The Adirondacks by Valerie Manne in Lake Placid, New York

These pictures were taken in and around Lake Placid. I wanted to show the beauty the Adirondacks has to offer for all seasons. If you’re feeling adventurous and okay with getting a little muddy, you’ll be rewarded with landscapes like these.

Name:Valerie Manne

Graphic and Web Designer


Landscape photographer, woodworker, future 46er, travel addict, etc.

Tell us about Lake Placid:

Basically, as long as you can put up with -20 degree winters and rainforest-like summers, you should be happy as can be. Lake Placid and the surrounding towns look beautiful all year round, although you have to like the outdoors and all types of weather to live here. Lake Placid is definitely a mountain town with a highly active community. There’s always people running after work and hiking on weekends. It’s the best place to get away and clear your head… or fall in love and stay forever.

A perfect day?

My favorite tradition so far is to hike a good 12 miles in the high peaks, afterwards eating almost all the calories burned previously in pizza and beer. Guaranteed that will be the best damn pizza and beer of your life.

What is the best thing about Lake Placid?

Lake Placid always has this charm about it. The main strip has this cozy ambiance. There’s always people smiling and laughing while walking around Mirror Lake which is in the middle of town. I love how active people are here and how varying the beauty of the Adirondacks can be. We might not have jagged, dramatic cliffs like the west… but the Adirondacks has its own allure.

What is the worst?

There aren’t a lot of people here (~2,471) so moving here and trying to meet people can be a challenge. A lot of people complain about the weather. They obviously haven’t heard the quote “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.”

What would be surprising about Lake Placid to an outsider?

Through my travels around the US, it’s so rare that anyone knows of it in the first place! So beyond people never knowing New York had this wild side to it, I’d say people are surprised by how remote it is.

If Lake Placid was a person or character who would it be?

Chris Traeger from Parks and Recreation. Just so damn upbeat and active!

Who are three of your favorite artists?

I know I will forget some. I’d say Kevin Russ, Benj Haisch, Alex Strohl, Oriol Angrill Jordà, Dan Mountford


Name:Valerie Manne

City:Lake Placid

Favorite place to eat:

Favorite if you have some money to burn: Steak & Seafood… and get the prime rib. Seriously.
For nightlife, a fun atmosphere, and reasonable prices: Smoke Signals
Breakfast/brunch: The Creperie

Favorite place to drink:

For some local brews, Lake Placid Pub & Brewery is a great choice.

Favorite shop:

Moon Tree Design, for some unique hand crafted gifts.

Local Tip:

Well, I’d say Indian Head is a hidden gem. Pack up a lunch, camera, and some good friends. It’s a great way to spend half your day.

Must Do:

Explore! Get out your hiking shoes and see some nature. Don’t just stay on the main strip all day.