Here's how to create your own perfect day in Lake Placid
All January, I've been trying to celebrate the spirit and excitement of winter travel, whether it's next door to me in the Ontario Highlands or gathering the frosty tales of travel bloggers around the world. Luckily for me, there is a world renowned winter venue just a few hours away in Lake Placid, New York.
The area is famous for its natural beauty and winter sports - but I'm the anti-adventurist! The idea of skating or downhill skiing is a bit too much for me to handle. Remember, I'm the girl who thought riding a bike in Montreal was crazy and who caused a scene in the Athens meat market -I need to enjoy winter at my own pace! So if you're a little bit on the cautious side like I am, here's how you can make the most of your winter break in Lake Placid.
Lake Placid is the perfect place to give snowshoeing a try; there are trails for every level of confidence and ability. No matter how much of a beginner you are, you'll still be relaxed enough to enjoy the great outdoors. I am ridiculously lacking in confidence for most athletic ventures but even I found snowshoeing to be fun and, if not entirely easy, very intuitive. If you're heading to Lake Placid for the first time, here are some suggested trails to check out:
Owls Head: Great for beginners, families, and photographers, a 1.6 mile round trip.
Little Crow to Big Crow: Great for those with intermediate experience looking to up their fitness level. 3.2 miles round trip.
Allen Mountain: More physically demanding, and not for novices, it's an 18 mile round trip.
Going on a dog sled ride is wildly exhilarating, and surprisingly doesn't push my anti-adventurist buttons at all. That's because the happy, playful dogs are in charge - they know the paths and routes inside out. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride. The speed and turns can occasionally be a bit heart pounding but my comfort level remains firmly intact as I'm still on solid ground (unlike, say, horseback riding - which is just about the scariest thing in the world to me!)
Look out dogs, there's another sled in town! Happily, while I have no inclination for riding horses, I feel quite the opposite when it comes to being pulled by them. There's nothing so nice as being bundled up on the back of the sleigh, heading out for a gentle ride over the snow covered trails, before finishing up with some hot chocolate. If you can, I recommend doing your ride at dusk to enjoy the changing colors of the sky and snow.
Saranac Lake Winter Carnival
If you're going to take part in a winter carnival, trust yourself to one that's been going on since 1897! There's a great mix of indoor and outdoor activities, which makes it the perfect setting for anti-adventurists. Starting the first weekend in February, this 10 day festival includes arts events, concerts, public skating, curling, a fun run, and more. Plus there are plenty of opportunities to grab great food!
Cold weather and warm hearts.
You don't have to be a skiing star or a fearless skater to enjoy winter in Lake Placid. In fact, even if you lean towards the timid side of life (translation: even if you're a wimp like me!) you will fall in love with this beautiful area, no matter when you visit. The stunning natural features, the huge variety of activities, and the warmth of the community all override any hesitation you might have with the cold temperatures.
What's your number one winter travel destination? What destination is better in winter than it is in summer?
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I'm proud to be an ambassador for Lake Placid for this campaign. All writing and opinions are my own.