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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!


Bretton Woods, NH

Posted on: February 24th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

800px-Mt._Washington_from_Bretton_WoodsNestled in the White Mountains, Bretton Woods is the home of New England’s largest ski resort.  The resort is also known to be among the most family friendly, offering plenty of runs suitable for younger children and less experienced skiers, as well as other activities.

The village, located within the town of Carroll, NH, is perhaps best known for the Bretton Woods Conference which took place in July of 1944.  The conference was an attempt to rebuilt the international economic system at the close of WWII. Delegates from 44 Allied nations gathered at the Mount Washington Hotel for three week conference, which resulted in the establishment of the World Bank and the IMF.

While it has a very grand claim to fame, most people come to Bretton Woods for the ski resort, currently celebrating its 40th season, and its other leisure attractions.  The ski resort is the largest in New Hampshire, and continues to win awards for its programs geared toward children.   Many also come to visit the Mount Washington Hotel, now an historic landmark, not only for its important history but also for its amazing hospitality.

The Cog Railway, sometimes called the “railway to the moon,” is another major attraction.  It is the world’s first mountain climbing cog railway, and is still in operation, climbing Mount Washington.  It runs a special ski train during wither.  It’s the second steepest railway in the world.  The railway was built by Sylvester Marsh, who came up with the idea whilst ascending Mount Washington in 1852.  He invested $5,000 of his own money into the project.  Though Marsh obtained a charted for the road in 1858, the projected was stalled until 1866 because of the Civil War.  Finally, he was able to find investors and in construction reached the summit in 1869.   Since then it has been in continuous operation, only with interruptions during the World Wars.

Bretton Woods offers great skiing and family fun.  It’s also the home of five time Olympian Bode Miller.  The ski resort has been named as one of the top five for families, offering fantastic novice and intermediate runs.  It also offers some advanced/expert runs, though they are not as intense as some of the more expert runs in Maine and Vermont.  It offers a quiet, fun place to relax and experience some of your favorite winter activities.

Bretton Woods is most easily accessed by car, as it sits on Route 302 East and there are no nearby airports.  It’s roughly 2.5 hours from Boston, via I-93.  It is 2 hours from Portland via Route 302 West.   It is 3 hours from Montreal via Auto Route 10E, and 6 hours from New York City via I-95.

Places to Eat in Saranac Lake

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

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Saranac Lake has lots of great places to eat! Most are casual, homey places that offer traditional fare, but you will also find fine dining and great late night spots.

Downhill Grill
 – Traditional American done right! Build your own burger or choose from some of their great sandwiches or entrees including pasta and fish and chips! Also choose from their Mexican style menu which includes burritos, chimichangas, and enchiladas.  They have a great selection of beers on tap, and a fun atmosphere that’s perfect for the whole family.  Check out their menu here.

Belvedere Restaurant – An Adirondack favorite for more than 40 years, Belvedere is a great mom-and-pop restaurant offering delicious American and Italian food.  Try homemade sausage, lemon pepper haddock, french onion soup, and veal.  With an outstanding menu, exceptional service, and a delightful, homey atmosphere, dining at Belvedere is an unbeatable experience.

Borracho Taco – Tex Mex at it’s best! Nachos, tacos, burritos, taco salads, enchiladas, and everything you could imagine, all served quickly.  Staff are welcoming and attentive, and atmosphere is fun and welcoming.  Try their house made hot sauces and house simmered meats!  Open till 4AM on Fridays and Saturdays!

Owl’s Nest Pizza Parlor -This pizza parlor has it all!  Pizza, salads, wraps, pastas, hot and cold subs, and even Mexican food!  They offer the best pizza in town and a menu so vast that even the pickiest eater will find something to enjoy.  Eat in or take out!

The Point – Using food from local farms or specialty products flown from abroad, The Point carefully and expertly crafts each menu for their guests.  Enjoy dining in the pub, the great hall, or elsewhere on the property.  Dinners may include roasted sea bass over tomato-basil coulis, Bouillabaise, or roasted lamb.  Each meal is paired perfectly with fine wines from their private cellars.


For more places to eat in Saranac Lake check out our previous post here.  Also be sure to check out the places our clients recommend!

Win Your Perfect Lake Placid Getaway

Posted on: August 25th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Lake Placid is a gorgeous mountain village, located in the Adirondack Park, known best probably for being the home of the famous Miracle on Ice victory against the USSR at the 1980 winter Olympics.  However, long before the 1980 winter games it was a favorite winter getaway for the rich and famous, due in part to Melvil Dewey, who helped to establish the first luxury resort in the area.

Even if sports aren’t your thing, Lake Placid offers a great  place to get away and relax.  And you could win a trip for two!

If you win, you’ll stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites, located on the banks of Mirror Lake, just next to the Olympic Complex. You’ll enjoy a dinner for two at Pan Dolce where you can savor a fantastic gourmet meal in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.

In addition you’ll win a scenic flight with us!  We will give you a really unique view of Lake Placid that you’ll get from no one else.  Choose from our three different scene tours which will take you over the high peaks and return over the Olympic Ski Jumps,  over the Olympic Village, the Olympic Arena, the Bobsled and Luge runs and the Ski Jumps, or take in the beautiful lakes by flying over all the lakes surrounding the Tri Lakes area.  No matter which tour you choose you’ll love the stunning views and the unforgettable experience.

After you’ve flown with us you can head over to the Olympic Complex with your Olympic Sites Passport .  You’ll be able to visit the Miracle on Ice arena and learn about one of the greatest moments in hockey – if not sports – history.  Tour the museum and learn little known facts about the Olympic Games and see tons of cool memorabilia.  Visit Whiteface and take a gondola ride to the top for a great view! See the ski jumps and take an elevator to the top to see just how high up they really are! At the Sports Complex you can even take a ride on the bobsled track!

If the Olympic Sites don’t interest you, take a climb up the high peaks with Cloudsplitter Mountain Guides.  Lake Placid’s 46 Peaks are often a goal of many hikers, though some require great technical skill to climb and do not have marked paths to the top.  What better way to climb them than with professional guide at your side?

For your chance to win a trip to Lake Placid, enter here.  Good Luck!