Lake Placid Blog

I recently received a call from a writer for a big New York metropolitan area newspaper who was researching information about destinations for frugal travelers. He asked me if it was possible for a car-free person from New York City to come to the Adirondacks for a bargain-priced ski trip. (And his deadline was the next day, of course.) I told him that yes, it was indeed possible. Although the Adirondack region is largely a drive-to destination, AMTRAK does have a train out of Penn Station in New York to Westport on Lake Champlain, with an option to buy the ticket with a built-in shuttle to... continue reading
 
My daughter is convinced I grew up in "the olden days." If so, I am afraid to ask what prehistoric era her grandparents enjoyed. She is confused during a family movie night when an actor plays an album on the turntable. To her a record player is a DJ's scratch pad. She hears all about keeping things simple and I now realize I have set myself into that cliché. She believes I grew up in it, that simpler time in her mind, where people sang for no reason at all and danced to the orchestra in their head.I want that simpler time with Adirondack carolers, hot chocolate and exchanging friendly... continue reading
 
Sure, there are no leaves - not green, foliage red, orange or yellow. But November and early December often provide a great backdrop for adventure in the Adirondacks. The air is typically crisp and cool, there's no chance of insects, and if there is not yet much snow, one might just find perfect conditions for backcountry skating among the evergreens.Hoping for just those conditions, my husband and I headed off on a short hike last weekend with our skates in hand. Our destination? One of the not-so-secret early season local pond hockey rinks- the Washbowl on the trail to Giant Mountain.Giant... continue reading
 
It has been a few years since we visited the final resting spot for militant abolitionist John Brown. The John Brown Farm and Gravesite in Lake Placid encompasses the original 244 acres purchased by the Browns in 1849. Brown moved to the Adirondacks to assist freed African-Americans farm land given to them by Gerrit Smith, a wealthy abolitionist from the Utica area.Brown's history and involvement in the abolitionist movement is vast. After Brown was executed in 1859 for treason for the raid at Harper's Ferry, his name soon became synonymous with the anti-slavery movement.The house and... continue reading
 
As the Warren Miller Productions website advertises, Miller's annual films "mark the official start of winter for sports enthusiasts everywhere. Warren Miller premieres are an experience, a party and a phenomenon not to be missed". LPCA came through with the party all right. Having not seen a Warren Miller film in quite a few years, I was anxious to see this year's edition from the famous ski film-maker at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts this past Saturday evening. Warren Miller, now 86, is an iconic figure in ski film making, famous for producing films featuring humorous narrative,... continue reading
 
My son's class had a field trip to the Adirondack Loj's Heart Lake area to climb Mt Jo. He has been eager to share his newly found information with the rest of the family so with handmade guidebook in hand, he will lead us on this 2.3-mile round trip journey.We arrive late in the afternoon and with no parking attendant onsite we scour the car for the $1.50 parking charge. (Parking is $10/dayfor nonmembers, $5/day for members and $1.50 for entry after 1:00 p.m.) We are held to the honor system. I first park at the upper lot only to have my son inform me that he can get us so much closer tothe... continue reading
 
History is my worst subject. It's a curse; I have some sort of mental block that prevents me from retaining dates and their associated events. In hindsight, I should really just have paid better attention in history class.So, I was at first hesitant when my husband suggested that we attend a lyceum series of lectures by his friend Andy about American History, but eventually embraced the idea of learning more about our country's beginnings. Plus, I figured that some of our friends would be there and we could socialize after class.The series was held at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall, an historic... continue reading
 
Affordable dining in any resort community can be a challenge to the new visitor. Lake Placid is very fortunate to have many, many very good restaurants. Some are expensive and some are not. It's very possible to eat three meals a day in Lake Placid on a budget - even a small budget. It's also possible to spend your entire paycheck on a dinner if you so desire an elegant splurge. If you're on a budget, keep in mind that almost any restaurant in Lake Placid will be glad to have you in their establishment, even if you only order an appetizer and salad. Eating light has also become more of a norm... continue reading
 
By Diane Chase, author of Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes and High Peaks Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities (with GPS Coordinates) This is the first time we’ve returned to Henry’s Woods since the death of our twelve-year-old golden retriever. It is a strange way to now remember walks that were once occupied with aspirin and arguments as the children both wanted to be the one to walk “their dog.” Ella didn’t care. She took advantage of the opportunity to be off the lead and get all footloose and fancy-free.Henry’s Woods is named after Henry Uihlein who left a lengthy legacy in the... continue reading
 
For those of you not familiar with the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA), it would be worth your while to check out their offerings when planning a vacation or even a couple of days in Lake Placid. With all the amazing events and workshops, you could almost build an entire trip around things to do at LPCA. Check the adult workshops page and see if one of the classes would spark some latent talent you'd love to try to develop! There are even one day classes in pastel and jewelry making. The jewelry making classes also involve wine tasting and are loads of fun - I took one last year!... continue reading
 

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