Fall

Finally. FINALLY. I've lived here for almost two decades, and finally I have found out what the secret is to the mysteriously happy, glowing ladies I spy every spring. I mean, it's Mud Season for goodness sake - at this point of the year I am pasty-white, anemic, and damn cranky from lack of warmer summer rays. I always assumed these serene women must be the Adirondack equivalent to the Stepford wives - blissfully unaware that they have entered the post-skiing/pre-hiking-biking-boating/what-do-I-do-today season. The Muddy Background Info Let's take a moment to set up how this adventure came... continue reading
 
They say there are no dumb questions, and we agree - but there sure are some funny ones! Living in the Adirondack Park, we take a lot for granted. One of the most important things being exactly how vast and varied the park is - especially to a first-time visitor. As a child growing up downstate, a park was simply someplace we played after school, or maybe drove to for a family picnic on the weekends.  Side note: City folk would refer to us as being from upstate since we were just past the northern border of Westchester County and at the then-end of the Metro-North Line.... continue reading
 
Invent Your Own Perfect WEDDING Day... Lake Placid is the perfect spot for your destination wedding. We are an intimate village with all the amenities you'll need to make your memorable day come to fruition, and your guests will love the chance to extend their stay into a mini-vacation. Whether you choose a resort wedding, or a lean-to on the side of one of our Adirondack High Peaks, we have the know-how and the creativity to make your special day as unique as you are. Where to Begin Join us at the Lake Placid Wedding Show in May and we'll be glad to help you make your dream day a reality... continue reading
 
2014 caught on film... Lake Placid, NY in the heart of the Adirondacks is the perfect place to invent your own perfect day. Of course, that perfect day is different for everyone - luckily our options are outstanding and the setting is spectacular. Join us as we take a look back through some of our most memorable 2014 events and activities as caught on camera. What would make up your perfect day? Hiking or biking in the High Peaks? Relaxing at one of our high-end spas or resorts? Taking a family boat ride or building a sandcastle with the kids? Oh, the choices... 2015 is just waiting for you... continue reading
 
A Small Secretive Owl Of the three most common breeding owl species in the Adirondacks (the Northern Saw-whet Owl, Barred Owl, and Great Horned Owl), the Saw-whet is the smallest and most mysterious. More often heard than seen, this completely nocturnal owl’s secretive nature makes its habits little known to humans. Relentless Tooting The Northern Saw-whet Owl’s advertising call is rather unusual. The Birds of North America account for this species describes the male’s call as “A monotonous series of whistled notes on a constant pitch." Birders refer to this vocalization as the “tooting”... continue reading
 
There are plenty of ghost stories in the Lake Placid area, but probably the most unique and mysterious is the story of the Lady in the Lake. If you want to learn about it, Lake Placid Boat Tours guides tell the story as they pass by Pulpit Rock, where the ghost of Mabel Smith Douglass is said to be seen. I took the tour on a beautiful fall day in late September, and I thoroughly enjoyed it despite the dark subject matter I was researching.   A body found in the lake On Sept. 21, 1933, Mabel disappeared while rowing on Lake Placid. She was a successful educator, creating and serving as... continue reading
 
Lake Placid’s large sports venues have dabbled over the years in hosting concerts. The Grateful Dead played a show or two here, and I remember New Kids on the Block playing here when I was a pre-teen dying to see them (my parents wouldn’t let me go!). I saw my first Phish and Bob Dylan shows at the 1980 rink, and there have been some other great acts at various times at Whiteface and the Olympic venues throughout the years. But those venues don’t host music events regularly, so it’s always exciting when one is announced. The second I heard they were planning to hold a bluegrass festival this... continue reading
 
Lingo  There’s a certain amount of jargon associated with any sport or endeavor, and golf is certainly no exception.   In addition to common slang terms, one always hears about a golf course’s “signature hole,” and I’ve always wondered what the distinction is…who decides? What is the criteria? Does someone actually place an autograph somewhere? I decided to take my investigation to the links. More accurately, I took my investigation to the mountain.     The Lake Placid Club The Lake Placid Club is just a chip and a putt from my office in Lake Placid (or a sliced drive in my case), so... continue reading
 
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September in Lake Placid brings some cool late summer/early fall events to the mountains. Check out our complete calendar for all of the 80+ events taking place in September. Here are some of our favorites. 44th Annual Lake Placid Classic It's hard to imagine it's been 44 years since Dr. Bob Lopez (a local veterinarian) started this annual running event in Lake Placid. Long distance running was in its early stages of popularity when Bob decided to introduce Lake Placid to the sport as an event. Needless to say, it was a success! Not surprisingly, Lopez was subsequently chosen as Lake Placid... continue reading
 
Gear for Day Hiking in the High Peaks    I am going to Lake Placid, what should I have for day hiking in the High Peaks?This question is much more in depth than one might think. You have another question you need to ask to lead up to this question. Where do I plan to hike? This matters only is mainly in the concept of how much food and water should I bring, all other gear I list should be on every hike. Some are “just in case” gear, while others are essential.I have spent countless hours and miles in the High Peaks and frequently revisit as a guide to the Region. The possible situations I see... continue reading
 

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