Lake Placid Blog

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
 
All I had to do was lie face down, clear my head, and let myself sink into the massage table. What followed was 50 minutes of bliss. I’ve never had a professional massage before, so I was intrigued by the offer to spend an afternoon at the Mirror Lake Inn Spa. It couldn’t have come at a better time — I had just returned from a neck-cramping, overnight flight from Phoenix, so despite the dozens of miles of desert hiking my wife and I logged, my body was feeling stiff and reluctant to move. I told my masseuse, Sandy, about this and she made things right, but as they say in the desert, let's... continue reading
 
What happens in Placid when the temps start to rise? Spring skiing, of course! Submitted by Guest Blogger: Ryan Damp  February 14, 2017 – Spring (!?) preview Love was in the air this past Valentine’s Day thanks to heavy snowfall! We saw well over a foot dumped across Whiteface Mountain over a 48-hour period, adding onto the nearly 200 inches of snowfall that had already dropped this season. Conditions were immaculate and skiers of all ages and skill levels were able to enjoy their Valentine’s Day on the slopes of Whiteface. And with temperatures hovering around a comfortable 30 degrees, as... continue reading
 
Guest blogger, Amy Cheney-Seymour, explains how she came to be registered for the upcoming Lake Placid Loppet. (The Lake Placid Loppet is a family-friendly Nordic ski race held during an annual Festival at Mt. Van Hoevenberg.) ** 2/22/17 Editor's note: Due to the expected inclement weather, the Loppet originally scheduled for Saturday, February 25 has been postponed until March 18, 2017.** The Lake Placid Loppet It was a promise. A pact. A bet, really, between me and a slippery little carp — or so I thought... On a stunning August morning, early rays skimming hues of orange on the water... continue reading
 
So, what is a wedding? In its simplest form it is a marriage ceremony and the party or special meal that often takes place after the ceremony. It is a special day for the engaged couple to share with each other, their family, and friends. What makes this ceremony so special? Obviously the love and commitment of the couple starting their new life together. But what else can make it especially perfect? Location, Location, Location. It can be as simple as marriage vows spoken to each other by a calm lake with a couple of witnesses and the local Justice of the Peace. Or as elaborate as... continue reading
 

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