Down the road to Lake Placid

Yesterday I drove only a short distance…from Saranac Lake, here to Lake Placid. I’m now staying at a wonderful property right on Mirror Lake in the heart of Lake Placid called, Golden Arrow.  This hotel is run by a third generation family and is probably the most environmentally conscience hotel I’ve ever visited.  Although, the place I was just staying, Gauthier’s Saranac Lake Inn, is also quite sensitive to their environmental impact. As a matter of fact, I believe there is an underlying theme of those living and doing business in the Adirondacks to be good stewards of the environment.  And, they appear to be shaping the nations’ efforts in many ways.

I’m really digging my accommodations, especially this amazing view on my own private terrace overlooking Mirror Lake.

The past two days have been busy with activities. The weather of late has been a bit inclement, although oddly predictable.  The mornings have been quite nice, but by late morning and through the afternoon…cloudy and rainy. By evening, back to nice again. By the time I left my hotel for dinner, it was quite lovely out and I was able enjoyed my meal at Nona Fina’s on their patio overlooking Flower Lake.

Yesterday morning I drove west, to a town I’d been through a week or so earlier…Tupper Lake. This small community has a top-notch wildlife center, simply called Wild Center. A good portion of the exhibits are indoor, however there is also an extensive nature walk in which I strolled.

Today it rained a good deal, but that didn’t stop me from going on an outdoor adventure with the folks from High Peaks Mountain Adventures. Karen, one of the owners and guides, took me to their mountain bike center just down the road.  From there, I was outfitted with a really nice bike, helmet and water bottle. We then hit the trails for what ended up being a heck of a good time. Even though it was raining, it was just a blast navigating single track trails through the forest. After a vigorous ride, we jumped back in the van and went a bit farther down the road to a trail-head.  From there we hiked high up the mountains until reaching a summit level that provided amazing views of the valley and river below.

As the skies cleared, I ended up going to a horse show event where I got to see English equipped riders navigate their horses through obstacle courses and over jumps. It was cool to see how graceful the riders were on their well-trained horses. After that I visited a few of the Olympic sites, from the ski jumps to the bobsled track. Then, I went back to the Golden Arrow to take out one of the kayaks around Mirror Lake. As I said, It’s been a busy couple of days.

After getting cleaned up, I went across the way to Generations restaurant here at the Golden Arrow Resort. Chef Hunt has a menu inspired by the sustainability philosophy of the resort. Most of the ingredients are obtain locally within the Adirondacks region. My table was situated near the window with a view of the green roof.  In addition to providing fresh herbs for the restaurant, the green roof provides a beautiful ecological backdrop and views of Mirror Lake and the surrounding mountains.

Tomorrow I’ll be heading to Plattsburgh and the Lake Champlain area. If you’ve ever been, post a comment below and let me know what things I can’t miss.

Mike Shubic

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Mike Shubic is a seasoned road trip travel video blogger, traversing the byways of the world looking for those hidden gems of the road. From unique destinations, unexpected discoveries, creative cuisine, intriguing inns to exciting attractions…the road is his page. The experiences are his ink. And every 300 miles, a new chapter begins. Whether you live vicariously or by example, Mike will do the exploring so you can have an adventure.

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