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Easy Fall Weekend Getaways

Easy Fall Weekend Getaways
Whitney Lawson

New York: Lake Placid

Set in New York’s Adirondack Mountains, Lake Placid is almost cloyingly beautiful—the kind of place that makes you angry that other people get to live here year-round. In the fall, the hills rising above the twin lakes—Placid and Mirror—are blanketed with rusty hues, and the loudest sound is the splashing of ducks landing on the water. At the Lake Placid Pub & Brewery (dinner for two $50), guests gather at sunset to sip an Ubu Ale or a Lake Placid IPA. Owner and brewmaster Christopher Ericson moved to the area from Stowe, Vermont, more than 10 years ago. “Lake Placid had an immediate draw for me. I’m a huge nature lover. Plus, I wanted to brew good beer for people who appreciate it. This place was a match made in heaven,” Ericson says. The locals think so too. And Ericson’s humble brewery has won a slew of awards, including best in New York State at the TAP beer festival in 2005 and 2007.

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