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The Cottage – Lake Placid

Posted on: April 30th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

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For a stunning view and a relaxing meal, The Cottage at Mirror Lake Inn is an experience that cannot be beat!  With lakeside seating and stunning views of the Adirondack High Peaks, this restaurant might just have the best ambiance of any in Lake Placid.   Windows stretch around the perimeter of the dining room, offering panoramic views from any seat in the house – and the wood burning stoves makes a nice addition for this chilly winter nights!

This is a great place to stop for an apres ski cocktail or beer, or just a drink with friends before a round of mini golf! The Cottage boasts one of the most extensive lists of craft beer in Lake Placid, and their cocktail menu is also delicious! From original cocktails like a blueberry mojito to a “Build Your Own Bloody Mary” allowing each person their choice of vodka and garnishes, making each drink unique, the drink menu has surprising and innovative concoctions that will please everyone.

The food menu offers a unique twist on pub grub.  Lisa’s Favorite is especially delicious – an open face roast beef sandwich on a French roll, topped with sauteed onions, mushrooms, brie, and horseradish mayo.   The menu is frequently changing, so some favorites stay, but you’ll finding non permanent fixtures like sliders, flat bread pizzas, crab filled avocados,  and shaved sirloin.   Also check out their fantastic Happy Hour Specials!  A chance for free meatballs and cocktails on Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, 2 for 1 Nights on Thursdays, and other great specials!

The Cottage at Mirror Lake Inn is one of the best views you’ll get in Lake Placid.  Visit at sunset and get a view you’ll never forget! In summer you can paddle right up to the dock in your boat and stop in for a drink, and in winter ice skating is offered on the lake when it’s frozen.

Liquids and Solids at The Handlebar – Lake Placid

Posted on: April 21st, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

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If you’re looking for a place to grab dinner, or even just a drink in Lake Placid then Liquids and Solids at The Handlebar is the place to go! Not unlike a tapas restaurant, Liquids and Solids offers an almost endless selection of appetizers that are perfect for sharing with a group of friends as a light meal, or just as a snack with drinks. Fried brussel sprouts, rabbit meatballs, scallop salsa, and curry cauliflower gravy poutine are just some of the delicious things you might get to try at this delicious restaurant! The local cheese and fresh bread plate is always a must.

Along with their amazing list of appetizers, they also offer a phenomenal list of entrees and desserts.  The menu is seasonal, and items are put on the menu as they are made available locally.  Some past favorites include pumpkin ravioli, duck breast,melt in your mouth polenta, salisbury steak, shrimp grits with spinach, kale, and romesco, and homemade cavatelli.  You may even find more adventurous dishes like corned tongue!

All that, of course, only covers the “solids” portion of their name! Liquids and Solids has an extensive list of libations.  The beer list list of draught and bottled beers is quite vast an covers the obscure and delicious.  Any beer lover would consider it heaven!  The house cocktails list is extensive.  Enjoy traditional cocktails or try one of the unique house cocktails like the “lavandula” made with gin, raspberry puree, lemon juice and lavender syrup!

Liquids and Solids is a local favorite, and is definitely the kind of place that is commonly busy, even on a week night! It’s the perfect place to cozy up by the wood stove and enjoy a drink, or to stop and enjoy a leisurely (and delicious!) meal with friends while you’re in Lake Placid.

 

Adirondack Wildlife Refuge – Wilmington, NY

Posted on: April 18th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

The Adirondack Wildlife Rehab and Refuge Center is an organization dedicated to preserving and rehabilitating local wildlife, as well as educating the public about nature and animal safety.  If you are at all interested in the local wildlife of the Adirondacks, this is the place to visit!

There are many animals in residence at the center including wolves, eastern coyotes, foxes, bald eagles, several different breeds of owl, hawks, falcons, ospreys, and many other kinds of birds of prey and large mammals.   Many of the animals are permanent residents, because they are no longer able to care for themselves in the wild, and are used in educational demonstration.  Many others are living at the center for rehabilitation and will someday be released back into the wild.

Though the Wildlife Refuge is not a petting zoo, it is a great place to get up close and personal with lots of different kinds of animals.  Depending on the animals that are in residence, you might see black bears, bobcats, or other animals local to the Adirondacks.  The center is dedicated to educating you about those animals and how you should react should you encounter them in the wild.

Perhaps the highlight of the center’s activities, the two resident wolves are taken for a lengthy walk each day.  Visitors are invited to join them and their handlers for a “wolf walk” through the woods.  You may want to call ahead to make sure there’s room for your group if it’s the busy season. This hour and a half walk will take you through the woods where you will be regaled with funny stories, informative tidbits, and lots of great information about wolves and other wildlife. If you’re lucky, you might even get to hear the wolves howl!

Whiteface Mountain – Wilmington, NY

Posted on: April 16th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

800px-Little_whiteface_viewIf you’re visiting Lake Placid, Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort is one of the most fun places you can go. It has played host to two Winter Olympic games, and offers world class skiing, as well as tons of other entertaining activities.

Whiteface has the highest vertical drop in the east, and as you reach the summit you’ll find yourself surrounded by the dozens of peaks that make up this region of the Adirondacks.   The resort features 87 trails, several of which have seen Americans win Olympic Gold at the 1980 Winter Olympics.  Lake Placid has also sent plenty of Olympians to compete in winter games, and many of them have trained on Whiteface!

Whiteface may have helped train many Olympians, but don’t let that scare you away! You don’t have to be an Olympic caliber athlete to ski these trails.  While there are many trails marked “expert” there are also plenty that are suitable for intermediate and beginning skiers. The mountain is very large, and has 11 different chairlifts.  It’s commonly not very crowded, and staff are very friendly and helpful.

Though Whiteface’s claim to fame is its great ski trials, it has much more to offer.  There is plenty to do all year round. In summer the same slopes that offer fantastic skiing also offer great hiking and mountain biking.  Taking a ride up the Gondola to the summit is something that can be enjoyed at any time of year.  The tree covered peaks, clear skies, and glistening lakes make for a picturesque view in any season.

 

The Good Bite Kitchen – Lake Placid

Posted on: April 15th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

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Opened in the summer of 2012, The Good Bite Kitchen is a hidden gem in Lake Placid.   This friendly, casual restaurant is small, and strolling down Main Street you might just miss it if you’re not paying attention.  However, it is easily one of the best restaurants in Lake Placid.  Trip Advisor rates it as the number one restaurant in the village.

This restaurant is very small and cozy, offering only 8 seats at their counter, and limited seating outdoors.  Many orders are placed to go, but if your group is small it’s a fun place to sit and people watch.   Lunch is served daily Tuesday through Saturday.  The menu changes each day, based on what is seasonally and locally available.  It’s displayed on butcher paper just inside the front door, and is usually updated daily on their Facebook page.

Their fresh, seasonal lunch menu typically features hand pies, dips served with house made pita bread, stews and soups, quiches, assorted baked goods, and salads, including their famous “house salad”.  The house salad features roasted red peppers, avocado, pine nuts, and smoked Gouda, drizzled with a maple chipotle vinaigrette, though it may change depending on what day you go.  Its a unique yet perfectly executed blend of flavors and textures that is both hearty and healthy.  They also serve several house made drinks, including the smoothie of the day, spiced cider, and teas.

Many menu items are vegan or gluten free friendly, or can be made to accommodate this dietary restrictions.  However, you certainly don’t have to be vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free to enjoy this restaurant.  Depending on when you go, you’ll get to try delicious concoctions like hearty vegetarian chili and cornbread, amazing sweet potato and broccoli rabe gribiche, or Thai chickpea soup!  The menu is perfectly thought out and the chef/owner is constantly raising the bar for perfection. If you’re visiting Lake Placid this might just become your favorite spot, and if you’re local you might just find it becoming a weekly habit.

For more information on Lake Placid, check out our previous posts here and here.

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