History

1. Lake Placid is America’s First Winter Resort. Most folks remember Lake Placid hosted the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. Some know we hosted the 1932 Winter Olympic Games. But, Lake Placid's winter sports history began with Melvil Dewey, who kept his grand resort, the Lake Placid Club, open through the winter season of 1904-05. Thus began Lake Placid's heritage as America's First Winter Resort. Sure, most of Lake Placid’s visitors come here during the warm months, but today the area continues to beckon travelers to play in the snow — primarily due to the increased interest... continue reading
 
When you think of Lake Placid, I’m sure many other words come to mind other than "Halloween." Olympics, hiking, destination vacation... sure, but Halloween? Well, after you finish reading this, it just might! After all, Lake Placid did receive the distinguished honor from Travel + Leisure in 2013 as one of the best towns in America to celebrate Halloween! Their reasons include the cutest Elementary School parade down Main Street, a rendition of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts and, to top it all off, a bar crawl with some pretty amazing prizes for Best... continue reading
 
Americans are obsessed with repurposing things these days. We have thrift shops, antique shops, online stores filled with crafts made from repurposed materials, and many more. There are also many repurposed buildings throughout the world. Back to our roots One of the oldest buildings of note in Lake Placid has been repurposed several times over the years. What is now Lisa G's Restaurant was originally known at White's Opera House. Dating to 1895, the White Opera House building has seen many iterations. Constructed by George White, this new building was considered "one of the handsomest... 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
 
With new venues and ancillary construction for Olympic Games across the globe, there are many communities who live with empty buildings and unused Olympic sports facilities after the close of their Olympic events. Not here. In this world of throw-away everything these days, it's nice to know we have some awesomely repurposed facilities in Lake Placid.  One of them has a very unusual after-use. Olympics in perspective In the years leading up to our last Olympic Games the organizers were committed to creating "an Olympics in perspective," focusing on the athletes and not the grandiose... continue reading
 
AMERICA’S FIRST WINTER RESORT   Melvil Dewey, we were JUST talking about you.  Actually, in the context of promoting Lake Placid, adirondacks, usa, I talk about him all of the time, as he is the person responsible for our destination being able to proudly claim to be “America’s First Winter Resort." Though people have been vacationing in Lake Placid in the warmer months since the late 1800s, residents and visitors have been playing in the snow in Lake Placid since long before it hosted the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games.  The community’s winter sports history began with Melvil Dewey,... continue reading
 
The snow blew past us in horizontal streaks as the yawning mouth of Indian Pass faded in and out of sight like a 1,000-foot-tall ghost. The nearby mountains — giants Marcy and Algonquin, among others — also did a disappearing act as the cloud cover that carried the snow churned against their steep slopes. I explained to my hiking partner, Anna, what the view from Mount Jo looks like on a clear day. "There's Colden and Cascade and Iroquois," I said, pointing into the gray.  Even with the on-again, off-again view, Anna's smile never waned. She had been living in New York City for a dozen... continue reading
 
Peter Fish doesn't know how to stop being Peter Fish. Between jokes that would keep any well-intentioned interviewer on his toes — "What brought you to the Adirondacks?" (Answer: "A car") — he spoke of his affinity for the Adirondacks. Something here grabbed a hold of him more than 50 years ago and never let go. He likes open summits, the islands of rock in the High Peaks that, as he put it, "make you feel like you're on a mountain." But there's more to it than that. Peter isn't a peak-bagging junky, hitting the trail just to tally big miles and big elevation gains. During his time working... continue reading
 
With the holiday that involves ghosts and goblins almost upon us, we've been hearing our fair share of ghost stories lately. Since our history dates back well into the 1700s, there are certainly bound to be a host of ghosts somewhere in the deep recesses of the old homes of Lake Placid. I went out in search of some stories. "The Club" The experiences that keep popping up in abundance revolve mostly around the buildings of the former Lake Placid Club. The Club's buildings dated back to the late 1800s and some are still standing today. The main club house and many of its larger buildings no... continue reading
 
 Anna Newman was widely considered the strangest woman in the Adirondacks in her time, and her obituary was headlined as such. But was she that strange? By our standards today, she might be somewhat less odd than she was considered in 1872, when she moved to Lake Placid.  Anna grew up in a wealthy family in Philadelphia, and she was well educated and possessed a variety of artistic talents. She likely could have been a big deal in Philadelphia society had she remained there, between her money, her family’s connections and her drawing and musical skills.  She... continue reading
 

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