Located in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks, Lake Placid is one of New York’s hidden treasures. Though it’s best known for its amazing winter sports, resorts, and attractions, and it has much more to offer!
The same mountain ranges that make for great snowshoeing, skiing, and cross country skiing lend themselves to fantastic rock climbing, and hiking. The forest is a great place to go camping, and autumn is a great time to go fly fishing!
Like much of the Adirondacks, the Lake Placid area was originally founded in the early part of the early part of the 19th century for mining operations.
In the mid 19th century, abolitionists Gerrit Smith and John Brown called the area home and granted much of the land they owned to former slaves in what would become known as the Freed Slave Utopian Experiment.
In the late 19th century Lake Placid began to develop the reputation it now carries as a resort town with the help of Melvil Dewey, who helped form the U.S’s first winter resort.
With the development of the winter resort, the area’s association with sport continued to grow until it came to host the Winter Olympics not once, but twice, in 1932 and in 1980. In 1980 it drew worldwide attention when the U.S took a surprise win against the USSR in the iconic “Miracle on Ice” hockey game.
In autumn, Lake Placid has a variety of great activities, especially this weekend. Saturday is Lake Placid’s second annual Brewfest where you can try tons of great beers from brewers across the country, including some you’ll only find in the Adirondacks! Sunday is Lake Placid’s annual Flaming Leaves Festival which offers an opportunity to enjoy great music, great food, and an amazing view of the Adirondacks in autumn.
While the village certainly offers the secluded mountain top feel, it isn’t difficult to access. Commercial flights are available at several nearby airports, including Montreal, Albany, Burlington, and even into Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Saranac. Or you can fly directly to Lake Placid by air charter.Tags: Feature