Lake Placid Blog

A hike to the summit of an Adirondack High Peak is like walking back in time. Algonquin, the Adirondacks' second-highest mountain, is an ideal place to see this living museum first-hand. Starting at the Adirondak Loj, the trail begins with an easy stroll through a beautiful forest of mixed evergreens and hardwoods. Things are pleasant and calm down here, but as the path gains elevation the grade steepens and everything changes. Shortly after bearing right at a trail junction — left goes to Marcy Dam — you'll cross a stream and enter a forest that mostly consists of white birch. A sure... continue reading
 
We all look at life through the window of our own experiences, and that's what John Brown Day is all about. I remember growing up in Vestal, New York, and thinking my childhood was the standard for childhoods everywhere. My mother and father were together, we had food, and we lived in a small house. It was sometime in elementary school when I realized some of my classmates' families had a lot more — and some had a lot less — than my own family. Around the same time, my mother started teaching me about the experience of Native Americans — the real experience, not the family-friendly cartoon... continue reading
 
Frequently when I eat lunch at The Good Bite Kitchen, someone comes in, takes a look at the menu, realizes it's all vegetarian, and then leaves. Some people who do so are apologetic and some are embarrassed, but restaurant owner Kayte Billerman says she's OK with people leaving if they're not interested in her food. She's not trying to force anyone to eat anything they don't like!  But those who stop in and give it a try might just be surprised with how satisfied they are with their sans-meat meal. Kayte pays a lot of attention to making sure each dish is balanced with... continue reading
 
Local mom tackles 3 trails to train for a 5k — check out the routes & the results. Heck, you can even drag the kid and/or dog along (or not!) Tis the season. Or so I've been told...​ Time to get off my bum and get moving. For months now I've managed to do the bare minimum in exercise. Enough to keep my kid entertained and most of the dreaded winter weight at bay (notice I said, most) but not enough to ready me for the impending 5k I am signed up for — or the 10k I one day aspire to complete. To be completely transparent, for years now I have alternately used my son as an accessory or... continue reading
 
Spring and early summer in the High Peaks Region is packed with events, some on a grand scale.   Blossoming with arts The Lake Placid Center for the Arts has the cultural scene filled with a wide variety of entertaining events. You'll want to see them all, from the ever-popular "The Met: Live in HD" series to any of the live entertainment offerings on this season's packed schedule. For instance on Wednesday, May 4 the LPCA theater goes to the dogs when Olate Dogs of America's Got Talent fame takes the stage. These fluffy fur balls will dazzle you with their amazing tricks. The best part?... continue reading
 
It was a warmer-than-normal winter, so I wasn't surprised to find myself on a hydrocycle last week. I've tried a lot of mountain sports like snowboarding, butt sliding, and rock and ice climbing. I've marched for miles through the woods with 30 pounds on my back, I've done 18-mile day hikes, and I've paddled numerous waterways. But I'd never pedaled across a lake before. I headed to Mirror Lake Boat Rentals which is easily found at 2403 Main Street and the corner of Mirror Lake Drive Street - look for a dock filled with a colorful variety of watersport equipment. A hydrocycle is basically a... continue reading
 
With more than 50 local partners, Lake Placid Gift Co. makes for a simple and unique shopping experience in Lake Placid. Offering a variety of locally sourced gift items, and pre-assembled or custom gift baskets, you’ll be sure to find a special gift for anyone on your list!  Here are some the featured local artists that fill the store with amazing artisans work! Christina Hollrock used open studio time at the LPCA, where she found antique doilies to create the intricate patterns on the dishes. These cute dishes are perfect for jewelry, soap, tea bags, or as a decorative piece! These... continue reading
 
Anyone who knows me knows that I am infatuated with weddings! I’m not engaged (even though I’ve been with my boyfriend for over three years…hint, hint), but I’ve been planning my own wedding in my head for as long as I can remember. In a world of 7 billion people, I believe that it is a true blessing to find someone you choose to share the rest of your life with. It wasn’t until I started my job as a wedding planning assistant at The Whiteface Club and Resort that I realized the intricacies involved in planning, and also what Lake Placid offers to those getting married. Unparalleled scenery,... continue reading
 
Lake Placid, adirondacks, usa — The spring “turnover” of Mirror Lake and concerns about water salinity levels was the topic of a special meeting of community and municipals leaders from the Village of Lake Placid and Town of North Elba on March 30 in Lake Placid. Testing and sampling of Mirror Lake over the winter have indicated a rising level of salinity due primarily to road salt used by road maintenance crews to melt snow and ice on the western side of the lake, along Main Street. The recreational epicenter of the popular year-round vacation community,... continue reading
 
I’m asked by visitors all of the time, and YES, those of us who are fortunate enough to live in the Adirondacks do realize that we live in paradise.  It’s a paradise that includes untouched wilderness, majestic mountains, pristine lakes, thousands of hiking trails, paddling opportunities galore, fine dining, robust arts and culture, craft breweries, community supported agriculture, and sites of world-altering historic significance like Fort Ticonderoga, John Brown’s home, and an ice rink where a miracle happened.   For the lucky residents of the Adirondacks, though, it’s... continue reading
 

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