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Easter, Spring and Training!!

 Easter is a great time of the year.  You have time to spend quality time with the loved ones. Get all dressed up for church and of course every childs  favorite, the Easter Bunny visits them.  He has been hippty-hoppity down that Easter trail.  I bet all the children today have been on a candy rush from all those delicious treats and are out there wearing their Sunday best!!!  As we all know Easter is in the Spring and in the Lake Placid area the seasons are rapidly changing from snow covered Mountains to blooming trees and plant life all around.  Trails are slowly drying up for hiking and this is the time of the year that the Golden Arrow spruces up the resort (no pun intended or do I…lol).  Time to think about hitting the Lake Placid area and start some much needed training!

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As I am sure, you marathon runners and tri-athletes are aware that Spring is upon us.  Temps have been comfortably during the day in the mid 40′s and 50′s and the snow has left the area.  Meaning that it is time to start thinking about training for the upcoming Lake Plaicd Marathon 2012 (hosted by the resort with the mostest GOLDEN ARROW LAKESIDE RESORT) and Ironman 2012 in picturesque Lake Placid.  Time to start oiling up those bicycles and lacing up those running shoes and hit the race trails in Lake Placid to prepare for this year’s exciting events.

Which means your favorite gal of deals (of course I am talking of my fabulous self…yes little conceited but hey gotta be) MS. DEALMAKER is back with a great package for all of you hard working athletes.  To get a jump (literally) on the competition and train on these great mountain courses, I am offering an Extraordinary discount that you will not want to run by on.  The Golden Arrow and myself will offer 20 percent discount on any room from now until the end of June.  No, this is not a joke.  You will receive 20% off any room type that is available in the next few months!!!  You can even bring your family for a mini vacation and enjoy a spacious relaxing suite with this deal.  (Yes, the girl is insane with discounts ,of course, not as insane as running a 26 mile race or a 12 or more hour Triathlon,,WHEW!!)  Remember the Golden Arrow is located right on Mirror Lake, the start of the Ironman swim portion. Which gives you a perfect chance right out our back door to brush up on your swimming.

 So I am wondering…Why are you still staring at your computer screen?  Get on that phone today and give me a buzz to receive this amazing offer!!!!   Good luck in training and I will see you all in the near future.

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Earth Day 2012

April is creeping up on us very soon!  Flowers are starting to bloom and the smell of freshly cut grass will be a great reminder of Spring.  Snow is gone!!  Joggers, Bicyclists and runners a like are painting the streets and mountains of Lake Placid.  OH! Did I forget to mention EARTH DAY will be upon us in April!!  CINDY YOUR GOLDEN ARROW EFQ (Environmental Friendly Queen) is finally back from my much needed hibernation.  The winter was mild but I am all rested and ready to spread my Eco-friendliness all over this great area of Lake Placid.  Ah! My mind is budding with exciting new ideas!! 

Do you know what Earth Day is all about???   WHAT!??  Well, it is the one time of the year that we can reflect back on our very own mother earth and help preserve its precious land in all its beauty.  Time to clean up that waste from the roads, recycle all that you can and plant a few seeds or a tree to give back to this land we live on.  Do not be afraid to lend a hand to a neighbor or relative to help cultivate this great land.  Keeping in tradition with Earth Day, myself and the Golden Arrow, have a day full of activities planned for this glorious occassion.  EARTH DAY IS APRIL 22nd!!  On the parking lot grounds of the resort we are planning a great day of vendors, farmers market and other exciting activites for the entire family.  Local vendors from the area will be displaying their talents with many craft tables and edibles through out the day.  We are hoping on striking up some music players or singers to entertain in the afternoon.  There will be Kids Crafts taking place on the deck of Generations Restaurant and a BBQ from our very own CHEF DAVE!!  He may even do a demonstration of some great maple syrup.  We welcome everyone to join us for this great day and why not stay the night and enjoy all the activites the resort has to offer.  If you would like to display your own crafts do not hesitate to give my girl Jill a call at the Golden Arrow. 

AH!!  April is the month of Mother Earth.  I hope to see everyone on April 22nd to partake in this great day that we celebrate once a year for our gal Mother Nature.  It is going to be a day of fun and learning about the environment. I am off kiddies to spread some more green aspects through out the resort.  Hope to see you at the Golden Arrow and please do not hesitate to ask about our GREEN TOURS they are so exciting!!  Kisses to all!

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Time for a Piping Hot Meal??

Can you believe the weather outside lately??  Looks like Spring is trying to push into the Adirondacks quite early this year.  With the warming temperatures our Winter wonderland is transforming into a Spring environment.  Now, do not fret skiiers Whiteface Mountain is still open and there is still great Spring-like Skiing conditions available.  But, for those of you who do not ski this would be an oppurtune time to decend into the Lake Placid area.  You have probably been thinking, how can I enjoy a relaxing evening and save in the pocket?  Here at the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, we have taken that into consideration and our very own “Gal of Deals”  MS. DEAL MAKER has come up with a relaxing package to enjoy for one or even for a few evenings.

“Hey! All my lovely dears out there!”   “Hope everyone is doing well.”  I have been working hard setting up enjoyable packages for the rest of Winter and Spring Season.  What is it you may ask??  “Okay my dearies.”   This package is called the GOLDEN BED & BREAKFAST package.  Yes, just the name makes the words shine and make my mouth water actually…hehe.  For the low cost of $69 per person per night or if you are flying solo just a mere $119 per night you can enjoy this package deal.  Discover the beautiful village of Lake Placid.  Shop the quaint boutiques, sample the extraordinary cuisine and spend time chatting with the locals at the brew pubs.  Package includes one night lodging in a Deluxe Guest room & a delicious breakfast at GENERATIONS RESTAURANT.  Why just enjoy an ordinary room??  Upgrade to one of our relaxing whirlpool tub or fireplace rooms and enjoy that special evening with the one you love.  (oh, how I wish MR. Fix-It would surprise me with that…ahhh…so lovely)  While you are at Generations please say Hi to my dear friend Madame Cuisine (OH LA LA!! such a catchy phrase)  and our very own new Restaurant Manager Eric Willem van Sintmaartensdi.  They will treat you with the most scrumptious breakfast and service that I am sure you will want to tell your friends all about!!   This package is avaiable for a limited time from today until May 31st, 2012 and is a Midweek Package available Sunday through Thursday evenings only!!

Now is the time to take that extra day off of work or to switch up your every day routine.  Head on over to the Lake Placid area and take in the panormaic/picturesque views.  Remember to pack those skis as conditions are still good at Whiteface Mountain.  Please stay tune my dearies to the upcoming Golf Packages that I will unveiling soon as it looks like we could be swinging those clubs in the near future.  Gotta run my dears as I just saw Mr. Fix-It.  That man owes me that romantic evening.  Wish me luck and have a wonderful day!!!!!!

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NCAA Men’s Hockey Championships

Okay! Hockey fans of all ages!  Lets get ready to rumble!  Have I got some exciting hockey action that is headed to the Lake Placid area in the Herb Brooks Arena.  There will be sticks and pucks slapping the ice (maybe a few teeth as well..ouch), as some very talented college men take the ice.  This should be a great adventure in Lake Placid that any hockey guru would enjoy.

RICH YOUR SPORTSCASTER has been taking a little sabatical from all the events from February and ready to take to the Ice in the Olympic Center (my feet needed the must rest from Feb. my blisters were getting blisters..lol).  Anyway, back to the reason we are here, great hockey action. Lake Placid is hosting the 2012 NCAA DIVISION III MEN’S HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS.  This event will be taking place Friday March 16th and Saturday March 17th inside the Lake Placid Olympic Center.  The following four colleges/universities will be competing in the Men’s Frozen Four and they are NORWICH, OSWEGO, ST. NORBERT & AMHERST!!  These four teams have earned the right and booked their ticket straight to Lake Placid.  Should be an exciting couple days this upcoming weekend on and off the ice.

Now is the time to book those accommodations in Lake Placid before you miss out on your favorite college team.  The Golden Arrow still has some space available and if you refer some friends to our resort and they say that they were recommened by you; then we will throw in a complimentary drink voucher to our Straight Shot Lounge.  Definetely a must see event!  I suppose it is time to get my skates on and check out some local competition (maybe this time I will not be hit in the head with a puck….maybe)  Hope to see you there!

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Irish Eyes are Smiling in March

Now I know it is still February but in the back of your mind you must be thinking about Spring Break and what destination you will choose to relax.  Do not head to the Carribean or Florida!! Wax those skis and strap on your ski boots cause its time to enjoy the exhilirating skiing at Whiteface Mountain in March!!  Now, I know everyone is wondering (WHAT HAPPENED TO WINTER!!), well let me tell you she has kicked into gear this past week.  Mother nature awoke from her slumber and in the past week has dumped in two separate occasions 8 inches of snow on different days (she is a fickle gal who is stubborn but ahhh…we love her sometimes).  This has transformed Whiteface Mountain into some of the best skiing we have had all season and now is the time to hit the slopes and Lake Placid. What better way to whoosh down these great trails and save a little money at the same time; then by reserving the Golden Arrows ski packages.  Our gal of deals (who is a sweetheart in her own right) will now explain a few options to ski and stay at the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort.

Hello, all my friends from all over the US and from Canada! I am back to remind each and everyone of you about the ski packages to keep you up in active in the month of March.  You do not want to miss out on the great WEEKEND SKI PACKAGE that has been a favorite all winter season. This package is $139 per person per night and includes accommodations in our Deluxe Guest rooms and skiing at Whiteface Mountain. (No, your eyes are not snow covered this is a true deal)  This package is based on double occupancy and a two night stay is required, but after you see the great snow conditions it will be well worth your time.  No, I have not limited to just one weekend in March. This package is available starting the first weekend of March and available for the following three weekends. When, you are done a long day of skiing, relax at the Golden Arrow and have a much deserved cocktail at our very own STRAIGHT-SHOT LOUNGE. Cannot make it over the weekend or don’t want to wait in long lift lines at the mountain, then head up midweek in March and enjoy our very own MIDWEEK SKI & STAY PACKAGE. For a low price of $109 per person (double occupancy) you can enjoy an evening of comfortable accommodations and hit the slopes the next morning with your very own lift ticket!!  This is a superb savings that personally, how can you pass up?

What are you waiting for?  Do not let the great skiing in Lake Placid pass you by.  Cancel those warm weather reservations in the South and hop on that phone and book your ski package  at the Golden Arrow today.  Time to track down my “honey bunny” Mr. Fix-it and see if he would like to swoosh down the slopes with the love of his life.  Have a great day and we look forward to much more snow and great skiing in March!!  Look forward to seeing all my friends on the slopes.

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The Globetrotters are Dribbling back to Lake Placid

 

Tricks! Excitement! Slam Dunks! 

President’s Weekend and Week is about to fall upon us and crowds of people will be all a  buzz in the Lake Placid area with excitement. Looking for that last minute idea on what to do in the upcoming week. Than have I got the events for all of you!!!

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RICH YOUR SPORTSCASTER coming to you from the Olympic Center, site of this event. The exciting and exhilarting HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS are coming to Lake Placid at the Olympic Center. Thats right those daredevil and performers of the hoops will be strutting their stuff at our very own Olympic Oval. See these guys perform their basketball trickery right in front of your very eyes. This is an event the children will not want to miss. (Hey, even I wish that they would let me get in on the action. I can spin a basketball on my finger so who knows they might volunteer me to join in a trick. Guess I can dream!)

This great sporting event will take place Tuesday February 21st at 7pm at the Herb Brooks Arena inside the Olympic Center.  For information about ticket pricing please visit www.harlemglobetrotters.com. There are plenty of seats still available and stop by the Golden Arrow to reserve your last minute room for the evening where you can enjoy a scrumptious dinner before the game at our GENERATIONS restaurant.  Heck, why not make it a few days.  There is plenty of snow on the ground and lots to do in the area. 

Just take a cruise around all the Olympic Sites in the area and come watch the 2012 BOBSLED & SKELETON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS that will be taking place at the Verizon Sports Complex.  World class athletes from all over the world that are featured in the Winter Olympics will be vieing for the Gold Medal in this competiton.  It is an exciting event that will be happening from Friday February 17th through February 25th.  Great time will be had by all at this exciting event.

Well, time to go practice my jump shots and maybe brave a little ice climing at the same time (wish me luck), everyone have a great and eventful holiday weekend and week!!!

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Ice Castles, Frying Pans & a Festive Parade

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Hey everyone, RICH YOUR LOCAL NEWSCASTER coming to you from Saranac Lake where the 115th Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is about to begin.  This is a festival of many sporting events, great food, live entertainment and a great parade and fireworks display.  This is taking place from now Feb. 3rd until Sunday Feb.12th, 2008.  It is time to enjoy and celebrate this great Adirondack area and the winter season at the longest running event of its kind in the Eastern US.  This year Aliens! (YES ALIENS!! RUN FOR YOUR LIFE) have invaded Saranac lake and is the theme that this year’s Winter Carnival is set around. Spaceships, weird creatures and aliens of all sorts will be walking and entertaining for this year’s festivities.  One of the events which is a must see is the event called the Fry Pan toss, where you see the ladies throwing their cast iron pans. (OUCH! hope one does not hit me in the head from a miss-aim or who knows you may see an alien beaming down to toss a fry pan..now that is exciting).
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One of the great highlights of this carnival which can be seen by driving down RT 86 in Saranac Lake is the Lighted Ice Palace. This is constructed out of the lake ice and has a maze for the children and is quite the spectacular lighted sight.  I also spotted an Alien Ice Sculpture as I was driving by so the Aliens have landed in Saranac Lake (makes me all warm inside or cold if you are standing near the Ice Castle BRRRR!!).  Please do not miss the spectacular fireworks show on Saturday February 4th when the Castle is lit and the following week Saturday Feb. 11th there is the great parade for adults and children alike that you will certainly not want to miss.  So, many events packed into one week that you will not want to miss.

Get on that phone today and reserve your room as you will not want to miss the great week of fun and excitement.  Okay, I see a place to have a hot toddy to warm up my frozen feet. All of you have a great time at the carnival and hope to see you around.  BYE!

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Pond Hockey at the Golden Arrow

Are you sitting right now watching your favorite hockey team skating back and forth on the ice and scoring those hat tricks?  Thinking to yourself, “Hmm, wouldn’t it be great to hop in my hockey skates and get a small team together to test your skills in this great sport. ” Hop into your car and head to Lake Placid area where those dreams could be come a reality. RICH YOUR SPORTSCASTER outside the back door of the Golden Arrow on Mirror Lake just about to lace up my skates to head out on the ice!!! (wish me luck, that I dont fall on my tailbone again..ouch or worse crash into one of my fellow skaters)  Watching the great staff of ORDA cleaning up the ice and making minature rinks for the upcoming Pond Hockey tournament this weekend.

Ahh!! I remember the memories of my childhood. There was something very special about playing hockey on the frozen pond. Heading down to the Pond with your skates over your shoulder. You and hockey buddies pushing the newly fallen snow off the Pond, setting the boots as goal posts, and hearing the imaginary roar of the crowd as you score the first goal! It just doesn’t get any better than this! The CAN/AM HOCKEY ASSOCIATION has done just that!!! You can re-enact this scene in Lake Placid, NY on January 26-29, 2012. The script is perfect…Pond Hockey with a team of close friends, the setting is spectacular with Whiteface Mountain overlooking Mirror Lake, the competition spirited and intense, and add into the mix the atmosphere of the Olympic site and the 1980 Gold Medal Victory. A Unique happening is about to take place. Be there to experience what hockey is all about.

Golden Arrow is very excited and happy to have all of our Pond Hockiers back for this upcoming weekend to enjoy another great year of Pond Hockey on Mirror Lake. (One suggestion, bring your heavy clothes and bundle up..dont want you frozen to that ice..hehe and please do not stick your tongue to it..not a pleasant experience either). We look forward to watching everyone strive for the gold medal in the division. OH!!!! Do not want to leave the youngsters out!! Sorry guys. There is also a Children’s hockey tournament going on across the street at the OLYMPIC ARENA. CANADIAN HOCKEY ENTERPRISE is hosting one of many youth hockey tournaments at the same time this weekend. If you get too cold from watching the guys out on the ice on Mirror Lake and want to watch more hockey, then head across the road to the Olympic Center and watch the youngsters strive for the Gold. Whew!!! Now I am all stoked to get out on this ice. Wish me luck and Good luck to all the participants this weekend in your tournaments!!! Goals for everyone!!! (Falls on ice few times) Have a great hockey weekend!!!

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Cold Temps & Snow is Here!

I know we all have been waiting for Mother Nature to throw down the gauntlet of snow in all the Eastern coast.  Do not fret anymore!!  As, of the past few weeks we have received inches of snow here and inches of snow there.  With all the cold temperatures everything has frozen over nicely and Lake Placid has all the winter activites to enjoy.  We have had myriads of people over the last few weeks tell us how wonderful the area is and the great winter events that their family has enjoyed.  With that said, RICH YOUR NEWSCASTER & MS. DEAL-MAKER would like to throw some ideas your way to book your winter break and vacation.

As, I ride up on WHITEFACE MOUNTAINS CLOUDSPLITTER GONDOLA anticipating that first trip down its great slopes, I want to catch you all up to date on the current snow conditions.  Whiteface is reporting at this time 65% of the slopes open at the mountain which is a great 55 of 85 trails open.  Primary surface conditions are loose granular and they have had at least 9 new inches of snow over the past 7 days.  This makes for a great day of skiing for any snow bunny or hotdogger out there who wants to loosen up those ski legs.  The extended forecast looks good with possible snow showers once again on Monday and Tuesday.  Time for me to get off this phone and typing, almost at the summit.  Wish me luck and hopefully I dont look like a giant snowball rolling down the slope and stay on the skis this time..hehe…that does not feel good!!  Have a great day everyone and I am turning it over to the Golden Arrow and my gal of deals Ms. Deal-Maker.

Thank you Richard, my dear, and I hope that you are dressed warm and keep on those legs.  Hi, all of you skiiers out there!!  I have mentioned these packages before but I want to touch base one more time about our MIDWEEK & WEEKEND SKI PACKAGESThe snow is looking great and here are the deals to save some money while enjoying that much needed ski vacation.  From Sunday through Thursday for $109 per person, per night (based on double occupancy) enjoy a relaxing evening in a comfortable Deluxe Guest room and then enjoy the next day on the slopes of Whiteface Mountain.  Cannot make it till the Weekend?  Then enjoy our Weekend ski deal for Friday and Saturday evenings that is $139 per person, per night (based on double occupancy & two night minimum stay requirement) and you can enjoy the same great deal.  Have you picked up that phone yet??  The Golden Arrow’s great reservation staff is eagarly awaiting your phone call. 

Its about that time to head out!  MR. FIX-IT has promised a nice candlelight dinner at GENERATIONS RESTAURANT and I cannot stand my man up.  (even though he has done it to me a few times…ah men..gotta love them)  Before I go though please visit all the different areas where there is great ice skating, snow tubing, Cross Country skiing, snow shoeing and of course our very own MIKE ARNOLD is always here Thursday through Sunday to offer his famous Dog sled rides on Mirror Lake.  Look forward to enjoying the rest of the winter season and have a wonderful afternoon all!!

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Hip! Hip! Hooray! 2012 is Finally Here!!

Wow!!  A new year is upon us and I hope everyone did not celebrate too much!! It was a very great year with all kinds of exciting events around the world and in our very own backyard in Lake Placid.  RICH YOUR NEWSCASTER hopes that everyone had a great time at the resort in 2011 and rang the New Year in safely (I for once was a good boy and stayed home with family..yes always a first..hehe).

On behalf of the Golden Arrow, I want to take this time to thank all of the patrons who have frequented our doors of the resort this year. We enjoyed each and everyone of our guests and look forward to another great year. You have helped us with many “Green” ideas for our Eco-Friendly Resort and have taken them all into consideration.  Our very own CINDY THE E.F.Q. has been busy organizing and implementing these ideas.  The most exciting green event of the year was that we installed our solar paneling on one of our roofs of the resort which helps with heating aspects of our water in the resort.  It is a great new addition that we are happy to do our part in helping protect this wonderful earth of ours.  We also had a great vendor this year set up this past Spring in the parking lot of the Golden Arrow showing individuals the making of Maple Sugar and Syrup.  It was a nice touch and boy was the syrup and food items delicious!!  Our very own GENERATIONS RESTAURANT implemented a great menu that showcased some of this syrup and according to the feedback all the patrons LOOOVVVED it.  These were a few of the many highlights this past year.

Now that 2010 has begun, please check out all the great NEW PACKAGES that MS. DEAL-MAKER has been busily working on. Just from looking at these deals they are definetely not to be missed. (If you see her floating around the resort please give her a good ole Howdy!)

If you have any stories that you would like to share about your stay in 2010, please drop a line on our GUESTBOOK. We are looking forward to hearing from you. Stay tuned for more to come and hope that all of you have a great and wonderful 2011!!!!!

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