While most people choose warm, balmy beaches for a winter getaway, my friends and I decided to defy the masses and head up north to Lake Placid, NY!
We rented a quaint cabin in nearby Jay, NY that was perfectly situated in a secluded area near a creek. This cabin was so warm and cozy (perfect in the freezing temperatures up there)! If you are interested in renting this cabin, check some out here.
This cabin happened to be right next to a creek. We followed a short path to find it partially frozen. It was fun to frolick on the ice.
Lake Placid (former site of the Olympic games in 1980 and 1932) was not too far from our cabin. We bought an Olympic Passport to check out some places at the Olympic Village the next day. But first, we felt the need to frolic on yet another frozen body of water. Mirror Lake was frozen solid, so we went running, sliding, and simply enjoyed being on a frozen lake. There were even people on dogsleds!
After all the frolicking, it is no surprise that we we were very cold and hungry. Perfect time to check out the local brewery, Lake Placid Pub & Brewery! Since we couldn’t decide on which beer to choose, we tried the sampler with 6 of their brews before deciding on one to order in a pitcher. We even got some ‘smores to top off the meal.
Then, it was time to headed out for more winter fun: ice skating on the speed skating track! There were no railings for me to rely on, so this time, I actually had to buck up and learn to ice skate.
Other things on the Olympic Passport that we enjoyed: visiting the ski jump! It was crazy to see the ski jumpers up close and personal. That jump was high! I was scared for them.
Another Olympic sport site to visit: the bobsled complex. We even saw a koala bobsledding.
The day ended with a view of the sunset with a snowy mountain view.
Last but not least, what is a winter visit to Lake Placid without some snow sports on Whiteface Mountain? I snowboarded for the first time this season in the freezing, windy, snowy cold. But it was a blast!
Next winter, I am up for another snowy adventure. Any suggestions?