Pamela Merritt

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Everyone has a picture in their head of that delightful "cabin in the woods." This is a wonderful choice for a classic Adirondack experience, whether you are thinking of a couple's getaway that is all about the skiing and snuggling, or seeking a family adventure, with snowshoeing and s'mores around a firepit. Considering a cabin also contains more options than you might think. Just as everyone has their own favorite candy choice when presented with a chocolate sampler, our range of possible cabins offers a lot of variety. Here are a few to consider. Your own forest Head to Van Hoevenberg... continue reading
 
It's possible... that you are not a fan of this particular holiday. Perhaps it's that struggle through the mall crowds. Maybe you once got sick on Grandma's ribbon candy. Or it was those nightmares after watching "Bad Santa" way too late one night. Whatever the reason, Lake Placid understands. That is why there's the Holiday Village Stroll. This weekend event has all the great stuff holiday fans love, then puts a different spin on it to make the Grinches feel a little more tolerant. Authentic atmosphere People who dislike the fakery of snow from a can and recorded "ho-ho-hos" on a loop... continue reading
 
Are there bed and breakfasts here? Absolutely. The resort hotels in Lake Placid are so well-known and celebrated that our adorable B&Bs can be overlooked. But they shouldn't be. We have the historic old structures that make the best bed and breakfasts, along with the artisan crafters and artistic decorators which bring them to a peak of comfort and style. And don't forget about our dedicated hospitality tradition, which has always been an important part of the Adirondacks. Here are four delightful choices, all with their own special charms. Old-fashioned pampering Snow Goose Bed... continue reading
 
It can be a source of worry when we want to come to see the leaves. "When is the peak? Can I arrange to get there at the right time? What if I miss it? What if it's over?" Relax. Thanks to the many changes in elevation, from the height of our 46ers to the sea level of Lake Champlain, we have abundant differences in our micro-climates. This means there are multiple fall color peaks. They are scattered over different places, with as much as two weeks of difference in the foliage status, all within a short travel time from your base in Lake Placid. You are going to want to take a scenic drive... continue reading
 
Fall is a wonderful time for a couple getaway. The blazing foliage of our scenic vistas creates a fine reason to explore together, sharpened appetites in the cool air make for wonderful dining experiences, and snuggling in front of a roaring fire has a deservedly delightful reputation. Here are some tips for making it fantastic. Alone time The essence of romance is time that is both together and alone. There are lots of places to have a forest path or slice of pond all to ourselves. While fall is a fine time for active hiking, with its cool temperatures and vivid scenery, there's just as... continue reading
 
Of course, wildflowers are everywhere. They grow wild! But if we want to find bunches of them, and enjoy them at our leisure, here are some great spots to find lots of different kinds. Sunny hike When I want lots of wildflowers, I head for one of the sunniest hikes in the area, part of the complex known as Henry's Woods. I park on the side of the round-graveled road, near the trailhead map. I will be heading to the left, the Orchard Loop trail, which is about 1.5 miles round trip. Even the beginning section, which is deep forest, offers some lovely specimens trailside. At this point, we... continue reading
 
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Orson Welles is a legendary dramatic artist. His first movie, "Citizen Kane," was a ground-breaking classic of cinema. He was only twenty-five years old. But then, Welles had been celebrated as a "child genius" practically from the cradle. While all doting parents have great dreams for their children, Orson's parents had the means and opportunity to equip him with the skills he would need, from theatrical props, makeup kits, and his own puppet theater to introductions to many of the actors, directors, and other theatrical personalities who ever visited Chicago. It is not widely known that... continue reading
 

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