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Your Winter Getaway To The Adirondacks Awaits

Winter is here, and while many people like to run away to the sun and the sand, our favorite destination in the winter is right in our backyard, Saranac Lake in The Adirondacks.

Saranac Lake offers many things for visitors, from a reawakened downtown lined with restaurants and shops, to festive events, to cold-weather outdoor activities. Here are some of our favorites:

New Year’s Eve Celebration First Night

The First Night celebrations offers a shared cultural celebration to mark the passing of the previous year and beginning of the new one. More than a dozen acts in ten different venues will entertain you. Each performance lasts about one hour, and seating is first come, first served. Fireworks are lit off at midnight over Lake Flower.

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

Running from February 1-10, the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is a week of sporting events, parades, a gala, fireworks, and more. The carnival starts and ends with amazing fireworks displays. Miss the carnival? Don’t worry you can enjoy the ice palace all winter long!

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Historic Hotel Saranac

Pampering more your style? The newly reopened Hotel Saranac offers the amenities of a high-end city resort, while set in cozy Saranac Lake. Enjoy comfort fare, craft beers, and creative cocktails at Campfire Adirondack Grill, enjoy top-of-the-line spa treatments at Ampersand Spa, or poke around Academy & Main, a shop filled with cut-above local goods.

Get Sporty

Just a short drive from Saranac Lake, visit Lake Placid’s Olympic Sports Complex and channel your inner Olympian. Visit the museum, check out the historic ice skating rink, or even hop in a bobsled if you’re feeling adventurous!

While this only begins to cover the multitude of options awaiting you in Saranac Lake, we hope this get you started planning your perfect winter getaway. Although it is far up north, getting there is easy!

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Hop on a quick Cape Air flight in Boston, and you’ll be there in less than 2 hours. With three flights each day, baggage agreements with most major carriers, and a single itinerary, traveling is a breeze. Book your flight today at capeair.com or call 800-CAPE-AIR.

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Pack For Your Holiday Travels With Ease

Believe it or not, the holiday season is upon us! Whether you’re flying across the country or just driving a few hours to your in-laws’ house, traveling during the holidays can extremely stress-inducing. This holiday season, leave the stress behind you at home, and enjoy your trip with our holiday packing tips.

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Cape Air’s Cessna 402 in Martha’s Vineyard by Tim Johnson
  1. Do you need to bring presents for those you’re visiting? Why bother with the extra baggage? Either send them to your destination ahead of time, or keep it simple. A gift card or cash is always a great gift, and takes up little to none of your precious luggage space.
  2. Don’t check a bag. Forget about lugging around a giant bag, waiting at baggage claim, or worst case scenario- dealing with lost luggage. Pack light, and bring only one, small carry on. Using a rolling bag is easiest so you don’t kill your shoulder carrying it around the airport. If you do decide to check your bag, be sure to look up your airline’s baggage policy ahead of time so you’re aware of guidelines and any fees. Also, avoid checking any essential items.
  3. Make a list. We get it- packing only a small carry on is a frightening thought. But think about how many times you stuff a giant suitcase to the brim and then only wear 1/3 of what you brought? Before you start throwing clothes in your suitcase all willy-nilly, stop and write down what you need. Start with your toiletries and electronics, then organize your clothes by outfit- pajamas, dinner outfit, day 1 outfit. Not only will this help you avoid over-packing, but you’ll be less likely to forget items.
  4. Mix and match outfits. After you make your list of outfits, look back and see if there are any pieces you can mix and match for different looks without having to pack a lot of items. Have a super-chunky sweater you’re going to wear while away? Save space in your bag, and wear it on the plane as well.
  5. Do your laundry while away. Are you staying at your family’s house? They likely won’t mind if you have to throw a few items in the wash.
  6. Don’t forget to properly pack your liquids. If you’re flying, don’t forget about TSA’s liquid and gel guidelines. All liquids must be 3.4 oz or smaller, packed in a single, clear, quart-size, zip-top bag. If you’re driving, pack your shampoo, face wash, lotions, etc. in a plastic bag just in case they explode or you accidentally don’t close the bottles tightly!
  7. Use your personal item wisely. Don’t waste your personal item on a tiny purse. Instead, bring a larger purse or tote so you can pack additional items and save space in your luggage. Do you have kids? Bringing a larger tote leaves more space for books, snacks, and toys to keep them entertained.
  8. Pre-pack your snacks! Save money at the airport or on the road by packing your snacks instead of buying them on your trip. Not only will you save precious dollars, but you’ll be able to make healthier choices. During the holidays, those are two things that are hard to do! Flying? Freeze your smoothies, and keep in mind that certain foods like peanut butter and pudding are considered gels, so keep in mind the TSA guidelines. Easy-to-pack snacks include baggies of trail mix, pieces of fruit, 100-calorie packs of nuts, baggies of carrots and celery sticks with individually packaged hummus.
  9. Use packing aids. Having a really hard time not over-packing your clothes? Use the vacuum-sealed bags to shrink your clothes and be able to lay them flat. There are also other great packing aids such as zipper envelopes and compartments to keep your bag organized so you can fit more items.
  10. Don’t stress! Remember why you’re traveling. Yes, regardless of how much you prepare, things always happen while traveling- airports may be jam-packed and traffic might be at a standstill. However, keep things in perspective, and remember why you’re traveling, to be with loved ones during a joyful time of year! So if you forget to pack something, no sweat. Most things you can run out to the store and pick up once you’re there!

If you’re traveling across New England and the Northeast, in the Midwest, across Eastern Montana, or down in the Caribbean, check out Cape Air’s flight schedule. Serving 35 cities and offering over 400 flights each day, flying with Cape Air makes your holiday travel easy and convenient. To book your flight, check your flight status, and view Cape Air’s flight schedules, visit www.capeair.com or call 800-CAPE-AIR.

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Get Swept Up With Cape Air

In recent months we have revamped our blog and gained a few new followers, and it has been quite some time since we have simply informed you about our services. Yes, in addition to sponsoring events and giving you the inside scoop about the amazing destinations we serve, we do in fact provide air transportation to such destinations. Plus, a lot has changed since our first flight in 1989, so here is a quick refresher…

Cape Air began in 1989 with one flight between Boston and Provincetown. Since then, we have grown immensely, now serving the Northeast, Caribbean, Montana, and the Midwest.

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We now operate a fleet of 88 Cessna 402s, and we are getting ready to introduce the brand new Tecnam P2012 Traveller to our fleet next winter.

During high season, we can fly up to 525 flights per day, and last year we carried over 626,000 passengers, making us one of the largest regional airlines in the country!

Things to know about traveling with us:

  • You can bring your furry friends! Cape Air allows passengers to bring their four legged family members on board so the whole family can vacation together. (Read more about our pet and service animals policy.)
  • Connections are simple. Cape Air has agreements with most major airlines so our passengers can enjoy the convenience of a single itinerary and baggage check-through’s when making their connections.
  • Every seat is a window seat. On Cape Air, every seat is a window seat, so whether you are traveling over colorful foliage or clear oceans, you are guaranteed a beautiful view. Also, depending on space constraints, passengers are even given the opportunity to fly in the co-pilot seat- the best view in the house!
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(photo by Tim Johnson)

Whether you are traveling to a weekend in Nantucket, island hopping in the Caribbean, or need to get to Billings, Cape Air can get you there. To book your flight, check flight updates, or view flight schedules, visit www.capeair.com or call 800-CAPE-AIR. And enjoy the ride!

 

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Save a Horse, Ride an UBER!

If you’re from Montana, you’ve most likely been asked by an outsider if your main mode of transportation is a horse. Seriously. People actually still think Montanan’s ride horses to school, work, etc. But really, transportation in Billings is no joke. Unless you happen to be visiting the Magic City and staying in one of the many accessible downtown hotels, walking is definitely not an option. Furthermore, if you don’t have access to a car, or a horse for that matter, you’re pretty much out of luck if you need to get across town. That is until now! With the start of UBER on August 5th, residents and visitors alike now have access to all that Billings has to offer, day and night, with just a push of a button. 

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Need a lift to and from the airport? UBER has you covered. Planning a fun night out with friends?  UBER will get you home safely. Coming to town for a concert, meeting or event? UBER will get you where you need to go, when you need to get there. Don’t believe me? Just ask Billings Mayor Tom Hanel, who took the ceremonial first ride during the UBER launch in Billings.

How does Uber work?

It’s as easy as 1, 2 3…

  1. Dowlnoad the UBER app to your smart phone.
  2. Set your pick up location and destination; a picture of your driver and his location appears.
  3. Now all you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

No more waiting for that taxi or shuttle service to appear, because UBER is finally here!

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UBER launch at Uberbrew in Billings August 5, 2016

On your next trip to the Magic City, give your car a rest and fly one of Americas Best Airlines to and from eastern Montana. Cape Air offers 5 daily round-trip flights between Sidney, Montana and Billings, and 2 daily round-trip flights between Billings and Glendive, Glasgow, Havre and Wolf Point.

For more information on UBER click here.