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Quiche et Crepe – Plattsburgh, NY

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

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Looking for some delicious French food in the ADK area?  Try Quiche Et Crepe.  Whether you’re driving through Plattsburgh on your way to Montreal, or you’re here for a visit, Quiche et Crepe can offer you a tasty meal far more satisfying than something else you might find on the road.

Quiche et Crepe is a family owned restaurant offer homecooked French cuisine.  You’ll find tasty quiches, sweet and savory crepes, and a variety of other homemade French and American foods.

It’s the perfect breakfast spot! Bacon is always perfectly cooked, and croissants are expertly made to be flaky and delicate.  The Croque Madame is is divine!

Lunch and dinner offer plenty of options.  Quiches are made daily and options change all the time.  Endless crepe creations, like chicken salad, veggies, or ham and cheese.  Delicious sandwiches like a Croque Monsieur! And of course, plenty of daily specials.  Though French food typically involves a lot of meat, vegetarians will have no trouble finding something to eat here.  There are plenty of great vegetarian options like delicious butternut squash soup and eggplant and zucchini pannini.

For dessert, try some of their amazing sweet crepes, or freshly made tartes.   The pear tart is to die for, and you might find yourself having to take a piece or two to go!

Quich Et Crepe is a great place to stop for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, if you’re looking for some tasty homemade French food.   Their menu is varied, and offers fresh options each day.  And it’s great for vegetarians too!

Point Au Roche State Park – Plattsburgh, NY

Posted on: May 29th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

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While visiting Plattsburgh, Point Au Roche State Park is a great place to go to relax, take a stroll, or enjoy the view.  The park is rarely crowded and is usually very peaceful.

Located on the northwestern shore of Lake Champlain the park is made up of a mixture of open grass and forested areas.  Most are undeveloped.  The beach, picnic area and concession stand are all protected, and open for day use.  Guests to the park have access to a boat launch, and 60 mooring sites in Deep Bay.  Boating, and fishing are both popular activities.

The beach is an excellent place to enjoy a game of volleyball or softball.  It’s also a great place to enjoy a swim or just sit, relax, and enjoy the view!

The park also has several miles of well maintained nature trails.  In spring and summer you’ll be surrounded by blooms of of beautiful wildflowers, as well as birds and other wildlife.  Hikes are fairly easy and unchallenging.  Look around carefully! You may be able to find the remnants of Camp Red Cloud, including a sleeping cabin and outdoor chapel.  You might also find parts of Fantasy Kingdom Amusement Park.   Hiking trails afford great views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains.

Dogs are welcome!

During the winter the park remains open, with trails being used for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.  Ice fishing is welcome.

Point Au Roche is a great place to visit whether you’re looking to enjoy the beach, or take a hike through the woods! This park has it all!!

 

John Brown Farm State Historic Site – North Elba, NY

Posted on: May 25th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

800px-House_at_John_Brown's_FarmIf you’re looking to visit a piece of American history while you’re in Lake Placid, the John Brown Farm State Historic Site is a great place to start.  John Brown’s Farm is a National Historic Landmark and a New York State Historic Site.  It is the home and final resting place of one of the conductors of the underground railroad, John Brown.

John Brown  was an abolitionist who believed that the only way to overthrow slavery in the United States was through armed insurrection.  During the 1856 conflict in Kansas, he commanded forces at multiple battles, including The Battles of Osawatomie and Black Jack.  He and his followers led an unsuccessful raid on Harpers Ferry in West Virginia.  For this raid he was tried for treason and sentenced to death.

Brown first came to the Lake Placid when he heard of fellow abolitionist Gerrit Smith’s works in New York.  He left Kansas to purchase 244 acres of land.  This later became known as the Freed Slave Utopian Experiment. Large tracts of land were granted to former slaves to use for farming.

The farm, purchased in 1849 by John Brown and his sons, is perfect preserved and looks just as it did when John Brown and his family occupied it. Period furniture allow you to see exactly how John Brown and his family would have lived in this space. It is reputed to have been one of his favorite places, and shortly before his execution he requested to be buried there.

There are lots of signs around the property and inside the farm to give you context about John Brown and describe the era in which he lived.  Learn all about his anti-slavery campaign and his attempt to take over the armory at Harpers Ferry.

Along with preserving a great piece of history the farm has a great deal of hiking trails to be enjoyed.  In winter these are converted to cross country ski trails.  There are miles and miles of woods and hills to explore at this beautiful site.

This site is a must visit for any fan of civil war era history and anyone wanting to learn more about United States history.

 

Cake Placid – Lake Placid, NY

Posted on: May 23rd, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

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Need to satisfy your sweet tooth?  Cake Placid has you covered.   Serving freshly made gourmet cakes, scones, muffins, and other baked goods, Cake Placid is more than just your average bakery!

The first thing you’ll notice when you enter the shop is that you’re greeted with a smile.  Next you’ll notice the amazing array of sweets laid out before you.  Owner and cupcake mastermind Jenn has continually creates amazing cakes and desserts.  They’re so delicious tempting you may find it difficult to stop at just one!

Cupcakes are without a doubt Cake Placid’s specialty.  Try from an array of gourmet cupcake flavors. The Adirondack Breakfast (French toast spiced vanilla cake, topped with maple buttercream), The 46r (chocolate cake filled with peanut butter buttercream, topped with chocolate buttercream, crushed pretzels and ganache), and The Pineapple Crumble (butter yellow cake filled with pineapple jam and topped with brown sugar buttercream, struesel, and a cherry) are just a small selection of some of their amazing flavors!  There’s always special flavors on the menu, depending on the season (and the day!).

Desserts aren’t limited to just cupcakes.  The OMG Bars will really make you say “OMG!”  and your trip isn’t complete without tasting a Crodack.   Cake Placid also tons of other baked goods.  Scones, cookies, bars, muffins, cake pops, bread, croissants, pies, candy, and cheesecake are all on the menu.  Cake Placid even has gluten free options for those who love cupcakes but can’t eat gluten.

Cake Placid is the perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth!  There are endless selections of amazing gourmet cupcakes, petit fours, and freshly made baked goods.  If you like sweets, this is a must visit.

 

 

Chair 6 – Lake Placid, NY

Posted on: May 22nd, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

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For a fun, unique dining experience in Lake Placid, visit Chair 6.Chair 6 is a delightfully cozy restaurant offering surprising and unique creations for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Just a short drive from downtown Lake Placid, this restaurant is well worth straying a little off the beaten path.

This restaurant is small, but it’s size offers a comfortable cozy atmosphere.  During warmer weather additional seating is available outside.  The decor adds a light and airy feeling, while the stellar service makes your experience relaxing and fun.  What really sets Chair 6 apart from other restaurants, however, its their extremely fresh and inventive menu.

This place offers some of the best breakfast in Lake Placid!Everything is house-made at Chair 6.  From the fresh bread used for your buttered toast and stuffed french toast, to the delicious jams and jellies you smear on them.  Even the juice is fresh squeezed! Try crazy (yet delicious) dishes like sweet potato pancakes, or get your fix or more traditional breakfast like buttermilk pancakes and french toast.  Breakfast burritos, huevos rancheros, eggs benedict, and omelettes are all on the menu as well! There are plenty of breakfast options here.

Lunch is just as much a special treat as breakfast.  Choose from an array of specialty sandwiches, served on fresh bread.  Like the Placid Lake Sandwich, featuring rosemary chicken, fresh mozzarella cheese, roasted bell peppers, wile arugula, and pesto mayo.   If one of their delicious sandwiches or salads doesn’t entice you, build your own!  All of their ingredients are at your disposal.   Same goes for their salads!  And of course, don’t forget to order a cup of the daily house-made soup.  Depending on when you go, you’ll find something delicious like apple butternut squash soup.

While breakfast and lunch at Chair 6 are delicious, dinner is the real highlight.  Food is sourced from local farms and tastes so fresh you’ll swear you can actually taste the season.   The dinner menu always features something delicious, like oyster Rockefeller pancake, cranberry risotto, roasted wild boar served with Brussels sprouts and berries, and pan seared scallops over mushroom and pumpkin hash.  The chef’s specialty ravioli selection is always to die for.

Looking for dinner plans on Wednesday?  Be sure to check out Why Not Wednesdays at Chair 6!  Enjoy a homemade three course dinner for $20 that could include dishes like cream of wild mushroom soup to start, a pan seared prime filet of beef  with bacon, mushroom, and leek bread pudding as your entree, and decadent German chocolate cake for dessert! Or perhaps you’d prefer the country style pate plate to start, roasted loin pork and golden potatoes as your main, and Nana’s cheesecake to finish it all off.

Chair 6 is a small, yet cozy restaurant offering delicious homemade, locally sourced food.  For a fresh, local, Lake Placid experience, this is the place to go! Your taste buds will thank you.

 

Olympic Sports Complex – Lake Placid,NY

Posted on: May 17th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

800px-File_BobsleighrunLPThe Olympic Sports Complex is one of the most exciting of the Olympic Sites in Lake Placid.  Like many of the other Olympic sites, it is still used to train future Olympians.  You may get the chance to see lots of the equipment in use.  You may also get the chance to use lots of the equipment or facilities yourself!

Mt. Van Hovenburg is home to worldclass snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.  In winter, clip on some skis and skate the same trails that some of the world’s greatest have done! Ski through the woods at your own pace.  In summer, use those same trails for mountain biking!

In all seasons the bobsled run is open.  Check out the Bobsled Experience to learn what it feels like to slide down the ice track! Take a ride on the bobsled ride with a professional driver and brakeman and experience every twist and turn for yourself.  Definitely an experience worth bragging about!

If the Bobsled Experience isn’t daring enough for you, try the Skeleton Experience!  This opportunity is only available in winter.  Experience the skeleton first hand! Slide down a curvy, icy track head first!! What could be more exhilarating?  Not for you?  There are plenty of places to walk around and watch other people sliding down the track.

At the Olympic Sports Complex you also have the shot to Be a Biathlete.  This program runs in both summer and winter, though in summer it is obviously limited only to shooting.   Let a coach guide you through the trails, get your heart racing, and show you how to line up a shot like a true biathlete.  Using a competition style .22 caliber rifle, you’ll take shots at the targets used in the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics.

Be sure to check out a tour of the complex for some really cool information! You’ll learn all about the mechanics of the track, and the bobsleighs, as well as walk part of the track. And be sure to make some time to explore the small museum where you’ll find antique bobsleds, some of which can be touched, and some other interesting information you may not find elsewhere.

The Olympic Sports Complex is just one of many Olympic sites in Lake Placid.  If you plan to visit multiple Olympic sites, such as the Olympic Center, and the Ski Jump Complex, consider purchasing an Olympic Sites Passport.

 

 

Olympic Ski Jump Complex – Lake Placid, NY

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

Lake_Placid_Olympic_Ski_Jumping_Complex_from_belowThe Olympic Jumping Complex is a piece of Lake Placid’s Olympic history that is well worth a visit. It continues to be used as an Olympic training site, where many local Olympic hopefuls train to have a shot at making it to the games.

This is absolutely the place to go if you’re searching for amazing views of the Adirondacks.  Take a chairlift ride up to the top of the hill, which provides gorgeous views of your surroundings.  On a clear day you can see for miles!

At the top of the hill, you’ll take an elevator ride to the observation room of the K-120m ski jump.  You won’t find more breathtaking views anywhere else! You’ll see amazing panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, trees, and lakes, and informative signs will help you identify anything that you’re curious about.

In one direction you’ll see aerialists kicking off Lake Placid Freestyle Hill in a flurry of twists, and turns that defy gravity.  You might even catch a ski jump competition!

 

While the views are spectacular, and undoubtedly the highlight, one of the most amazing things you’ll notice is just how large the ski jumps are.  Television definitely does not do them justice.  You’ll gain a new appreciation for how brave these athletes must be to take a ride up to the top of the jump and then ski down!

In winter be sure to bring some skis with you! Brave skiers can try their hand at the 20m jump with a coached jump.

The Ski Jump Complex is just one of many Olympic Sites in Lake Placid.  If you plan to visit multiple Olympic Sites, such as the Olympic Center, and the Olympic Sports Complex, consider purchasing an Olympic Sites Passport.

 

Olympic Center and Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum

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

HerbBrooksArenaLake Placid has a long history as world class outdoor recreation destination, however, it wasn’t until the 1980 Winter Olympic Games that the world turned its eyes to the tiny town and became aware of just how fantastic it really was.  These games are known best for hosting the “Miracle on Ice” hockey game, where the U.S men’s hockey team, made up of mostly collegiate players, beat the Soviet team in a huge upset and went on to win the gold medal.

At the Olympic Center and Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum you’ll get to relive amazing moments like the Miracle on Ice game, and so many other great Olympic moments!  The museum houses all kinds of great information, and plays several documentaries about the 1932 and 1980 Winter Games hosted in Lake Placid, as well as displaying artifacts and information about the general history of the games.  It is something interesting and informative for all ages!

Be sure to catch a tour! Tour guide Jim Rogers was a member of the board for the 1980 Olympics and offers up all kinds of interesting first hand information.

Once you’ve finished exploring the museum, check out the various ice rinks at the Olympic Center.  There are a total of four ice surfaces open to the public, each holding their own piece of Olympic history.  At the Herb Brooks Arena the U.S men’s hockey team won gold against the Soviets in 1980, and  the Jack Shea Arena Sonja Henie defended her Olympic title in women’s figure skating, at the first indoor skating rink to be used in the Olympics.

If you’re visiting in winter the skating rinks are open to the public for skating!  In summer, catch one of the Saturday Night Ice Shows.  You never know who might stop by for these great shows! International level skaters like Johnny Weir and Rachael Flatts appear regularly, and skating legends like Jim Craig and Scott Hamilton have been known to make an appearance. 

The Olympic Center is a fun place to visit to learn about Winter Olympic history.  It has a lot of interesting information not just about games hosted in Lake Placid, but games hosted all over the world.  It’s a great thing to do on it’s own, but can also be fun when visiting the other Olympic sites.  If you plan to visit the other Olympic sites in Lake Placid, like the Jumping Complex, and the Sports Complex, consider purchasing an Olympic Sites Passport.

Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage and Museum – Saranac Lake

Posted on: May 9th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

Saranac_Lake_-_Stevenson_CottageThe Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage and Museum  is a small, but fun museum well worth a visit during your stay in Saranac Lake.   Though small, the museum is packed with information about author Robert Louis Stevenson.

The home was built in the mid 1860s and later converted for use as a cure cottage.  Stevenson occupied the house with his family while he recovered from a lung condition from October 1887 to April 1888.

It was during Stevenson’s stay in Saranac Lake that he composed one of his most famous stories, The Master of Ballantrae (later made into a film starring Errol Flynn).

In the 1920s the house was purchased by the Stevenson Society of America, which continues to operate the museum today.  It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

This is a must-see for any Robert Louis Stevenson fan.  Even those who are not familiar with his work will find something interesting at this museum! The curator is extremely knowledgeable and his passion for the subject shines through, and is infectious.

While the museum is small, it is packed with information and memorabilia.  It’s organized perfectly to take you through Stevenson’s life and the time in which he lived.  You may find it so fascinating you’ll want to stay all day!

The Wild Center – Tupper Lake

Posted on: May 7th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

Wild_center_main_buildingLooking for a fun, easy way to explore the Adirondacks?  The Wild Center in Tupper Lake highlights some of the Adirondacks’ best features in an experience that’s fun for both kids and adults.

Before you even enter the main museum building you can explore miles of easy hiking trails.  Follow the educational signs to learn about some of the plants and animals you’ll encounter on your trek.  On a sunny day it’s easy to spend a long time hiking the trails and enjoying the stunning view!

Walk through the living roof with a docent, who will explain the museum’s eco friendly mission.  Be sure to catch one of the animal experiences in the lobby every morning and afternoon, where you can meet a local animal and learn about how it lives in the Adirondacks.

There are lots of different animals living at the Wild Center, including turtles, fish, and birds. The river otter habitat is a great opportunity to see otters in their (almost) natural habitat.  Check out otter enrichment in the afternoons! They’re so fun and cute!

The museum also has a small auditorium which screens relevant educational films.  You might catch one about monarch butterflies, turtles, or local fish.

While the museum isn’t large, it’s easy to spend 3-4 hours exploring, and you’ll walk away knowing more about the Adirondacks!  Kids will love all the animals, and it’s informative enough to keep people of all ages entertained.

 

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