Lake Placid Blog

Finding Ferngully I believe the official name for it is Shoebox Falls, but my friends have always called it Ferngully, and it's easy to see why. It's a magical sort of place. Tucked away off state Route 73, it's only a five-minute walk from the road, but you would never know it was there unless somebody pointed it out. There are no signs, and not much in the way of parking spots. In fact, if you were to drive past where the cars must haphazardly park to visit the spot, you might wonder what was so worthwhile that the drivers would even attempt it. Between the curving, narrow-shouldered road... continue reading
 
While I know many folks and several coworkers that rave about extreme mountain biking, I have never been one of them. As a matter of fact, I have never actually been mountain biking. Honestly, I've been known to get nervous going off of a curb on my hybrid bike. I guess you could call me an extreme beginner. It's ridiculous, but I can trace it back to one simple event a few days after going from a kiddie bike to a grown-up 3-speed. I thought the tires were as big and sturdy as my little bike. They were not. I flipped over my handlebars going down a huge hill a bit faster than I should have... continue reading
 
It’s July. It’s hot! And this town has three delicious places to grab a freshly brewed beer! What is better than grabbing a fresh, local craft brew after a day of strenuous (or not) outdoor recreation? Nothing, in my opinion!  I love going for a nice hike, swim, paddling and grabbing a beer after my hard days work. Sometimes I even take some with me!  First Stop: Great Adirondack Brewing Company The award-winning Great Adirondack Brewing Company, along with their restaurant, Great Adirondack Steak and Seafood, is nestled smack dab in the middle of downtown Lake Placid in between the iconic... continue reading
 
Submitted by guest blogger Sarah Wheeler. I was fortunate enough to spend summers on a lake while growing up, and I can remember the times my father would take me fishing. I understand now that it was his attempt at bonding with his daughter, who was more into reading on a dock, not fishing off of one. But I would give it a try every once in awhile as long as it was sunny and 75 degrees.    Fishing was not an activity I got up in the morning excited to do. I found it boring at times (and just plain gross). I could do without the Styrofoam bowl full of dirt and worms, and it now seems odd... continue reading
 
Shoka’s day out was a huge hit in Lake Placid. This little husky stole the spotlight wherever she went. She is a 4-and-a-half-month old with an abundance of energy who recently traveled to experience Lake Placid and all it has to offer the four-legged world. To her owners' delight, Shoka encountered more adventure than expected due to the dog-friendly atmosphere of the region.  First Stop: Lake Placid  Shoka packed the essentials and was ready for anything. She may have even had a few extra bones packed because, after all, it is a vacation. She hit the road with her humans and embarked on... continue reading
 
Do you love sinking a putt in the quiet serenity of nature, or nailing a drive and watching it disappear into a backdrop of towering peaks? How about docking your boat, hopping on a shuttle bus, and getting a few rounds in before an evening of lakeside dining? Whether you want to be near the action or away from it, you'll find something to love on Essex County's golf courses. Just don't forget to take your eye off the ball once in a while — in the Adirondacks, eagle isn't just another way of saying "good game." North Essex County's northern golf ... continue reading
 
Hiking is not an exact science. Even though there are hundreds of lists containing "10 essential items to bring on a hike," there is no one absolutely correct way to hit the trail. That was a big draw for me: There is an element of self-sufficiency, largely driven by trial and error, that's intrinsic in climbing mountains. I've been exploring the High Peaks for almost 20 years now, and I've learned quite a few things by simply putting my boots to the dirt. Every mistake was a chance to learn and better my routine, a lesson in how to enjoy the woods in a safer way. The following recipes are... continue reading
 
It started light and innocent, a frolic just for fun I said, "Hey, let's get ice cream everyone!" The banana split came; I ate it on the run I fought the sundae and the sundae won All misty eyed It was a sunny Tuesday afternoon when a couple of coworkers and I did a biathlon tour of two Lake Placid ice cream stands. It was a delicious trip that left me breathless and nearly incapacitated. I managed to refrain from ordering something at our first stop, Mountain Mist, because I ate lunch only an hour prior to our journey. I was just stalling, really, and it had no bearing whatsoever on my... continue reading
 
Taking one for the team. Literally. So, I work with some awesomely athletic people. Really. They are always out adventuring through the backwoods, climbing the Adirondack High Peaks, paddling on Mirror Lake or waterskiing on Lake Placid, entering extreme competitions... you get the idea. I love scrolling through their posts and virtually cheering them on as I enjoy my third pot of coffee and try to invoke the energy to face my own extreme challenge: wrangling a super-active almost-7-year-old boy. Imagine my surprise one late-Friday afternoon when I was... continue reading
 
Americans are obsessed with repurposing things these days. We have thrift shops, antique shops, online stores filled with crafts made from repurposed materials, and many more. There are also many repurposed buildings throughout the world. Back to our roots One of the oldest buildings of note in Lake Placid has been repurposed several times over the years. What is now Lisa G's Restaurant was originally known at White's Opera House. Dating to 1895, the White Opera House building has seen many iterations. Constructed by George White, this new building was considered "one of the handsomest... continue reading
 

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