About Holly Riddle

Holly Riddle is a freelance lifestyle and business journalist who also dabbles in ghostwriting and fiction. You can find her work in publications ranging from Golf Magazine to Mashed, Global Traveler to Forbes and Bloomberg. When she’s not writing, you can find her exploring the mountains near her home in the Adirondacks.

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  1. Vanessa says

    Ah I’m just seeing this post. Allow me to fold my hands in unequivocal respect for any intrepid soul that is willing to haul a wedding dress up an Adirondack trail just for a photo! That’s some “perfect moment” dedication.

    This is a fun article and as is my nature, I both appreciate it as a “feel good” piece but also want to get a little “meta.” This is a great way to market the ADKs to a new, young demographic, and kudos to the photographers doing so. I applaud their LNT ethics. I also wonder if they’re making efforts to integrate these visitors with the communities they’re hiking in at all, or if there is nervousness to do so. For example, there are more interracial couples pictured in this article than I’ve seen over any trip to the ADKs, full stop. (Which isn’t surprising, still only about 15% of all couples are of multiple racial backgrounds, less than 10% in majority white communities.)

    What effort is made to introduce all of these young people to the communities they’re visiting for a photo? Surely they’re also staying at least a night in town. That’s also an ethical thing to do, perhaps as important as LNT – to help folks get to know positive elements of the communities visited.

    What’s often unsaid when considering such efforts is that there may not be elements of every community noted that are going to appeal to your average under-30. But that too is important to talk about. Small business owners like the photographers in this article play an outsized role in attracting future residents. They should be empowered to work with community members to represent the region accurately.

    I’m all about ethical tourism – there should not be a “free lunch” attitude to the way in which needed tourist dollars are spent. Just wanted to add this comment, many thanks!

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