Adirondacks

Inside story Ever wondered what folks who live and work in Lake Placid do for their lunch break during the summer? Well, speaking for just a small sample of those who work in my office, the answer varies, but here are some top options: a mountain bike ride at one of the local trail systems a walk around Mirror Lake, or “ATL” as we call it a quick swim at the Mirror Lake beach quiet contemplation in an Adirondack chair at an undisclosed location a visit to one of the nearby eateries on Main Street a round of golf Golf?! No, I am not allotted an extravagant 4-hour lunch break. That last... continue reading
 
A great town for water sports enthusiasts is more than the sum of its parts. It naturally starts with water, of course, but what sets it apart from other locales is the community and infrastructure that grows around those lakes and rivers. Lake Placid tops my list for great places to paddle, swim, and boat in the summer — for its accessibility, diversity, beauty, and nearby amenities. Lake Placid is fairly small population-wise, with about 2,800 year-round residents. But for its diminutive size, it contains more than its share of restaurants, cafes, brewpubs, and places to relax outside... continue reading
 
Top 5 ways to travel to Lake Placid  So you want to go to Lake Placid, eh? Of course you do! Everyone does, because it's an amazing place to visit any time of the year. But what's that you say? It's too hard to get here? FALSE! It's not hard to get here at all. In fact, the journey here is all part of the fun. (Life advice as well as travel advice, my friend. I'm like a wise old lady, except I'm super young and not old at all. Ok, whatever, I'm in my 30s.)   1. Automobile If you have a car, driving is a snap. Those coming from the New York City area can just get on the Thruway, I-87, and... continue reading
 
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Orson Welles is a legendary dramatic artist. His first movie, "Citizen Kane," was a ground-breaking classic of cinema. He was only twenty-five years old. But then, Welles had been celebrated as a "child genius" practically from the cradle. While all doting parents have great dreams for their children, Orson's parents had the means and opportunity to equip him with the skills he would need, from theatrical props, makeup kits, and his own puppet theater to introductions to many of the actors, directors, and other theatrical personalities who ever visited Chicago. It is not widely known that... continue reading
 
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A busy Lake Placid summer is in store for you this year. We have events all over the calendar, so be sure to check out our calendar and mark your not-to-miss list accordingly! June is one of the prettiest months in the Lake Placid region. A few June events to round out your experience when you visit are: The Lake Placid Film Forum from June 8 to 11 - featuring film screenings and related programs The Lake Placid Marathon and Half Marathon on June 11.  Lake Placid and I Love NY Horse Shows from June 27 to July 9 - one of the premier equestrian events in North America. Join the... continue reading
 
Memorial Day Weekend Kicks off a Summer of Fun in the Adirondacks Usa Submitted by Guest Blogger: Jesse Macomber Opening day in the Adirondacks is upon us and we’re overcome with excitement! Campgrounds, hiking trails, and museums will come alive as outdoor enthusiasts from far and wide venture to our beautiful region to celebrate the season we live for – summer in the Adirondacks. If there’s one thing that the Adirondacks are known for, it’s our hiking trails and unique camping spots. With over 2,000 miles of trails that wind through forests, skirt beautiful waterfalls, and lead to... continue reading
 
I remember the first time I saw an Adirondack toilet paper tree. We were coming off of the summit of Cascade Mountain, a popular summertime hike, and I spotted a narrow path into the thick balsam forest. I figured most trails lead to a destination and decided to investigate. To my horror, that destination was a disgusting scene of human waste and used T.P. not 15 feet from the main path. This wasn’t a secret overlook or some other hidden beauty; it was a makeshift restroom. I’ve seen it all, from campsites set up a few feet from a stream to bags of garbage left next to a lean-to. Here’s the... continue reading
 
  Stay dry: A word to the wise Spring is a beautiful time to be in the High Peaks, and it’s also a good time to pay close attention to trail conditions. The state Department of Environmental Conservation asks hikers to help protect our forests by sticking to low-elevation trails until things dry out. Up high, hikers will still find winter conditions this time of year, including deep snow and sub-zero temperatures. A bit lower there’s a good chance of finding lots of water and mud. As snow and ice met, the increased water flow makes easy stream crossings more dangerous, and the mud makes... continue reading
 
So here’s the challenge: You’ve only got 72 hours (three days) to explore the Adirondacks. Lake Placid is your home base, and the extraordinary menu of possible activities and experiences is daunting.  You’re in luck. We’ve consulted the visitors service specialists at the Lake Placid Visitors Bureau, the undisputed experts based on research, personal experience, and direct feedback from visitors and residents, and they helped to compile the following half- and full-day menu items made-to-order.   Day 1 This is unavoidable: Upon arrival, plan to spend at least... continue reading
 
Change is always imminent in the mountains, and that’s never more noticeable than the transition from winter to summer. The brief in between, spring, is a time when color returns to the forest. The cold blues and grays are joined by an expanded palette — greens, yellows, and reds abound in the form of mosses, leaves, and flowers.  The first hint of the colors to come are spring ephemerals, wildflowers that erupt from the forest floor as soon as the snow recedes. By popping up so quickly they’re able to take care of the business of being a flower before the trees leaf... continue reading
 

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