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Things to Do in Ludlow

Posted on: December 10th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

800px-OkemoThe number one destination in Ludlow is Okemo Mountain.  Ski, snowboard, snowshoe, or whatever your heart desires! Okemo has the largest vertical drop in southern Vermont, and with 119 trails spread over its 632 acres, there is terrain suitable for any skier.  Whether you want to stick to the bunny slopes or you’re an expert, there is something for you.

While Okemo may be Ludlow’s most popular attraction, it is far from being its only one.  There are many fun things to do in and around Ludlow.

If you need a day off from skiing to relax your muscles, take a trip to Plymouth to visit the Calvin Coolidge Homstead. Plymouth notch is the birthplace and childhood home of the 30th President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge.  It was there that he took the oath of office, administered by his father.  The home is virtually unchanged since the early 20th century, allowing visitors to take a glimpse into the life of one of America’s most beloved presidents.

For more Coolidge related history, go to the Black River Academy Museum.  Chartered in 1835, Black River Academy offered higher education to boys and girls for 103 years before it was replaced by a larger school. Its most famous graduate, Calvin Coolidge, went on to become President of the United States.  See a turn of the century school room, hear what the original school bell sounded like, and learn about what high school children needed learn learn in the early 20th century.

In nearby Chester, the Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts is a great place to check out local artists and performers.  Browse the gallery and take in the many thought provoking, innovative works of art, including installment pieces, three dimensional contemporary works, and more.

The Ice House is also open for lots of fun! This regulation sized hockey rink is open for recreation ice skating and hockey.

Ski and More in Ludlow and Okemo

Posted on: December 9th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Ludlow,_VT_ArchitectureThe town of Ludlow, Vermont is a gorgeous 150 year old mountain town offering fantastic skiing, charming b&bs, and great night life! While in years past it may have been seen as just a place to drive through on your way to Okemo Mountain Resort, it has grown into a thriving town worth spending some time in.

With much of the village listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Ludlow offers anyone who visits it a charming respite from everyday life and an chance to travel back in time to a simpler time.  Now a condominium and retail center, the Gaymont Woolen Mill was once the economic powerhouse of Ludlow, providing employment for many of its residents.   It remains a prominent feature of the village today.

Black River Academy, another building on the National Register of Historic Places, was the town of Ludlow’s public high school until the 1930s.  Several notable students roamed its halls including rotary founder Paul P. Harris, U.S Attorney General John Garibaldi Sargent, and President Calvin Coolidge.  It now houses the Historical Society and the Black River Academy Museum.

Okemo Mountain Resort was founded in 1955 by a group of Vermont businessmen.  Lifts officially opened on the 31st of January, 1956.  In its early years, the resort used only Poma surface lifts, charging 20 cents per ride for lower lifts and 60 cents per ride for upper life.  It was not until almost 10 years later, in 1965, that they would install their first chair lift to reach more advanced terrain.

In the years since, the resort has expanded greatly, installing many more chair lifts and opening many new trails.  It aims to preserve its historic, homey feel, staying true to the name Okemo, which they claim to mean “All Come Home” in an undetermined Native American language.

While Okemo has grown, so has Ludlow.  However, unlike many mountainside towns it has not become overgrown with ski huts, chalets or boutique shops.  It is the perfect place to get away and ski without having to deal with the pretentious ski resort attitude.

Even More Places to Stay in Lake Placid

Posted on: December 5th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

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Lake Placid has a great mixture of lodges, boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts, and campsites.  There’s something to suite everyone’s needs!

Adirondack Loj – One of the High Peak’s region’s oldest lodges, the original lodge was opened in 1890.  However it was lost in a fire in 1903.  The lodge that now stands in its place was built in 1927 as part of the Adirondack Mountain Club.  Sitting on the shores of Heart Lake, it is at the trailhead to Mount Marcy and Algonquin Peak, the highest peaks in the Adirondacks.  The lodge offers everything from private rooms to campsites and lean-tos, so it’s the perfect site for whatever kind of Adirondack experience you may be looking for.

 Camp Solitude – Sitting on 45 acres on the shores of Lake Placid, this beautiful estate gives you a 180 degree view of the pristine shoreline and its undeveloped surroundings.  Escape the crowds, enjoy true solitude and bliss at this remote camp.  Reaching the camp requires a 10 minute boat trip, making it the ideal location for your secluded Adirondack vacation.

Placid Bay Inn – Within easy walking distance of the village of Lake Placid, this cozy inn sits on the shores of the village’s namesake lake.  Find comfort in beautiful lakeside cabins, full suites, and sweeping views of the Adirondacks all within easy distance of the village.

For more places to stay in Lake Placid check out our previous posts here and here.  Also be sure to check out places our clients recommend.

Even More Places to Eat in Lake Placid

Posted on: December 4th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

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Lake Placid is one of the best places in the Adirondacks to experience fine dining.  Restaurants heavily emphasize farm to table practices, using local farms and producers to get their ingredients and inspire their menus, creating fresh, flavorful dishes that make a big impact.

Artistans – Enjoy sweeping views of Lake Placid at this intimate, cozy restaurant which sits almost on top of the lake.  Choose from a seasonal a la carte menu or their 7 course tasting menu, both inspired by the local, fresh ingredients used to make it.   Cuisine is New American in style but borrows from all around the world. Compliment your meal with a glass of wine from their extensive wine list.

Maggie’s Pub – A classic Lake Placid pub, Maggie’s is a great plus to sidle up next to the fire place and enjoy a drink with friends.  Sink into one of their deep armchairs and listen to the logs crackle, play a game of billiards, or simply sit in an Adirondack chair and take in the gorgeous views of Lake Placid.

Pan Dolce – Lake Placid’s premier destination for casual fine dining, Pan Dolce pride themselves on serving a diverse menu that can cater to anyone, whether you’re craving something rich and decadent, or something light and healthy.  Menu items are prepared using fresh, seasonal ingredients of the highest possible quality.  Enjoy live entertainment and make use of the full bar while you enjoy your meal!

Freestyle Cuisine – At Freestyle, your meal is a journey.  Take a journey across the globe without ever leaving your sit by enjoy cuisine from all over the world at this one restaurant.  Meals range from the traditional to the unique and innovative.  Choose from chef Richard’s fine wine collection to compliment and enhance your meal.

Bluesberry Bakery – A Lake Placid favorite, Bluesberry uses fresh, natural ingredients in all their baked goods.  Find delicious scones, cookies, cakes, and more at this delightful bakery.  Owner and baker Rainer is committed to creating high quality products with traditional methods.

Taste Bistro and Bar – At Taste the cuisine style changes with each menu cycle, as the chefs are inspired by the ingredients and products that become available for the season.  Quality and freshness are important, and great care is taken to insure that the highest quality local cheeses, meats, and produce are used to create your meal.

For more places to eat in Lake Placid check out our previous posts here and here, and take a look at the places our clients recommend.

Even More Things to Do in Lake Placid

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Atlas_snowshoesIn winter, Lake Placid utterly transforms! The same paths that in summer made for great hiking are now used skiing and snowshoeing.  Golf courses, once frosted over, become home to cross country skiing and telemarking.   Lakes, which in summer provided swimming and boating, now are hubs for ice skating and ice fishing.

Winter also brings all kinds of fun events to Lake Placid!

From the 6th through the 8th of December, Lake Placid will be hosting the Holiday Village Stroll.  Gear up for the holiday season by spending the weekend in Lake Placid, enjoying free kids activities, including crafts and making ornaments, and a visit with Santa, and more! For couples there will be evening activities, live entertainment and dining specials.  Join the Jingle Bell Run around Mirror Lake and help benefit the North Elba Christmas Fund.

Whiteface Mountain is where many people find their main source of entertainment.  It offers fabulous downhill skiing, boarding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, tubing, and much more.

Whiteface is also where the Olympic sites are.  With an Olympic Sites passport you won’t miss a thing! You’ll see every site, get to skate on the “Miracle on Ice” rink, get to ride to the top of the Gondola, and even get a ride on the bobsled!

While there is certainly tons to do at Whiteface, Lake Placid certainly has more to offer than just this one mountain.

If you enjoy rock climbing, you may enjoy Ice Climbing! Ice falls and frozen waterfalls provide much the same thrills as rock climbing, whether you’re looking for something really challenging, or just looking for something fun to do for a few hours.


Snowmobiling is one of the most popular activities in the area! Lake Placid is also one of the best places to go snowmobiling in the Adirondacks, due to its pristine trails which provide easy riding and great views of the Lake.

 

 

 

Experience Winter in Lake Placid

Posted on: December 2nd, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

800px-Whiteface_Mountain_from_Lake_Placid_AirportWinter is almost here and you can certainly tell in Lake Placid!

Located in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks, Lake Placid is home to some of the East Coast’s best skiing.   Best known as a fabulous winter sports destination, now is undoubtedly the best time for a visit!

Founded in the early part of the 19th century as a base for mining iron ore, Lake Placid grew into a resort destination with the establishment of one of the country’s first winter resorts at the end of the 19th century.

From there, history was made! By the 1920s, Lake Placid had a speed skating arena, a ski jump, and a ski association.  In 1932 it gained world attention when it hosted the Winter Olympics.

It continued to have a strong connection with winter sports, breeding many strong skiers who went on to the Olympics.   However, only the most avid sports fan had heard of Lake Placid until 1980, when it again played host to the Winter Olympics.  This time around the entire nation turned its eyes to Lake Placid as the USA beat the USSR in one of the biggest upsets in hockey ever seen – the “Miracle on Ice.”

Today the village still has strong ties with the Olympics, maintaining several Olympic training facilities, training many hopeful Olympians year round.

Whiteface Mountain, where many of the Olympic facilities are, also offers great outdoor activities for those of us who are a little more average in our athletic ability.

December 6th through 8th, Lake Placid hosts the Holiday Village Stroll.  Celebrate the upcoming holidays by strolling through the beautiful village of Lake Placid and making fun crafts, ornaments, and much more!

While the village certainly offers the secluded mountain top feel, it isn’t difficult to access. Commercial flights are available at several nearby airports, including Montreal, Albany, Burlington, and even into Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Saranac.  Or you can fly directly to Lake Placid by air charter.

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