Kim Andresen

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Have kids, will travel... Lessons Learned in the Adirondacks? When researching this blog I immediately thought I would have to do a "through the eyes of my Adirondack child" theme. Since Oliver has entered my life (a mere 5 years ago), I have learned (and re-learned) so many valuable lessons. It's pretty darn cool, if I do say so myself. There's something about the wonder and exclamations of a child that really make you take a look at the world around you. And, while I thought life would be a lot more tame once I became a parent, I learned we just had to be a bit more creative when crafting... continue reading
 
Finally. FINALLY. I've lived here for almost two decades, and finally I have found out what the secret is to the mysteriously happy, glowing ladies I spy every spring. I mean, it's Mud Season for goodness sake - at this point of the year I am pasty-white, anemic, and damn cranky from lack of warmer summer rays. I always assumed these serene women must be the Adirondack equivalent to the Stepford wives - blissfully unaware that they have entered the post-skiing/pre-hiking-biking-boating/what-do-I-do-today season. The Muddy Background Info Let's take a moment to set up how this adventure came... continue reading
 
Book Lover's Guide To Lake Placid ADK ​Cabin Fever is upon us... While we love the winter (heck we actually thrive in it), even Lake Placid locals contract the inevitable urge for warmer days and blue skies, especially after 5 months of cold. It's about this time of year when I realize I can't enjoy most of my favorite outdoor activities; it's either too cold or too hot, too muddy or too icy. It's the perfect time to grab a new (or old) book and settle in for a little vacation of the mind.  What to do, what to do? After spending a weekend avoiding the icy trails (I'm pretty clumsy), I... continue reading
 
They say there are no dumb questions, and we agree - but there sure are some funny ones! Living in the Adirondack Park, we take a lot for granted. One of the most important things being exactly how vast and varied the park is - especially to a first-time visitor. As a child growing up downstate, a park was simply someplace we played after school, or maybe drove to for a family picnic on the weekends.  Side note: City folk would refer to us as being from upstate since we were just past the northern border of Westchester County and at the then-end of the Metro-North Line.... continue reading
 
Invent Your Own Perfect WEDDING Day... Lake Placid is the perfect spot for your destination wedding. We are an intimate village with all the amenities you'll need to make your memorable day come to fruition, and your guests will love the chance to extend their stay into a mini-vacation. Whether you choose a resort wedding, or a lean-to on the side of one of our Adirondack High Peaks, we have the know-how and the creativity to make your special day as unique as you are. Where to Begin Join us at the Lake Placid Wedding Show in May and we'll be glad to help you make your dream day a reality... continue reading
 
When The Ice Hits, Mirror Lake Is Open For Business! When it comes to old Adirondack Traditions, Lake Placid has many. One of the local favorites, and something that is pretty darn unique, is our Toboggan Chute on Mirror Lake. This converted 30' Ski Jump Trestle is situated to send toboggans down the ice covered chutes and out across the frozen surface. Depending on weather conditions - and your skill as a master tobogganer - sleds can travel over 1,000 feet once they reach the frozen lake surface. It's mid-January, and the Chute is now open for business. Join us for a memorable experience... continue reading
 
2014 caught on film... Lake Placid, NY in the heart of the Adirondacks is the perfect place to invent your own perfect day. Of course, that perfect day is different for everyone - luckily our options are outstanding and the setting is spectacular. Join us as we take a look back through some of our most memorable 2014 events and activities as caught on camera. What would make up your perfect day? Hiking or biking in the High Peaks? Relaxing at one of our high-end spas or resorts? Taking a family boat ride or building a sandcastle with the kids? Oh, the choices... 2015 is just waiting for you... continue reading
 
Extremely Scared, Extremely Clumsy... So, when I think about the Adirondacks and the word extreme in the same sentence, I admit I get extremely apprehensive. I mean, when you think of Lake Placid, you often think of extreme sports: ice-climbing, luge, biathlon, ski jumping… Extremely Smart Decision And, while those extreme activities are fun to watch, the idea of me handling a gun while skiing, sliding down a track at breakneck speeds, or hugging an ice wall with just ropes for support, probably isn’t good - or safe - for anyone around me.  So, here's my take on extreme outdoor... continue reading
 
This, That, All Of It I’m fickle. That’s right, fickle. I even googled the definition just to make sure I wasn’t misusing the word - carelessly professing to be something I’m not. But alas, it’s true: "changing frequently, especially as regards one's loyalties, interests, or affection. ex. Web patrons are a notoriously fickle lot, bouncing from one site to another on a whim." I feel better just getting that out of my system. I have now admitted to you all, what may well be one of my most defining qualities - well, that, and the fact that I’m also tenacious: "tending to keep a firm hold of... continue reading
 
Memory, All Alone In The Moonlight… Artist Parmelee Tolkan, well-known as a Costume Painter both on Broadway and on the Big Screen, has maintained a studio at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts since the early 90s. And, while she and husband actor James Tolkan (Top Gun, Back to the Future) have been living here in Lake Placid full time since 1987, her ties to the area go back much further than that; 2015 will mark 115 years that Parmelee’s family has been summering in Lake Placid.​ Splitting her time between NYC and Lake Placid, she has cultivated a thriving and very successful career as a... continue reading
 

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