Lake Placid Blog

An Adirondack 100-Highest Traverse The day was young and the sun had not even started to rise above the trees along the river near my house, it might as well have been midnight. The night had been overcast and the moon didn’t even cast a shadow, it was apparent that the day would be the same. With a 30% chance of thunderstorms and heavy rain at times we still took a chance on heading out to Wallface Mountain. The temperatures were cool enough and 30% isn’t all that threatening. I remember days past when I canceled a trip due to 90% and it never rained and vice versa on a 20% day: it really... continue reading
 Anna Newman was widely considered the strangest woman in the Adirondacks in her time, and her obituary was headlined as such. But was she that strange? By our standards today, she might be somewhat less odd than she was considered in 1872, when she moved to Lake Placid.  Anna grew up in a wealthy family in Philadelphia, and she was well educated and possessed a variety of artistic talents. She likely could have been a big deal in Philadelphia society had she remained there, between her money, her family’s connections and her drawing and musical skills.  She started visiting the... continue reading
 As with most rural communities, in the Adirondacks our local firefighters and EMS volunteers are the heroes of our area. Responding to their neighbors in times of crisis is what they do, and they do it well and with courage dozens of times each year. Add to that the training and extra activities they participate in, and our Volunteer Fire Department members really go the extra mile to keep us safe. So on Sunday, August 2, I was happy to attend the Keene Valley Fire Department Field Day. It's held on the first Sunday of August each year as an open-house for the community - as well as a... continue reading
The Secret's Out Here's the thing... I was never very good at keeping secrets. If I love something, I want everyone to know about it. I want to share the knowledge. And, while my blog today doesn't exactly give away anything that is top-secret, it does highlight 4 places that are often overlooked. So, the next time you get off exit 30 on the Northway and start the trip up scenic Route 73 toward the Lake Placid Region, keep your eyes peeled for these "secret" spots. Heck, maybe you'll even take my advice and keep the camera handy. If you do, be sure to snap some pics and post them on social... continue reading
Did You Know? As I was putting this new "Did You Know?" blog together, I didn't think there was much I would learn about Lake Placid - I mean, I've lived here for two decades! I know the important facts: there's great places to eat, fun places to shop, outstanding family-fun to be had. The Adirondacks are literally at your doorstep, and I can take a quick hike at lunchtime or a bike ride after work. What more could I possibly find out about a place that I enjoy living in every day? Nothing.  I Didn't Know... Boy, was I wrong... our town is full of history and the stories just kept... continue reading
Birding in Placid! Summer in the Lake Placid Region is a wonderful time of year. And birding at the Intervale Lowlands Preserve in Lake Placid is one of the best ways to enjoy it. With long days and lots of singing birds, it is easy to tally up a great list of warblers and other species. Even better for me is that doing so is part of my job. As one of the many hats I wear, I conduct a variety of field research and I am fortunate enough to conduct some of it at Intervale. As a result I’ve been there looking for birds a few times of late. Each time I go to Intervale is a bit different than... continue reading
By: Kevin Oldroyd  The Adirondack Region of Northern NY has earned high praise from hikers due to its incredible scenery and unique wildlife. There are 46 peaks that make up the Adirondack High Peaks, and most of them are located around beautiful Lake Placid. Before hiking, it is important to make sure you have packed the necessary items. Here are six essential items to bring on a hike through the Adirondacks. Hiking Shoes Perhaps the most important, but often overlooked, item to bring on a long hike is a pair of good hiking shoes. The temptation to buy the $15 bargain shoes exists in all... continue reading
By Megan Eileen McDonough A trip to Lake Placid is not complete without a hike or two, and we say this because choosing just one is tough. Still, what goes up must come down and eventually you’ll have worked up a satiable appetite. Besides, after all that hard work, you deserve a feast! Whether craving greasy pub food or in the mood for something more refined, these five Lake Placid restaurants will hit the spot. The Cottage 77 Mirror Lake Dr. The Cottage may sound like a low-key joint, but it's actually one of Lake Placid's most popular hangouts. No matter when you visit, whether it’s in... continue reading
By: Kevin Oldroyd It’s no secret that Lake Placid boasts some of the best natural scenery in the Adirondack region of upstate New York. Incredible views, numerous nature trails, mountain passes and a few historic sites make this area a must-visit. One of the key elements in Lake Placid’s mystique is the opportunity to see a number of incredible rivers and waterfalls. Here are three amazing hikes around Lake Placid. High Falls Gorge High Falls Gorge is a 22-acre, privately owned nature park that boasts the title of “the Adirondacks’ most breathtaking walk.” Many people say summer is the... continue reading