Lake Placid Blog

I remember the first time I saw an Adirondack toilet paper tree. We were coming off of the summit of Cascade Mountain, a popular summertime hike, and I spotted a narrow path into the thick balsam forest. I figured most trails lead to a destination and decided to investigate. To my horror, that destination was a disgusting scene of human waste and used T.P. not 15 feet from the main path. This wasn’t a secret overlook or some other hidden beauty; it was a makeshift restroom. I’ve seen it all, from campsites set up a few feet from a stream to bags of garbage left next to a lean-to. Here’s the... continue reading
 
  Stay dry: A word to the wise Spring is a beautiful time to be in the High Peaks, and it’s also a good time to pay close attention to trail conditions. The state Department of Environmental Conservation asks hikers to help protect our forests by sticking to low-elevation trails until things dry out. Up high, hikers will still find winter conditions this time of year, including deep snow and sub-zero temperatures. A bit lower there’s a good chance of finding lots of water and mud. As snow and ice met, the increased water flow makes easy stream crossings more dangerous, and the mud makes... continue reading
 
So here’s the challenge: You’ve only got 72 hours (three days) to explore the Adirondacks. Lake Placid is your home base, and the extraordinary menu of possible activities and experiences is daunting.  You’re in luck. We’ve consulted the visitors service specialists at the Lake Placid Visitors Bureau, the undisputed experts based on research, personal experience, and direct feedback from visitors and residents, and they helped to compile the following half- and full-day menu items made-to-order.   Day 1 This is unavoidable: Upon arrival, plan to spend at least... continue reading
 
Change is always imminent in the mountains, and that’s never more noticeable than the transition from winter to summer. The brief in between, spring, is a time when color returns to the forest. The cold blues and grays are joined by an expanded palette — greens, yellows, and reds abound in the form of mosses, leaves, and flowers.  The first hint of the colors to come are spring ephemerals, wildflowers that erupt from the forest floor as soon as the snow recedes. By popping up so quickly they’re able to take care of the business of being a flower before the trees leaf out and block valuable... continue reading
 
Guest blogger: Ryan Damp Whether you live in Lake Placid year-round or are here for a brief vacation, this alpine village has a seemingly endless assortment of activities to offer. Amid all the noise and excitement surrounding activities such as bobsledding, scenic plane rides, mountain biking, rock climbing, and extreme summer tubing (just to name a few), there is one activity that is often overlooked: walking. While it may not provide the same adrenaline rush as many of the other activities in the area, taking a walk around the village is an unmatched way to experience the beauty of Lake... continue reading
 
The Lake Placid Farmers' Market is a tradition that locals and visitors alike have embraced long term. The farm to table movement has brought even more interest to the market lately. Many regional farms and producers are represented each week on Wednesdays from late-June to mid-October.  Located in the St. Agnes parking lot — just a quick walk from downtown, plan to swing through and grab all the ingredients needed to create the perfect picnic lunch or gourmet dinner.  A cruise through the many tents set up for the market each week will take you past the most beautiful produce you’re likely... continue reading
 
Winter is slowly losing its icy grip to the impending warmth of summer, making this a great time to get some late-season winter hikes in. Yes, it’s technically spring in the High Peaks, but it’ll probably still look like winter in the mountains for a few more weeks.  I like to take advantage of the warmer temperatures and get a farewell look at the winter scenery before it's gone. Plus, once the snow melts the state Department of Environmental Conservation asks everyone to stay off high-elevation trails until they dry out. The reason is simple: The trails and the... continue reading
 
A unique concept This year's Eat ADK Restaurant Week builds on the premier event, which kicked off last year with resounding success. A branded concept for Lake Placid, the week-long event was spearheaded by the Field Studies in Hospitality class at nearby Paul Smith's College. EAT ADK Restaurant Week returns in 2017 and we're looking forward to even more growth, with some excellent out-of-the-box meals and fun dining experiences.  The idea originated with Professor Joe Conto of the Hotel, Resort, and Tourism Management program at the college more than two years ago. Conto and professor... continue reading
 
I don’t know who the first person was to create a bacon Bloody Mary, but I am sure there is a special place in heaven for them. It seems to be the perfect blend of cocktail and breakfast meat. Salty and thick, with a hint of sweetness and citrus, and plenty of unique garnishes, the Bloody Mary is enjoying a renaissance. Blue cheese stuffed olives, pickles, pickled green beans, large celery stalks, rosemary, bacon, and other garnishes are adding significant height to the cocktail, making it very popular, photogenic, and instagramable. It’s also the standard-bearer for brunch and hangovers.... continue reading
 
A year of Great Gray Owls The irruptive movement of Great Gray Owls has been an enormous cause for excitement this winter in the Adirondacks and North Country. It is the year in the multi-year cycle in which they might move south, and I began monitoring the owls weeks ago as I watched reports in Canada of them coming closer and closer to our border. The birds have been in northern Franklin County and at Robert Moses State Park in Massena for over a month, attracting many, many people to go see them. Over that time I’ve been in several conversations about other possible locations to find the... continue reading
 

Pages