Lake Placid Blog

Good grief Irene. Not only did she cause havoc and leave us with a mess to clean up she instigated a pile of mischief for vacationers and homeowners. (Read Kimberly Rielly's post on how to get here.) There are detours around the Essex County area and plenty of information out there to get you to Lake Placid, Whiteface Mountain, a dinner in Keene Valley or a shopping extravaganza down Main Street.  We are such creatures of habit, that we think there is only one yellow brick road that leads to the Olympic City. Not so, grasshopper. Yesterday I drove all the roads that I was allowed to around... continue reading
 
Since many years ago when I spent a day poking around the ghost town of Tahawus near Newcomb, I've felt the desire to go back to Newcomb to paddle, but have never done so. Finally, on a spur of the moment, early one Saturday morning a couple of weeks ago, my husband and I decided to strap the kayaks on the car and take off for a day of Adirondack paddling. It was a spectacular clear and hot day, perfect for paddling in the Adirondacks. Did I mention it was dead calm as well? Even more perfect!A beautiful 53 mile drive from our house near Lake Placid landed us in the center of Newcomb, in the... continue reading
 
Santa's summer home is in the Adirondack town of Wilmington NY? The first time my children went to Santa's Workshop, they couldn't believe their luck. Santa at their beck and call.   Known as the forerunner of the present day theme park, Santa's Workshop in North Pole NY (near the Whiteface Memorial Highway)  opened its doors in 1949. The fantasy village was designed in part by Arto Monaco (of Land of Make Believe fame). Complete with rides, farm animals, Christmas-themed shops, reindeer and an actual frozen North "pole," Santa's Workshop has seen hundreds of thousands of people pass through... continue reading
 
Sixty-five children or possibly sea monkeys will be on stage to help shape the story of whether Celia gets her man, legs or perhaps a new twist of magic as the Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) brings its original production of "The Little Mermaid" to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA). This is neither the Disney version nor the classic Hans Christian Anderson tale. It is a MCT original with sea scouts, town criers, sea ponies, armies and a fire-breathing dragon.One hundred six children auditioned for this year's production that culminates, after a week of rehearsals, this Saturday... continue reading
 
I used to spend weekends playing golf with my father. Unfortunately, my game, and I use the term loosely, does not have much to show for it. Our time was used to spend time together rather than as a means to improve my technique. It worked. My game has never improved. My son questions my ability to play as we use the practice balls that are the requisite equipment around our house.It doesn't seem to matter how many times we say "no throwing balls inside the house" that some sort of sphere ends up (so far) narrowly missing a window. I agree you can't putt with a practice ball. Though my golf... continue reading
 
My daughter has turned into that obsessed horse girl one reads about. She is anxious for lessons and would willing keep a horse in our backyard if space and money would allow. Thankfully the Adirondack Equine Center in Lake Placid welcomes visitors along with taking anyone who wishes on a western-style trail ride.We are unable to go on a trail ride this time but we watch while a family celebrates their child's 5th birthday with a family outing on horseback. Saddles, stirrups and a 45-minute horse trail ride with Mirror Lake in the foreground and a glimpse of Whiteface Mountain seems to be an... continue reading
 
Seems like lacrosse should be easier than soccer, since the players get to carry a big catcher's mitt on the end of a stick.I played soccer (or American football) for umpteen years as a kid and in college. As soccer players, we didn't carry any equipment; we just used our feet and heads. So when the hoards of lacrosse players enter the Lake Placid scene in August, even though the shoes and outdoor grass-covered fields are similar to those used in soccer, all the sticks with baskets on the ends are very intriguing to me. 

The über popular Summit Lake Placid Lacrosse tournament is happening... continue reading
 
There is something special about having alone time with my daughter. It gets even better now that she branches out beyond the princess-themed play to climb, fish, or catch something. This time we explore searchingfor new lands. We may not discover uncharted territory in our Adirondack Coast tour but we will tread on the lands discovered over 400 years ago by Samuel de Champlain.The Champlain Memorial Lighthouse sits on the edge of what is now the Crown Point Public Campground. It overlooks Vermont and sits surrounded by land that witnessed battles and forts. Originally constructed in 1858,... continue reading
 
During the summer months in the North Country, we are very fortunate to have a host of farmer's markets to choose from almost every day of the week. A trip to your local farmer's market is a great way to spend part of a day, not just for the shopping, but for the social aspect as well. Farmers and producers love to talk about their products and love meeting new customers as well. If you ask some good questions, I guarantee you'll also learn something new, too.Farming history in North Elba (the township in which Lake Placid lies) dates to 1800, when Elijah Bennett, our first farming family... continue reading
 
It has been touted that listening to classical music makes children smarter (though I'm pretty sure playing video games or watching TV cancels that out) and "music soothes the savage beast." Therefore it would only make sense to partake in the Lake Placid Sinfonietta's free Wednesday evening Mid's Park concert series in downtown Lake Placid.Watching a taped performance may be fine but it's no substitute when a live one is available, so the video issue is solved. We see a peaceful change come over our children when we join other patrons during the Wednesday evening Park Series so the beastie... continue reading
 

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