Prestigious Forbes Traveler Website Says Lake Placid is One of USA’s Prettiest Towns

By AlpineZone News |
Oct 10 2008 - 10:21 PM

LAKE PLACID, New York — In a time when destination resorts are wondering about the current economic climate and what it will bring in the future, now there is word that Forbes Traveler website has included Lake Placid on a list of America’s Prettiest Towns.

Authors Sarah Tuff Dunn and Greg Melville, writing for, placed the two-time Winter Olympic host on their independent lists based on “natural grandeur and small-town charm.”

On the website, Dunn says Lake Placid’s “classic Main Street, pine-speckled hills and pristine small lakes” appeal to her, while Melville describes Lake Placid as “the closest you can get to living out West when you’re in the East. It’s got the jagged mountain backdrop surrounding an unpretentious ski village bordered by two crystal lakes.”

Ted Blazer, President and CEO of the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) which manages the village’s 1980 Winter Olympic venues, stated that this piece comes at the right time.

“With the world facing many changes, we are most appreciative that Forbes Traveler included us in this listing,” he said. “Those of us who live here are blessed by our natural surroundings. Given that some 70 million people live within a day’s drive of us, we are hopeful that this kind of publicity will help bring visitation to our venues and our community this winter and beyond.”

Please click on the following link for the complete listing of America’s Prettiest Towns, including Lake Placid.

Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to take advantage of the final stages of fall foliage as the Northern Adirondacks transition from fall into pre-winter.