Combine Mirror Lake Inn, Lake Placid activities with Adk Challenge
In January during his State of the State message, Gov. Andrew Cuomo talked about tourism and related marketing as a viable means of economic stimulation. He has long been an advocate of the upstate region, particularly the Adirondack Mountains.
At that time, with much of the state experiencing heavy snowfall and wintry temperatures, Cuomo announced a whitewater challenge in the North Country, with the goal of generating national and international recognition is this pristine part of the state.
Seven months later, the reality is upon us in the form of Sunday’s (July 21) Adirondack Challenge in Indian Lake. The small, southern Adirondack community on the northern end of Indian Lake is a picturesque, yet unknown part of New York State. It was selected as host for several races and a day-long festival, and sits in the midst of the six million acre Adirondack Park.
Here is the schedule:
• The Flatwater Challenge Canoe Race, at a distance of 15 miles, will be held Sunday morning for about 100 competitors from the United States and Canada.
• The Governor’s Invitational Whitewater Race Monday, July 22, will involve Gov. Cuomo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Senator Betty Little, as well as other elected officials and invited guests.
• The Adirondack Challenge Festival at Byron Park is an all-day event in Indian Lake. It will include live bands; a Taste NY food area where visitors can sample food and beverage products from New York State; displays including artisan created watercraft; kid’s activities, storytellers; crafts; wildlife demonstrations; the awards ceremony; and more.
Early arrivals will be happy to know that on Saturday, July 20, Indian Lake will have a packed lineup of activities. There’s a farmer’s market; the Adirondack Challenge Aqua Fest; an antique and classic car show; a community bash in Byron Park including a dunk tank; live music; and the Adirondack Challenge Ice Cream Eating Contest at Stewart’s Shops.
Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa can be your headquarters for not only enjoying the Adirondack Challenge, but the many activities to be experienced in Lake Placid. The drive to Indian Lake is a beautiful 90 minute excursion through the Adirondacks on Routes 3, 30 and 28 N.
In the two-time Winter Olympic village, visitors can enjoy a drive to the summit of Whiteface Mountain; ride the Cloudsplitter Gondola at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center; take the 26 story elevator ride to the top of the 120 meter ski jump tower; ride the bobsled down the final half-mile of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic track; learn the art of biathlon; take in free outdoor concerts on Tuesday and Wednesday nights in the lakeside village park.
For more information, call us at 518-523-2544 and speak to an on-site reservationist, or click here to view special packages.
Top photo courtesy of I Love NY
Bottom photo courtesy of the Adirondack 90 Mile Canoe Classic