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Of course, wildflowers are everywhere. They grow wild! But if we want to find bunches of them, and enjoy them at our leisure, here are some great spots to find lots of different kinds. Sunny hike When I want lots of wildflowers, I head for one of the sunniest hikes in the area, part of the complex known as Henry's Woods. I park on the side of the round-graveled road, near the trailhead map. I will be heading to the left, the Orchard Loop trail, which is about 1.5 miles round trip. Even the beginning section, which is deep forest, offers some lovely specimens trailside. At this point, we... continue reading
 
You’ll need to drive to hike some of the biggest mountains in the region, but there is plenty of scenery right in Lake Placid. Why not stay in town? Read on and we’ll have you tossing the car keys aside and setting off by foot or bike to four of our favorite jaw-dropping destinations. 1.Cobble Hill This little gem rises 460 feet above the eastern shore of Mirror Lake. See that big bald spot on its face? That’s your destination. About a half mile from the trailhead, you’ll reach a fork. From here there are two ways to tackle Cobble: The 0.8 mile route, right, is pretty steep, while the 1.6... continue reading
 
In Lake Placid, the fun doesn’t stop when the sun sets. Yes, there’s a thriving music scene here, and if you know where to look you can get in on the action. The best part is, the music isn't confined to weekends. On any given night you can walk into a bar and hear a local band tearing it up, a traveling band fresh off of an overseas tour, or a world class symphony creating a beautiful soundscape. Here are some venues to get you started, but be sure to keep your ears open while you're in Lake Placid — you never know what you'll come across! Zig Zags Pub This bar has a local feel, and it’s... 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
 
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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