LAKE PLACID – Fall is here – we had a frost last night (Feb. 12) – and so begins our seasonal fall foliage update and reporting.
The world is full of crisp perfection. The air is clean and clear, the sky a vivid blue, and the leaves are exploding into a thousand shades of yellows, oranges and crimsons. Here is our fall foliage update to help travelers in search of an optimal weekend or mid-week getaway to soak in the Adirondacks’ picturesque autumn locations.
Reports are obtained from our field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the upcoming weekend. The best part is, because we have eight regions located at various elevations, visitors can experience peak colors between late September to mid-October, depending on your Adirondack destination.
Whether driving down a scenic highway or backroad, paddling on a crystal clear lake surrounded by trees decked out in shades of crimson, oranges and yellows; or viewing the fall leaves from atop one of our many mountains, there are myriad of colorful ways to take in the changing colors.
As we’ve stated in an earlier post, it’s important to note that colors change on different schedules depending on your location. Hence, the reason for the fall foliage update. Around Lake Placid, colors are turning already, and will reach peak within a month. So if you’re considering a trip with foliage in mind, you might start looking toward Northern New York and the Adirondacks specifically. On the other hand – just to give you the difference – foliage in the Hudson Valley will peak later in the season, while the reds, yellows and oranges of the season in metro New York will begin much later and last into November. So plan your travels accordingly.
Here’s a partial list of 2019 fall events. For a complete rundown, visit www.lakeplacid.com.
Sept 21: Adirondack Harvest Festival features a morning hike, an afternoon event with live demonstrations, a huge farmers market, food and beverage vendors, pig roast, children’s activities, live music and more.
Sept 28-29: Whiteface Mountain Oktoberfest: Each fall we dust off our lederhosen, fire up the oompah band and enjoy a tall mug of German beer at the Whiteface Mountain Oktoberfest. It’s rated one of the five must-visit oktoberfests in North America by SKI Magazine!
Oct. 3-6: Astrophotography conference: Very few astrophotographers have access to dark skies. We invite you to take advantage of our zero light pollution at the Adirondack Sky Center in Tupper Lake to capture images. Equipment is available.
Oct. 5: This year, OkTUPPERfest is partnering with the Tupper Lake Snowmobile Club and their annual Vintage Snowmobile Show & Swap. There will be entertainment for all ages, including food, beer, games and activities.
Oct. 15: Essex County Cheese Tour: Visit three farms that are producing some of the finest artisanal cheeses in New York. Follow the scenic Ausable River through the foothills of the Adirondacks as you drive from farm to farm, at your leisure.
(Text, images provided by the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism)