Lake Placid Blog

With two feet of snow at Whiteface Mountain, there has to be a good reason to keep my family indoors. While visiting the Adirondacks, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts lures us off the slopes and nurtures the creative side of our brain. Since we all need balance we find it there with its many winter offerings.Founded in 1972, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) brings the arts: visual, performing and musical, to the area with a wide array of talent ranging from YoYo Ma to Alvin Ailey II. The LPCA also guides the next generation of artist by providing a range a family-friendly events... continue reading
It wasn't so long ago that my children would not venture onto amusement rides alone. Now I am left on the merry-go-round watching while the two of them twist and turn on roller coasters with names like Hurricane and Avalanche. Somehow they convince me that going down the Lake Placid Toboggan Chute will not be the same thing. Since I am not the brave one in the family, my daughter lets me know she'll hold me on the way down the Lake Placid Toboggan Chute. My seven-year-old is now comforting me. It isn't a long wait to climb up the 30' high converted ski jump trestle. It is awkward in the... continue reading
Since Lake Placid has generously hosted the Winter Olympics twice, it is no hardship for anyone entering the Adirondack Park to get on their Olympic Spirit. Biathlon is not something I would have ever thought I would wholeheartedly embrace. After attending a paintball biathlon for children, my tune has changed.Unlike traditional Biathlon, children do not ski with paintball guns and an adult assists with each target station. During the 1st Adirondack Paintball Biathlon Series held at the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Biathlon Range, the young racers were set into three age brackets: 7-9, 10-12 and 13+.... continue reading
While Whiteface Mountain revels in the new fallen snow, we take a break to get in touch with our winter spirit by visiting the 1932 &1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum.The first "person" we see as we walk in the 1932 & 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum door is a life-size cutout of one of Lake Placid's most recent Olympic heroes, Andrew Weibrecht*, son to Mirror Lake Inn Resort Spa owners, Lisa and Ed Weibrecht. This local now stands along with other Adirondack Olympians such as two time gold medalist Jack Shea. There is a small but growing display from the Vancouver 2010... continue reading
This 2011, my family is getting set to blend our old New Year's traditions with new ones. My daughter resolves to do less pouting in the New Year while my son hopes to decrease the frequency in which he teases his sister. He words this with so many loopholes that he tests my own New Year's Resolution, patience.Each country seems to hold strongly to its own traditions around New Year's. I always think I will once again have a lucky year with the first taste of black-eyed peas. My recipe doesn't taste the same as it did when cooked by Mrs. Wilkins.Perhaps a relaxing dinner in Lake Placid is... continue reading
Convincing my husband to go out to eat is a feat usually worthy of some kind of award on my part. He is perfectly content to be at home most of the time. One of the very few exceptions is Lisa G's. He's always willing to join me on a date when I suggest it (he even suggests it once in awhile!). Lisa G's is Lisa G's because no one can pronounce or spell the owner, Lisa's, Greek last name. We do know, however, it starts with 'G'!Our favorite night to visit Lisa G's is for Monday wing night. Fifty cent wings at the bar can't be beat! The selections include wings tossed in your choice of... continue reading
I'm a reluctant shopper.My reluctance is likely due to my perception that I spent my entire childhood chasing my mother around malls and boutiques. (She's decidedly NOT a reluctant shopper.) I guess I figure I've had enough of it.There's one exception. Growing up in nearby Westport on Lake Champlain, my family and I always make the short trek to Lake Placid to shop during the holidays. There's something about walking down the quaint Main Street and poking around the variety of shops that trips a wire of seasonal cheer for me.This year, my shopping was jump-started by a visitor inquiry. We... continue reading
"I love this part," the kid behind me said. The lights came up and two girls and a small boy appeared on stage and began the Russian dance portion in The Land of Sweets. It was a fast-paced crowd pleaser, ending with the boy executing a breakdancing move to great applause, after which they all gracefully traipsed off the stage.It was the first time time I had seen "this part", but it wasn't surprising that the kid behind me had seen it before, as the "Nutcracker" at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts this weekend represented the 25th Anniversary of the holiday performance.It was a... continue reading
By Diane ChaseEvery time we have new visitors to town one thing they usually ask for is an Olympic tour. Sometimes we need to streamline our activities. We feel that the first stop for families of all ages is the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex in Lake Placid.  This year the Lake Placid's Olympic Ski Jump chair lift is scheduled to open December 20th, just in time for Christmas. Currently the Observation Deck and Elevator are open and the price is right. This facility is also handicapped accessible. My father-in-law is confined to a wheelchair but will be able to ride a chairlift once more. He... continue reading
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... continue reading


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