Lake Placid Blog

Why do we love Lake Placid? Lake Placid is the perfect choice for planning an Adirondack family vacation, romantic getaway, or visit with friends.  Aside from the myriad outdoor activities, there are mom-and-pop shops to browse, Olympic venues to tour, high-end spas to indulge in, live music and family festivals to partake in, unique restaurants where you can get a true taste of the Adirondacks, and cozy lodging to rest your weary head. The only real question is: How will you invent your own perfect day?   We suggest you start here!
 
Downtown Lake Placid combines the charm of an alpine village with pedestrian-friendly dining and shopping. This is also where a large selection of resort hotels can be found. The all-in-one ease of on-site dining and activities can have a powerful pull. Here's five fine choices. All about nature Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort was the the first resort in the U.S. to receive the Audubon International’s Platinum Eco Rating for Hotels, and is still only one of six in the nation to receive this recognition. Their love of the outdoors shows in the decor, the farm-to-table choices in their dining,... continue reading
 
I don’t believe in ghosts, or at least I didn’t until a week ago when I was hiking one of the serene trails on John Brown Farm. It’s an easy, relaxing hike. The trails are immersed in a dense forest and it is flat because it is a farm and not a mountain, after all.  As I walked, the trees gently danced with the whispering wind and the harvest moon glared down at me from above. The light from the moon was so powerful that I didn’t need a headlamp. Before I arrived at the trailhead, I passed John Brown’s home that he shared with his second wife, Mary Ann Day. One can take a historic tour of... continue reading
 
Anywhere where you mix mountains and folks who love outdoorsy pursuits you generally find good beer isn’t far away, and Lake Placid is no exception. For over 20 years, Lake Placid has been at the forefront of New York brewing, with three breweries earning dozens of state, national, and international awards for their beers. All three are also brewpubs each featuring their own unique menu. Here’s a rundown of the three breweries you won’t want to miss in Lake Placid the next time around. Lake Placid Pub and Brewery Tucked away on the edge of Mirror Lake, about a five minute walk from... continue reading
 
It can be a source of worry when you want to come to the Adirondacks to see the leaves turn in autumn. "When is it peak time? Can I arrange to get there at the right time? What if I miss it? What if it's over?" Relax. Thanks to the many changes in elevation, from the height of our 46ers to the sea level of Lake Champlain, we have abundant differences in our microclimates. This means there are multiple fall color peaks. They are scattered over different places, with as much as two weeks difference in the foliage status, all within a short travel time from your base in Lake Placid. You are... continue reading
 
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9.  Winter never gets us down! Year round you'll find folks topping our peaks, exploring our trails, and getting close to nature. Of course, outdoor adventuring in our winter weather offers unique challenges — luckily our experienced local Adirondack guides can help suit you up, offer advice, and even show you the way. 8. Go for the gold, or silver, or...  Skating, skiing, hockey, bobsled, and more — Lake Placid's rich Olympic heritage is alive and well. No matter the season, you can tour our Olympic sites where you'll often find athletes from around the world training as they pursue... continue reading
 
1. Lake Placid is America’s first winter resort. Most folks remember Lake Placid hosted the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. Some know we hosted the 1932 Winter Olympic Games. But, Lake Placid's winter sports history began with Melvil Dewey, who kept his grand resort, the Lake Placid Club, open through the winter season of 1904-05. Thus began Lake Placid's heritage as America's First Winter Resort. Sure, most of Lake Placid’s visitors come here during the warm months, but today the area continues to beckon travelers to play in the snow — primarily due to the increased interest in winter outdoor... continue reading
 
A.J. Arnold’s father began breeding sled dogs by chance about 40 years ago.  He was living in Saranac Lake when some neighbors returned from a trip to Alaska with a bunch of puppies. They decided to go back to Alaska, but the young dogs were not to join them —instead, they were left on peoples’ doorsteps, including A.J.’s father’s. Fortunately, that was a good place for the puppy to land. She was taken in, named Tasha, and she eventually gave birth to seven puppies of her own. Some of the lively animals pulling sleds across Mirror Lake today are part of Tasha’s line, most of them a robust... continue reading
 
This year I'm planning a girls getaway ski trip to Lake Placid. Yes, I live here. So, why am I planning what will essentially turn into a staycation for me? It's because I think this is a destination that has a little something for all of my girlfriends to enjoy. And hey, it's the perfect excuse to indulge and show my friends why I love living here! Usually there is a bit of a give and take from the more serious skiers and riders to the more casual snow bunnies and beginners, leaving the group, well, separated. Together yet apart. This year I am suggesting Lake Placid for a number of reasons... continue reading
 
I used to spend my whole day tackling the High Peaks only to knock a few off of the list each time I went out to hike. Although I’m still an aspiring Adirondack 46er, I’m beginning to find joy in the smaller hikes nearby.    Peninsula Trails What better way to prepare myself for the day than spending the early morning taking in Lake Placid and the surrounding mountains. Eli, my pup, couldn’t agree more! These trails are located just a mile up on Peninsula Road. They range from fairly flat to a gentle uphill grade with some roots and rocks jutting out. Right from the very start I’m up on my... continue reading
 

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