8 a.m. Lake Placid is the kind of town where you want to get an early start and a place called The Breakfast Club, Etc. is a logical jumping off point. The apple, sausage and brie is killer and so are the water views if you can snag a table close to the back windows.
10 a.m. It’s 42 years since the Miracle on Ice put this upstate town on the map and you should definitely check out the Olympic venues while you’re in town. There’s an Olympics museum adjacent to the hockey arena, which is also open to the public. Take a walk through and try not to get chills hearing Al Michaels’ call in your head.
NOON This is really an all-day event, but we didn’t want to leave it off this list, so we’ll compress our timeline a bit to encourage you to hit the slopes at Whiteface Mountain, one of the best skiing experiences in the U.S.A., let alone the Empire State. An alternative would be to check out the Olympic bobsled and ski jump venues.
3 p.m. Head back downtown to quench your thirst with the craft beer offerings at Lake Placid Pub & Brewery and order up their delicious Buffalo wings. Grab a seat by a television and watch the Beijing Winter Olympics (Feb. 4-20) while you’re there.
5 p.m. Do a little shopping along Main Street. There is a solid combination of tourist retail options, from Olympics themed souvenir shops to gourmet food stores and comfy, cozy chic fashion.
7 p.m. Smoke Signals is a dynamite barbecue spot also located on the water downtown. The ribs are truly outrageous.
Staying over? High Peaks Resort is a great value on the water and centrally located downtown. For luxury and a one-of-a-kind ski vacation, check out Whiteface Lodge.