Visit Lake Placid, NY

Lake Placid, NY, nestled in the Adirondack Mountains, makes the perfect place to visit for a weekend getaway. From some of the best hiking in the Northeastern United States to an adorable downtown full of shops and restaurants. A visit to Lake Placid has the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. Lake Placid, NY is about a 3-hour drive from my home in Southwestern Vermont, so we, my boyfriend Will and I, woke up early and set off on our mini road trip. Our drive North took us from the Green Mountains to the Adirondack Mountains, both beautiful and breathtaking. Our only scheduled activity for the weekend was zip lining at Experience Outdoors at 12 pm. (Pro traveler tip: When scheduling activities, book them for when other travelers will be busy. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner times are usually less busy and you'll be more liking to be with fewer people.) Since I scheduled it around lunchtime we stopped at Cedar Run Bakery in Keene, NY for a snack before zip lining. This little bakery is full of delicious snacks, sandwiches and local delicacies for purchase. We filled up with chicken salad on a croissant and a bag of chips.
Not far down the street and right on the main road into Lake Placid is Experience Outdoors. They have zip lining and team building activities on premises and they also offer guide services for cross-country skiing, fishing, canoeing, camping, hiking, and whitewater rafting in the area. If we had more time in the area we would have done even more activities with them! Upon arrival, we found out that it would be just the two of us on the tour! Our guides, Scooter and Scout (nicknames) got us all outfitted in our harnesses and helmets and informed us that we needed to use nicknames too. I used my old summer camp name, Rufio, and Will used Big Willy. Soon after, we hopped on an ATV to head up the mountain.
Even the threat of rain couldn't keep us off the water. The wind, however, did help us make the decision to take out the kayaks over a canoe. Circumnavigating Mirror Lake in my little yellow kayak provided peaceful and gorgeous views of the surrounding area. If I was to rent a kayak from a business in the area it would run up quite a bill. The boats are an amazing perk of staying at the Golden Arrow during a visit to Lake Placid, NY. As the sun started to set we brought back the kayaks and hit downtown Lake Placid. The shops lining Main Street in Lake Placid, NY range from cute gift shops to stores celebrating the Olympic history of the town. I'd recommend strolling downtown as the sun sets, followed by dinner at Smoke Signals. Located right downtown, Smoke Signals has the best ribs I've had in the Northeast! We order the Signals Sampler for Two so we could try a little bit of everything. As my side, I picked the cheddar bacon mac and cheese, and I only have one word: heaven!