Jamie Fitzgerald and his whole family have come to spend their Thanksgiving in Lake Placid. His sister visited the area before and thought it was a good location for their family reunion.
"This time of year, it's just so beautiful out here. And many of us have never been here before, so she thought it'd be a good place for us to come and see," said Fitzgerald of Seattle.
The Whiteface Lodge, like many hotels in the area, is happy to see the number of visitors starting to increase.
"Thanksgiving's our kickoff for the busy winter season. And the winter season goes right through typically the end of March," said Chris Pulito, the general manger of the Whiteface Lodge.
More families like the Fitzgeralds will start arriving in the Adirondack region to commence a season of winter fun.
"While we're here I mean there's gonna be a lot of just hanging out, a lot of eating. I know she's got a lot of activities planned at the Whiteface, ice-skating," Fitzgerald said.
The many restaurants and shops in Lake Placid are where the Fitzgerald family will spend their time and money, which gives business owners something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
"Whether it's hotels, restaurants, shops on main streets or convenience stores, it's really a positive shot in the arm for the entire region," said Jon Lundin of the Olympic Regional Development Authority.
And, of course, there's Whiteface Mountain, which draws in huge numbers of skiers to the area every year.
"Well, I think some people will be skiing. I won't be. I want to stay intact for the whole weekend," Fitzgerald said.
For visitors and local businesses alike, the fun has just begun.
Whiteface Mountain is closed on Thanksgiving, but will be back open for skiers on Black Friday and remain open through April.
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