Lake Placid Blog

By Diane Chase, author of Adirondack Family Time Tri-Lakes and High Peaks: Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities (covering Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Wilmington, Keene, Jay)I know, another festival. I do wonder though how many children really know about the origin of a harvest festival?  Since my children are not required to work the field and therefore do not require a celebration from such backbreaking work, their idea of the harvest is face painting and jugglers. The only items my children harvest are the occasional pumpkin or basket of apples on a school field trip.... continue reading
Apples are the perfect fruit in my opinion. I don't have to peel one. It easily slips into a lunchbox. It can survive being dug out of the bottom of our backpacks after one of our Adirondack hikes. My children have always been able eat one without any assistance. I bake it, cook it, boil it and eat it raw. It can be tart and sweet. Apples are even members of the rose family. How perfect.U-Pick Orchards are a great opportunity to carve out a bit of time, enjoy nature and reap the benefits of a fall harvest. The first time I ever went apple picking my daughter's contribution was a small bite... continue reading
In our office we are constantly asked where one can go to see the fall colors the best. After yesterday afternoon I can unequivocally tell people where that "spot" is. That spot would be about 4,000 feet up in the air! We were fortunate yesterday to be treated to a scenic flight from Lake Placid airport by Steve Short of Adirondack Flying Service. I've taken these flights on previous occasions, but never in the fall when the leaves were near peak color. It was nothing short of spectacular. It was an unbelievable fall day although it felt more like mid-summer. The temperature was... continue reading
Autumn brings with it a barrage of activities to the Adirondacks. Leaf-peepers line the scenic highways and the fall harvest celebrations are in full swing. There is no better way to mark that distinct transition between summer and fall than an Oktoberfest celebration. For those traditionalists seeking a Bavarian experience the annual Whiteface Mountain Oktoberfest in Wilmington on October 1-2, 2011 is full of oom-pah-pah. (I couldn’t resist.) The free shuttle from Lake Placid is almost worth the price of admission. Nothing beats that valet parking. My children are too... continue reading
Keene Valley is bustling with visitors this week and is usually a bustling little village at the foot of the High Peaks of the Adirondacks. However, just a couple of weeks ago this definitely wasn't the case. Hurricane Irene dealt this little community a whopping blow by washing out one of the main arteries into the community. But the good news is NYS Route 73, leading to Keene Valley from The Adirondack Northway (I-87), was repaired and opened in record-setting time, thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo's constant monitoring to ensure this small community wasn't cut off from it's lifeblood of... continue reading
It is a special treat to be invited into an artist's sanctified dominion and on the last weekend each September the public is invited to enter local studios for the annual Tri-Lakes "Artist at Work Studio Tour." We have friends that are artists. I have brought my children through a painter's loft, woodcarver's shop and peeked in the windows of the weaver's domain. They have been shown how glass is blown and photographs are developed and altered. I want my children to know that sculptures, buildings and the artwork that surrounds them are produced by someone and presented in an original and... continue reading
"Can I have your job?"I hear this now and again when I've posted a picture via Twitter or other media from the top of an Adirondack peak or from a boat on Lake Champlain or a concert in one of our region's lakeside parks.(You'll just have to trust me when I say that I spend more time on my computer at a desk than on my bicycle or in my kayak.)I took Wednesday off to go hiking - for two reasons. One: it was my husband's birthday, and that's what he wanted to do. And two: I could conduct an in-person, completely unbiased (and unqualified) assessment of the trail conditions that have topped... continue reading
Environmental Wonder of the Adirondack ParkLabeled as one of the natural wonders of the Adirondack Park and New York State, High Falls Gorge provides a scenic trail on steel bridges and walkways over four waterfalls formed from the AuSable River. An easy groomed trail and wide entrance allowall levels of abilities to get close to nature.We pay our fee that includes a self-guided tour through the gorge. My kids stop midway to take turns looking over the west branch of the Ausable River through the large viewfinder. At the opposite shore there is a replica of an old mining sluice and picnic... continue reading
At first, to me, it looked like the main bridge of the Starship Enterprise.The Essex County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) "main bridge" had a series of tables all lined up with computer monitors every few feet, complete with the name of officer's agency on a sign set on top for Captain EOC Director's quick reference.In a crazy twist prompted by chance circumstances, I found myself walking into the epicenter of the post-Irene disaster response. There were a number of departments at the tables; NYS Police, Essex County Emergency Services, Public Health, County Sheriff,... continue reading
Good grief Irene. Not only did she cause havoc and leave us with a mess to clean up she instigated a pile of mischief for vacationers and homeowners. (Read Kimberly Rielly's post on how to get here.) There are detours around the Essex County area and plenty of information out there to get you to Lake Placid, Whiteface Mountain, a dinner in Keene Valley or a shopping extravaganza down Main Street.  We are such creatures of habit, that we think there is only one yellow brick road that leads to the Olympic City. Not so, grasshopper. Yesterday I drove all the roads that I was allowed to around... continue reading


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