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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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

Lake Placid Pub and Brewery

Posted on: May 3rd, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

Everyone small town needs a local brewery, and for Lake Placid that is Lake Placid Pub and Brewery.  Housed in a former church, this pub has lots of great atmosphere to go along with its fantastic microbrews.

This is a great family friendly restaurant/brewery, with a very friendly atmosphere.  The third flood even has a play room for kids!

There is no guile in this menu.  Traditional pub grub is what you get, with a few unique creations thrown in.  However, everything is fresh, seasonal, and delicious! It also strongly features local ingredients and products from all over New York State.  For appetizers you’ll find bar food stables like nachos, buffalo wings, and pretzels, along with some more original bites like fried pickles and buffalo shrimp, and a New York cheese platter.

They have a great selection of flat bread pizzas, which range from traditional to adventurous.  Try andouille sausage, pesto chicken, or the pear and maple, which features pear slices, New York Maple Cheddar Cheese, and dried cherries, and is topped with organic mixed greens, walnuts, and a maple vinaigrette.  Try one of their great burgers or braised ribs with house made bbq sauce, made with local maple syrup and the Ubu Ale.

While the food is delicious, the main feature is their beer! Their flagship beer is the Ubu Ale,an English Strong Ale, and it’s used in several of their foods.  With a minimum of 8 beers on tap, a sampler is highly recommended!  The brewery has a score of 89 on Beer Advocate, making it well worth a visit.

If you’re at all interested in trying local beers, and great food created with local produce, Lake Placid Pub and Brewery is the perfect place to go! With a relaxed, charming atmosphere, tasty pub grub, and delicious beer, you can’t go wrong.

The Paradox Lodge Restaurant- Lake Placid

Posted on: May 2nd, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

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If you’re searching for a unique, organic casual fine dining experience in the Lake Placid area, then the Paradox Lodge is a great place to try!  It provides a personal, intimate, and comfortable dining experience while serving that is exceptionally delicious yet not overly pretentious.

This home turned restaurant is run by a husband and wife duo who run the kitchen and the dining room.   The menu is kept fresh and unique and every meal is lovingly prepared by the chef/owner, Moe. He is dedicated to using fresh, high quality ingredients to create delicious meals for his guests.

The menu features appetizers like wild boar sausage with sauteed onions and mushrooms, in chutney and port wine, and grilled foie gras with fresh fruit and balsamic vinegar.   Entrees are equally original.   Elk loin encrusted with herbs and served with a lingonberry and caramelized onion sauce, amazing seafood selections like lobster, shrimp and scallops with onions and mushrooms over pasta, and perfectly executed filet mignon au poivre with peppercorns and cream.  If you still have room for desert, Nan’s Crisps will really hit the spot!

While the food is spectacular, it isn’t the only reason to go! The service is stellar, and the owner/head waitress, Nan, is warm and welcoming, and is an excellent guide to help you navigate the menu and wine list.  The atmosphere of the restaurant is equally as inviting and cozy.  The dining room is cozy and comfortable, and the open kitchen allows you to watch Moe at work as he prepares your meal! The dining room is small and advance reservations are highly recommended.

The Paradox Lodge is an unmissable experience in Lake Placid.  With an inviting atmosphere, impeccable food, and inviting atmosphere, your only complaint will be that you ate too much!

 

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