Lake Placid Blog

Have kids, will travel... Lessons Learned in the Adirondacks? When researching this blog I immediately thought I would have to do a "through the eyes of my Adirondack child" theme. Since Oliver has entered my life (a mere 5 years ago), I have learned (and re-learned) so many valuable lessons. It's pretty darn cool, if I do say so myself. There's something about the wonder and exclamations of a child that really make you take a look at the world around you. And, while I thought life would be a lot more tame once I became a parent, I learned we just had to be a bit more creative when crafting... continue reading
 
Eco-friendly, sustainable practices everyday - it's the Lake Placid way The Conference Center at Lake Placid embraces Earth Day, everyday, with our sustainable building and daily practices. These practices, along with the natural beauty of Lake Placid and the Adirondack Park, create a unique experience for attendees and meeting planners alike. Instead of the exhausted feeling many of us leave with after days of conferencing, we send our attendees home feeling refreshed! The natural light in the Conference Center, relaxing break areas with breathtaking views of the Adirondack High Peaks, and... continue reading
 
Stay Green, Play Green Eco-Friendly Lodging Take a tour of the "Green" award winning Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, 2015 Good Earthkeeping Award Winner for both New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSH&TA) (in 2015 & 2009) and in the small property category by the American Hotel & Lodging Assn. (AH&LA) (announced April 2015).View the slideshow above to see all they've done to grow green.  Farm to Fork In Lake Placid you will find a number of restaurants work directly with local farms. A local favorite is Liquids and Solids where you will find that almost... continue reading
 
Finally. FINALLY. I've lived here for almost two decades, and finally I have found out what the secret is to the mysteriously happy, glowing ladies I spy every spring. I mean, it's Mud Season for goodness sake - at this point of the year I am pasty-white, anemic, and damn cranky from lack of warmer summer rays. I always assumed these serene women must be the Adirondack equivalent to the Stepford wives - blissfully unaware that they have entered the post-skiing/pre-hiking-biking-boating/what-do-I-do-today season. The Muddy Background Info Let's take a moment to set up how this adventure came... continue reading
 
5 trails worth visiting during High Peak downtime As you may or may not know, it is highly recommended and requested by the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) to limit the use of the trails in the High Peaks Region during the spring thaw. The High Peaks Trails become very muddy in the spring season and this is mainly due to the instability and excessive water on the trails, but it also comes with heavy use. Think of your feet like blender paddles stirring up mud and water, soon you have a cake batter on the trail that increases erosion and diminishes the quality of the trail.... continue reading
 
For immediate release LAKE PLACID — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Marnines and Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan Burgerking jointly announced a long-awaited major decision regarding rails and trails in the Adirondack Park.  Starting this spring, the DEC and DOT will partner together on a plan to install train tracks on popular Adirondack hiking trails.  “We recognize that more than two-thirds of Americans aged 20 or older are overweight or obese, and that number is only growing. The number of elderly... continue reading
 
When you think of the Adirondacks, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Hiking? Mosquitos? Lake Placid? 6.1 Million Acres of Fun? For me, it’s none of these - not the first thing anyway. I think of Newcomb when my mind wanders off to the good ol’ Adirondacks. This town is very close to my heart. My family has owned a camp there for over ten years and before that we parked our pop-up camper at Lake Harris Campground, always hoping to snag “The Point,” the best campsite around, but we never seemed to get it. There’s always something to do in the Town of Newcomb and the people there are... continue reading
 
Book Lover's Guide To Lake Placid ADK ​Cabin Fever is upon us... While we love the winter (heck we actually thrive in it), even Lake Placid locals contract the inevitable urge for warmer days and blue skies, especially after 5 months of cold. It's about this time of year when I realize I can't enjoy most of my favorite outdoor activities; it's either too cold or too hot, too muddy or too icy. It's the perfect time to grab a new (or old) book and settle in for a little vacation of the mind.  What to do, what to do? After spending a weekend avoiding the icy trails (I'm pretty clumsy), I... continue reading
 
BRING YOUR DOG TO THE ADIRONDACKS! So, you wanna bring your dog on vacation and meet some of our fine local canine celebrities? Well that's a good thing because the Adirondacks are one of the best dog-friendly destinations on earth! With 6 million acres of lakes, rivers, open fields and forests, and lots of great towns to visit, it's a no-brainer to pick Lake Placid as home base for a vacation with your dog. If your own pampered pooch likes swimming and hiking, he'll be in heaven here as swimming holes abound and there are more than 2,000 miles of trails within an easy drive of Lake Placid.... continue reading
 
Replacing My Old Skis After taking a spill earlier this ski season using skinny, in-track skis on soft trail snow, I decided I needed to upgrade my trail skis for something different. My old Karhus were woefully shot which was why I was using the skinny skis in the first place. And so, a few weeks ago, I started looking around at area ski retailers and on-line to determine what I wanted to purchase. I already knew I liked the concept behind the design of the Fischer off-track series of skis, but I wanted to check out everything to help make a more informed choice. After a few phone calls... continue reading
 

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