We took a week in the middle of August, just before Forest’s LAST semester of grad school started back up, to get away on a kick-our-feet-up, do-nothing, no-schedule vacation to Lake Placid in upstate New York. We stayed in a rustic cottage at a really nice resort – Ampersand Bay Resort & Boat Club – on Saranac Lake (about 20 minutes from downtown Lake Placid). We had access to paddle boards, kayaks, and paddle boats. They had a dock for boats (both resort members + ones that could be rented) that Forest fished from one day. There was a nightly bonfire that started at 7 every night on the beach and we had front row seats to some of the prettiest sunsets while we were there. (We would highly recommend this place and we’re actually wondering when we’ll make a trip back ourselves!) Aaaaaaand I don’t know if the weather we had was typical for August up in the mountains and right on the lake but the high’s all week hovered right at 79 – absolute perfection!
We had such an awesome week! We enjoyed the resort beach and kayaks almost daily. We cooked 95% of our meals in our cottage which saved us a lot of $$ on eating out. We took several hikes (some more enjoyable that others). We drove to the top of Whiteface Mountain. We explored downtown Lake Placid and visited some of the Olympic sites (Lake Placid hosted the 1932 and 1980 winter Olympic games which was especially cool since we were able to watch the summer Olympic games in Rio most evenings!).
And now for some pictures – there are MANY of Peyton just playing in the cottage and that’s because that’s all we did some days (or at least most mornings)! And also because I didn’t take the camera with us when we went on hikes (although I will add cell phone pictures at the bottom for the places not captured with the camera). This was truly such a relaxing vacation and just what we all needed as we wind down from summer.
^this was Indie anytime we weren’t out and doing something
^our view of Saranac Lake from our cottage window
^we walked about 100 yards from our porch door to this spot on the beach
^view of our cabin from the beach
^we had 2 picnic tables + a gas grill right outside the back door
^after Peyton went to bed, Forest and I played games (dominoes, Bananagrams, Rummy)
^Peyton got 3 of these scratch-n-sniff books for her birthday and she knows which books they are so this is her getting ready to sniff a book
^and pretending to drink from a cup (the resort gave us I think 6 of these cups in all different colors – free souvenir!)
^we stopped at a lookout on our drive up Whiteface Veteran’s Memorial Highway. This was about half way up the mountain, looking up towards the top (which you can’t see behind the clouds).
^at the parking area at the top (we still had another 400 feet to go by elevator or “nature trail”)
^Our elevation at the parking area – and the steps to the ‘nature trail’ that Indie and I climbed. I put ‘nature trail’ in quotes because that’s what the brochure called it but it was NOT a nature trail by my standards. Indie and I had to climb up big boulders with handrails on either side that prevented us from tumbling down the side of the mountain. And it was steep! The views were gorgeous as we climbed but they should really let people know it’s not just a trail.
^at the summit!! We were on a small landing area they had but I went out onto the rocky cliff (?) for different views. Indie and the stroller couldn’t go and Forest was content staying on the landing with the kids.
^view from the cliff that I walked out on (It wasn’t a trecherous cliff but I’m not sure what else to call it – it was just a rocky part of the mountain at the summit. You’ll see it in the foreground of the next picture.)
^my view from the edge looking back to the summit – Forest, Peyton and Indie are just to the left of the building, behind the small viewing deck
^a little series of pictures of Peyton dancing before breakfast
^There was rain in the forecast all of one day so we built a fort to play in all morning!
^Indie got tired of being inside so climbed on the couch for a snooze (Forest poked his head out at one point and said “She’s holding down the fort! Literally!”)
^That’s me! I took the kayak out one morning after breakfast
^A cute little view in downtown Lake Placid
^stroller nap for the win!
^A cute row of shops. The whole shopping area was adorable!
^Forest and I had to take turns going into different gift shops/stores. Sometimes we would take Peyton in with us but since she was snoozing, Forest ran into this cute shop to buy fudge!
^watching dada grill!
^dinner outside! I could have had dinner here every night!
^look at her baby blues! gah!
^sunset on the lake
^exploring downtown Saranac Lake
^dinner at Tail ‘o the Pup. Peyton was in looooove with the cornbread (her first time trying it!)
^such a cool atmosphere
^playing on the porch as we packed up the truck to leave
^the moose above our bed. Peyton was so cute trying to say moose when she saw it!
I changed my mind. Cell phone pictures will be shared in another post next week so be sure to check back for those!
Until next time — Cindy