Celebrities in the Adirondacks

Illustration by Pete Seward. From "We Knew Them When," August 2008

What better way for celebrities to hide from snapping cameras and overzealous fans than to escape to the Adirondack Park? Our six million acres have everything for folks looking to get lost: tangled forests, 3,000 lakes and ponds, teensy hamlets with unassuming windy roads leading to private rustic getaways. Still, Bruce Springsteen has popped into Lake Placid’s Downtown Diner for some eats, Martin Sexton has shown up at Saranac Lake’s Mountain Mist for a cone, Sigourney Weaver has been spotted on Long Lake in her motorboat heading for town to get the mail, and Chris Noth is sometimes seen around Keene.

Of course, our park is so packed with personality, with Adirondack-inspired arts programs and kids’ summer camps, it’s no surprise that plenty of musicians, artists, actors, writers and other notable got their starts here. Georgia O’Keeffe honed her trademark style during Lake George vacations. Rachael Ray put in her time at that village’s Ho Jos. Lana Del Ray, aka Lizzie Grant, grew up in the Olympic village, where her family still lives and works.

If you don’t find yourself face-to-face in Old Forge with Kevin Bacon, who’s an Adirondack League Club member, you can always just head to the Adirondack Museum, in Blue Mountain Lake, where he’s part of an audio tour, telling visitors why the Adirondacks and its iconic museum are important to him. Or check out the Adirondack idylls of American idols—from Bonnie Raitt to Veronica Lake—in Adirondack Life’s “We Knew Them When.”

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