Pet-Friendly Lake Placid Travel Guide
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Dexter and his BFF Levi hit the road again. This time our dog-friendly destination was going to be Lake Placid, New York. Dexter and Levi really love taking a good dog road trip, and Chris and I have just as much fun. Lake Placid, New York is about 11 hours from home, so we decided to make this dog road trip in one day, no overnight halfway stops.
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We arrived at our dog-friendly resort, The Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in the early evening. From the moment we set foot inside the resort we were treated with kindness, by friendly staff, and breathtaking views of Mirror Lake and the Adirondack Mountains. I was then provided two bags of treats and potty bags for both Dexter and Levi. For each pet that stays, 10% of the pet fee is donated annually to the local Humane Society!
Golden Arrow is also an eco-friendly resort. Part of their environmental initiative includes sustainable dining at Generations, energy saving guest rooms, eco-friendly utilities, eco-friendly housekeeping, smart light bulbs, green purchasing, just to name a few. You can learn more about their initiative by visiting their website.
When I opened the door to our deluxe guest room, the first thing I saw was the large window overlooking Mirror Lake. From that moment, I knew we were in for a rejuvenating weekend. Our deluxe room featured two queen beds, mini refrigerator with a separate freezer, Keurig K-Cup coffee brewer, large TV, desk, and a balcony overlooking the private beach, Mirror Lake, and the Adirondack Mountains.
We all were pretty beat from the long drive, so relaxing on the balcony and taking in all the magnificent views was the perfect way to unwind and prepare for our day ahead. We awoke to a beautiful sunrise over Mirror Lake. Even the local ducks seemed to be ready to start their day as they were swimming around quacking.
The Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort offers an on-site restaurant, Generations Tap & Grill. Generations is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their menu features many foods that are grown and raised locally. Their goal is to keep their menu items as local and fresh as possible, showcasing the many great farms and products that are grown, raised, and cultivated in New York’s Adirondack region.
They offer an outside enclosed patio that is dog-friendly, but the dogs must remain leashed to the outside part of the fence. We choose to order takeout and bring it back to our rooms. Chris ordered the Van Hoevenberg omelet. This delectable omelet was made with three farm-fresh eggs, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and fresh spinach. It was served with seasoned home fries and sourdough bread. I went for something a bit more calorie-rich. 😉 Wright Peak. Thick cut Heidelberg bread dipped in their house French toast batter and topped with caramelized apples and rum glaze. Served with a side of Black River uncured bacon. Now, this was a way to start a morning!
After breakfast, we had to burn some calories, so we drove up Whiteface Veterans’ Memorial Highway to the top of Whiteface Mountain. Whiteface Mountain is New York’s fifth-highest peak at an altitude of 4,867′. This scenic drive leads you to the summit. Along the way, there were plenty of stops to visit and view the mountain. The gorgeous views spanned hundreds of miles, and at some spots you could see Vermont and Canada.
At the summit, there even was a castle built from native stone, a restaurant, and a gift shop. Chris and Levi were daring and ventured up the rocky cliff. It wasn’t too long before they ventured back down. The terrain was just too tough for her and Levi. Luckily, there was an elevator (no dogs allowed) that took guests to the peak. I sat with the boys as Chris went up.
Be forewarned, it took a good hour for Chris to get to ride up in the elevator, and it wasn’t even terribly busy. So, plan ahead and bring plenty of water and snacks. Once at the peak, she was able to view an impressive 360-degree, panoramic view of rugged beauty. It was more than worth the hour wait.
After visiting Whiteface Mountain with the dogs, we headed back to Lake Placid to stroll the eclectic shops that lined the quaint streets. We decided to skip lunch and went straight for an ice cream treat! Emma’s Lake Placid Creamery isn’t your typical dog-friendly ice cream shop, no. Emma welcomes dogs to step inside the shop!
When entering Emma’s you will be transformed back to the 1950s. This ice cream parlor and gift shop is full, I mean full of cool throwback gifts, candy, fun music, and great ice cream flavors and sundaes. I had to try Emma’s famous Murphy’s Maple Walnut Sundae. This sundae was chock full of goodness like their famous maple crème soft serve topped with locally made pure maple syrup and wet walnuts. Chris, went a bit more traditional ordering their Double Black Diamond Sundae. If you like chocolate, this one might be for you as it was full of chocolate soft serve, topped with hot fudge and hot caramel. The dogs went for the classic vanilla.
Did we like it? OMG I’m drooling just thinking about it. And yes, those are Dexter’s eyes bulging out because he enjoyed it so much he wanted more not photo taking. The maple ice cream sundae was a great choice. It’s fun going into a local food establishment and ordering up their specialty. It really offers a unique experience rather than going for my typical fare.
After our tummies were satisfied, we continued to walk around Lake Placid. There were so many shops to explore and mountains and amazing scenery at every turn. The Lake Placid Marathon & Half Marathon was also taking place during our stay. This marathon is a USATF-certified course whose distance has been certified for accuracy and is nationally ranked. The race is also a Boston Marathon Qualifier. How cool is that?
We enjoy experiencing good eats when we travel, so we headed to Lisa G’s, which offers a large dog-friendly patio. Lisa G’s was recommended to us by a few people, so who were we to pass it up? It’s known as “that place,” where locals hang out and out-of-towners go to enjoy great food and drinks, and we were more than ready for a good meal.
Lisa G’s large menu features a variety of foods such as calamari, spicy pork lettuce wraps, Moroccan nachos, apple-cranberry salad, lots of wing choices, Southern fried chicken, roast beef, Asian tuna, and fresh pizza. I ordered something very different for my dinner, the maple-bourbon-style sweet wings. Chris loves her salads and ordered the Crispy Greek Salad. This salad was overflowing with mixed greens, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, pepperoncini, and kalamata olives with a crispy fried feta wedge on top.
The food was scrumptious. I’m not sure why I haven’t ordered wings before, but I am sure glad I did. These lip-smacking wings were so tasty and had just the right amount of sweetness. I was dipping the bread in the sauce to ensure I had every last drop of the maple bourbon sauce. It was so good! Chris was just as satisfied with her crispy Greek salad. Not only did we have amazing food, we dined while enjoying a great view of the Chubb River.
Following dinner, we headed back to the Golden Arrow to unwind and take in the beauty of the Adirondack Mountains from our balcony. We had such an amazing stay at the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid, New York.
If you are looking for a unique blend of comfort and sightseeing, I highly recommend visiting Lake Placid, New York and calling Golden Arrow home for the night.
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