Lake Placid Blog

Lake Placid will host its first ever Ironman 70.3 race on Sunday, September 10. We still need lots of volunteers. For many people, volunteering for an Ironman race is a life-changing experience. It certainly has been for me. The very first race in Lake Placid in 1999 was the first time I volunteered as a swim spotter in the group of over 60 kayakers. I spent several years subsequent to that volunteering there and in different areas. In 2010 I began working as an assistant to the Ironman Lake Placid volunteer director, and took over as director of volunteers in 2015. The experience has changed... 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... continue reading
 
There aren’t many places where you can get a big payoff from a small investment — luckily, Lake Placid isn’t most places. Sure, the High Peaks offer some of the most outstanding views anywhere, but they also take the better part of a day to hike. Try one of these easier hikes, and use that extra energy to explore downtown. 1. Cobble Lookout Take a trip to the other side of Whiteface Mountain. This trail started as a well-kept local secret, now it’s a must-do — well marked, well maintained, and awesome in the view department. The path goes gently uphill past an old quarry, then climbs to a... continue reading
 
  Late to bed, early to rise I’m not a morning person, but I do appreciate the finer things in life, and one of the finest things I’ve experienced is the sunrise from a High Peak. I recently recruited two friends, Emilee and Dan, to accompany me on an early morning foray to the Balanced Rocks on Pitchoff Mountain, a 1.6 mile hike. It’s the kind of thing that sounds like a great idea until the logistics are revealed: Wake up at 2:45 a.m., drive from my home in Saranac Lake to Lake Placid, meet my companions, and hit the trail by 4 a.m. To my surprise, I almost pulled it off. By 4:15, our ... continue reading
 
Nobody has ever accused me of being patient. Despite residing in the restorative, protected wilderness landscape of the Adirondacks, I’ve adapted easily to the fast-paced, social media-infused, 24/7 news cycle world in which we all live. Given that default, anyone who can successfully coerce me into adopting a mode of quiet contemplation for more than two hours must really know what they're doing. At least one such individual exists in the Adirondacks. I met Helene Gibbens in late summer of 2016 when she first launched her new business, Adirondack Riverwalking. I have now participated in... continue reading
 
Cardio? Cardio…I don’t do that. Well at least I didn’t think I did. Growing up I had no idea how much running I did between soccer, basketball, softball, volleyball, and tennis. I personally thought track and cross country seemed pointless; why in the world would you run with nothing to chase? Little did I know I ran an average of 6 miles per soccer game, and that didn’t include every practice that was followed by practice for another sport. I became obsessed with trying to constantly improve and be the best at every sport I was introduced to. Then came high school, where my competitive... continue reading
 
Inside story Ever wondered what folks who live and work in Lake Placid do for their lunch break during the summer? Well, speaking for just a small sample of those who work in my office, the answer varies, but here are some top options: a mountain bike ride at one of the local trail systems a walk around Mirror Lake, or “ATL” as we call it a quick swim at the Mirror Lake beach quiet contemplation in an Adirondack chair at an undisclosed location a visit to one of the nearby eateries on Main Street a round of golf Golf?! No, I am not allotted an extravagant 4-hour lunch break. That last... 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
 
  In a town bursting with restaurants, there hardly seems like there would be room for more. But owner of the new Salt of the Earth Bistro, Andrea Lautenschuetz, has carved out a niche beyond the commotion of downtown and is serving up firecracker creativity on a plate.  If you go, expect to find yourself eating on a sort of global continuum. Ingredients are local when possible; most items are made from scratch - down to the butter and pita bread; and Andrea’s menu includes dishes from each continent.  Which is how braised bison West African peanut stew with tomato, eggplant, okra and... continue reading
 

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