, Albany, Schenectady, or Saratoga Springs? We say, "Yes!"

Even though most cities in the Capital Region are less than an hour away, anyone who's spent a decent amount of time in the North Country knows that certain conveniences that many might take for granted, don't exist throughout the 5,000 square miles of dense forest and high peaks that comprise the mighty ADKS.

So whether you're from Halfmoon or Hague; from Troy or Ticonderoga, you should be able to relate to a viral video that takes a humorous and poignant approach to "Life in the Adirondacks."

Here are a few of our favorites - and you can check out the full video below.

Gallery Credit: Brian Cody TSM Albany

Stunning Drone Pics Show Remains Of Frontier Town In The ADKS

Many of us in the Capital Region have fond childhood memories while visiting our grand Adirondack Mountains. Some remember the early years of Storytown (now known as the Great Escape), some were partial to Water Slide World, while others enjoyed the horses, buggies, and stagecoach bandits at Frontier Town.

Frontier Town, located in Schroon Lake, NY, was started back in 1952 by a man named Arthur Bensen. Bensen designed it to be a theme park for kids and a big playground for adults. For more than 40 years, Frontier Town and its trick riders, bucking broncos, horses and buggies, and stagecoach bandits, was an Adirondack destination.

As other attractions in the Lake George area grew more popular, thinning crowds forced Frontier Town to shut down in 1998, and for 20 years it sat vacant, abandoned, and neglected.

Eventually, New York State would buy the land and redevelop the rotting theme park and
in the fall of 2018, the site was reopened.

The former Frontier Town is now a New York State Park where guests can camp, hike, take trails by horse and bike, and picnic. Certain trails are off-limits for guests, although many are open year-round.

Several of the original Frontier Town signs remain on the property. The entranceway to Frontier Town now stands as a deluxe rest stop with food, souvenirs, and bathrooms and the space can be rented out to host parties.

Most have never viewed the Adirondacks quite like this and we were allowed to publish these oddly beautiful photos high above Frontier Town thanks to Adirondack Drone.

Gallery Credit: Brian Cody TSM Albany

30 Interesting Facts About the ADKs You Probably Didn't Know!

From its awe-inspiring high peaks and crystal clear lake, ponds, and streams to its stunning wildlife, our mountains are second to none. And as you'll find, there's no shortage of interesting facts about figures about the mighty ADKs - here are 30 fascinating ones you may not have known!

Gallery Credit: Brian Cody TSM Albany