Lake Placid Blog

So here’s the challenge: You’ve only got 72 hours (three days) to explore the Adirondacks. Lake Placid is your home base, and the extraordinary menu of possible activities and experiences is daunting.  You’re in luck. We’ve consulted the visitors service specialists at the Lake Placid Visitors Bureau, the undisputed experts based on research, personal experience, and direct feedback from visitors and residents, and they helped to compile the following half- and full-day menu items made-to-order.   Day 1 This is unavoidable: Upon arrival, plan to spend at least... continue reading
 
Change is always imminent in the mountains, and that’s never more noticeable than the transition from winter to summer. The brief in between, spring, is a time when color returns to the forest. The cold blues and grays are joined by an expanded palette — greens, yellows, and reds abound in the form of mosses, leaves, and flowers.  The first hint of the colors to come are spring ephemerals, wildflowers that erupt from the forest floor as soon as the snow recedes. By popping up so quickly they’re able to take care of the business of being a flower before the trees leaf... continue reading
 
Guest blogger: Ryan Damp Whether you live in Lake Placid year-round or are here for a brief vacation, this alpine village has a seemingly endless assortment of activities to offer. Amid all the noise and excitement surrounding activities such as bobsledding, scenic plane rides, mountain biking, rock climbing, and extreme summer tubing (just to name a few), there is one activity that is often overlooked: walking. While it may not provide the same adrenaline rush as many of the other activities in the area, taking a walk around the village is an unmatched way to experience the beauty of Lake... continue reading
 
The Lake Placid Farmers' Market is a tradition that locals and visitors alike have embraced long term. The farm to table movement has brought even more interest to the market lately. Many regional farms and producers are represented each week on Wednesdays from late-June to mid-October.  Located in the St. Agnes parking lot — just a quick walk from downtown, plan to swing through and grab all the ingredients needed to create the perfect picnic lunch or gourmet dinner.  A cruise through the many tents set up for the market each week will take you past the most beautiful produce you’re likely... continue reading
 
Winter is slowly losing its icy grip to the impending warmth of summer, making this a great time to get some late-season winter hikes in. Yes, it’s technically spring in the High Peaks, but it’ll probably still look like winter in the mountains for a few more weeks.  I like to take advantage of the warmer temperatures and get a farewell look at the winter scenery before it's gone. Plus, once the snow melts the state Department of Environmental Conservation asks everyone to stay off high-elevation trails until they dry out. The reason is simple: The trails and the... continue reading
 
A unique concept This year's Eat ADK Restaurant Week builds on the premier event, which kicked off last year with resounding success. A branded concept for Lake Placid, the week-long event was spearheaded by the Field Studies in Hospitality class at nearby Paul Smith's College. EAT ADK Restaurant Week returns in 2017 and we're looking forward to even more growth, with some excellent out-of-the-box meals and fun dining experiences.  The idea originated with Professor Joe Conto of the Hotel, Resort, and Tourism Management program at the college more than two years ago. Conto and professor... continue reading
 
I don’t know who the first person was to create a bacon Bloody Mary, but I am sure there is a special place in heaven for them. It seems to be the perfect blend of cocktail and breakfast meat. Salty and thick, with a hint of sweetness and citrus, and plenty of unique garnishes, the Bloody Mary is enjoying a renaissance. Blue cheese stuffed olives, pickles, pickled green beans, large celery stalks, rosemary, bacon, and other garnishes are adding significant height to the cocktail, making it very popular, photogenic, and instagramable. It’s also the standard-bearer for brunch and hangovers.... continue reading
 
A year of Great Gray Owls The irruptive movement of Great Gray Owls has been an enormous cause for excitement this winter in the Adirondacks and North Country. It is the year in the multi-year cycle in which they might move south, and I began monitoring the owls weeks ago as I watched reports in Canada of them coming closer and closer to our border. The birds have been in northern Franklin County and at Robert Moses State Park in Massena for over a month, attracting many, many people to go see them. Over that time I’ve been in several conversations about other possible locations to find the... continue reading
 
All I had to do was lie face down, clear my head, and let myself sink into the massage table. What followed was 50 minutes of bliss. I’ve never had a professional massage before, so I was intrigued by the offer to spend an afternoon at the Mirror Lake Inn Spa. It couldn’t have come at a better time — I had just returned from a neck-cramping, overnight flight from Phoenix, so despite the dozens of miles of desert hiking my wife and I logged, my body was feeling stiff and reluctant to move. I told my masseuse, Sandy, about this and she made things right, but as they say in the desert, let's... continue reading
 
What happens in Placid when the temps start to rise? Spring skiing, of course! Submitted by Guest Blogger: Ryan Damp  February 14, 2017 – Spring (!?) preview Love was in the air this past Valentine’s Day thanks to heavy snowfall! We saw well over a foot dumped across Whiteface Mountain over a 48-hour period, adding onto the nearly 200 inches of snowfall that had already dropped this season. Conditions were immaculate and skiers of all ages and skill levels were able to enjoy their Valentine’s Day on the slopes of Whiteface. And with temperatures hovering around a comfortable 30 degrees, as... continue reading
 

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