New York

A 230-Mile Haunted Adirondack Trail Will Take You to Upstate's Spookiest Spots

The trail hits some of the area's most famous scary locations.

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DenisTangneyJr/E+/Getty Images
DenisTangneyJr/E+/Getty Images

The best way to enjoy the spooky season is a full immersion of all-things scary. And what’s scarier than a 230-mile-long haunted trail in the Adirondacks?

Adirondack Wayfinder, which is a tool that helps visitors find and plan themed trails, has put together a Halloween-worthy trail, dubbed the Haunted Adirondack Trail. Those who are brave enough to agree to the scary road trip will travel across nine different stops over the course of 230 miles.

Each stop features a truly spooky story, from missing persons to unresolved murders and even ghost sightings. While the trail offers a specific order to visit the stops, it can also be customized according to your starting point and preferences.

At the beginning of the journey, travelers will enter the grounds surrounding Big Moose Lake. In 1906, Grace Brown was tragically murdered here and rumor has it that her spirit never truly left, and instead still wanders the lake’s shores.

If the spirit of Grace Brown doesn’t really get to you, maybe that of Jasper Day will. Once you reach Inlet, the next stop on the map, you’ll find yourself in a small town of only 300 people. Jasper Day used to be a hermit living in the forest, and according to local folklore, he is still said to be “inhabiting” the bridge that connects the town’s lakes. In other words, the bridge is haunted-so you better watch out.

Lakes are a returning eerie feature in this trail. The third stop welcomes travelers into Saranac Lake, and this time, it isn’t only one spirit haunting its grounds. Back in the early 1900s, the town was a destination for tuberculosis patients, and the ghosts of those who have passed are said to still be wandering the streets. There are also rumors about the Hotel Saranac, where many have reported sightings of a cat ghost wandering its halls.

The fourth stop is in the town of Lake Placid, which flaunts not one, but three famous hauntings. Many people have reported seeing “The Lady in the Lake,” which is the ghost of Mabel Smith Douglass, a woman who was found at the bottom of the lake 30 years after disappearing. Lake Placid is also famous for its Palace Theater, which, just like the lake, is home to another ghost. This spirit, though, is known to be more chaotic than the Lady in the Lake. George (the ghost’s name) is reportedly very noisy, but he is also very friendly. You’ll find the last ghost at the Stagecoach Inn. He isn’t harmful, but be warned: He likes to move stuff around.

The trail will then take travelers to Lake Champlain, which is infamous for over 300 known shipwrecks that happened in its waters. This time, it isn’t ghosts you need to worry about. Rather, it’s the Champlain Witch, who is believed to be responsible for many of the shipwrecks because of her personal hatred towards sailors. To top it off, there have also been UFO sightings in the area, so watch out for strange objects in the sky.

Finally, the trail will take you to the small town of Lake Pleasant on the grounds of the Rhinelander Estate. According to old tales, the owner, Philip Rhinelander, held his wife prisoner on the estate’s grounds in the 1800s, and her spirit is believed to be haunting the mansion to this very day.

To read more about the stops and plan your own trail, you can head over to the trail’s website.

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New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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