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Towns And Trails Is Moving To The Adirondacks

I know we’ve taken quite a hiatus from updating the site, but it’s all for a good reason…we promise. The last couple of months have been consumed by looking at houses, selling our home in Boston, and tying up various loose ends so that we can pack up and relocate our lives to the place we love the most – the Adirondacks. It’s a huge, scary, exciting decision – one that we have most certainly not taken lightly – and we consider ourselves very lucky to be able to make it happen.

Our long term plan had always been to retire in the Adirondacks, but we recently realized the error in our thinking. Everything we love about the ADKs involves the outdoors – hiking, rock climbing, paddling, ice climbing, skiing – so it made sense to try to live there NOW, rather than in thirty years when we may not be able to enjoy all of those activities. We’re also very lucky to have employers who embrace the concept of telecommuting. And with the Adirondack Initiative for Wired Work underway, all of the pieces seemed to fall into place.

So we made our list (to move or not to move?) and checked it twice (or thrice), and if all goes according to plan we’ll be in our new home in time for the holidays. It’s a stressful and all-consuming endeavor, but one that we are confident will be worth it in the end.

As things settle down, we plan to refocus our energies on Towns and Trails, so keep checking back. I know we’ll have lots of great material to post about from our new basecamp.

Our new Adirondack home

Our new Adirondack home


  1. Joann

    Congratulations and welcome to the Adirondacks!

  2. Willard

    Congratulations you amde it to the Adirondacks, now you have your place up in the mountians like you wanted.

  3. Jessica

    T-minus 22 days! Thanks for the good wishes. We can’t wait to get moved in and settled, and for the adventure to really begin.

  4. Ioana

    I’m so looking forward to see your big Christmas tree!!! (Not inviting myself over, photo is fine). Congratulations on becoming owners of an awesome house, again!

    • Dave

      No need to invite yourself, Our home is always open to you guys. You have a year round pass!

      • Willard

        Thanks Dave, The same goes for you guys. Email me when you get time and I’ll tell you what we did to our place.

  5. Ioana

    …you crazy, crazy people!

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  7. Robyn Stancil
    Robyn Stancil04-15-2010

    I am originally from up state NY and have been living in Georgia for the past 20 years. My dream is to move back and live in the Adirondacks. Could you teel me about the job opportunities and what I can look forward to in moving up there?

    I am very excitied and this is going to be a 3 year goal I have set for myself.

    Thank you, Robyn

    • Jessica

      Hi Robyn,

      Thanks for stopping by! The job situation up here is tough – even more so than in the rest of the country. But that’s not to say there aren’t any opportunities.

      Do you know what part of the Adirondacks you want to move to? And what do you do for a living now? The absolute ideal situation is to bring your job with you if it’s at all mobile. There are many areas within the park now that offer broadband internet access, making it really easy for telecommuters to set up shop from home. That’s what my husband is doing now.

      If you’re thinking of moving to more of a tourist town like Lake Placid, the hospitality industry is a big employer. As are the retail shops on Main Street.

      The other major employers within the park are the area hospitals. From what I gather, there is always a demand for nurses.

      Because there is a relative scarcity of jobs, lots of people create their own economies and cobble together an income from multiple sources. Say a part-time job combined with a small side business or two. It works if you’re creative and willing to take on some risk.

      Here’s a website that I browse once or twice a week, just to see what’s out there: Sometimes you have to wade through the “work at home and make a bajillion dollars” scams, but there are also many legitimate jobs posted. And the Plattsburgh craigslist job section is worth a look every now and again, too.

      I hope that helps a bit. Feel free to email me if you have more questions.

      Good luck to you and we’ll see you in 3 years. 🙂


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