Driving Distance: 1,050 round-trip (525km one-way)
Cost: Roughly $600 USD for 4 days for the two of us.
Accommodations - $400 USD for 3 nights
Meals - roughly $15-$20 USD per person before tip
Admissions - Wild Center was $20 USD per person (good for 2 days)
Adirondack Wildlife Refuge, I thought this was an enjoyable experience. Try to make it there at 10:00am where the host will start talking about the wolves that they have their and the general area. Once you are done, you can walk down the path to see some of the other animals that they have as well as take in some hiking if you like. It is a non-profit organization and operate on donations, so if you end up liking it, give them a little something for their efforts.
|Adirondack Wildlife Refuge - Grey wolf|
|Adirondack Wildlife Refuge - Bald Eagle|
|Skyline Ice Cream|
|Donnelly's Ice Cream|
Nothing was particularly disappointing during this trip fortunately. My general comment as a disappointment would be the cost that is associated to some things. Things that I would normally expect to just pay for parking would have admission costs attached to them. High Gorge Falls and Whiteface Mountain come to mind when I think about this.
But, at the same time, the local government parking lot in the Lake Placid area only cost $0.50/hour. So, ups and downs!
Redneck Bistro, although we didn't like the service (it was slow and unattentive), I thought that the food was actually the best that we had on this trip.
|Redneck Bistro - Southern Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes and coleslaw|
|Redneck Bistro - Redneck Burger with Sweet Potato Fries|
We stayed at Alpine Country Inn & Suites in Wilmington and it was a nice place to stay at. The hosts were very gracious and lovely couple. The breakfast was just cereal bars and coffee, however, there are plenty of things for families to do outside. There is a gazebo, a BBQ grill if you want to use it, a small swimming pool, a pirate themes play area for kids and a firepit for evening s'mores and marshmallows.
Overall, we both really enjoyed the place and would recommend it to others as long as they don't mind staying outside of Lake Placid (which wasn't an issue for us).
|Alpine Country Inn & Suites|
|Alpine Country Inn & Suites|
Little Super Market in Wilmington is a great stop for lunch sandwiches if you are in the area. $3.50 at the time got us a sandwich with 1 meat and the amount of meat put in is based on weight and if you look at the middle, it looks like it is an inch thick! Perfect thing to buy for hiking.
|Little Super Market - Sandwiches|
This place was suggested by Allison's coworker and it was an enjoyable experience. There is plenty of hiking to do if you are into that sort of things, if not, the scenery is very nice and there seems to be plenty to do all year round (hiking in the summer, skiing/snowboarding in the winter).
It has a very small town feel, with the only large place that I noticed being Marshalls, Gap, and Bass. Everything else seemed like local independent shops which is nice. Everyone was friendly, and we had a good time.
It's a good way to spend a few days. We could have stayed more to do some other things, but we had a good taste of what it had to offer. Some things that I would consider next time would be to do the Olympic Passport to visit Whiteface Mountain and visit the Olympic sights. However, since that would've taken up an entire day, we decided against it. And there are plenty of hiking trails and fire towers that I would've liked to visit. Maybe next time!