Most St. Lawrence students pack their bags, make the trip to Canton and call the “North Country” home for four years. I however, am not most students, as I have spent all 21 years of my life in the North Country and have been dubbed a “local” by my fellow Laurentians.
I find it my duty to share with my peers some of the “NoCo” treasures you may have overlooked or have yet to discover! Seniors, fear not, you’ve still got plenty of time before May 18th to explore.
- The Pear Tree
The only thing cuter and trendier than this quaint little gift shop located at 77 Main Street right here in Canton is the storeowner - my grandmother. For more than 30 years, my grandma has filled her store with unique and quality products including jewelry, scarves, purses, home décor, stationery, kitchenware, CHOCOLATE, and so much more. Whether you’re looking for a gift or browsing for yourself, The Pear Tree has something for everyone! Take a peek: http://www.thepeartreecantonny.com/.
- The Lobster House
Have you hit all of the local eateries mentioned in fellow Laurentian Steph Eldon’s blog? Either way, I’ve got another one to add to the list. Located 15 miles from campus at 95 South Main Street in Norwood, the Lobster House is seafood done right! The live lobsters swimming in their tanks are sure to catch your eye as you enter the restaurant. Every meal begins with warm garlic cheddar biscuits and the rest is up to you. My go-to is a cup of the lobster bisque and the combination platter with shrimp scampi and crab alfredo. Check it out for yourself: http://lobsterhousenorwood.com/.
- The St. Lawrence Brewing Company
Looking for a new spot to hang out with friends and grab a locally crafted beverage? Well Canton has just the place! The St. Lawrence Brewing Company’s Taproom was a big hit among some of my friends when looking for a neat place to spend time off campus during this year’s Family Weekend. With a wide variety of craft beers to choose from, the sampler option takes the trouble out of choosing between a Ruby Canoe Bock and a Skinny Dipper IPA! Thirsty for more information? http://www.stlawrencebrewing.com/
- Chilly Delight
FroYo goes NoCo! Whether it’s a sunny fall or spring day (yes, I promise the warmer weather is coming) or a brisk winter’s night, nothing hits the spot like frozen yogurt. Located at 57 Market Street in Potsdam, Chilly Delight has 12 rotating flavors and a plethora of toppings to choose from, so there's something for everyone to indulge in. New flavors are constantly being offered and include anything from blueberry tart, to red velvet cake, ooey gooey cinnamon bun, fudge brownie… you get the picture! Check out their Facebook page and prepare your taste buds for a treat!
- Lampson Falls
Feel like becoming one with nature? Want to avoid the chaos of the rope swing (yes we have one of those, too!)? Take a 30-minute ride then a 15-minute jaunt on foot and journey up to Lampson Falls, the most popular waterfall around! Once the snow melts come spring, huge amounts of water flow over the falls. A small beach at the bottom makes for a perfect swimming and picnicking spot. Looking back on my four years, I wished I had spent as much time at Lampson as some of my fellow Laurentians! Don’t miss out on the adventure: http://www.nnywaterfalls.com/grasseriver/lampsonsfalls/
Some additional spots to pop into around the area include the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, Canton’s Nature Storehouse, the Potsdam Co-Op and Isle of You, TJ Maxx in Massena, Titus Mountain, Whiteface, and so many more! Not to mention, we are just a short distance from Ottawa, Syracuse, Lake Placid, and the 1000 Islands.
So grab some friends, take a trip off campus, and see for yourself what the North Country has to offer. You’ll be glad you did!