You will be staying at historic Paul Smith’s College. The college is situated on a chain of the three lakes in the Adirondacks which contain more “great camps” than any other lake, classic wooden boats and antique sail boats, amazing hiking trails, and canoe carries.

Photos of Paul Smith's College ©Paul Buckowski 2006

Photos of Paul Smith’s College ©Paul Buckowski 2006

Directions to Paul Smith’s College click here.

Fly or Drive:
Destination Paul Smith’s College of the Adirondacks, Paul Smith’s, NY. Closest towns: Malone, NY (30 min) and Saranac Lake, NY

Saranac Lake-Lake Placid: 10 minutes

Plattsburgh, NY: 1 hour
Note: There is a ROCKWELL KENT museum in Plattsburgh at the University.

Burlington, VT: 2 hours (Most Airlines. Requires car ferry crossing )
Note: If flying into Burlington, we recommend a trip to the Shelborne Museum in South Burlington to see their collection of Impressionist paintings.

Montreal, Canada: 2.5 hours + customs and traffic (Most Airlines)
Note: Montreal Museum is world class and worth carving out a couple hours.

Albany, NY: 3.5 (Most Airlines PLUS Southwest)
Note: The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls along the way is excellent. The Clark in the Berkshires is only about 40 minutes SouthEast of Albany and worth the trip for a world class museum.

New York City Airports (6 hours)Driving distance from New York City 300 miles





Sites to see in the area before or after the event:

Museums and Art
Catskill mountains – about 4 hours south, includes homes of Thomas Cole Home (4 hours)
Fredrick Church’s Olana (4 hours)
Shelburne museum – in Burlington, VT (2 hours)
Adirondack museum (1 hour)
The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY (2.5 hours)
The Clark, Williamstown, MA Birkshires – about 4 hours (40 miles from Albany)
Norman Rockwell Museum in Mass
Albany Institute of Art Hudson River Paintings (3.5 hours)
The Wadsworth Antheneum Museum – Harford, about 4.5 hours
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (about 2.5 hours)
The Frederic Remington Museum-Ogdensburg, NY (1.5 hours)
The Lake Placid Lodge – has a collection of Hudson River Paintings. (Advance Permission Required. Private Hotel) 30 min.
The Point Resort collection of Hudson River paintings (Advance Permission Required. Private hotel) 30 min.Other places to see Hudson River Paintings and Art
Rockwell Kent Collection and Museum in Plattsburgh (1 hour)

Great Places to Paint on your trip before or after within driving distance
Vermont. (Jeffersonville is popular)
Maine (Rockport)
Catskill Mountains
Hudson River Mansions and Hudson River near

Painting On Your Way Up to the Adirondacks

  1. If you drive up the North way and take the exit for Lake Placid you will find a number of wonderful paint spots along the way. We will post some on the google map (we recommend you print it before you come).
    a) Before entering Keene Valley there is a wonderful giant waterfall on the right as you drive in. Look for parked cars, which is an indication of trail heads.
    b) Many Hudson River painters painted in the Keene area. Just past Keene Valley look for HULL FALLS Road on your left. At the bridge is the falls, which requires a brief hike down some rocks  (do so at your own risk). It may be private property. This falls is beautiful and very paintable.
    c) In Keene there is a wonderful Adirondack style store to give you a feel for the local flavor. Its fun. Called Dartbrook. Tell Jay the owner you’re a friend of Eric. Also if you miss Hull Falls Road it will appear again on your left just before the river.
    d) Loads of spots on your way to Lake Placid including CASCADE lake. AND as you get closer Adirondack Loj Road has incredible Vistas.
    e) You can take a short cut when you reach the HORSE SHOW grounds on the right as you enter Lake Placid. Turn left on 35 and you’ll eliminate 20 minutes of driving through Lake Placid. BUT if this is your only chance… visit Lake Placid by going straight ahead.
  2. If you want to check out some noted Hudson River School painting stops, refer to this

Hudson River  School Art Trail
Painting Spot Guide

Hudson River School Art Trail
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