Life in a snow globe: a weekend in Lake Placid

Ah, a travel post, one of my favorite things to write and long overdue. Now I'm back to reality and already missing Lake Placid. With an Ellicottville vibe, reasonable hotel prices and dining and shopping right along Main Street and the adventure of going to see Olympic sites, it was the perfect spot for a weekend trip. 

One of the coolest things I think Lake Placid has to offer is you can actually buy a $35 pass to go to multiple tourist attractions. They actually give you a few months to actually complete all the sites so if you don't get everything done in one trip, it's easy to go back.

The Cloudsplitter Gondola ride at White Face Mountain alone is over half the price of the entire ticket! It was definitely my favorite part of the trip.

We stayed at the Hotel North Woods on Main Street. There are so many hotels to pick from but with this central location, we could pretty much walk to all of our meal locations and go back and forth quite easily if we forgot something. There were also two restaurants inside the hotel itself and 15% off breakfast which is always a plus! I checked AAA online for hotels a few months ago and we actually got a pretty good deal.

But if you've never been on a winter trip, you know it can be pretty hard to pack and prepare for everything. Saturday consisted of touring the Olympic Jumping Complex and being outside most of the day, so my outfit priority was to be warm

Coat: Northface Metropolis | Boots: Ugg Classic Short II


A special shout out goes to my next generation Classic II UGGs. This new and improved waterproof and stain proof version passed the test of a wintery vacation with flying colors. My feet were dry and toasty, even after trekking through snowy woods on the hunt for a frozen waterfall. 

Buffalo girls, if you haven't invested in a new pair in a while, definitely get this version! They're so worth it. I always order shoes from Zappos just because they have the best online customer service I've ever experienced. They even applied a coupon code after my purchase because I hadn't seen it. Plus if you order enough you can become a VIP (like me...) and get 1 day shipping. It's amazing. 

Being a fashion girl and still trying to dress for freezing temperatures is such a challenge. Thankfully, ski club in high school gave me a few insights into winter fashion that I still apply today. 

  1. Base layers are your best friend: Get yourself some weather tech leggings and an Under Armour long sleeve top and you've got the perfect pieces to start with. I actually found my Under Armour long sleeve top at Marshall's for less than $20! 
  2. Accessorize: This fur pom-pom beanie has become my new favorite winter accessory. I already want it in every color! I love playing with faux furs for my winter looks, there's something so comforting and cozy about it. Plus, we all know this is how you can get away with wearing your same giant coat over and over but getting a different vibe.
  3. Have a little fun: My "fun" piece for this outfit was my Banana Republic quilted vest.It's thin enough that I was able to layer it under my big parka to get that extra layer of warmth and add a bit of interest to the outfit. I left my coat half zipped most of the day to get that peak of the vest. 

Vest: Banana Republic (similar) | Scarf: gifted (similar)

Hat: Windsor Store

I know it can be hard to bite the bullet and buy an expensive coat, but this one has lasted me almost four years and I can't get enough of it. My next purchase will definitely be a coat with a big faux fur hood though. Those look extremely cozy and I'm still kicking myself for not getting the one I saw at Marshall's recently. If you're a bargain hunter, Moosejaw & offer great deals on big name brands, start there! 


Up next you'll see an installment of my "Foodie on the go" series where Dave and I tried to search for the best french onion style soup in town and took a trip to the most recommended barbecue restaurant on the Main Street strip.