This Friday was my 10th wedding anniversary. 7-7-07. So my wife and I decided to take a long weekend and head up to Lake Placid. We went there last year and we enjoyed it so much we decided to go back this year for a couple of days.

If you've never been to Lake Placid, it is a small town with big history. Hosting the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. That's where the mens hockey team shocked the world by beating the Soviet Team and then they went on to win the Gold Medal. It's also the training area for a lot of the U.S. Olympic Teams.

The population in the Adirondack village is less than 2,500 people but it attracts visitors from all over the world both in the summer for vacations, and in the winter for skiing. I love the attitude of the town. It's so laid back and peaceful.

Last year we did the Olympic Passport tour. That was awesome. You got a guided tour of the Herb Brooks arena, where the Miracle on Ice took place. We rode bobsleds down the actual track they used for the 1980 Olympics, and visited the top of the high jumps.

There are a couple of lakes in the town including Mirror Lake and Lake Placid itself. They have an Iron-man triathlon ever year. It must be this coming weekend because there were people training for that while we were there. This past  weekend, they held the Lake Placid Horse show. That brought in riders and spectators from all over the U.S. and Canada.

Chris Free
Chris Free

Besides two Subways and a couple of national hotel chains, the town is all mom and pop stores. It's like taking a trip back in time.

If you are looking for a peaceful, quiet getaway that is close by, you might want to check out Lake Placid. It's just over four hours from Binghamton.


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