Kim Rielly

Recent Blog Posts

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
 
I bet you’ll agree with me that the Adirondacks are the perfect place to learn about climate change. After all, Lake Placid is America’s First Winter Resort, and is especially attuned to the challenges associated with fluctuating, unseasonable temperatures and the continuous threat of extreme weather events.   This winter, we have a unique opportunity to learn more about this scientific phenomenon and some things we can do to mitigate its impact, simply by taking in a town-wide art exhibit. Green Team The Adirondacks enjoy a very long history of environmental leadership and vision. Way... continue reading
 
To many, fall means football season, pumpkin spice season, back to school season, scarf and sweater season, a new season of your favorite sitcom, or some years, crazy political pundit sparring season.  Those things are all fine (except the pumpkin spice - I’m completely over that). But to me, the arrival of fall also means it’s time for golf in Lake Placid. If you’ve played golf in Lake Placid at any time of year, you’re already hooked and probably don’t need to hear any more from me on the subject. However, for those that need more intel, I’ve drafted... continue reading
 
AUTHOR'S NOTE 9/21/16: On my daily commute to Lake Placid, I often spy rock climbers on some of the popular roadside crags along the route. During a recent drive on Route 73 to Keene Valley, I saw some folks on the Spider’s Web, and it reminded me of this blog I wrote a few years ago about climbing on that very cliff.  The rock climbing memory cited in this blog is cemented in my brain, and so is the fact that it was rock climbing that cemented our decision to live in the Adirondacks forever. Guess you’ll have to read it to find out why!  (The following blog was originally published 6/6/12... continue reading
 
So, I’ve been riding a motorcycle for years now, and initially rode primarily as a way to commute on nice summer days to work and meetings. That is, until my husband got his own motorcycle a couple years ago and my commute vehicle swiftly became more of a recreational touring machine - a fun way for us to travel around together on our separate motorbikes.  And we live in one of the best places for it. The Adirondack region lends itself nicely to touring - via car, bicycle AND motorcycle. In my humble opinion, the latter two are the way to go.  On two wheels, whether a... continue reading
 
Be Fore Back in the olden days, I used to promote the many great golf courses in Lake Placid at a series of consumer golf shows during the winter. You know, those events where golf aficionados, itching to get out on the course during a long winter, walk down aisle after aisle in a big convention hall looking at the newest golf gear, doodads that are supposed to make your swing better, and of course, destination representatives all hoping that their location is where you and your buddies will plan your next golf getaway.  Being the Lake Placid rep was tons of fun - almost... continue reading
 
Lake Placid, adirondacks, usa — The spring “turnover” of Mirror Lake and concerns about water salinity levels was the topic of a special meeting of community and municipals leaders from the Village of Lake Placid and Town of North Elba on March 30 in Lake Placid. Testing and sampling of Mirror Lake over the winter have indicated a rising level of salinity due primarily to road salt used by road maintenance crews to melt snow and ice on the western side of the lake, along Main Street. The recreational epicenter of the popular year-round vacation community,... continue reading
 
I’m asked by visitors all of the time, and YES, those of us who are fortunate enough to live in the Adirondacks do realize that we live in paradise.  It’s a paradise that includes untouched wilderness, majestic mountains, pristine lakes, thousands of hiking trails, paddling opportunities galore, fine dining, robust arts and culture, craft breweries, community supported agriculture, and sites of world-altering historic significance like Fort Ticonderoga, John Brown’s home, and an ice rink where a miracle happened.   For the lucky residents of the Adirondacks, though, it’s likely that if you... continue reading
 
AMERICA’S FIRST WINTER RESORT   Melvil Dewey, we were JUST talking about you.  Actually, in the context of promoting Lake Placid, adirondacks, usa, I talk about him all of the time, as he is the person responsible for our destination being able to proudly claim to be “America’s First Winter Resort." Though people have been vacationing in Lake Placid in the warmer months since the late 1800s, residents and visitors have been playing in the snow in Lake Placid since long before it hosted the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games.  The community’s winter sports history began with Melvil Dewey,... continue reading
 
Or DO you know? 1.   Lake Placid is America’s First Winter Resort. Most folks remember Lake Placid hosted the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. Some know we hosted the 1932 Winter Olympic Games. But, Lake Placid's winter sports history began with Melvil Dewey, who kept his grand resort, the Lake Placid Club, open through the winter season of 1904-05. Thus began Lake Placid's heritage as America's First Winter Resort. Sure, most of Lake Placid’s visitors come here during the warm months, but today the area continues to beckon travelers to play in the snow - primarily... continue reading
 

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