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Quirky, under-the-radar highlights only a local could recommend.
Feature Adventure: The Lake Clear Lodge and Retreat, Speakeasy, and Sleigh Rides
Journey through time on this 1920s-themed interactive evening where you’ll board a two-horse vintage wooden sleigh and travel through the snowy woods, marvel at the stars, and learn about the “spirits” who took this same ride in the Prohibition days. After reaching the lake, return to the Lodge for the second part of the adventure, which features a password-opened hidden door, a surprise raid by a “copper,” and a menu of the finest food from the roaring decade.
High Falls Gorge Waterfalls
Hike into this spectacular 22-acre nature park in the Adirondack mountains where you’ll find four spectacular waterfalls and the brilliant Ausable river. In summer, two glass walkways lead the way as do a series of sturdy bridges and well-groomed walking trails. Refresh afterwards with an ice-cold pour of locally brewed beer at the café.
John Brown Farm Historic Experience
If you’ve ever heard “John Brown’s Body” (and even if you haven’t), you’ll enjoy visiting the home and final resting place of the famous abolitionist John Brown. The 270-acre estate offers fascinating exhibits of the Black farming community along with hiking trails through the beautiful property. Bring a picnic for the warmer months or take a sleigh ride when the snow falls.
Uihlein Maple Research Forest
Perfecting maple syrup is a highly scientific process involving state-of-the-art vacuum tubing and continual testing of sap sugar content, which you can learn all about when you visit Uihlein, an educational research facility with more than 200 acres of maple trees, 6,000 sugar maple taps, 600 birch traps, and, of course, myriad maple products.
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Friday, 3pm: The Olympic Museum and Skating Oval
As the host of both the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games, Lake Placid is one of the most fabled sites for gold, silver, and bronze achievements in everything from alpine skiing to speed skating. Channel your inner Eric Heiden by swirling around the Olympic Oval, or just bask in the glory of the faster, higher, and stronger exhibits at the museum. It’s only a few feet from the site of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” hockey game and from venues where athletes continue to train daily.
Saturday, 10 am: Saranac Lake Golf Club
Just 10 minutes from the resort and halfway between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, this course is surrounded by some of the prettiest scenery in the state: towering pines, famous Adirondack peaks, and soaring birds of prey. Keep your eye on the ball, though, for the challenging and fun 2,995-yard, par 36 layout on two 9-hole circuits.
Saturday, 4 pm: Donnelly’s Ice Cream
After a round of golf, treat yourself to a twist at this classic Adirondack ice cream shop. Pair black raspberry, chocolate, or pistachio with the creamiest imaginable vanilla from a 1950s machine that produces a soft serve with a deliciously dangerous high butter fat content.
Sunday, 9am: Forest Bathing and River Walking
Forest bathing is a way of intentionally slowing down and experiencing nature. Pioneered in Japan, the practice is proven to lower stress hormones and blood pressure, relieve anxiety and depression, and boost cancer-fighting cells. Coupled with a guided river walk, your senses will be heightened and your mind and body calm as you discover the natural beauty of the Adirondacks.
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Hex and Hop Brewery
Local brews are even sweeter when they’re infused with honey, as guests discover at this buzzing spot. Toast the day with a craft-beer tasting and take home some North Country raw wildflower honey.
Every Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm (June to mid-October), local farmers, artisans, and other vendors gather in Riverside Park for the Saranac Farmers’ Market to present their products and be part of an always-fun impromptu party, featuring music and more for community members and visitors alike. Or, pop over to Keene for a selection of fine foods, baked goods, furniture, soaps, and jewelry. The town’s farmers’ market is open Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays and from 3 pm to 6 pm on Tuesdays during the summer season (the last Saturday in April through the end of October).
The Good Bite Kitchen
In the heart of picturesque Lake Placid, the Good Bite Kitchen curates home-meal kit deliveries and also opens its doors to guests looking for artisan home goods, gifts, or take-out versions of its most-prized dishes. Don’t miss the delicious seed spreads!
Carriage House Cooking School
From “Meatballers” and “Comfy Casseroles” to “Paella Perfection” and the “Art of Pi,” creative culinary classes abound at the Carriage House in the town of Peru. Chef Curtiss teaches both pre-planned and private lessons for groups looking to dispel the myth that too many cooks spoil the broth.
When simply “seeing” a destination just won’t do.
Feature Adventure: The Ausable Chasm
For 150 years, the Ausable Chasm has been amazing visitors with adrenaline-pumping activities from rock climbing and rappelling to tubing and rafting. When dusk falls, take a two-hour lantern tour of the chasm where you’ll descend 150 feet into the dark shadows. And, when the snow falls, strap on snowshoes for a winter tour of the Inner Sanctum Trail and gape at the gigantic icicles towering 150 feet above the Ausable River.
St. Regis Mountain
You’ll know you’ve hit the summit of this moderate High Peak, about 18 minutes from the resort, when you see the fire tower. A fixture on the landscape since 1918, the tower has been restored and is climbable again. It’s totally worth the extra steps to see awe-inspiring views of McKenzie and the High Peaks, as well as the St. Regis Canoe Area and its necklace of lakes and ponds.
Cliffside Mountain Coaster
Ride the longest mountain coaster in the country! Part of the Olympic complex at Mount Van Hoevenburg, the Cliffside Coaster gives riders the ability to go as slow or as fast as they’d like as they cruise right next to the 1980 Olympic bobsled track at the Lake Placid Sliding Center.
Glide along some of the most beautiful, untouched waters in the US with an experienced sailboat captain to handle the fickle winds of the small mountain lakes. Or maybe you’d like to cruise the wide-open waters of Lake Champlain. Either way, these guided sailing experiences are a breezy way to enjoy an Adirondack summer day.
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