Saranac Lake - Lake Placid, New York
Saranac Lake And Lake Placid In New York State's Adirondack Mountains
Saranac Lake and Lake Placid are located less than 10 miles apart on Route 86 within the boundaries of Adirondack Park in upstate New York. Adirondack Park is the size of the State of Vermont. Saranac Lake and Lake Placid are just two of the the over 100 villages and towns inside the park --- there are no cities.
This area offers year round recreational opportunities: skiing, fishing, hiking, boating, canoeing, swimming. In the autumn, you need to book lodging early, as the fall foiliage is incredible on the mountains. Ask directions to the apple orchards for some freshly picked apples and maple syrup.
Lake Placid is larger and more upscale than Saranac Lake and offers boutique shopping. Saranac Lake is tends to have less traffic and more affordable restaurants and lodging.
For the past five years, or so, we have been having been having a mini family reunion in this area and have visited a lot of the local sites and dined at the local restaurants.
Have you ever been to the Adirondack Region of Upstate New York?
The Adirondack Carousel, Saranac Lake, New York - Did you ever ride a duck? or a trout? skunk?
On May 26, 2012 the Adirondack Carousel opened.
If you have ever been to the Adirondacks you will notice the amazing amount of wood carvings of wildlife displayed and available for sale. Often the carvings are of bear or moose. You will see where a tree was partially cut down, and instead of removing the stump, it was carved into an animal.
The idea of the Adirondack Carousel is to showcase the the amazing work of all the local wood carving artists by having them each carve a native wildlife figure for the carousel --- they are not your usual carousel animals. There is a black fly, trout, heron, racoon, deer and many more. They display absolutely beautiful workmanship.
The ovals represent native flowers and the landscapes are scene of local landmarks. Each was painted by a different local artist.
Pick Your Carousel Animal Carefully
Getting on was fairly easy. Getting off was another story.
When the ride ended I tried to dismount as you would a horse. Unfortunately, the black fly's wings stick out way beyond where a horse would end.
Unable to get my left leg over and with my right leg flapping in the wind, I decided the only thing to do was slide sideways and "gently" drop myself to the floor. Yup. I got stuck this way. People rushed to my aid and helped me off.
Unless you are a gymnast, think ahead to your dismount.
- The Adirondack Carousel
Read more about the beautiful Adirondack Carousel and the artists who came together to create it. Check out all the different animals, fish and birds.
- Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Take a short ride and enjoy the scenery between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake.
- Tail o' the Pup
Located in Raybrook, NY which is between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. We have eaten here. It is very casual with outdoor seating. They have burgers, hot dogs and barbeque.
- Lodge on Lake Clear - Hohmeyer's
This is located a little way out of Saranac Lake. We ate here once. It is a beautiful warm lodge with German inspired food. They have a beer cellar with is built into the rocks in the lower level. If you are a beer conoisseur -- this is the place fo
- Home - Blue Moon Cafe
I have not had the opportunity to eat here yet. It located in the Town of Saranac Lake (downtown if you would). However, my cousins ate at the Blue Moon and really enjoyed it They had sandwiches for lunch.
National Geographic's website recently (October 2009) named Saranac Lake as one of "America's Best Adventure Towns".
Beautiful Container Gardens in the Saranac Lake - Lake Placid area
This a window box is in front of the Daily Adirondack Enterprise office, in Saranac Lake. It's the local newspaper.
Throughout Lake Placid and Saranac Lake you will see beautiful containers and pots of flowers. Maybe it's because the temperatures rarely reach heat wave heights, but the flowers are all so healthy and beautiful in this area.
Check out the website of Historic Saranac Lake for great information and photos of Saranac Lake.
Check out information on self guided walking tours of the historic buildings in town.
Saranac Lake Train Station Interior
Saranac Lake holds a Winter Carnival complete with ice palace and parade.
Adirondack Scenic Railroad - Runs Between Saranac Lake And Lake Placid A Few Times A Day
The Adirondack Scenic Railroad is manned by mostly railroad loving volunteers. Each of the 5 cars is different.
The train takes an approximately 45 minute ride each way with a 45 minute layover in either Lake Placid or Saranac Lake. The scenery along the way is beautiful. The train winds through beautiful pond, marshlands and forests and if lucky, you will see wildlife and birds.
We took the train from the Lake Placid station which is a small railroad museum to Saranac Lake. We had just enough time in Saranac Lake to grab a quick sandwich and ride the carousel. Then, back to Lake Placid.
The train does have a little snack bar and the day we were there, there was a clown for the kids.
Adirondack Scenic Railroad -- Lake Placid / Saranac Lake
Get and idea of the ride between the two towns by watching the videos.
For railroad buffs, watch the conductors using old time hand signals to signal the engineer during the coupling of the cars.
Taken through the window of Adirondack Railroad TrainClick thumbnail to view full-size
Standing High Above Lake Placid Are the 1980 Winter Olympic Ski Jumps - The ski jumps may be seen for miles
Are you an avid skier? A thrill seeker?
Above is a picture of the 1980 Olympic Ski Jump. It looks verrrry high to me.
After hosting the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, the Lake Placid Club was in a whole lot of debt.
The federal government stepped in to help. But as soon as the Olympics were over, the Olympic Village dormitories where the athletes stayed, were converted to a medium security federal prison.
The Adirondack Correctional Facility at Ray Brook, is located in Ray Brook a town half way between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake.
Lake Placid Links - Plan your Adirondack Vacation.
The town of Lake Placid has a lot of upscale clothing shops --mostly winter sports related.
In town there are numerous restaurants, gift and antique shops.
Between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake is a very nice miniature golf course.
- Lake Placid
Visitors guide to Lake Placid
- Lake Placid Skating
Information on events held at the ice skating arena. Also, classes being held.
- The Adirondack Region of New York State
Regional Tourism Councils websites on visiting the Adirondacks.
- Pirate's Cove Miniature Golf
A very large, very nicely kept miniature golf course.
- Pan Dolce
This little restaurant has a clean modern bistro feel to it. We had gourmet burgers here -- drizzled with truffle oil. Very good.
- Noon Mark Diner, Keene, NY
We have eaten here on our way home. It is between Lake Placid and the Northway I-87. They have nice fresh sandwichs and other choices.
If you are in the market for rustic furniture or accessories, this is the area to shop.
You will find items make of birch and carved animal lamps.
Carved bears, moose and squirrels.
There are items made from deer antlers.
Where are we in New York? - A look at a New York State Map
Places to Stay - A few places we have stayed.
The area of Lake Placid/Saranac Lake offers accommodations of every kind.
During peak seasons, you need to book early.
Autumn foliage time, is one time you need to make reservations way ahead of time.
The week were there, Aug 6 -11, 2012, our Best Western was completely booked.
- Best Western Mountain Lake Inn
We have stayed here several times and it is a nice motel. It is on the outskirts of the town area of Saranac Lake, but withing walking distance of restaurants: McKenzies Grill, Asian Buffet and La Bella Ristorante. They have several pet friendly roo
- Paradox Lodge, Lake Placid
This Bed & Breakfast is located in Lake Placid. I loved it, Jim not so much. Jim was not happy that there was no coffee pot or television in the room. I didn't care. The room was beautifully furnished with Adirondack stye furnishing and fluffy q
© 2012 Ellen Gregory