Friday, April 14, 2017

Travel Review: A Night in Lake Placid

A few weekends ago, Daniel and I decided to take a short overnight weekend trip as a break from how incredibly busy (and somewhat stressful) life had been throughout the month of March. With the end of March being a strange time weather-wise New York, we decided to head up to the Adirondacks, where it was still very winter-y, versus the wet, muddy, spring transitionary time we were experiencing at home. Based on the multitude of winter-based activities available, we decided upon a one-night excursion (Friday - Saturday) to Lake Placid!

Friday morning and afternoon were majorly spent driving up to Lake Placid (it was about a four and a half hour drive from where we live) with the occasional "coffee and snacks" stop. By the time we arrived and checked into our hotel (we got a great rate on the Hampton Inn there thanks to my dad sharing his hotel points), it was almost 4 o'clock. Rather than diving into activities, we decided to just go exploring, get something for dinner and spend the evening relaxing in our ridiculously gorgeous hotel room. I didn't get any pictures of it, but it was hands down the nicest hotel room I've ever stayed in.


Our Hotel

Across Mirror Lake from our hotel

We wrapped up the night lounging in the hotel and eating Thai Food from Nicola's Bangkok Thai!

Saturday morning we started off by walking up to Main Street to visit the Olympic Museum! It was a cute little place to walk around... we learned some things about the Olympics we never really knew, and they also encourage touching things, playing with things, et cetera!

Such as this speed skating situation where you try to keep up tempo... Daniel attempted to document it and instead just captured me laughing at myself.

You can also play your own game of curling...ish. Daniel "won" but afterward, looking back at the photos, I realized he cheated! You weren't supposed to touch the "ice".

And we did a little bit of bobsledding...through the ages!

This is Daniel's bobsledding face...

The museum is downstairs in the complex, so we took a stroll upstairs to check out the ice arena where a hockey tournament was taking place!

And there was this giant Connect 4 game so we had to take a minute to play!

From there it was off to Whiteface to ride the gondola to the Little Whiteface summit (not the full summit)! It was incredibly foggy the entire time we were there so we didn't anticipate a view, but wanted to do the experience anyway! We definitely want to go back to experience it another time when there's a view, too.

Here are some of the photos from the gondola ride:

So. Cold.

I love this picture of Daniel!

And here are some photos from the top. It felt like such a winter wonderland!

From there, we rode the gondola back down, and then it was off to our third and final stop of the day - High Falls Gorge! This is a privately owned waterfall walk... though I'm not the biggest fan of that premise, it was nice to walk somewhere that was maintained and easy during winter. This place honestly reminded me a lot of Watkins Glen, except there wasn't a single soul in sight... which was fantastic. And all of the ice that had formed on the water through there was breathtaking!

And that's it! That concludes our 24 hours in Lake Placid!

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