Adirondack Day Trip – The High Peaks Loop
There is much to do every weekend in the mountains of Upstate New York. On this day the three of us, Niki, brother Ken and I made a scenic loop among the High Peaks.
This loop took us to the Olympic City of Lake Placid where the annual two week Lake Placid Horse Show/I Love New York Show was winding down in the shadows of the Olympic Ski Jump venue. Today being Grand Prix day we had planned to stop and watch the jumpers but the intermittent – and heavy – thundershowers canceled that plan for us.
Lake Placid Horse Show – our 2010 visit
Our trip continued through the bustling year-round Lake Placid Main Street with upscale shops, waterfront hotels and the 1980 Olympic skating venues and on to Saranac Lake.
The shoreline along Lake Flower was the picturesque setting for the 9th Annual Runabout Rendezvous – an exhibition of beautiful wooden boats – an eclectic mix of antique, classic and original Adirondack Guideboats on display.
Antique Boat Show – Tupper Lake
We were fortunate and the clouds parted and the rain stopped long enough for us to have a look at some of these special watercraft that have been on many Adirondack waters for more than a century.
Tupper Lake Runabout Rendezvou – The wooden boats old and new
Next stop on our loop was Tupper Lake for their Tupper Lake Woodsmen’s Days in the waterfront park. This event dates back to the 1930’s and is a week-long festival to celebrate the region’s storied heritage of logging and lumberjacking. The skies opened up with torrential rain at this point so we opted for a good lunch at the Main Street Restaurant. Trip Advisor reviews were very good and the restaurant did live up to the good ratings though the service was slow and not overly friendly. Niki rated the Reubens we had a 4 out of 5 on our 5 star scale.The food was good and we’ll chalk up the service to being short handed and being extremely busy.
Main Street Restaurant (Trip Advisor Photo)
For anyone interested or planning to visit the Adirondacks, the “loop” starts at Exit 30 off I-87 – the Adirondack Northway. We followed NY-73 through Keene and Keene Valley and then NY-86 through Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. From Saranac Lake we turned West on NY-3 to Tupper Lake then we followed NY-30 and NY-28N to Newcomb and picked up the Blue Ridge Road which gave us the opportunity to visit the Buffalo Farm on our way back to North Hudson and Exit 29 on the Northway, which is ten miles from where we started at Exit 30. This is a very scenic loop and especially beautiful when the leaves change in Autumn.
The Adirondack Buffalo Company, North Hudson, NY