One night in Lake Placid? Here's where we went to stay, eat, shop.
The gap between what I wanted to do in Lake Placid and what I was actually able to accomplish was so big that the circumstances felt much more tragic than they were. I felt I had spent so much time in the city but I really hadn't had a chance to properly see it, to really connect. So when I had the opportunity for a last minute do-over, I jumped at the chance! And this time, I took Ryan along for the adventure.
Roadtripping through upstate New York.
We made it to Lake Placid in under 4 hours, even with a bad snowstorm on our end. As we drove through upstate New York, the skies began to clear. This was a good sign and our road trip was off to a great start!
A shot of good luck at the Lake House.
We were lucky in more ways than one. We hadn't realized just how few properties lined Lake Placid's Main Street - a good number are a few blocks away or just on the edge of town. In most locations this wouldn't be something we'd give a second thought to but in Lake Placid it pays to be in the centre of town. But first, a few words about the Lake House...
The killer view, the cute room, and the amazing location weren't the only reasons we liked the Lake House. We were also impressed by the wonderfully friendly staff, who didn't hesitate to give us personal recommendations for dinner and remembered to follow up with us later in the day to check about our choices.
For instance, the coffee maker hadn't been cleaned and emptied after the last guest. There was still a used filter in the machine, one of the paper cups was dirty, and the empty wrappers of the coffee packs remained in place as if they were full. And in the otherwise spotless bathroom, there was some dirt and dust and plastic pieces behind the door.
We had the impression that the hotel is kept to a very clean standard but our room received a rush job when the previous guest had checked out. Fortunately, these minor annoyances didn't dampen our excitement to explore the city.
Exploring Lake Placid's Main St.
That's exactly how I felt walking through the shops on Main Street - and I had my epiphany in the Adirondack Popcorn Company (of course)! I was obsessed with this company from my first visit - and had no idea it was located in the same building as my previous stay's hotel. It was time to stock up! Gosh Lake Placid, it's good to be back!
Finally, some food.
We were again treated to some amazing views and Ryan got to sample something that I had missed out on during my last visit - the region's fantastic craft beers. His beers were a steal at just a few dollars each but I was admittedly disappointed that they didn't offer any local wine from the many wineries in New York.
I was less exuberant about my turkey dinner platter. It wasn't that my meal was bad. It just wasn't fantastic. I appreciated the generous portion of juicy turkey but the apple cider gravy wasn't much in evidence - which was a good thing given how salty it was (and I'm a salt lover!) The garlic mashed potatoes would have been a delicious on another plate but here the garlic was a misfit. The carrots, which were delicious, were icy cold. All in all, I'd happily eat here again - I just wished I had order my second choice entree, the trout. I think I would have enjoyed it more.
One thing I did enjoy without hesitation was the delicious mug o' brownie that came, true to form, with a brownie style mud cake cooked in a mug, served hot, and topped with ice cream and whipped cream. It was delicious and a wonderful end to our day.
While Ryan chowed down on a mashup of sausage and biscuits-meets-eggs Benedict, I was congratulating myself on finding a breakfast plate that combined eggs, bacon, potatoes, sour cream, melted Brie, and apples all in one dish. With the exception of the potatoes being on the dry side, we were happy campers and felt properly fueled up and ready to tackle a full day in Providence.
Definitely not my last trip.
But Lake Placid brings out a different side of me - and while I may not be a typical visitor, when I'm in Lake Placid I'm also not my typical self. It always feels like the right place to reconnect with my traveling roots. Things that I hate to do in other destinations - like popping into gift stores and shopping for souvenirs - feels right here. I just feel more relaxed. I may never be one of those visitors who books an annual crazy ski trip but I will be one of those visitors who's always happy to pop in every time I'm passing through town to reconnect once again.
Have you ever had a destination do-over?
Heading to Lake Placid? These articles will help you plan your trip:
Feeling Lazy and Lopsided in Lake Placid
Planning the Perfect Lake Placid Snow Day
The Anti-Adventurist's Guide to the Adirondacks
Save, Splurge, Steal: Talking Adirondacks Value with Kim Rielly
Sustainable Travel for the Value Minded Traveler