Every local knows how to come home in style. Every rugger and enthusiast knows how to find fun in the smallest of towns and largest of cities. Here’s what you need to know when you come home to this year’s Can-Am Rugby Tournament.
Contributor: Baylee Annis, Can-Am Rugby Tournament Blogger
First stop: good bites and local beer.
Breakfast. Stuffed French Toast (DJ’s Rustic Restaurant) or a Fresh Scramble with mozzarella, basil, tomato (Blue Moon Cafe) and the best damn coffee/latte/mocha/anything caffeinated in the Adirondacks (Origin Coffee).
Lunch. Help settle an eternal debate between locals and grab a quick slice of pizza from Little Italy or Owl’s Nest Pizza. The Gobbler sandwich, get a large, you’ll need the other half for a post-match snack (Lake View Deli).
Dinner. Chicken Parmesan and as much homemade bread as your heart desires (Belvedere Restaurant), or an incredible burger (Downhill Grill). Don’t miss out on the Mango Wheat ale from Raquette River Brewing or any of the amazing specialty cocktails served at Bitters & Bones, and maybe a late night Pulled Pork Chimichanga with a side of queso and chips (Barracho Taco).
Music. Get your dancing shoes on at The Waterhole on Thursday night with the rockin’ band West End Blend. Did I mention there’s a patio? Delta Blue and Smoke Signals are always a good time with great tunes.
Local Goods. The Saranac Lake Farmer’s Market is in the middle of town at Riverside Park, and is a great way to meet local faces, creatives, farmers, and have a few snacks while you’re at it! We have a large and thriving arts community, and there are open Studio and Gallery Tours sponsored by Artworks that you shouldn’t miss.
Young Ruggers. Haka Rugby is offering a rugby camp for 6-18 year olds, what better time to spread the love of the game? Register today!
Leave your mark. Stop by the Adirondack Center for Writing‘s newest installation in downtown Saranac Lake: a chalkboard with prompts like “What do you want to do before you die?”
Relax & Play.
Yoga on the Deck. Being at the VIC in summer is absolutely gorgeous. Do a little work on your body, meet locals, and take in the nature of the Adirondacks around you. Check out the guided canoe paddle, Saturday morning bird walks, or naturalist walks while you’re out there!
Take a dip! There are many great swimming holes including Lake Clear Beach, Lake Colby Beach, and Middle Saranac Beach to name a few. Cool off from a day or playing and/or watching.
RUGBY. Last but never least, watch some games and share your fun with #canamrugbytournament.
Photo credits: header photo from saranaclake.com, cinnamon bun and coffee from origincoffeeadk.com, drinks from bittersandbones.com, dancing people from the Waterhole’s facebook page, chalkboard from adirondackcenterforwriting.org.