Thursday, August 17, 2017

2017 - Lake Placid (Summary)

Duration: 4 days (Friday - Monday)
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)

Highlights

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
The Wild Center, oddly, I heard about this through Facebook which I never credit, but it is a great place to visit. Make sure to go to the Wild Walk portion first if you want pictures before the crowd comes in. We spent about 45 minutes in the Wild Walk portion before we started seeing people. Included in the admission is the Wild Walk, access to all the events in the Wild Center, and best of all, the admission is actually good for two days! Lovely place to visit for kids and adults alike.

Wild Center
Wild Center
Wild Center
Ice Cream Stands, there seemed to be plenty of these and they were all great in my mind. Some cost a bit more than others, but overall, we were never disappointed in any of them. We visited Donnelly's, Skyline Ice Cream, Whitebrook Dairy Bar.

Skyline Ice Cream
Donnelly's Ice Cream
Lowlights

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!

Food Suggestions

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
Accommodations

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
Tips

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
Aldi just outside of Saranac Lake is a discount grocery store to buy things before you hit the Lake Placid area. A water jug was under $1.00 and a big bag of their local chips was just over $1.00.

Final Thoughts

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!