Lake Placid Blog

By Diane Chase, author of Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes and High Peaks Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities (with GPS Coordinates) This is the first time we’ve returned to Henry’s Woods since the death of our twelve-year-old golden retriever. It is a strange way to now remember walks that were once occupied with aspirin and arguments as the children both wanted to be the one to walk “their dog.” Ella didn’t care. She took advantage of the opportunity to be off the lead and get all footloose and fancy-free.Henry’s Woods is named after Henry Uihlein who left a lengthy legacy in the... continue reading
For those of you not familiar with the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA), it would be worth your while to check out their offerings when planning a vacation or even a couple of days in Lake Placid. With all the amazing events and workshops, you could almost build an entire trip around things to do at LPCA. Check the adult workshops page and see if one of the classes would spark some latent talent you'd love to try to develop! There are even one day classes in pastel and jewelry making. The jewelry making classes also involve wine tasting and are loads of fun - I took one last... continue reading
By Diane Chase, author of the guidebook Adirondack Family Time Tri-Lakes and High Peaks Your four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities (with GPS Coordinates) I can always tell when my children haven't been outside enough. They start picking on each other, are unable to relax and are easily annoyed. The same applies to me. We are on our way out of town and the bickering starts in the backseats. Accusations, poking and blame are all floating to the front of the car. I actually hear my husband say he'll pull the car over if those kids don't straighten out. Good grief. We have become our parents.... continue reading
If you've never experienced it, lunching with dancing bears can be incredibly enjoyable. Take a friend or two and drop on in to The Dancing Bears at the High Peaks Resort (in Lake Placid). For the uninitiated, The Bear Dance is a painting by William Hollbrook Beard. This romantic fantasy depicts bears -- symbolic of conservative financial investors -- celebrating a good business day; it was most probably painted earlier than The Bulls and Bears in the Market. The previous owners of property , the Roland family, named the original lounge, in what was then a Hilton Hotel, The Dancing Bears... continue reading
By Diane Chase, author of the guidebook Adirondack Family Time Tri-Lakes and High Peaks Your four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities (with GPS Coordinates)Each year Tom Tucker of Tucker Farms, Inc. has a complex pattern designed so my family and many others will be lost trying to complete the Great Adirondack Corn Maze. This year it's "back to school" for the lot of us as Tom brings back the nostalgic one-room school house along with a playground, all depicted in rows of corn.Each person is given a blank game board and shown the entrance. We are looking for six mailboxes; each holding a... continue reading
This past Saturday, we had the pleasure of exploring the new Art Annex, located in Saranac Lake at 52 Main St. The Annex occupies the second story of the building occupied by the Artist's Guild in the historic Green's Market building. What a wonderful addition it is to the arts community of the Adirondacks.  Unfortunately, this was not an outing Bear could attend with us - he waited patiently in the car....The current exhibit in the tiny gallery is Adirondack Bra Art, an exhibit put together to recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It was a very clever idea and the creativity... continue reading
I walk these trails frequently and lately even more since we have welcomed Bear, the yellow Lab, into our family. It's one of the best places to walk your dog since a summer swim for both of you is a great bonus in the middle of your walk, and the other skiers and snowshoers in the winter usually have their dogs in tow also, so you won't find those XC ski purists hollering at you for mucking up the track with pad prints for heaven's sake! If you've never been to the Peninsula Nature Trails, make a point of it soon. It's easy to find - just take Peninsula Way, between Comfort Inn and Ho Jo's... continue reading
I have heard the walk around Lake Placid's Mirror Lake referred to as "the fitness trail." I inquired at the Lake Placid/Essex County Convention and Visitor's Bureau and am told that though it is a nice 2.7-mile walk there are no fitness stations along the easily recognizable red-bricked sidewalk.We park the car on Parkside Drive, adjacent to a playground, tennis courts and the public beach. The public beach is still filled with people and the shoreline a buzz with activity.There are tennis courts and a playground at the south end of the lake adjacent to the village beach so, if motivated, I... continue reading
Friday was a perfect day.Perfect despite the fact that over 8 hours of the day were spent in my office. I will disclose that my office just happens to be located on the shore of Mirror Lake - right at the Ironman Lake Placid swim start line. To keep me on task, my desk is positioned so that I'm facing AWAY from the window, but on occasion, I do steal glances - just to make sure it isn't dark out yet, and that I'm not missing an important Adirondack wildlife sighting.It is easy to get completely lost within the parameters of the 17 inch laptop screen and the endless stream of voices,... continue reading


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