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Olympic Dreams – part 2 of 2

18 Jul

Our Olympic adventures continued with a visit to the Whiteface Mountain Gondola.  For $17 each, we got a 15-minute ride up to the base of Little Whiteface Mountain (and down, of course!).

No idea why I look like I’m going to puke here.   I was  really having a good time at this point. The ride up scared me silly, but it was fine once we got to the top.

There are trails where you can hike around on top of the mountain. It’s just gorgeous! Unfortunately, it was pretty hazy that day and the visibility was limited.

The Swedish Hill Winery in the Finger Lakes region has an outpost just outside of Lake Placid. We stopped for a $2 tasting and each chose 8 wines to taste. They were all pretty sweet! We bought several bottles including a bottle of Doobie’s Jackass Red which I’m holding here.

After our little wine adventure, we headed to the Bobsled facility.

And I, of course, pretended that I won a gold medal!

We passed on the $75 bobsled ride, but checked out the ground and watched the bobsledders.

We also took a tour and learned all about luge, bobsled, and skeleton. The tour was a ride to the top of the track and we had the option to walk down the track. This was so darn cool!

While the Olympics were way back in 1980, Lake Placid is still a thriving winter athletic training community and it’s absolutely worth a weekend trip!


Olympic Dreams – part 1 of 2

13 Jul

A quick 2 hours from Albany is an Olympic wonderland known as Lake Placid. During my research I learned that Lake Placid has hosted the Olympics  in both 1932 and 1980. Neat!

I also learned that Lake Placid is both a lake and the name of the little village that sits alongside Mirror Lake.

I did quite a bit of hotel research because the hotels in Lake Placid are on the higher end (even for 2-star chains). We agreed on the Crown Plaza because it’s just a few steps away from the village. It has classic Adirondack decor in common areas and a  bar and restaurant area with a wonderful view of the mountains and Mirror Lake. It’s absolutely worth grabbing a drink here!

The hotel has a decent indoor pool and a huge party area in the high-ceiling pool area. There is also a very, very large outdoor patio just off the pool. Both of these areas would be perfect for a group gathering.

We also took advantage of the hotel’s private beach just minutes away from the hotel itself (they have a free shuttle or you can drive yourself). It’s a wonderful beach and there are row boats and paddle boats to use for free. There are also lots of lounge chairs for relaxing on the sand.

The only thing we didn’t like about the hotel staff was that the staff was more-than-rude several times. We just ignored those grumpy pants! The reviewers on Trip Advisor seemed to have the same experiences as us.

At the recommendation of a local (hubs talks to everyone!), we went to The Cottage for a cocktail and a snack. Loved it!

The cottage is right on Mirror Lake and we sat on the very nice patio. The server was a sweetheart and took great care of us.

We had some yummy nachos and I feel in deep lust with this maple martini. MAPLE MARTINI! Plus look at the chic way that it’s served in a stemless glass with an accompanying ice-filled holder and a little glass vial for refills. Deep, deep lust.

People on Yelp like The Cottage, too.

The Lake Placid village is a very quaint little town with lots of shops and restaurants. It’s unfortunate, however, that there are some outlet stores mixed in.

Just across the street from the classic downtown movie theater is a big town park on Mirror Lake. I grabbed coffee and sat down here for a while. I’d love to be down there when there’s a concert on this stage.

This guy came up to see if I had any snacks to share. Unfortunately, I didn’t and he quickly waddled away.

This adorable canine was waiting for his owner outside of Starbucks…no leash. Wow!

In a post coming up very soon, I’ll share our Olympic adventures with you!