If you are seeking a great place to get into the holiday spirit, you need look no further then Lake Placid, in upstate New York. During one magical weekend a year, the area holds a “Holiday Stroll” where the entire town celebrates Christmas with a wide array of activities and festivals, many of which are free, and almost all are family friendly.
The Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll is amazing for the holiday season- you will find yourself in an Adirondack Winter Wonderland. The volunteer run committee plans a wonderful weekend of art, music, gourmet foods, and boutique shopping. It’s a fun and festive alternative to big box store options, and the intimate setting makes the Village Stroll appealing to couples and families (not to mention you gift the local flavor as well- take home a bit of the Adirondacks and give a taste to your friends and family).
There is much to see and to in the area, well known for winter activities and sports, as well as formerly hosting the Olympics. Families will love the ice skating party and Holiday Story Time at the Mirror Lake Inn. Couples will enjoy the wine tastings and art displays. Children will delight in the matinee showing of the Polar Express, the craft workshops and breakfast with Santa at participating hotels on Sunday morning.
If you are traveling to attend the weekend you might wonder where to stay and eat. I have a few recommendations for you to consider while you are planning your next Village Stroll trip.
The Pines of Lake Placid is both lovely and comfortable, and has a restaurant right inside the homey inn as well. The family operated inn offers a peaceful ambiance, pleasant and helpful staff, and a location that makes getting around easy (nearly everything is walkable). The Pines also offered great activities for the kids and adult alike, from free holiday movies and popcorn, to wine and cheese tasting, and a wrapping station. In addition, Duncan’s Grille at the Pines Inn offers Authentic German cuisine on weekends at affordable prices including Rahm Schnitzel, Schnitzel Cordon Bleu and Zwiebelsuppe. The food was quite good, and nothing was left on anyone’s plates.
You can either dine or celebrate in Upstate New York at the Dancing Bears Restaurant. The restaurant is fun and full of energy, and it’s easy to see why- It’s history includes celebrations of Olympians during the 1980 games, something the area is still remembered for and very proud of. On the menu you will find 3 egg omelets, gourmet burgers, lobster rolls and pizza to name a few things.