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Brewster Peninsula Nature Trails – Lake Placid, NY

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

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Lake Placid and the surrounding area offer tons of great hiking! One fun trail to hike is the Brewster Peninsula Nature Trail.

The trailhead is behind the Howard Johnson’s, but don’t let that fool you! This system of trails has plenty to offer.  It winds through the forest all the way to the shores of Lake Placid, offering miles of gorgeous views and pleasant scenery.

The hike is not especially rigorous and can be enjoyed by casual hikers.  During winter the trails are sometimes used for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.   In summer it’s a great place for mountain biking, hiking, and trail running. It is also  perfect for a leisurely walk through the woods, especially if you’re looking for a trail that will allow you to walk right up to the edge of Lake Placid.

There are tons of different trails to check out! The initial trail, called the Corridor Trail, leads to all the other three trails.  It ends at the start of Ridge Trail, after about .75 miles.

The Boundary Trail connects to both Ridge Trail and Corridor Trail. It is very flat and about 0.9 miles one way.

 

The Lake Shore Trail leads to Lake Placid and wonders along its shore, ending at the dam.  The trail is more rocky than other trails, but certainly offers the best views!  It is 0.4 miles one way.

The Ridge Trail starts at the end of Corridor Trail and ascends to the top of a long ridge.  It drops quickly about 20 ft before descending into the forest and connecting to Boundary Trail.  It is 0.7 miles one way.

The Brewster Peninsula Nature Trails are a great way to spend a morning or afternoon.  They can be enjoyed by casual walkers and experienced hikers alike.  Whether you’re hoping to get fabulous views of Lake Placid or just stretch your legs a little, you can find something to enjoy at these trails.  And with each trail being so short you can easily complete them in an afternoon.  It’s a great way to get in touch with the Adirondacks!

Cobble Hill – Lake Placid, NY

Posted on: June 27th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

Lake Placid is known for some of its fantastic outdoor recreation, including hiking.  One great place to go hiking in Lake Placid is Cobble Hill. While it isn’t one of the High Peaks, the summit offers astounding views of the high peaks region and the village of Lake Placid.

There are two trails of ascent at Cobble Hill, making it possible to turn your hike into a loop.  The primary trail is roughly a 0.8 mile hike one way, via the more challenging, steeper route, or 1.6 miles on a less challenging grade.  The trailhead can be tricky to find, but once you do you shouldn’t have much trouble following it.  There is a small parking lot near Northwood School with space enough for 4-6 cars.  The trail begins about 20 ft away. From the trailhead follow along the path, paying close attention to the signs as there are several intersections with private land.  About 0.4 miles into the hike the trail will split.

The trail on the left leads to the shorter, but steeper climb to the summit.  It covers rough footing and bare rock slab, both of which are quite steep.  The trail to the right is the longer trail, which avoids the rocks and intersects with the path above them.  At this first outlook the view is breathtakingly dramatic.   The ski jumps and High Peaks are visible to the south, and in the opposite direction you can see the village sitting on Mirror Lake.

From where the paths intersect once again, there is a 1.2 mile hike (one way) to the summit.  This hike covers easy to moderate terrain.  At the top you’ll find panoramic views of the Olympic Village, Mirror Lake, the ski jumps, and great outlooks for Cascade and Pitchoff.  On the way down you can follow the path to walk along the shores of Echo Pond, where the trail will meet up with the trail you ascended.

Cobble Hill is a fun hike that can be enjoyed by accomplished and casual hikers.  While some of the terrain is challenging, it can be completed by young children.  It’s a great way to spend a morning or afternoon.

 

Whiteface Lodge – Lake Placid, NY

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

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Lake Placid is full of gorgeous, romantic hotels.  One of its finest is the Whiteface Lodge, which sits on a hillside just a few blocks from the village of Lake Placid, sheltered by a forest pines and spruce trees.  Staying at Whiteface Lodge is like staying at one of the Great Adirondack lodges of the late 19th and early 20th century.  It is a rustic mountain lodge that sacrifices none of the luxuries you would expect from an exclusive resort.

Imagine driving down a wooded lane and coming upon a rustic log cabin.  As you drive up a valet is ready to take your car and you are whisked into the lobby, decorated with birch tables, mixed floral arrangements, and the rustic trappings of a grand Adirondack lodge.  From there on out everything you could hope for will be taken care of for you until the end of your stay.

The magic begins before you even make it to your room.  Find fresh lemonade and delicious chocolate chip cookies in the lobby, perfect after the journey to Lake Placid.    In your room you’ll find a bed with crisp, white linens and a plush down comforter and pillows.  You’ll also find comfy couches set up in front of a fireplace and a patio perfect for lounging with a glass of wine.   The bathroom is equipped with a Jacuzzi tub/shower and a heated floor for cold mornings.

Winner of the 2012 World’s Best Places to Stay on Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List, Whiteface Lodge is the ideal location for your relaxing getaway or as the base for your Adirondack adventure. Whether you’re looking for a place to relax and pamper yourself at a spa, or a place with lots of outdoor activities and exploration, Whiteface Lodge can accommodate you.

The lodge has a spa ranked in the top 100 spas in North America by Cande Nast Traveler, which offers an array of treatments to help you unwind and relax.  The hotel also has many other great amenities, including an on site movie theater, heated indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, hiking trails, game rooms, fishing pond/skating rink (depending on the season), ice cream bar,nightly campfire with s’mores, and a private beach!

Whiteface Lodge is without a doubt one of the best places to stay in Lake Placid.  It has just the right mixture of a rustic mountain lodge and Adirondack elegance while staying a luxury hotel.  It’s the perfect place for your relaxing Adirondack vacation or for your great Adirondack adventure!

Mirror Lake Inn – Lake Placid, NY

Posted on: June 20th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

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Voted 2012’s #1 hotel in the Northeast, Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa is one of the best places you can stay while in Lake Placid.  Located on the shores of Mirror Lake, each room offers breathtaking views of the lake, or the surrounding peaks, mountains and forests.   Decorated in classic Adirondack style you’ll find yourself surrounded by an understated elegance and luxury that lend themselves to relaxation and comfort.

Mirror Lake Inn is the perfect choice whether you’re looking for a romantic inn to celebrate a special date, a fun family vacation, or even a corporate retreat!  The friendliness and helpfulness of the staff will astound you, and you will be pressed to find a staff member who doesn’t at least say a quick hello as they pass by.

Rooms are spacious yet cozy.  Enjoy large four poster beds, with sumptuous bedding that invites you to sink in and relax.  There is plenty of comfortable seating in your room and around the hotel for you to grab a book and lose yourself.  And a balcony will provide you with spectacular views of the Adirondacks, providing you with a front row seat to every romantic sunset over the lake.

While the hotel is extremely close to all the shops and restaurants available in the village, you may find you have no reason to wander far.  The beach is just a few steps away, and an indoor pool is always available for cold or dreary weather.   The spa offers many amazing treatments to help you fully relax and feel utterly pampered.  If you haven’t already planned out your trip, there are plenty of organized activities offered by the hotel, including guided hikes, kayak trips, and sunset cruises.

The hotel also boasts three restaurants.  The Cottage is an excellent place for an apres ski cocktail or snack, while Taste Bistro is a fun spot for some casual dinner and live music.   The View  is a AAA Four Diamond “Exceptional” rated restaurant where you can enjoy afternoon tea, and exquisite, seasonal dinners prepared with local ingredients, while taking in fabulous views of the lake.  Each restaurant offers beautiful lakeside views and its own unique atmosphere.

Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa is a hotel that has it all.  Spectacular views, service, and a refined luxury that allows you to completely relax as everything about your vacation is taken care of for you.  Its the perfect spot for any getaway.

Lake Placid Lodge – Lake Placid

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

Lake_PlacidThe Lake Placid Lodge is among the most premier places to stay in Lake Placid.   Located on the shores of Lake Placid, not only does this lodge offer some of the most amazing views you can find, it also boasts the most idyllic setting you’ll find anywhere in the area.  It’s the perfect choice for romantic getaways or just a relaxing retreat.

Built in Arts and Crafts style, the lodge offers thirteen gorgeous rooms, and seventeen beautiful cabins.  No matter where you’ll stay you’ll get the ultimate feeling of privacy, relaxation, and peace.  The lakeside setting offers a sense of tranquility while the lodge’s style and location allow you to feel like you’re staying in an old style Adirondack lodge.   You’ll be surrounded by luxury.  Lakeside rooms include over sized decks with spectacular views, deep tubs perfect for a soak, and rustically elegant surroundings.

The atmosphere is far from the only reason to stay at Lake Placid Lodge.  The lodge has a team of dedicated staff who make it their mission to make your stay perfect.  This mission begins even before you step through Lake Placid Lodge’s doors, when a concierge will call you and offer to assist you with any plans you are making. When you walk through the door, you won’t check in at a desk, you’ll be whisked away with a glass of champagne by the fireplace, so that your relaxation can begin.  If you travel with dogs, even your dogs will be pampered with large fluffy dog beds in the room, and treats at turn down service.   Enjoy breakfast delivered to your room each morning,  indulge with in room spa services, and relax at the nightly bonfire while roasting some marshmallows for s’mores!   You’ll feel less like a guest at a hotel and more like a guest at a country estate owned by an old friend.

Boasting a gourmet restaurant on site, you will always be well fed.  Enjoy sweeping views of Lake Placid and a cozy atmosphere while you enjoy a menu inspired by the views around you.  Local, fresh ingredients influence the seasonal a la carte menu and the seven course tasting menu.   Serving New American style cuisine, you’ll find influences from all over the world on the menu.

While there is certainly plenty to keep you occupied during your stay at Lake Placid Lodge, and you may find you have no desire to leave the hotel, it is located very near town and staff are more than happy to help find you things to do in Lake Placid in all of its many wonderful seasons.

Lake Placid Lodge is without a doubt one of the best places to stay in Lake Placid.  Winner of multiple accolades from Travel and LeisureTrip Advisor, and others, its a luxurious lakeside destination that is perfect for a romantic getaway, or just a relaxing vacation.  Its idyllic setting and attentive staff will make your stay unforgettable.  You’ll leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated!

 

Fort Ticonderoga – Ticonderoga, NY

Posted on: June 13th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

Fort_Ticonderoga,_Ticonderoga,_NYAn important part of American history, Fort Ticonderoga is a wonderful place to visit if you’re in upstate New York.  At this U.S National Historic Landmark you can relive history!

This fort sits on close to 2000 acres of beautiful landscape, and was the site of five battles over the course of two wars.  Constructed during the French and Indian War and owned by the French, the site controlled access to the river port at he mouth of the La Chute River between Lake Champlain and Lake George.  It was placed to watch over trade routes when conflicts arose between the French and British over trade between the Hudson Valley River and Saint Lawrence River Valley.  As a site of strategic importance it was the site of many skirmishes between the French and British during the French and Indian War.  Barely 20 years later, it saw more bloodshed during the American War or Independence.

A visit to this beautiful historical fort allows you a chance to relive history! Learn about the battles that took place, and how the French and Indian War came to shape the way that Americans surged forward to claim their independence from the British.  A visit here is a chance to relive the moments that defined America as a nation.  The Fort has a long list of events, including many reenactments which can truly help you travel back in time and relive history.  See just what things were like at the Fort back in 1776 and our nation was born!

Fort Ticonderoga has an amazing museum with an extensive collection of diaries, books, maps, and other historical artifacts which connect with the history of the Fort and with the military history of the Lake Champlain Valley.  The museum is housed in the 1756 soldiers’ barracks.  See exhibitions on things like illness, injury, health, and medicine at the Fort, weapons used during the Revolutionary War, and the kinds of food soldiers ate while the stayed at the Fort.

On a beautiful day you can head out to the Kings Garden and enjoy an outdoor stroll surrounded by gorgeous landscaping and perfectly manicured gardens, overshadowed by the Adirondack Mountains and the Green Mountain Range.  If you’re feeling up to a challenge, check out the Heroic Maze!  The maze is designed in two phases, so it can be completed and enjoyed by young children, older children, and children at heart.  If you’re really looking for a challenge, go on the Fort Engineer Quest, where you’ll have to find special objects in the maze.

Fort Ticonderoga is a great place to visit for people of all ages.  If you enjoy American history, if your child is studying the Revolution, or if you are just looking for a fun day out.   The museum, gardens, and maze will keep you busy for hours!

Church Street Marketplace – Burlington, VT

Posted on: June 6th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

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A great place to spend some time while you’re in Burlington is the Church Street Marketplace.   This great open air mall is the center of activity in Burlington.  You’ll find gorgeous historical architecture, street entertainers, amazing festivals, music, and hundreds of shops and restaurants to enjoy.

Whether you love shopping, love great food, or just love people watching, you’ll love the atmosphere at Church Street.  There are plenty of street musicians playing top notch covers of your favorite songs, and plenty of other street entertainers too.

The fantastic variety of shops ranges from huge national chains to adorable boutiques you won’t find anywhere else.  Whether you’re just window shopping or your on a mission to find something specific, Church Street’s wide range of shops will probably have what you need! Explore fun shops like Burlington Records which buys and sells vintage LPs, 45s, musical instruments, and memorabilia.  Check out some of the cart vendors like the Syrup Souvenir Shop where you can get a fun souvenir to commemorate your trip to maple syrup country made by a local artist.   Or explore the art galleries and cool clothing boutiques.

While you’re shopping, there are plenty of places to grab a snack, or sit down to a meal.  Church Street is full of restaurants, many of which include outdoor seating, so you can get a good view of street performers, or just do some people watching.   There’s plenty of variety too! Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’re likely to find.  Asian, American, pub grub, French, the list goes on! And don’t forget the great places to stop and do some wine tasting!  Don’t forget to stop by Lake Champlain Chocolate Shop for some hot chocolate, or some tasty dessert!  Hong’s Chinese Dumpling Cart is a great place to stop if you’re in the mood for some quick Chinese food that is absolutely delicious.

Whatever it is you’re interested in, Church Street Market is well worth a visit! Whether you go to shop, dine, or just people watch and enjoy the street entertainers, you will have a great time!

Himalaya Restaurant – Plattsburgh, NY

Posted on: June 5th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

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For delicious ethnic food while you’re in the Adirondacks, check out Himalaya Restaurant.  Offering Nepalese, Tibetan, and Bhutanese cuisine, this is an experience you may not find anywhere else.

The restaurant is small and cozy and decorated so that you feel like you’ve taken a trip to the far east.  Lanterns, flags, and other objects cover the walls and ceiling to help transport you to another place.

Try interesting and unique dishes and drinks from afar like butter tea, a traditional drink enjoyed in Tibet, Bhutan, China, and India.

If you like Indian food, you will love Nepali food, especially from this restaurant.  Everything is exceptionally flavorful without being overwhelming. Everything is made when you order, so it’s always fresh and made to your desired heat level! You’ll love the traditional flavors, and each dish has an explanation on the menu so you won’t have to wonder about what it is.  There are also plenty of gluten-free options on the menu.

Service is swift and employees are friendly and warm.

This might be your first experience with Himalayan food, but it definitely won’t be your last! You’ll want to come back every time you’re in Plattsburgh!

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