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Adirondack Lifestyle ™: Dec 6, 2007

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Tid-bits in celebration of my favorite holiday - Christmas....

Today is December 6, the feast of St. Nicholas. In Holland, everyone celebrates the Feast of Sinterklaas, or St. Nicholas, on the eve of December 6. After dinner, Dutch families hunt for presents, following clues in funny, anonymous poems. They also eat candies and cookies. The legend of St. Nicholas is, like the lives of many saints, shrouded in mystery. We know that he was a bishop during the fourth century. In many places in the United States, like the Adirondacks, and abroad, children still place their shoes by the window or door for St. Nicholas to fill them with presents and sweets. He is considered the patron saint of children.
Here is an explanation of how the famous "Adirondack Yule Log" tradition got started.
The burning Adirondack Yule Log is symbolic of the light that will return after the dark days of early Adirondack winter and gives us an excuse to gather with family and friends before a roaring fire, after a hard day skiing.
The Adirondack Yule Log tradition is an old one, going back to the Druid custom of choosing a large log from an apple or oak tree, lighting it afire, and praying that it would burn forever,or at least until they were done skiing for the winter. In the Adirondacks, the log was selected months before Christmas. Because it was believed that all who brought it in from the Adirondack woods would be protected against harm for the ensuing year, everyone lent a hand, making the event itself a festive time.
Custom also decreed that a piece from the previous year's log be saved to light the new log. As the Adirondack Yule Log burned, everyone danced and cavorted and skied in its heat and warmth, safe in the knowledge that the evil spirits would stay away for another year.
Written with a nod to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Adirondack Real Estate and Skiing

Important things first: skiing is simply superb in the Adirondacks right now. If you don't live here, you should come up and ski this weekend. And if you do live here, what are doing reading his - get out and ski! It just keeps snowing and snowing. Temps are in the single digits - zero last night - so we have so-called 'western powder,' only better, since it is waiting for me right out the door.

One of the main reasons I am doing this blog is because I am in the real estate business. That is, I am a licensed sales agent (in NY and NJ) who specializes in resort property, commercial real estate and business broker services. I am particularly interested in the international real estate market. I suppose a significant thing to point out is that I have lived and studied in Europe. I am, or used to be, fluent in German, and can manage in other languages. I work with the Prudential Terry Horrocks Real Estate Agency in Lake Placid, New York. I hope the visitors from other countries who are visiting this blog find it interesting or helpful, and are aware what a value property in the U.S. is right now. Considering the pathetic state of the dollar and our current buyer-friendly market, real estate in the Adirondacks is indeed a real value right now.
If you enjoy vacations in the mountains, you should have a look at Adirondack real estate. It is a great investment, and there is nothing like owning your own place to come to, and really 'get away.' You can be as remote as you like, or be in a neighborhood just blocks away from remote.
The Adirondack Great Camp I am featuring today is a prime example of the perfect location; private, but close to everything with outrageous views.
"Situated on 6.5 acres of meadow and mature forest with spectacular 180° views encompassing Whiteface Mountain, the Intervale Ski Jumps, the Sentinel Mountain Range and the McKenzie Mountain Range - this site is just awesome!! A pedestrian easement meanders throughout Pine Brook Farm connecting this site to the historic John Brown Farm and hundreds of acres of New York State land for unsurpassed outdoor recreation pursuits. The loj is being constructed with materials and in the style of the Adirondack Great Camps - natural log interior beams and native hardwoods, massive field stone fireplaces and exterior stone accents, bark-on exterior cedar posts and authentic Adirondack twig work - just the materials and style that you would expect in an elegant loj of a century ago. The majestic loj will encompass 6,500 square feet of finished living area, plus a privately accessed, 650 square foot bonus room above the garage. All of this located just minutes from the Village of Lake Placid."
That was quite a commercial I realize, but at least you get extra pictures. Give me a call if you would like to learn more about this property.