Family Fun

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
 
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
 
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
 
I'm here for you It's okay, I know how hard you're trying to keep up with your New Year's resolution. You've made it for a month now. I support you. I think it's great that you're sticking to your guns. As a matter of fact, I'm going to help you out. I won't invite you to taste the town with me, I'm simply going to show you alllll the tasty things you're missing - y'know, so you can live vicariously through me. It's a tough choice, but hey, someone's got to do it. I'll take this one for the giving-up-everything-tasty-and-bad-for-you team. But, where to begin? We've done so many yummy... continue reading
 
Everyone knows Lake Placid is a great place to do your holiday shopping, right? I recently learned there's more to put you in the holiday spirit than just the beautifully decorated stores and the twinkling lights that adorn Main Street. Our lodging properties go all out this time of year, and it's the perfect opportunity to visit them. I started my tour just north of the village, where Whiteface Mountain dominates the horizon, and worked my way into downtown lobby by lobby.  Lake Placid Lodge The most out-of-the-way locale on this list, Lake Placid Lodge is worth the... continue reading
 
Ever wonder what it takes each year to put on an event the size of the Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll?  This year's event takes place from Friday, December 9th, through Sunday, December 11th. I’ll give you a little peak behind the scenes of this really fun event that has a gazillion moving parts (ok, maybe not that many, but a LOT).   No sooner is the event concluded for one year, then the committee is meeting to plan for the next year. The committee consists of a group of 20-some awesomely creative people, many of whom have worked on the event since the very first, many years ago. The... continue reading
 
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'Tis the season It’s been getting fairly cold lately, but that’s okay with me — because it’s a sign that the holidays are just around the corner. This will be my first holiday season spent in Lake Placid, filled with family, friends, and a bunch of holiday adventures. I’m really looking forward to it! I’ve been researching all the options of things to do — and there’s a lot to choose from. My out-of-town family members have already checked out the rental houses in town, and are planning to join me for a week of fun right at the beginning of December. So far my list of must-do activities... continue reading
 
Conquering the Firsts… It’s the first significant snow of the year, first weekend that Mt. Van Hoevenberg is open for the season, first time I have ever skied alone.  I woke up this morning to the magical text: 6" Sweet.  That simple text is what we've all been waiting for — it's the first significant snowfall of the year. We have permission to hit the slope/track/trail of choice for an hour or so prior to hitting the office. Our mission: check out the conditions, take pictures, report back. One of the advantages to working in a beautiful mountain town. Where to go?  I chose Mt. Van... continue reading
 
Replacing My Old Skis After taking a spill earlier this ski season using skinny, in-track skis on soft trail snow, I decided I needed to upgrade my trail skis for something different. My old Karhus were woefully shot, which was why I was using the skinny skis in the first place. And so, a few weeks ago, I started looking around at area ski retailers and online to determine what I wanted to purchase. I already knew I liked the concept behind the design of the Fischer off-track series of skis, but I wanted to check out everything to help make a more informed choice. After a few phone calls... continue reading
 

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