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Every Thanksgiving, we travel to Lake Placid, NY to stay in a rented house with my husband’s family. This past Thanksgiving, my husband, little Fiona, and I stayed in a cute cabin in Keene, NY, about 20 minutes from Lake Placid after Thanksgiving.

Lake Placid is a great town to visit. There is about 4 blocks worth of shopping and dining in town. Our favorite shop is the popcorn shop with many different kinds of gourmet popcorn to choose from.

The town of Lake Placid isn’t actually on Lake Placid, it is on Mirror Lake. During your visit, you will feel the need to walk off all the great dining you did. There is a nice walking loop that goes around Mirror Lake with some beautiful views of the town and mountains.

Our favorite restaurant is The Great Adirondack Steak and Seafood. It is a super cozy place to enjoy a meal with a nice view of Mirror Lake. In the winter there are fire pits outside. They brew their own beer and the food is always delicious. We eat our Thanksgiving meal here every year.

During our visit, my mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and I go to the spa for massages at Mirror Lake Inn. It is always a relaxing time that we finish with mimosas at the bar. If you can afford it, stay here. The restaurant and bistro are great and the property has beautiful views of the lake. Mirror Lake Inn owns The Cottage, a cute restaurant on the lake across the street. They have great drinks, a small bar, a fireplace inside, firepits outside, and good bistro food. We eat lunch here every year, as well.

Even if you won’t be staying in Keene, NY, I highly recommend the drive between the mountains. On a clear day, it is beautiful.

Keene has a few outdoor parks, such as these two, where you can picnic and run the dog.

Our favorite little Keene grocery and food shop is Cedar Run. It features all sorts of gourmet goods that you won’t regularly find in grocery stores. It also has a whole freezer of fresh ‘take and bake’ selections. We got a shepherds pie the one night that was so delicious. Don’t leave without visiting the small wine shop on the property.

If you are looking for a place to stay for 2 with a dog and a fireplace, we stayed in this cute cabin not too far outside of town in Keene. It has two tiny bedrooms that share a bathroom in between. We used one bedroom as our ‘suitcase’ bedroom since there were super tiny closets and rooms. The living room, as you can see, is a nice size with a fireplace. The kitchen is small, but a fine size for cooking and is nicely stocked.

Many flock to the Adirondacks for good hikes in beautiful settings. We checked out a few trails. We hiked Rooster Comb Trail. Although it is listed as moderate, I would say it’s on the harder side of moderate. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. It feels like you are walking stairs the entire time.

The Jackrabbit Trail, on the other hand, is an easy, mostly flat trail with some great views of woods and wildlife.

If you have other favorite places to visit in Lake Placid and Keene, be sure to comment below.