Lake Placid. By far one of my most favorite places I have visited. Such a beautiful place, with some seriously friendly people and some really cool things to see and do. Definitely in my plans to go back. Soon. Hopefully really soon.
Ok so what’s so great about this place? Well for starters, if you’ve never traveled into the Adirondak mountain region, you’re in for a real treat in Lake Placid. I had driven through the area once via the highway, but that really doesn’t do the area any justice. At all. The drive through all of the little towns that occupy the Adirondaks is simply breathtaking and is in fact so scenic that there are pull offs on the side of the road all over the place so you can stop and take it all in.
Yep, they actually plan it that way. So you know its gotta be good. Be careful though….your GPS might not want to cooperate, its a VERY good idea to have a set of printed directions, a screen shot of your google maps direction with you or even one of those good old paper things called a map. I can tell you from experience that getting lost in the Adirondaks can lead you to some interesting places. And by interesting, I don’t mean fun-interesting. I mean kinda-scary-with-no-signs-of-civilization interesting. Trust me on this one, its what I’m here for…….
Ok so what to do-
Well, again, you are in the mountains….so there’s that. Lots of hiking opportunities, lots of photo opps(basically everywhere) and there’s Mirror Lake that is right smack dab in the middle of the town, so if you’re there during the summer months, you can rent a canoe or a kayak without ever having to leave the town. Throughout the entire area outside of town there are lots of hiking trails and other places to kayak and explore, there’s really no shortage of outdoorsy type activities here.
The town itself has lots of unique little shops and some pretty cool restaurants. We ate at the Dancing Bear, which had pretty good food and an amazing view of the lake and mountains.
There’s also a Starbucks right in town, which is always a plus for those who need their caffeine fix.
I’ve never been there during the winter months(I am pretty fairly sure that I am allergic to any temperature below 30 degrees) but my younger sister lived in that area for a while and she says there’s a ton to do in the way of skiing, snowboarding (Whiteface Mountain ring a bell?) and any other cold weather activity you can think of. Check out www.lakeplacid.com .
Right in town, there’s also The Olympic Center and Olympic Museum, which was the site of the “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey game in 1980. Definitely something cool to see if you like history or hockey. Or if you like seeing cool things.
Where to Stay
We stayed at the Crowne Plaza, which I felt was pretty much in the perfect location and had a really beautiful vibe to it. It was at the top of the hill and there are stairs that lead to and from the hotel that will bring you into the town. We were able to walk to basically everywhere we wanted to go and the view from the hotel was amazing. The hotel has a very rustic feel, which I really thought was great and matched the whole vibe of the town. There were several other hotels in the same area, so depending on the season, you’ve definitely got some nice choices.
We ended up eating at The Dancing Bear for dinner, for no other reason than the view. It was right in town and across from Mirror Lake, which is just stunning. The food was simple but very good and we both enjoyed our meals. I was traveling with my daughter and I thought that the atmosphere was really nice, sometimes I have a hard time finding restaurants that are “appropriate” for a child(she was 9 at the time), but this place fit the bill very nicely. We did eat breakfast at the hotel one morning, which was good but nothing to write home about and also frequented the Starbucks as well. Now for the good stuff….G and I have a thing for cupcakes. Like a really big thing. So after walking downtown to a cupcake shop only to find out they were closed on Mondays, we decided to take a drive to Cake Placid. So clever right?! Best. Cupcakes. Ever.
WOW. So I’m somewhat of a cupcake connoisseur, and I was very impressed. And let me tell you, they have this Croissant/donut thing- Ahhhhmazing. and bigger than G’s head. Seriously, if you’re in the area, make the trip. You won’t regret it. I know I’ve been daydreaming about going back ever since the day we left 🙂