Adirondacks road trip: Snow in August (kind of), leaf peeping (kind of) and Howard Johnson's (definitely)

(Credit: Urbanite)

We're traveling through the Adirondacks this weekend, and came across three curious things that might pique your interest, too, should you be looking for a regional getaway for the upcoming Labor Day weekend:

1.) Snow in August

This "Miracle on Ice" can be found outside the Olympic Center, home of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic games, and piled high just off the sidewalk on Main Street. Snow ball fights under bright sunshine and 80-degree weather? You can't go wrong, and it gears you up for the excellent museum of the winter games that awaits inside.

2.) Leaf-peeping in August

A few trees are already coming alive with color, prompting a double-take not only from us, but from the local paper, the Lake Placid News, which headlined a photo about the leaves "It's Too Soon." The photo here is at Main and School streets in Lake Placid.

3.) Breakfast at Howard Johnson's in Lake Placid

This is one of three remaining Howard Johnson's restaurants, all that's left of a chain that once numbered more than 1,000. Earlier this summer, we blogged our visit to the HoJo's in Lake George Village. This just leaves us with a requisite visit to the HoJo's in Bangor, Maine, which is reportedly on the block. We'll have more on our visit to the Lake Placid HoJos, along with plenty of pics, in a future post.

-- Rolando Pujol

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