Family Fun

Spend, spend, spend... not so much! It can be expensive to take a vacation. We know that; I know that. I'm, admittedly, thrifty - okay, call it cheap, whatever. Here's the thing... you save up for a few months (or longer) to take a great vacation, and you want to make the most of it, right? You want to stay within your budget and still have a memorable experience. I know I do. And usually I choose my destination based on what I've heard about it from friends online. It's the way of the world these days. If one of my FB friends proclaims they went on a cruise and it was super expensive, I... continue reading
 
A brilliant ad campaign People of a ‘certain age’ will likely remember an ad campaign in the 1970s and '80s conducted by Canadian Club (CC) Whiskey. It created some mysteries so intriguing that people traveled all over the world in their attempts to locate the subjects of the ads and claim a supposed $10,000 prize for locating them. Lake Placid was one of the destinations used in this ad campaign. To date, the mystery of "the missing case" in Lake Placid has never been solved according to local lore and the media. Here’s the back story… It all started in the late '60s with a brilliant... continue reading
 
Not so placid When I was a kid my family and I would vacation with another family we were very close with. I have the greatest memories as we would try to get ahold of anything and everything that would float and that we could use to spend a great day on and at the water. From strapping giant inflatable tubes to the trunk of the car, inflatable rafts, boogie boards, and even a few summers where the beach would rent giant tubes we could actually fit in the middle of and roll down the hill and into the water in. We then added to the circus with a large styrofoam (yes, styrofoam) sailboat my... continue reading
 
Have kids, will travel... Lessons Learned in the Adirondacks? When researching this blog I immediately thought I would have to do a "through the eyes of my Adirondack child" theme. Since Oliver has entered my life (a mere 5 years ago), I have learned (and re-learned) so many valuable lessons. It's pretty darn cool, if I do say so myself. There's something about the wonder and exclamations of a child that really make you take a look at the world around you. And, while I thought life would be a lot more tame once I became a parent, I learned we just had to be a bit more creative when crafting... continue reading
 
For immediate release LAKE PLACID — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Marnines and Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan Burgerking jointly announced a long-awaited major decision regarding rails and trails in the Adirondack Park.  Starting this spring, the DEC and DOT will partner together on a plan to install train tracks on popular Adirondack hiking trails.  “We recognize that more than two-thirds of Americans aged 20 or older are overweight or obese, and that number is only growing. The number of elderly... continue reading
 
BRING YOUR DOG TO THE ADIRONDACKS! So, you wanna bring your dog on vacation and meet some of our fine local canine celebrities? Well that's a good thing because the Adirondacks are one of the best dog-friendly destinations on earth! With 6 million acres of lakes, rivers, open fields and forests, and lots of great towns to visit, it's a no-brainer to pick Lake Placid as home base for a vacation with your dog. If your own pampered pooch likes swimming and hiking, he'll be in heaven here as swimming holes abound and there are more than 2,000 miles of trails within an easy drive of Lake Placid.... continue reading
 
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RELIVE THE MIRACLE ON ICE Once upon a time in a tiny mountain village in the Adirondacks, a young, rag-tag US Olympic Hockey Team took on the most powerful force in hockey in the world: the Soviet Union. And they beat them 4-3. On February 21st at 7:30 pm, many of the members of that hockey team will converge on Lake Placid to celebrate the 35th anniversary of what's been proclaimed by sports analysts around the world as the greatest moment in sports history, the "Miracle on Ice." The 1980 Olympic Hockey Team Reunion will be a combination of team memories, audio/video presentations... continue reading
 
Skinny skis rule! Grab your skinny skis and your outdoor gear and be prepared to have a lot of fun and learn some new things at this year’s inaugural Lake Placid Nordic Festival. From races, clinics, and workshops to intro to biathlon and nighttime ski tours, there’s something going on all day and into the evenings for three full days: February 27 through March 1, 2015. Even if you’ve never tried nordic skiing, this is the perfect time to get out there and learn traditional or skate skiing, ski-joring with your dog or attend a biathlon clinic. The inaugural... continue reading
 
When The Ice Hits, Mirror Lake Is Open For Business! When it comes to old Adirondack Traditions, Lake Placid has many. One of the local favorites, and something that is pretty darn unique, is our Toboggan Chute on Mirror Lake. This converted 30' Ski Jump Trestle is situated to send toboggans down the ice covered chutes and out across the frozen surface. Depending on weather conditions - and your skill as a master tobogganer - sleds can travel over 1,000 feet once they reach the frozen lake surface. It's mid-January, and the Chute is now open for business. Join us for a memorable experience... continue reading
 
Of all the things to do in Lake Placid, one of the most noteworthy would have to be the bobsled ride. There are only two tracks like this in the US, and only four in North America, all of which have the special distinction of being a past Olympic host and winter Olympic village. That said, I realize how very fortunate it is to have this small town in the Northeast that has a venue like this where Olympians and World Cup athletes have a place to train and compete and a complex that offers this very unique opportunity to guests and visitors. And, all in a beautiful alpine setting in the heart... continue reading
 

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