Lake Placid Blog

Over the years I've worked in many aspects of the service industry in Lake Placid - from front desks to restaurants, and I am constantly asked the same question: "What is the best way to see the town?" Well, in my opinion, there is only one best way, and that is to take a walk around the lake. Mirror Lake has a paved path that is a 2.7-mile loop. This walk is beautiful in any season. Really. Even in the rain this is a great walk. The problem, for me, is there are so many stops and shops and restaurants along the way. I love to window shop and I love to stop and take in the views. Sometimes... continue reading
Thinking of taking a quick weekend getaway that’s full of active things to do? Lake Placid just might be the perfect place for you. Here’s the ultimate 36-hour itinerary in the Adirondacks for you active folks!    Ski Whiteface Get up bright and early on Saturday morning and head to the town of Lake Placid if you aren’t already staying there. Grab yourself a coffee (chai tea latte if you’re like me) from The Breakfast Club Etc. and continue on to Whiteface Mountain. I recommend getting there as early as possible and purchasing your tickets online ahead of time to avoid any lines. (... continue reading
  It's a special time of year in the Adirondacks. Maple time. It's only in a small slice of North America, in early spring, that you can experience the sights, scents, and tastes of real maple syrup as it goes from tree to pancake. The specific climate of chilly nights and sunny warm days gets the sap running: both for the sugar maples, and the people. That is one of the appeals of our annual Maple Weekends, which are the second and third weekends of March.  Sugarhouse steam Come smell the intoxicating sugary steam from the boiler vat in the sugarhouse. It scents the air nearby, but the... continue reading
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Skiing is wonderful. It's common to see small children happily taking turns down the slopes, and this can form the basis for a ski-loving companion to think "anyone can do it." But it's not for everyone. There are plenty of good reasons you might not want to join your downhill-loving clan at the moment. At the same time, you don't want to spoil anyone's fun. Wave farewell as they catch the shuttle bus to the mountain, and discover your own way to have fun in the snow. Here are some ideas. A different slope Nordic skiing is about skiing on the flat instead of a slope. You can choose from... continue reading
It’s the highest vertical drop in the east, and here I am, strapped to a board about to descend this mighty mountain. Okay — so I didn’t quite get that far up the mountain, but I can certainly say I’ve gone snowboarding at Whiteface.  Snow Boarding 101  1) Take pride in acting and looking like a Jerry. 2) Don’t think about what anyone else thinks of you because you’re there to have fun. 3) Try something new. If you’re like me, I definitely don’t have any of the top-of-the-line ski gear, you just have to rock what you have. Live and learn Be aware of the gaper gap! This is the gap... continue reading
Valentine's Day, when a person's thoughts turn to declarations of love. Part of the plan might be crafting an amazing, memorable, story-we'll-tell-together proposal scenario. If you are wanting to "pop the question," here are some four-season tips for planning that Perfect Day in Lake Placid. The style Traditionally, it's a man who proposes to a woman. But you don't have to fit that particular mold. The Adirondacks have always welcomed pioneers. While Valentine's Day is mid-February, and one would think it's a popular time to get engaged... you would be wrong. It's actually Christmas Eve... continue reading
These days, as we're getting closer to the Olympics, I can hardly watch a milk commercial without getting teary-eyed. You know the ones I mean? They feature letters from proud parents to the athletes about how they were "born" on skis, how they never gave up, how they endured endless nights at the rinks, and cold days at the mountain... Now, here they are — Olympic athletes. They have trained their whole lives for this. This moment in time, this event, this year. Now. People in cities, towns, and states all over the country will connect to these commercials. They speak of dreams coming... continue reading
The snow-covered pond is not yet frozen solid. The giant, snow-caked evergreens — worthy of The Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan — here, stand unknown, strong and proud, they stand here for me. The trails at John Brown Farm are family and four-legged pal friendly. So I come here in any mood, whether I want to hike, meander, or stroll. The trails intersect at various points so it’s a bit of a make-your-own-hike, which I find really fun and adventurous. Togetherness In Nature Whatever the dynamic of your family, I find the roaming, winding, meandering trails at John Brown Farm to be... continue reading
Did you know, besides dozens of miles of hiking trails, the High Peaks also have designated backcountry ski trails? You’ll find an all-encompassing range of difficulty levels here, so be sure to know your ability level before heading out. Many of the five trails listed below are serious endeavors that should only be attempted by those with the proper skills and gear. Be prepared and be safe! 1. Heaven Hill and Henry’s Woods These trail complexes aren’t exactly backcountry, but they are a great place to test your skills before embarking on some of the other paths on this list. Heaven Hill... continue reading
If you like winter sports action, good local food, and zip lines, then you need to check out the 38th annual Empire State Winter Games. The huge, multi-sport event runs from February 1-4 and it’s coming out of the gate bigger and better than ever. This year there will be more competitors, a centralized village, a Jumbotron to watch it all on, and it’s all kicked off by a relay torch run that begins in Manhattan and ends in Lake Placid. Combine all of that with good food, craft beer, and events happening across several Adirondack communities, and the Games start to look more like a... continue reading


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