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As snow blankets the countryside around the Adirondacks, the thought of all our winter events is forefront on people's minds. Lake Placid is lucky to have hosted so many huge events throughout the years that it seems "old hat" when we have a very full schedule. I guess you could say we DO events here in Lake Placid. So, get ready for a busy schedule. This list just scratches the surface - so be sure to look through the full schedule for everything that's happening. Holiday Stroll The winter season always kicks off with the Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll on the weekend of December 11 -... continue reading
A Girls' Night Out & A Boys' Big Breakfast The fabulous Lake Placid Lodge awaits I don't get much time to myself, and really, I don't mind. But, every once in a while, when the stars align, I find myself with a free evening and no real plan. So, on a recent Friday evening, I was ready to go for the gold. I polled a couple of my co-workers and the general consensus was unanimous - drinks were in order. We decided to head to Maggie's Pub at the Lake Placid Lodge. We were looking for a relaxed atmosphere with funky drinks and delicious food. We were not disappointed. Sitting at the bar,... continue reading
I'll admit it, I'm a guy who doesn't mind to shop. But not at a stuffy mall with miles of cookie cutter stores. If I'm going to put the effort into shopping I want it to be outside, along a street, with a mish-mash of stores, coffee shops, and restaurants. I want each store to be an opportunity to find something interesting and different than the last store. This is one of the great joys of living near a town like Lake Placid which still supports a thriving and eclectic downtown. Even as someone who has lived in the Adirondacks for over 25 years, I'm still able to find truly great things when... continue reading
As a newcomer to the Adirondacks, I'm getting ready to spend my first snow season in the mountains. I was anxious to learn what I would need to help me become a veteran of winter sports, where to begin? Having limited skiing experience in the past, I know I will need equipment…but what? How much should I spend? Where do I go if I break something? What do I need besides skis or a snowboard? Luckily, we have tons of experts right in the area to help. Whether you’re a beginner – like me – or a seasoned pro, these six shops offer the equipment, knowledge and service you’ll need to help you get... continue reading
Here in the Adirondacks, you’ll find a host of great outdoor activities, tons of Olympic history, delicious food, and great bars no matter where you turn, and friendly people who almost make you feel like you’ve gone back in time. Another thing that makes me feel like I’m in a different era is the fact that so much is literally made right here, within the six-million acres of the Adirondack Park. Recently, I had the chance to meet some local crafters who create masterpieces from wood: Bald Mountain Rustic Furniture in Keene Valley, Dartbrook Rustic Furniture in Keene, Owls Head Rustic... 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
Insider's Tip: Pick Owl's Head to get your novice hiker hooked! Lake Placid and the High Peaks Region is home to countless miles of hiking trails to explore and peaks to summit. But, here's the thing, and it's one of my favorite insider's tips: You don't have to spend all day climbing one of the 46 High Peaks to get a great view and soak in your fill of nature! We love hiking Owl's Head (a simple 10-15 minute drive from town), Cobble Hill (less than a mile from Main Street in Lake Placid Village), or simply walking/biking the 2.7 mile Mirror Lake paved loop. And, new to our repertoire, we... continue reading
So it’s that time of year again. The day that your spouse has been waiting for since it ended last year. Opening day of hunting season. It’s that time of year when the they spend every weekend in the woods, and you get to spend every weekend without them. You’ve become a hunting widow. Now don’t get me wrong, I know how to load and shoot a gun, but a man’s obsession with hunting is something I might not ever completely understand. Who wants to sit in a tree stand all day, crossing your fingers, hoping that a deer walks out in front of you? Probably not me (at least not this year). So, I've... continue reading
New: Heaven Hill Trails  My six-year-old, Oliver, and I decided to check out the new Heaven Hill Trails, and we are hooked. They are now on our weekly-outing list. Close to town with a variety of lengths to choose from, these relatively flat paths are an awesome addition to all the family-friendly activities Lake Placid has to offer! Choose your own adventure I think one of my favorite things about the Adirondacks' newest trail system is the variety of options. There are 3 main loops and all of the paths are relatively flat and accessible. The Big Field Loop is .9 miles long and leads... continue reading
It’s October, so Oktoberfest and beer is on everyone’s mind, but I recently visited a distillery in Keene and uncovered a real Adirondack Mountain gem that involves a whole different kind of spirits! Keith Van Sise incorporated Gristmill Distillers in July 2013, and he and his partner, Steph Hadik, use locally-sourced ingredients to produce tasty spirits for what is quickly becoming a 100-proof business. Where It Started In 2007, New York State passed the Farm Distillery Act, which made distilling accessible to smaller businesses, and several years ago Keith pursued a license to operate a... continue reading