What’s new in Lake Placid?

In a word: plenty. If you’ve spent any time here recently, it’s obvious that Lake Placid has seen some changes as a part of the “Perfecting Placid” initiative. While it's easy to hold on to the nostalgia of days gone past, the new changes have proven to be another step in the right direction for Lake Placid. A few things have changed, but the fun and energy of Lake Placid remains the same. Let's take a look at some of the recent improvements and see what Lake Placid has been up to!

Aerial view of Lake Placid. Trees with fall foliage. Main street. Mirror Lake. Mountains in the background.

Construction

Part of the aforementioned “Perfecting Placid” initiative has been the perfecting of the sidewalks. Brand new granite sidewalks have been put in place and have replaced the red brick that once lined the streets of Lake Placid. The sidewalks have improved the appearance of downtown Lake Placid, but it is worth noting, the renovations have narrowed the street slightly, and it’s good to be aware of the new dimensions and curbs. You and your vehicle will thank me for the advice.

A new park has also been added to Main Street in Lake Placid. One Main Park has replaced the giant Adirondack chair that sat next to the Players Club and overlooked Mirror Lake. The park is complete with granite sidewalks and stairs that access the shore of Mirror Lake. Plants and trees that thrive in Adirondack conditions have also been added to bring the park to life. This is an ideal place to sit, drink your coffee, and take in the serenity of Mirror Lake from one of the benches inside the park.

In Peacock Park, a “communication board” has been installed. The communication board is aimed at improving the experience for children who are neurodivergent or people who communicate and comprehend language differently than someone who is neurotypical. This can include those with low communication skills, people who have autism and aphasia, or people who are hearing impaired and communicate with sign language. The board allows the user to point to a symbol on the board and express a need or want. It’s also bilingual for those that speak Spanish. Finally, the board will offer a QR code that will allow it to be downloaded, allowing for practice at home. The communication board in Peacock Park serves as another positive step towards greater accessibility here in Lake Placid. 

A view of Mirror Lake with mountains and trees in the backdrop

Grand Adirondack Hotel

A new hotel has opened its doors on Main Street in Lake Placid! Located in the same Main Street location as the former Hotel North Woods, the Grand Adirondack Hotel has finally ended construction and is ready for business. The building’s interior has been overhauled and the exterior has received a facelift as well. Inside the Grand Adirondack, you can find rooms equipped with an extensive list of amenities such as but not limited to: 55" TVs, High Speed Wi-Fi in every room, Keurig Coffee Maker, Clock with built-in bluetooth speaker, refrigerator, and a microwave. The hotel itself offers amenities like bike rentals, concierge services, a roof top deck, free rollaway beds, and it’s pet friendly! In addition, the Grand Adirondack will offer dining options by the way of Marcy Restaurant and Bar, offering an experience “where modern meets timeless" and where you will enjoy "elevated, regionally-inspired cuisine and cocktails in a casual setting.” In the spring of 2023, the rooftop bar, aptly named The Cloudsplitter Bar, will open so that travelers can enjoy a drink outdoors with a view of the town and of Mirror Lake. Finally, guide services and meeting and event spaces are also offered here. Modern amenities, a prime location, and a great stay are just some of what you can expect from the Grand Adirondack Hotel! 

A street view of Grand Adirondack from the street with windows and front entrance sign.

Establishments

Main Street in Lake Placid is famous for its dining, lodging, and shopping, and, luckily, nothing has changed in that regard. But the new construction on Main Street hasn’t been the only change as new establishments have found their way to downtown Lake Placid. One of those new businesses happens to be Pure Placid. The popular bath, body, and gift store has made its way to Main Street. Vision of Tibet, formerly in the nearby Alpine Mall, has also made its way to Placid’s main strip. Vision of Tibet offers handmade crafts and clothing from the Himalayas. Following suit, The Curious Otter Wildlife Art Gallery has found its way to Main Street too. The new wildlife gallery features the photography of Pamela Underhill Karaz and bronze sculptures by PJ LaBarge and sits a few steps away from the new One Main Park. Finally, as I write this, The Peaks Paintbar is set to open soon and will offer a place that customers can go to paint, drink, and eat, all at the same time. 

Pure Placid store front as viewed from the street

Perfect then and perfect now

Major construction is finally coming to an end and the work has been a positive step forward for the town of Lake Placid. Despite the changes, finding the perfect place to stay, play, and dine remains as easy as it always has been. Plan a trip and see all the changes and the familiar things you love that have stayed the same here in "perfect" Lake Placid!