Lake Placid activities don't stop after Labor Day
The 93 days of summer have ended and the kids are back in school. But that doesn’t mean Lake Placid lays down to rest.
As the leaves begin to change, we are reminded of all the fun Lake Placid activities that will occur over the next six weeks. It’s also a splendid time to hike, bike, fish, play tennis and golf, paddle on our waters…..all against the backdrop of the gradually turning foliage.
This time of year presents warm days for all activities, and cool nights for easy sleeping.
We’ll begin with the Lake Placid-North Elba Historic Pub Tour on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 5-7:30 PM. For just a $25 donation you can hop on a village trolley, get the history of food and drink in our town, and receive a commemorative glass.
Registration takes place at 4:45 in the History Museum. The first stop brings you to Liquids and Solids at 5 PM. Thereafter, you’ll visit Lisa G’s, The Lake Placid Pub and Brewery, Northwoods Inn, with conclusion at 7 PM at Mirror Lake Inn.
For those interested in Mirror Lake Inn advance info, the property originated as The Brewsters. The estate was purchased by Climina Wikoff and changed to Mirror Lake Inn. Ed and Lisa Weibrecht became its owners in 1976. The first rope tow and first snowmaking machine in Lake Placid could be traced to our property.
For more information on the tour, call 518-523-1608.
Moving on…..a continuing Farmer’s Market is held each Wednesday through October 23 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on Saranac Avenue. It takes place from 9 AM – 1 PM with no admission charge. It’s a Producer's Only Market featuring fruit, vegetables, cheese, chicken and beef, eggs, baked goods and desserts, maple products, artists and more.
The Lake Placid Half Marathon hits its stride Sept. 7, followed by the 36th annual Whiteface Mountain Uphill Foot Race on Sept. 14. Beginning at the four corners (intersection of Routes 86 and 431) in Wilmington, the course climbs eight miles to the summit of the state’s fifth highest peak.
The following day, the Whiteface Climb to the Castle begins at the highway’s toll booth with competitors roller skiing to the castle at the mountain’s summit.
The Ragnar Relay race is set for Sept. 27-28. It starts in Saratoga Springs and concludes at the Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds. Some 2,000 runners will negotiate 196 miles with relay exchanges along the way.
As the coloration of the leaves becomes more pronounced in October, the region offers three festivals that should not be missed: Oktoberfest, Brewfest, and Flaming Leaves.
Whiteface Mountain will host Oktoberfest on Oct. 5 from 10 AM to 6 PM and Oct. 6 from 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission is included if you purchase an Olympic Sites Passport, good for all venues. Otherwise it’s $16 for adults ($30 with gondola ride to the summit of Little Whiteface).
Oktoberfest features authentic German cuisine and world class Bavarian entertainment. Guests dust off their lederhosen and enjoy America’s top German band, die Schlauberger; Spitze is an alpine show band; the Alpen Trio; Schactegebirger Musikanten and others. It adds up to a weekend of merriment, German style. There will be kid’s rides, gondola rides, arts and crafts, and plenty of skiers and riders to crank up the buzz for the upcoming season.
The second annual Lake Placid Brewfest is “on tap” Oct. 12 from 3-7 PM in the Olympic Center. Brewfest opens as the first day of the Flaming Leaves Festival is winding down. Brewfest admission is $40 and includes four hours of sampling, a souvenir sampling glass and live
entertainment. In last year’s inaugural Brewfest, a total of 13 craft brewers, from as far away as Oregon and Hawaii, attended.
The Flaming Leaves Festival is on the slate for Oct. 12-13 at the Olympic Jumping Complex, just outside Lake Placid on Route 73. It features blues, brews, barbecues and our foliage season at its absolute peak.
Saturday activity runs from 12-4 PM with various bands playing the blues, and a 90 meter ski jumping competition set to lift off at 1:00. Scheduled entertainment will come from Funky Blu Roots and Back Porch Society.
On Sunday, the day commences with the US Ski Jumping Championships at 11 AM, and concludes at 6 PM with the US Nordic Combined Championships on the Olympic Speed Skating Oval on Main Street. In between, check out the sounds of Collette and the Mudcats, as well as Fade to Blues.
While visitors can still find much to do during the remainder of October, by the middle of the month the countdown will be on to Thanksgiving and the traditional opening of Whiteface Mountain for skiing and riding.
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Top image courtesy Lake Placid Center for the Arts
Bottom image courtesy ORDA/Dave Schmidt