Summer

Treat yourself to the perfect day! Ready to explore our shops, relax in our spas, and enjoy a real taste of the mountains? The Adirondacks' Lake Placid is the perfect choice whether you're planning a family vacation, romantic getaway, or visit with friends.  Start by browsing our mom and pop shops, then head to the Olympic venues for a tour, next renew your energy at one of our high-end spas before hitting the town to take in an art show and a little live music! Of course, after all that action you've probably worked up quite the appetite. No worries - did you see the infographic above?... continue reading
 
Separation anxiety is real. And I am not referring to my dog’s angst, but of my own about leaving her behind. It’s that feeling of guilt as you look into those sad, liquid dark eyes. And if I pack my hiking shoes in front of her, and she starts wagging her tail, my guilt is unbearable. I want to save you from all of that, so I am happy to report that Lake Placid, our beautiful, water-side village ringed by Adirondack mountains, is not just dog tolerant, but downright canine hospitable. It is common to see dogs in hotel lobbies, on outdoor restaurant decks, frolicking on hiking trails, and... continue reading
 
Lucky you! You’re in Lake Placid, the sun is shining, and the entire day lies ahead. The problem is, there’s a lot to do and never enough time to do it all. Don't worry! Six locals are here to offer up their versions of a perfect Lake Placid day. Get some ideas, then have fun inventing your own perfect day! The lone wolf Twists, dips, and turns through ever-changing scenery. That’s a ride through the Adirondacks. Glenn’s perfect day begins and ends on his motorcycle. He starts by riding through downtown Lake Placid, then he’s off to Wilmington — a... continue reading
 
You now how it goes. Part of you wishes summer could last forever. No need to drag the kids out of bed at 6 a.m., get breakfast going, rush everyone out of the door. Go, go, go. Still, part of you knows that when the kids are in school you aren’t hearing the “mom, I’m bored” voices coming from the front porch. We long for the easygoing summer months, and the beginning of the school year at the same time. We simply can’t win. Then, mom guilt sets in: “Did they have a good summer?” “Did we have the adventures we wanted to have?” Well, yes, you probably have done it all. However, did YOU do the... continue reading
 
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
 
  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
 
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... 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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