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Long before Lake Placid became synonymous with the 1980 Winter Olympics and before it was home to an Ironman triathlon and large-scale lacrosse, hockey, and rugby tournaments, it was known for its golf courses. And rightfully so. This compact town, ringed by mountains and lakes, holds five golf courses — all of which boast gorgeous views of the Adirondacks. Our golf heritage has been around since the 1800s, marking it among America’s firsts. History buffs will tell you some of golf's greats have refined their games and even designed the courses here in Lake Placid. Names like Ben Hogan, Joe... continue reading
 
Winter in Lake Placid can seem to last forever. We enjoy the days on the mountain, skating on Mirror Lake, and cross-country skiing. The cold nights are perfect for snuggling in at your hotel by the fire, or sipping cocktails in the hotel bar. But once the snow starts to melt the excitement really starts to build as we daydream about the impending summer season and our next big adventure. But first...spring. There are many reasons to visit Lake Placid during the spring months. The pleasant temperatures is one of them. The average temps in May and June are between 66 and 74 degrees... continue reading
 
A weekday experiment in the life of a budget-conscious, fun-loving family You would think we were tourists. Seriously. We like to take advantage of the numerous activities that visitors to the region drive hours to partake in. Most of our adventures are spur of the moment, inspired by something we read in the events calendar or online. Sometimes we choose a family-friendly hike such as Cobble Hill, other days you can find us biking on random backroads in Saranac Lake, or camping in one of the numerous spots within driving distance to our homebase: along the beautiful Adirondack Coast of Lake... continue reading
 
It doesn't take much convincing to see that Lake Placid is a special kind of beautiful. Who wouldn't want to take a little of that home with them? Luckily, the lakes and mountains have inspired generations of writers, artists, musicians, and photographers, who then put their skills to work producing glorious Adirondack-inspired art. Next time you're here, take time to visit these three Lake Placid galleries, and who knows? You might walk away with your very own slice of the Adirondacks. A Point of View Gallery Don’t pass this gallery by in your excitement to... continue reading
 
Come to Lake Placid for the scenery, and stay for the arts and culture. Lake Placid in the spring and summer is jam packed with events: parades, the horse show, lacrosse, triathlons, and the arts. Yes, the arts. Lake Placid is a destination that has a growing arts scene with live entertainment, theater, concerts, annual film festivals, and art exhibitions by renowned artists. Beginning in May, Lake Placid starts to come out of its winter comfort zone, looking for entertainment once Whiteface Mountain closes. Here are a few things to look for this spring and summer in the Lake Placid arts and... continue reading
 
What if you come to the Adirondacks for the great outdoors, and the weather isn't cooperating? You can discover our great indoors. It's equally Adirondack. Because the Adirondack way is: don't let the weather get in your way. Indoor/outdoor A visit to the Olympic Sports Complex has a lot of flexibility. From inside you'll be able to watch the sleds start. There's also a bus tour of the complex. Enjoy it in any weather. Another is the Olympic Center itself, home of the Herb Brooks area—and much more—like the Olympic Museum. I always suggest visitors start on the second floor (elevators... continue reading
 
I have walked, hiked, and exercised dogs over the years at Lake Placid's historic John Brown Farm. The hiking trails are beautiful, the views always stunning, and the skies dramatic. But who was the man? John Brown was born May 9, 1800, in Torrington, Connecticut. He decided that an armed insurgency of volunteers combined with a slave revolt was the only surefire way to end the convention of slavery in America. He was angered and frustrated by the slow, peaceful political means in which the abolitionist coalition moved. He made his name in Kansas where he led forces in what came to be known... continue reading
 
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Skiing is wonderful. It's common to see small children happily taking turns down the slopes, and this can form the basis for a ski-loving companion to think "anyone can do it." But it's not for everyone. There are plenty of good reasons you might not want to join your downhill-loving clan at the moment. At the same time, you don't want to spoil anyone's fun. Wave farewell as they catch the shuttle bus to the mountain, and discover your own way to have fun in the snow. Here are some ideas. A different slope Nordic skiing is about skiing on the flat instead of a slope. You can choose from... continue reading
 
If you like winter sports action, good local food, and zip lines, then you need to check out the 38th annual Empire State Winter Games. The huge, multi-sport event runs from February 1-4 and it’s coming out of the gate bigger and better than ever. This year there will be more competitors, a centralized village, a Jumbotron to watch it all on, and it’s all kicked off by a relay torch run that begins in Manhattan and ends in Lake Placid. Combine all of that with good food, craft beer, and events happening across several Adirondack communities, and the Games start to look more like a... continue reading
 
In a few months when the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics open, a surprising number of U.S. athletes will be from the Lake Placid area, from biathletes and skiers to bobsledders and lugers. With an Olympic Training Center and over 100 years of winter sports competition, the tiny village positively oozes Olympic spirit. The first thing most visitors notice (other than the beautiful scenery, fresh mountain air, and quaint downtown) is Lake Placid’s diminutive size. We have 2,600 residents and one main thoroughfare. People often shake their heads and wonder, “How did they pull off an Olympics... continue reading
 

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