Travel

For those not located in the NY area, you should plan to fly into either Albany or Saranac Lake. Albany is likely cheaper, but Saranac is slightly closer and may have reasonable flights. New York airports are also an option, and will only add on a couple hours to drive time (4 hours total).


From there, plan to rent a car and the drive is ~1.5 hours from Albany to Keene Valley. Feel free to coordinate groups for car rentals.


About halfway up from Albany you will likely lose cell phone service if you don't have verizon but GPS should still work - however, we'd recommend printing/saving directions to the club prior to departure.

Unplug & Unwind

The Adirondacks are best enjoyed offline, embrace this and prepare to be unplugged! Most local restaurants do not allow cell phones in the dining areas, nor do they provide wi-fi. Verizon does have limited service throughout Keene Valley - Lake Placid, a half hour north has more coverage. We will provide printed weekend itinerary details upon arrival.

Packing Recommendations

Keene Valley in June averages a low of 50 and high of 77, so pack accordingly. It will get chilly in the evening and an umbrella is advisable. See each wedding event for specific dress codes.


For hiking, regardless of weather, always bring a fleece. Even though it is June, this is the most important garment as it will be windy and cold at the peak. Do not overlook this.


For light hiking, plan to bring: a light pack, plenty of water, an extra shirt, extra socks, bug spray, kleenexes, and snacks.


The Ausable Club requests no jeans. For tennis, wear whites. Keene Valley restaurants/bars are casual attire.

Hiking Recommendations

There are 46 Adirondack High Peaks in the area (over 4,000') for you to choose from, and many more moderate hikes, but here are some day hike suggestions:


Easy:


Indian Head - Easy hike up from the Lower Lake to gorgeous, cliffside views.


Baxter - Drive 2 miles from the Ausable Club to an easy hike with summit views of Keene and Keene Valley.


Moderate/Difficult:


Noonmark - Leave from your doorstep at the Ausable Club for a gorgeous, iconic view of the great range.


Giant/Rocky Peak - Visit Brooke and Jay's engagement site on Rocky Peak, and stop by Jay's (now second) favorite mountain, Giant of the Valley, as well. A loop hike is recommended, as well as a dip in Chapel Pond post-hike.


Difficult/Experienced Hikers Only:


Mt. Marcy - If you're feeling ambitious, leave from the ADK Loj to climb the highest peak in New York State for breathtaking 360 views.


Colden - Experience Brooke and Jay's first high peak together and the namesake for their puppy. Brooke will not be joining you for this one, and she recommends that you wear comfortable shoes.