From the beach to the mountains to the backyard, Adirondack chairs can be enjoyed in practically every setting. There's no mistaking its classic slope-seated design, and how the ergonomics almost force you to relax.

There's perhaps no piece of furniture more closely associated with the rustic charm of the Adirondack Mountains... but that's not to say the chair is without its faults.


The Adirondack chair was invented in the early 1900s by Thomas Lee, a vacationer from Westport, New York. Seeking a comfortable chair for his summer home in the Adirondack Mountains, Lee crafted the first prototype using just a few common tools and readily available materials. He focused on designing a chair that would accommodate different body shapes and provide optimal relaxation. The result was a unique chair with a slanted backrest, wide armrests, and a generous seat, all designed to maximize comfort.

Photo by David Trinks on Unsplash
Photo by David Trinks on Unsplash


Have you ever noticed just how hard they are to get out of?! The chair's design has a way of turning the most able-bodied person into a feeble old man as they struggle to rise from it. There's simply no graceful way to get out of an Adirondack chair. It's a lot of shifting, leaning, twisting and grunting.

Human beings are getting lazier and lazier, let's just face facts. We're probably only a couple decades away from those floating chairs from the movie Wall-E:


So in the meantime, couldn't we design something in the Adirondack chair that... oh, I don't know... pushes you out of it? You know, so you can get another beer, or another bag of chips.

Maybe I'll save that idea for the Catskill Chair.

16 of Upstate New York's Best Adirondack and Catskill Mountain Diners

There are well over 100 diners spread all over Upstate New York. For those of us who live "close" you just can't beat the diners you will find when traveling Upstate's mountain regions: the Adirondacks and the Catskills.

Here are 16 little diners in these mountains that are worth keeping your eye out for when your stomach rumbles.

(Note: "A" denotes Adirondacks; (C) denotes Catskills)

FOUND! Wreckage from World War 2 Cargo Plane in the Adirondacks

The remains of an American cargo plane that went down back in 1944 was located by some adventurers in 2021. It took almost a year for the wreckage to be found after the plane crashed and wasn't officially memorialized until 1997.

The location of the crash is on a remote part of Blue Ridge Mountain, near the town of Speculator in Hamilton County.

See The Stunning $6.95M Adirondack Mountaintop Estate With Views For Days

Ever dream of owning your own ski area? Check out the former Paleface Mountain Ski Area for sale on Basset Mountain in Jay! This 1,100 plus acre Zillow listing comes complete with a ski lodge and a stunning 3 bedroom, 7 bathroom mountain top home with stunning 360 views of Whiteface Mountain and the Adirondacks

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