The Adirondack Park (ADKs) consists of 6 million acres of protected forever wild forest located in New Yorks north country. The ADKs are a frequent summer location for many New Yorkers with no exception to myself. There are more then 2,000 miles of trails, 700 lakes, ponds and rivers and great towns such as Lake Placid, a two-time host to the Winter Olympic Games. There are many rentals, hotels, camp grounds and back country camp sites available to experience the best of the Adirondack park; personally, I prefer to be under a canopy of pine trees, exhausted from a days worth of exploration. Each section of this page will include a different aspect of what the ADKs have to offer! It will be updated rather frequently with my current location being about an hour out from the parks boarder. I look forward to sharing my passion with you!
Aside from working toward my ADK 46, I do enjoy the Adirondack Park for other lesiurely activities such as snowshoeing, mountain biking, and simple weekend ‘stay cations’ as one would call them. There are so many charming, spectacular towns just waiting to be explored and a multitude of activities for the whole family to enjoy all throughout the year. Since dedicating a page alone to my ADK 46 challenege, this page will be under construction until this sentance is gone; in the near future it will no longer contain too much information about the High Peaks but will instead include dining, excursions, and other accommodations that suit explorers of all ages! Until then, please sit tight!
Lake Placid is a must visit village for a number of amazing reasons. Not only is it an immensely scenic small mountain town but it also holds a lot of history. Beautiful and bustling throughout every season, Lake Placid is the hub of Adirondack adventure and full of many great dining accomodations and shopping locations.
Also known as the Olympic Village, Lake Placid hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. The village is most remembered as the site of the 1980 USA–USSR hockey game, dubbed as the “Miracle on Ice”, however, it is also home to the Mount Hoevenburg Olympic Sports Complex. Here you can participate in a number of olympic activities; climb into a bobsled and speed down the track alone or with an professional brakeman or just cheer as others race around every turn; glide through the serene, world class cross country skiing trails and test your aim at the rifle range; in summer months explore the rugged trails of Mt. Hoevenburg on two wheels while Cross Country Mountain biking.
There are a few awesome places to pick up some amazing gear throughout Lake Placid as well. High Peaks Cyclery always has great gear for all seasons and authentic apparrel. We almost always stop in to High Peaks Cyclery to pick up a few things; miro-spikes, weather resistant maps and hats are just a few of the purchases we’ve made through HPC. If you’re looking to rent instead of own certain equipment, HPC is a great place for that as well. SUP, multiple styles of bike, canoes, kayaks, and hiking/camping gear are all available for rent on a 1/2 to full day to a week basis! HPC also has guided tours and additonal accomodations for all of your Adirondack adventure needs through High Peaks Mountain Guides; they offer rock climbing, ice climbing, kayaking, cross country skiing, canoeing, mountain biking and more!
Be sure to check out Eastern Mountain Sports for great gear and knowledgeable staff members on Main Street in Lake Placid as well!
The Mountaineer in Keene Valley is another phenomenal store for the best gear. If you think the outside looks eclectic just wait until you step inside to outdoor heaven (sounds like an oxymoron huh). You will see clothing items you havn’ seen anywhere else and all of the absolute BEST brands. The staff is friendly and knowledgable about rentals, guides and equipment. A really cool store to stop and at least take a peek at!
There are so many places to eat in the DAKS but we tend to gravitate to the same delicious places over and over again. In Lake Placid we LOVE Lake Placid Pub & Brewery. It is ALWAYS jam packed so do not expect to get in, grab a quick meal and get out. There are three different floors each with a lake side deck, a childrens play area and tours of the brewery as well. We have tried a number of items here; everything from the fish tacos to their juicy burgers and loaded nachos is delicious. Our servers are always friendly and laid back while providing great service and most importantly, the beer is always ice cold and delcious. When you come here, I suggest you start with a flight.
Emma’s Lake Placid Creamery on Main Street is a great place to stop to get the sweet tooth fix!
If in Old Forge, Tony Harper’s Pizza and Clam Shack is a great place to stop. The place is pretty much always full no matter what time of year it is! Always a good sign and our server was incredibly friendly. On our first visit we ordered two Saranac S’more Porters, which our server willingly allowed us to taste first, a dozen Whiskey Wings and the Big Pig Pizza. Our server/ the kitchen staff was/were incredibly accommodating with our needs for the pizza (we needed only half of it to have pepperoni but otherwise contain all the other ingredients – bacon, ham, sausage, & pineapple). We ordered a small pizza (6 slices) as opposed to a large (8) and the entire bill was relatively inexpensive. I suggest ordering the Whiskey Wings; they were huge and the sauce was delicious. Our pizza was also tasty; I am originally from Long Island where pizza is just generally better then most other places but all pizza is different and this pizza was still delicious. I also noticed they had a gluten free crust option available which is nice to see they are trying to accommodate those with special dietary needs (and yes I know, depends on how diligent they are in preparing it too)! All around, a continuous 4 out of 5 stars from us. We have gone in a few times to experience not enough help, or slow serves/kitchen so we take that into account in our rating. I would definitely stop in for a bite!