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Local Guide

The Jay Chalet is located in the Adirondacks near Whiteface Mountain and Lake Placid.  There are many things to do in the area to keep you busy during your stay.  Great restaurants and places to get a drink are also nearby.  Use the list below to help plan your vacation.  The list is just a place to start, it's hard to list everything.  Distances from the Jay Chalet are approximate. 

Outdoor Activities/Recreation:
  • Hiking - Endless trails.  Get a good trail map from almost any local shop.  Noonmark and Hurricane Mountains are great scenic day hikes.  Rocky Falls is about a 2 mile hike from the Adirondack Loj.  Nice easy day hike - swim at the falls before heading back.  More hiking ideas and info.
  • Road Biking - Biking is great here.  Get yourself a good road map of the Adirondacks and go.  Most of the main roads here have wide shoulders with good riding surfaces.  Beautiful mountain and river scenery.  Check out Lake Champlain Bikeways.  See bike rental shops links under mountain biking.
  • Mountain Biking -You can mnt. bike on trails in the Wild Forest areas.  Do not mnt. bike in Wilderness and Primitive areas.  Whiteface Ski Area and Mt. Van Hoevenberg have mnt. biking trails.  Bikes can be rented at High Peaks Cyclery and Placid Planet Bicycles.  I have biked right outside my door here in the Acres, on the roads and trails.  Be careful of hikers on the trails. 
  • Rock Climbing - There are several guide companies, A popular one is Adirondack Rock and River in Keene.
  • Fishing - Some of the best trout fishing in the East is along the West Branch of the Ausable River. Types of fish include wild browns, rainbows, and native brook trout, small mouth bass, northern pike, and many more.  These local shops can supply you with information and everything else you may need for your fly fishing experience.  Jones Outfitters, TCO Fly Shop, and the Adirondack Sport Shop.  A guide service I found is called Fly Fish the Adirondacks.
  • Boating - Motor boats, fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, wave runners, and I believe water skiing equipment can be rented at Captain Marney's on Lake Placid.  I've rented motor boats here and I believe it's the best deal around.  No web site that I know of - call for reservations: (518) 523-9746.  If no answer call: (518) 523-1388.  Mirror Lake Boat Rental also has all types of self powered boats for use on Mirror Lake.  Boat ramps at Lake Placid Marina.
  • Whitewater Rafting - Try these rafting companies -  Middle Earth Expeditions and Adirondack Rafting Company
  • Horseback Riding - A nice place to ride is the Bark Eater.
  • Golfing - Lake Placid Club, Craig Wood Golf Course, and the Whiteface Club and Resort.
  • Hunting - Northwoods Wilderness should be able to help you with your questions.
  • Swimming - Relax on the rock and swim in the river at the covered bridge in Jay. There are also picnic benches at the park.  The town of Wilmington has a public beach and park on the river.  Lake Placid also has a public beach on Mirror Lake.
Attractions/Other Things To Do: Restaurants/Bars:

   Ausable Forks:
  • Mad River Pizza - Main Street. (518) 647-2222.  Good pizza.


  • Country Bear - A close place for breakfast and lunch. 
  • Hungry Trout - Try the pub downstairs, McDougall's, it's a more relaxed atmosphere.  Hungry Trout is pricey.
  • Wilderness Inn - Very good.  Pricey.
  • The Whitebrook Dairy Barn - 1333 Route 86. (518) 946-8383. You can't miss the big hotdog by the road.  Very good ice cream!
  • Rosalia Italian Kitchen - Route 86. (518) 946-8271
  • A & W Restaurants - Route 86. (518) 946-7569

   Lake Placid: 

  • Lake Placid Pub and Brewery - Great beer, food, and atmosphere.  Mirror Lake Dr.
  • Desperados - Best Mexican in the area.  Saranac Ave.
  • Caribbean Cowboy - Very good food.  Try a Pain Killer, but not too many!  Saranac Ave.
  • Milano North - 2490 Main St., 2nd Floor.  (518) 523-3003.  Good wood-fired oven pizzas.
  • Boat House Restaurant - On the "other" side of Mirror Lake.  Great views and food.  Mirror Lake Dr.
  • The Brown Dog Cafe and Wine Bar - 2431 Main St. (518) 523-3036. Good!
  • Bazzi's Pizza - Nice place to stop for a quick slice or two.  Good pizza.  Open late. Main St.
  • The Dancing Bears Restaurant - 2404 Maint St. (518) 523-3619.  Nice outdoor seating.
  • Great Adirondack Steak and Seafood - Main St.  Second best brewery in town, but that's not a bad thing.
  •  Wiseguys - 11 School St.  Good sports bar.
  • The Cottage Cafe - Very nice place on Mirror Lake.  Mostly sandwiches.  Mirror Lake Dr.
  • The View - At the Mirror Lake Inn.  Very good, but a bit expensive.  Try it for lunch.  The Taste Bistro is next door - also good.  Mirror Lake Dr.
  • Much, Much more...

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