First night was in Saranac Lake, stayed at the Saranac Hotel. We got into town at about 4pm after a nice drive through the Adirondak State Park. Kate got the opportunity to chat with the local law enforcement who ended up being real nice. :-)
The room itself was a little cramped but comfortable, much like an attic bedroom at your grandma's. A quilt adorned the queen bed, and it had one of those air conditioners that like like dehumidifiers and sat in the room with a tube leading to the window.
Took a walk around town although everything was already shutting
down, just a little past nine--definatley a small town vibe!
We ate at Corvo's across the street from the hotel. Italian food, was good, a little pricey and the wait staff seemed a little slow. Kate enjoyed the canoli.
I had some sort of cheese filled eggplant goodness, Kate went with the stuffed shells.
After dinner we went to the Waterhole #3... I was here several years ago for an Ominous Seapods reunion concert during Winter Carnival--that was insanity. Tonight was super casual. Zappa albums
played all night and we drank Saranac Pale Ales at the all copper bar down stairs. It absolutely poored rain this night and we made a late night run to the gas station next door for six packs (bless you NY state).
The next afternoon after checking out of the hotel we made out way to
the Eat N Meet grill... which was
awesome. Read about it online at Yahoo and as described it is basically the chef behind the counter who takes your order, makes it up, and brings it out. Very cool atmopshere and the food was fantastic. They also have a whole sale grocery setup on site and source all of their ingredients locally. Kate had an amazing reuben, the corn beef was terrific. I had a burger with a
big ol' slab of fresh cut cheddar that was out of this world. Highly recommend this place. The owner said he's been open less than a year but things are going well!
After filling up at at the Eat N Meet we headed south to Tupper Lake to take a tour of the Wild Center, a new musuem which was mainly indoors; thankfully since it was POURING. It featured a couple pretty cool exihibits and cost about $16 per person. I was expecting it to be dead wednesday afternoon but it was actually pretty packed, lots of kids. We navigated a lot of the different activities including a glacier, bugs, and lots of fish. Being an avid angler I appreciated all the different pike, trout, and panfish at the center. I know how hard it is to keep native fish captive and these all looked pretty happy!
After visiting the center we headed to the ferry passing through Lake Placid, including their olympic ski jump park.