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Lake Placid Oktoberfest

Posted on: September 26th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

Is your favorite autumn holiday Oktoberfest?! Then don’t miss the Lake Placid Oktoberfest on October 4th and 5th!

Come to Whiteface to celebrate the weekend long Bavarian smorgasbord.  Don your lederhosen and join the festivities with an authentic oompah band, dancing, and of course food and beer.  If you have an Olympic Sites Passport, entry is free!

It won’t just be food and drink.  There will also be craft vendors, free carnival rides for kids and adults, and discounted prices on the Cloudsplitter Gondola to the summit of Little White Face.  You can’t beat the view from the top of the Adirondacks’ gorgeous fall foliage.

Check out the 2012 Oktoberfest for a taste of what the festivities will be like:

New this year is the Lederhosen 5K! Don your lederhosen or your dirndl and run this course around Whiteface Mountain! Participants receive free admission to Oktoberfest, a pint glass with a free beer, and a commemorative t-shirt!

Lake Placid Oktoberfest is a great weekend that’s fun for the whole family.  Plenty of kids activities, and lots of great food and drink will keep people of all ages entertained. Get your tickets here! Buy online and save.

 

 

 

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame – Saratoga Springs, NY

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

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is a fantastic museum detailing the history of Thoroughbread racing in the United States.  It brings history to life through its amazing collection of trophies from past wins, racing memorabilia, and equine art.

The Hall of Fame was opened in 1950 and each year it honors jockeys, trainers, and horses who have made significant contributions of the sport of throughbread racing.

Even those who are not racing fans can find enough to entertain themselves for an afternoon in this museum.  The exhibits are adorned with gorgeous photographs, art, and memorabilia that make learning about the history of racing all the more interesting.

Children and adults alike will enjoy the horse racing simulator, which allows you to see what it feels like to be a jockey! Children will also enjoy the hands on learning center, where children can groom and saddle a life-size horse, dress like a jockey, and learn about different shoes that racing thoroughbreads might wear.

The museum features multiple galleries, as well as exhibits on racing and horses in Colonial, Pre-Civil War era, Post Civil War era, and contemporary racing.  Other exhibits detail the anatomy of a horse, and recreation of a tack room lets you see everything that a jockey needs to compete. The garden features life sized memorials to Seabiscuite and Secretariat.

This museum is brimming with information and art about racing, and horses. Even someone who is not a racing fan, or a “horse person” will find it to be an enjoyable and informative museum, which they can find many hours exploring.

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame – Saratoga Springs, NY

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

National_Museum_of_RacingThe National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is a fantastic museum detailing the history of Thoroughbread racing in the United States.  It brings history to life through its amazing collection of trophies from past wins, racing memorabilia, and equine art.

The Hall of Fame was opened in 1950 and each year it honors jockeys, trainers, and horses who have made significant contributions of the sport of throughbread racing.

Even those who are not racing fans can find enough to entertain themselves for an afternoon in this museum.  The exhibits are adorned with gorgeous photographs, art, and memorabilia that make learning about the history of racing all the more interesting.

Children and adults alike will enjoy the horse racing simulator, which allows you to see what it feels like to be a jockey! Children will also enjoy the hands on learning center, where children can groom and saddle a life-size horse, dress like a jockey, and learn about different shoes that racing thoroughbreads might wear.

The museum features multiple galleries, as well as exhibits on racing and horses in Colonial, Pre-Civil War era, Post Civil War era, and contemporary racing.  Other exhibits detail the anatomy of a horse, and recreation of a tack room lets you see everything that a jockey needs to compete. The garden features life sized memorials to Seabiscuite and Secretariat.

This museum is brimming with information and art about racing, and horses. Even someone who is not a racing fan, or a “horse person” will find it to be an enjoyable and informative museum, which they can find many hours exploring.

Saratoga Automobile Museum – Saratoga Springs, NY

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

The Saratoga Automobile Museum is a must see for any automobile enthusiast.  Located in the Saratoga Spa State Park, it is housed in the 1935 bottling plant.  The museum focuses on the impact of the automobile, for the past, present, and future.

The museum can display approximately 30 cars between its three galleries.  The ground floor features a rotating exhibit and contains a childrens area which provides plenty of fun, hands on activities.  The second museum houses the New York State Stock Car Association Hall of Fame, and the permanent exhibit space, which over looks the ground floor.

This museum is the perfect size if you want something that holds your interest, but doesn’t take up your entire day.  The rotating exhibit currently features the Ford Mustang in its many incarnations.  Docents are happy to tell you about each car as you wonder through the exhibit.

The museum’s ongoing exhibitions include one called “East of Detroit,” which highlights the automobile industry in New York state. It provides an in depth look into the  state’s past and success stories like those of Pierce Arrow and the Franklin, as well as innovations that took place in New York.

Another exhibit explores automobile racing in New York State, and New York born cars that won famous races.  The New York Stock Car Association Hall of Fame also has a permanent exhibit, which features racing memorabilia, photographs and information about stock car racing, and the racers which made it possible, in New York.

There is a small exhibit about the spring bottling plant in which the museum is housed.  Learn about why Franklin D. Roosevelt pushed for the state operated spay to being its own bottling operation, and other history about the area.

While this museum is not large, it is full of all kinds of interesting information about the auto industry in New York, and the world a large.  It is a fun way to spend a few hours, especially for any car enthusiast.

National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame – Saratoga Springs, NY

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

Located in Saratoga Spa State Park, the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame is the only museum in the country dedicated entirely to the art of dance.  Housed in the former Washington Bath House, the museum contains videos, artifacts, costumes, photographs and biographies about dance, dancers, and choreographers.  It also provides dance classes through the Lewis A. Sawyer School for the Arts.   The museum also houses the Dance Hall of Fame, which includes inductees like Fred Astaire, Michael Jackson, Tommy Tunes, and many others.

The museum is dedicated to the history and continuing education of American dance.  There are lots of fun artifacts to see, like Tommy Tunes’ shoes, and interesting topics to discover.  Learn about the history of tutus in ballet, ancient Mayan dances, and dance traditions in Harlem in exhibits that explode in visual fantasy, with costumes, artwork, and film to bring everything to life.  Even those who are not passionate about dance will find this museum exciting in its presentation of this aspect of history in the U.S.

Even for those who have are not interested in dance, this museum is a must see, if only for its stunning architecture and atmosphere.  The domed entrance is adorned with massive photographs and dancers on each wall, giving the appearance that the dancers in the photos really are flying and floating through the air.   The elegance and beauty of the building is juxtaposed with a casual, quite atmosphere.

The Hall of Fame features exhibits on its inductees, and other well known dancers and choreographers.   The Judith Jamison exhibit, for example, brings the details of her life to the forefront through beautiful photos, framed letters, and costumes that she wore.   The children’s section of the museum will entice and enthrall any aspiring ballerina.

This museum is surrounded by the beautiful grounds of Saratoga Spa State Park and housed in one of its famous hot spring bath houses.  There is plenty to see and lots of learn about, even for non-dancers or dance enthusiasts.  Kids and adults alike can enjoy this fun museum!

Saratoga Spa State Park – Saratoga Springs, NY

Posted on: September 12th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

1024px-Saratoga_State_Park_Perimeter_01Aug2008Saratoga Spa State Park is the cultural hub of Saratoga Springs.  A National Historic Landmark, the park is home to several mineral baths, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Naional Museum of Dance, the Gideon Putnam Resort, Spa Little Theater, the Saratoga Automobile Museum, and Roosevelt Baths and Spa.  It is also home to two golf courses, which can be used for cross country skiing, ice skating, and ice hockey in the winter!  This park offers endless distractions to fill your day.  It is also just a great place to head for a picnic or a casual walk to enjoy the scenery!

Saratoga Springs is home to many natural mineral springs which are purported to heal all manner of ailments.  This belief has been held since the French and Indian War when Sir William Johnson was brought to Saratoga to recover from his injuries.   The city is home to the only active geysers east of the Mississippi.  It was during the 19th century that the area become visited by people traveling far and wide to experience its healing waters for themselves.  Its popularity continued and in WWII, veterans flooded the city to use the natural baths to aid their healing.  These spas became a state park in 1962, and a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

Operating springs are Hathorne, Hayes, Orenda, Charlie, Geyser, State Seal and Polaris.  The Lincoln baths are also in operation!Admission to the baths requires a $20 fee.

Aside from its famous mineral springs, Spa Park’s recreational opportunities are vast and varied.  The Performing Arts Center is the summer home of the New York City Ballet and the Philedelphia Orchestra.  The amphitheater hosts many different events, particularly jazz and dance.  The Little Theater also hosts numerous summer events.  The National Museum of Dance, and the Saratoga Automobile Museum are also worth a visit!

The park is well landscaped, and maintained well without compromising its natural beauty.  There are plenty of picnic tables mixed in along its tree lined lanes.  Hiking, cycling, tennis, golf, fishing, and in winter cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and hockey are all enjoyed by visitors to the park.  Peerless Pool offers lots of different pools to enjoy, including an Olympic sized pool, and pools with water slides.

Saratoga Spa State Park is a fabulous place to visit.  With tons of museums, its historic mineral springs, and countless other activities, you can easily spend several days here before exhausting all it has to offer.  Stroll through its wooded hiking trails, go for a swim, or enrich your mind by visiting one of its many museums, or just relax and enjoy the scenery! It’s impossible to run out of things to do at this great park!

Saratoga Spa State Park – Saratoga Springs, NY

Posted on: September 12th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

Saratoga Spa State Park is the cultural hub of Saratoga Springs.  A National Historic Landmark, the park is home to several mineral baths, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Naional Museum of Dance, the Gideon Putnam Resort, Spa Little Theater, the Saratoga Automobile Museum, and Roosevelt Baths and Spa.  It is also home to two golf courses, which can be used for cross country skiing, ice skating, and ice hockey in the winter!  This park offers endless distractions to fill your day.  It is also just a great place to head for a picnic or a casual walk to enjoy the scenery!

Saratoga Springs is home to many natural mineral springs which are purported to heal all manner of ailments.  This belief has been held since the French and Indian War when Sir William Johnson was brought to Saratoga to recover from his injuries.   The city is home to the only active geysers east of the Mississippi.  It was during the 19th century that the area become visited by people traveling far and wide to experience its healing waters for themselves.  Its popularity continued and in WWII, veterans flooded the city to use the natural baths to aid their healing.  These spas became a state park in 1962, and a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

Operating springs are Hathorne, Hayes, Orenda, Charlie, Geyser, State Seal and Polaris.  The Lincoln baths are also in operation!Admission to the baths requires a $20 fee.

Aside from its famous mineral springs, Spa Park’s recreational opportunities are vast and varied.  The Performing Arts Center is the summer home of the New York City Ballet and the Philedelphia Orchestra.  The amphitheater hosts many different events, particularly jazz and dance.  The Little Theater also hosts numerous summer events.  The National Museum of Dance, and the Saratoga Automobile Museum are also worth a visit!

The park is well landscaped, and maintained well without compromising its natural beauty.  There are plenty of picnic tables mixed in along its tree lined lanes.  Hiking, cycling, tennis, golf, fishing, and in winter cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and hockey are all enjoyed by visitors to the park.  Peerless Pool offers lots of different pools to enjoy, including an Olympic sized pool, and pools with water slides.

Saratoga Spa State Park is a fabulous place to visit.  With tons of museums, its historic mineral springs, and countless other activities, you can easily spend several days here before exhausting all it has to offer.  Stroll through its wooded hiking trails, go for a swim, or enrich your mind by visiting one of its many museums, or just relax and enjoy the scenery! It’s impossible to run out of things to do at this great park!

Algonquin Mountain – Keene Valley, NY

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

The second highest peak in New York State and the tallest of the McIntyre Range, Algonquin Mountain is number 2 on the list of high peaks. AlgonquinmtnAdkLojThe climb to the summit is quite short at just four miles, but it becomes quite steep as you get closer to the summit.  However the spectacular views from its bald summit make the steep climb more than worth it.  There is a steward at the summit who is happy to educate hikers about the rare and endangered vegetation found on the mountain, and to point out the gorgeous views.

The trailhead begins at the popular Adirondack Loj trail. Follow Rte 73 out of Lake Placid toward Keene.  Take a right onto Adirondack Loj Rd. and follow it until you reach the trailhead.  There is a $10 parking fee.   Hikers must fill out a trip ticket at the trail register or risk a fine.

The hike from here is 4.3 miles to the summit and has mixed terrain.  Follow the trail leading to Marcy Dam, and after about 1 mile you will come to an intersection.  Continue straight here and head up Algonquin.  The terrain becomes increasingly steeper and comes to a waterfall at 2.6 miles.   At 3.4 miles you will reach the intersection for Wright Peak.  As you reach the final ascent to the summit, the trail becomes very steep as you reach the tree line. Once you are above the tree line you will be exposed to the elements and the temperature may drop considerably.   Cairns and paint marks mark the trail when conditions limit visibility.    The view from the summit is 360 degrees, which especially gorgeous views of Mount Colden.

The hike up to the summit of Algonquin is challenging.  However, the hike is not especially long and the views from the top are very rewarding.

 

 

 

Mount Colden – Lake Placid, NY

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

Number 11 on the list of 46 High Peaks, Mount Colden is among the most popular peaks in the High Peaks Region.  It is known for its very distinctive Trap Dike, which runs up the center of the mountain. The dike, which drops off into Avalanche Lake, is considered one of the best slide climbs in the area.

This peak is less crowded than Marcy and Algonquin but you can expect to see a few dozen people if you visit on a weekend.  The summit provides beautiful views of Algonquin and Marcy as well as amazing views down to Avalanche Lake.  The trail to Avalanche Lake also boasts its own impressive views.

There are two maintained trails up to Mount Colden.  Both can be reached from the Adirondack Loj trailhead.  The first makes its approach from the northeast, passing by Lake Arnold and crossing over the false summit before reaching the true summit.  The second approach comes from the southwest, beginning at Lake Colden.   The trails can be combined to make a loop.

You can reach the Adirondack Loj trailhead by following Rte 73 out of Lake Placid toward Keene.  Take a right (just after the ski jumps) on Adirondack Loj Rd.  This road ends at the car park and hiker trailhead.  There is a $10/day parking fee.  Be sure to fill out a trip ticket at the trailhead.  Without one you may be fined.

The primary route is 12 miles round trip.  The hike begins on the trail leading to Marcy Dam.  From Marcy Dam, take the well used trail toward Avalanche Camps.  Take a left and begin your climb toward Lake Arnold.  From here you will turn right and hike past the bond, and continue to climb, which will give you some breathtaking views.  The terrain will become much steeper in sections, and views become considerably less grand as you reach the false summit.  There is a slight descent followed by a very steep climb up to the true summit, which has some very rewarding views.

The secondary trail is nearly 15 miles round trip.  From Marcy Dam again take the trail toward Avalanche Camps.  Head toward Avalanche Pass instead of Lake Arnold.  The following mile is called the “Misery Mile,” but don’t be discouraged by the name! It’s steep, but manageable.  Pass through Avalanche Pass (where temperatures may drop considerably) and carry on past Avalanche Lake.  The trail passing by the lake is quite demanding and is dotted with boulders, rock stairs and ladders.  When you pass the lake, the trailhead becomes much more moderate and descends to a register at a junction.  Take the left trail leading to Lake Colden, and then go left again and begin the very steep and strenuous climb to the summit of Mount Colden.

Whichever trail you take, the hike is quite challenging (though markedly more so on the secondary trail), however, the gorgeous views along the way and from the summit it make the climb well worth it.

Mount Colden – Lake Placid, NY

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

MtColdenNumber 11 on the list of 46 High Peaks, Mount Colden is among the most popular peaks in the High Peaks Region.  It is known for its very distinctive Trap Dike, which runs up the center of the mountain. The dike, which drops off into Avalanche Lake, is considered one of the best slide climbs in the area.

This peak is less crowded than Marcy and Algonquin but you can expect to see a few dozen people if you visit on a weekend.  The summit provides beautiful views of Algonquin and Marcy as well as amazing views down to Avalanche Lake.  The trail to Avalanche Lake also boasts its own impressive views.

There are two maintained trails up to Mount Colden.  Both can be reached from the Adirondack Loj trailhead.  The first makes its approach from the northeast, passing by Lake Arnold and crossing over the false summit before reaching the true summit.  The second approach comes from the southwest, beginning at Lake Colden.   The trails can be combined to make a loop.

You can reach the Adirondack Loj trailhead by following Rte 73 out of Lake Placid toward Keene.  Take a right (just after the ski jumps) on Adirondack Loj Rd.  This road ends at the car park and hiker trailhead.  There is a $10/day parking fee.  Be sure to fill out a trip ticket at the trailhead.  Without one you may be fined.

The primary route is 12 miles round trip.  The hike begins on the trail leading to Marcy Dam.  From Marcy Dam, take the well used trail toward Avalanche Camps.  Take a left and begin your climb toward Lake Arnold.  From here you will turn right and hike past the bond, and continue to climb, which will give you some breathtaking views.  The terrain will become much steeper in sections, and views become considerably less grand as you reach the false summit.  There is a slight descent followed by a very steep climb up to the true summit, which has some very rewarding views.

The secondary trail is nearly 15 miles round trip.  From Marcy Dam again take the trail toward Avalanche Camps.  Head toward Avalanche Pass instead of Lake Arnold.  The following mile is called the “Misery Mile,” but don’t be discouraged by the name! It’s steep, but manageable.  Pass through Avalanche Pass (where temperatures may drop considerably) and carry on past Avalanche Lake.  The trail passing by the lake is quite demanding and is dotted with boulders, rock stairs and ladders.  When you pass the lake, the trailhead becomes much more moderate and descends to a register at a junction.  Take the left trail leading to Lake Colden, and then go left again and begin the very steep and strenuous climb to the summit of Mount Colden.

Whichever trail you take, the hike is quite challenging (though markedly more so on the secondary trail), however, the gorgeous views along the way and from the summit it make the climb well worth it.

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