Lake Placid Blog

When the Lake Placid Horse Show and the I Love New York Horse Show come to Lake Placid, I get so excited. My kids and I can spend an entire day at these events, and then go back day after day for more fun. These are two of the nation's most prestigious equine events, complete with world-class riders and their well-cared-for horses. In fact, the championship hunter and jumper competitors compete for more than $530,000 in prizes and awards. I am not qualified to tell you about judging these competitions, but I can tell you about the outside world of the horse shows. There is so much... continue reading
 
Downtown Lake Placid's backdrop is stunning, with mountain views set along the shores of Mirror Lake. People on kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards line up along the water's edge to hear the Songs on the Lake. This seven week music series brings so much to downtown Lake Placid in the summer months, and the very best part is that it's free. Travelers and locals bring blankets and lawn chairs to the grassy area known as Mid's Park. The natural setting is a perfect spot to sit and watch live acts of all kinds, from regional to national. Even famous acts like Rusted Root have played this series.... continue reading
 
Long before Lake Placid became synonymous with the 1980 Winter Olympics and before it was home to an Ironman triathlon and large-scale lacrosse, hockey, and rugby tournaments, it was known for its golf courses. And rightfully so. This compact town, ringed by mountains and lakes, holds five golf courses — all of which boast gorgeous views of the Adirondacks. Our golf heritage has been around since the 1800s, marking it among America’s firsts. History buffs will tell you some of golf's greats have refined their games and even designed the courses here in Lake Placid. Names like Ben... continue reading
 
Volunteering at an Ironman race is an incredible and absolutely memorable experience. This year we celebrate our 20th annual event here in Lake Placid and there will be lots of fun celebrations happening throughout race week in recognition of this milestone. Join us as a volunteer on this momentous occasion! Want to know more? Here are our top 5 reasons to volunteer at Ironman Lake Placid—the oldest Ironman race in the continental United States.  Top 5 reasons to volunteer for IRONMAN LAKE PLACID! 5. You meet some amazing people and have... continue reading
 
Winter in Lake Placid can seem to last forever. We enjoy the days on the mountain, skating on Mirror Lake, and cross-country skiing. The cold nights are perfect for snuggling in at your hotel by the fire, or sipping cocktails in the hotel bar. But once the snow starts to melt the excitement really starts to build as we daydream about the impending summer season and our next big adventure. But first...spring. There are many reasons to visit Lake Placid during the spring months. The pleasant temperatures is one of them. The average temps in May and June are between 66 and 74 degrees... continue reading
 
Bigger doesn’t always mean better The High Peaks are an outstanding place to hike, but their summits aren’t as close as they appear. If you’re a first-time visitor, or if you’re new to hiking, we suggest challenging yourself with some of our more modest mountains before bagging one of the big ones. You’ll avoid some of the crowds that gather on our most popular peaks and still get the views you visited for — without all the leg ache and rock scrambling. Pitchoff east Cruise past all of the cars near the Cascade Mountain and Pitchoff west trailheads... continue reading
 
A weekday experiment in the life of a budget-conscious, fun-loving family You would think we were tourists. Seriously. We like to take advantage of the numerous activities that visitors to the region drive hours to partake in. Most of our adventures are spur of the moment, inspired by something we read in the events calendar or online. Sometimes we choose a family-friendly hike such as Cobble Hill, other days you can find us biking on random backroads in Saranac Lake, or camping in one of the numerous spots within driving distance to our homebase: along the beautiful Adirondack... continue reading
 
To listen and learn, to speak with courage, and to acknowledge that our nation’s history is still evident in today’s headlines — that’s what the spirit of John Brown means to me. I feel it whenever I visit the beautiful grounds around John Brown Farm State Historic Site in Lake Placid, and it’s magnified every year as I approach that big white tent to hear people speak at John Brown Day, which is set for Saturday, May 5. For those inclined to study history, the property is a well-preserved time capsule, a quiet place with a loud voice that transcends the Adirondack Mountains,... continue reading
 
Spring! Spring? Okay, so there's no need to hide the fact that this has been the year of the never-ending winter. Just when we get a little dose of spring-like weather, Mother Nature throws us a curve ball and douses us with a fresh covering of snow — or ice — or a sweet mix of sleet.  I'm ready to pull my hair out. I need a break. A getaway. A short 24-hour-ish refresh. No strenuous activities, no schedule. I know what to do.  In six easy steps I'm renewed, refreshed, and ready to return—not to work—to LP for my next vacation! 1. Hit... continue reading
 
It doesn't take much convincing to see that Lake Placid is a special kind of beautiful. Who wouldn't want to take a little of that home with them? Luckily, the lakes and mountains have inspired generations of writers, artists, musicians, and photographers, who then put their skills to work producing glorious Adirondack-inspired art. Next time you're here, take time to visit these three Lake Placid galleries, and who knows? You might walk away with your very own slice of the Adirondacks. A Point of View Gallery Don’t pass this gallery by in your excitement to... continue reading
 

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