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Dog-Friendly Lake Placid

Hartlyn enjoys a beverage on the deck at Lisa G's

Hartlyn enjoys a beverage on the deck at Lisa G’s

The Olympic village is known for hosting athletes of all stripes, and now many businesses are welcoming four-legged guests, athletic or not. Outward Hound Partners, organized by Hotel North Woods, lists numerous opportunities for dogs and their people to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Lake Placid.

Thanks to new laws allowing dogs in outdoor seating at bars and restaurants, many venues have reached out to this audience. At Lisa G’s, the two-tiered deck overlooking the Chubb River is a popular canine gathering place; across the street at Liquids & Solids there are bistro tables in the shade. On Main Street, Big Mountain Deli and Delta Blue have carved out sidewalk space for the al fresco set.

Several local mercantile operations allow dogs to accompany shoppers, such as Critters, a Main Street souvenir shop; High Peaks Cyclery; the newly expanded Adirondack Store; Adirondack Yarns; and the Bookstore Plus, where local pooches know that cookies are behind the counter.

Outward Hound suggests some hikes and walks near Lake Placid, including trails at Henry’s Woods and John Brown Farm, both off Old Military Road. Walking the Mirror Lake loop from Main Street is about an hour of sidewalks with lake views, and along the way there are poop-bag dispensers and many trash cans. A network of old roads on the Brewster Peninsula, off Route 86 near the Quality Inn, offers shaded woods with access to an undeveloped shore of Lake Placid. Trails in the High Peaks Wilderness Area off Route 73 and Adirondak Loj Road present numerous opportunities for easy to strenuous outings, but Department of Environmental Conservation regulations dictate that dogs must be leashed on these trails.

At Hotel North Woods, a portion of every pet fee is donated to the Joshua Fund, a rescue organization based in the Adirondacks that brings worthy Labrador retrievers and other dogs of similar temperament from high-kill shelters in the South to great homes in the North Country and beyond. High Peaks Resort also welcomes dogs and donates a portion of your stay to this great cause.

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