Lake Placid Blog

This October, Lake Placid will host its annual, much anticipated Lake Placid Film Festival. The festival's theme is diversity, which echoes the broader national demand to see films that better reflect our wonderfully varied and ever progressing world. In past years the festival welcomed larger than life talents like Martin Scorsese and Steve Buscemi. But, for nearly twenty years, since its inception, the festival has been celebrating independent and classic films. It’s a time when filmmakers and the audience get a chance to celebrate the art of film together. I spoke to the festival's... continue reading
 
One of my favorite parts about traveling is finding the best restuarants in the destination. This can be a difficult task because, well, I don't know the area. I have found the best way to find out the real gems in a town is to ask the locals. You can ask any local from a bartender, to a clerk at the local bookstore where to dine, and hopefully they will steer you in the right direction, but how do you know if you have the same taste? How do you know they really know what they are talking about? Well, the only real way to know is to experience the places on your own. Lake Placid has so many... continue reading
 
Lake Placid's downtown is a mix of lodging, dining, and shopping. While there are plenty of themed and souvenir shops, there are also cute boutiques and specialty clothes shops. They can add a touch of Adirondack flair to any wardrobe, in any season. Classic The members of high society who summered in the Adirodnacks during the Gilded Age had an influence on fashion. They were at the forefront of a trend for outdoors life and wearing casual clothes during hiking and canoeing. Winter resorts, like the Lake Placid Club, sparked a craze for skiing, tobogganing, and sledding, and outdoors wear... continue reading
 
Submitted by guest blogger, Traci Wagner. Bang! The gun goes off and into the water we go, the once-calm lake now boiling over with swimmers. It’s a sight worth seeing, and I’m right in the middle of it. This is it — I’m finally competing in Ironman Lake Placid.  Swimming Mirror Lake isn’t like swimming any other Ironman course. I found my pace and positioned myself amongst equally efficient swimmers and we cruised right along. Ironman Lake Placid attracts some of the most positive and humble people to race with. As I exited the water to begin my second loop I felt a tap on my shoulder. I... continue reading
 
Submitted by guest blogger, Traci Wagner. Swimming, biking, and running in the Adirondacks is a triathlete’s training and racing paradise. Ironman just celebrated its 20th year running in Lake Placid, New York, and it’s no wonder summer after summer, year after year, triathletes from all over the world travel here to test their limits — to accomplish swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and running 26.2 miles in one day on a course immersed in the grandeur of the mountains.  Like many mid-20-year-olds, six years ago I was trying to figure out who I was and what I wanted from life. It wasn’... continue reading
 
Nestled in the shadow of the Eastern High Peaks sits Lake Placid, a perfect town full of perfectly fit and adventurous people. Whether you choose to live here or to travel here, we can all agree it’s the mountains that called us in the first place. While hiking these trails is quite magical, I must say, running them is even better! The Adirondack region is the largest protected area in the contiguous United States. Covering more than 6 million acres and with over 2,000 miles of trails looping through its peaks, the Adirondacks truly are a trail runner's paradise. I have spent this summer... continue reading
 
To many, fall means football season, pumpkin spice season, back to school season, scarf and sweater season, a new season of your favorite sitcom, or some years, crazy political pundit sparring season.  Those things are all fine (except the pumpkin spice - I’m completely over that). But to me, the arrival of fall also means it’s time for golf in Lake Placid. If you’ve played golf in Lake Placid at any time of year, you’re already hooked and probably don’t need to hear any more from me on the subject. However, for those that need more intel, I’ve drafted the...  Top 5 reasons to PUTT Lake... continue reading
 
Submitted by guest blogger, Eileen Mowrey.  While you may be familiar with the stunning landscape surrounding Lake Placid, and the plentiful outdoor recreation opportunities it affords, are you aware of the amazing food and drink options to be found in the bustling mountain town?  In Lake Placid, every hour is happy hour – or at least, that’s how it feels! Thanks to local breweries, carefully curated wine cellars, and some crafty cocktail creators, every restaurant boasts a beverage list that inspires. And that’s before you even get to the food! I recommend working up an appetite, because... continue reading
 
No other town does Halloween quite like Lake Placid. There is something special about a mountain town with autumn colors as the back drop, and kids dressed in their spooky costumes during the middle of a Wednesday afternoon. The entire community and travelers visiting from all over come out to celebrate. From the Main Street parade to the trick or treaters in the neighborhoods, this is an event filled day for all. There is so much going on in town for kids and adults.  Recently, Lake Placid was named "The Best Town For Halloween" by Leisure and Travel Magazine. Once you experience it for... continue reading
 
I have a lot of extreme friends. Ironman athletes, hikers, rock climbers, and extreme outdoorsy types. These are people that go on adventures for vacations. They enjoy jumping off of bridges, climbing the highest peaks, and running marathons on their days off. They think this is normal activity and that I need more adventure in my life. I am really quite content with my kind of vacation. I prefer beaches, pools, and lakes. I like to jump into the lake from a boat, or look at the mountains from an Adirondack chair. I do, however, love photographs with views and family drives through the... continue reading
 

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