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Personalized Vacation Rental Advice

Why book a vacation rental from a national brand when you can talk directly with a local rental expert who knows the Adirondacks? Even better, we don't charge hidden service fees that you might get from other companies. Our expert rental team takes the time to match families with their ideal vacation home or rental in Lake Placid.

Personalized Vacation Rental Advice

Whether you are looking for a classic Adirondack cabin rental, pet-friendly property, a waterfront vacation, the perfect home base for a ski vacation, or an Adirondack retreat for the entire family, we take the time to talk with you about your individual needs, and personalize your experience to ensure a memorable getaway, without hidden fees.

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Diane Brenner

RENTAL MANAGER & ASSOCIATE REAL ESTATE BROKER

 | diane@lakeplacidvacations.com | 

Diane grew up in Lake Placid and graduated from Siena College with a B.A in French and International Studies. After working 15 years in the tourism and hospitality industries in New York City and New Jersey, she returned to the Adirondacks in 2002. Diane enjoys traveling, hiking, cross country skiing, and volunteering in community organizations. She resides in Lake Placid with her husband, Ron, and their son, Evan. When you are interested in booking the perfect vacation getaway, give her a call. She will be pleased to help you with all of your real estate needs.

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Jillian Locke

RENTAL MANAGER & REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON

 | jillian@lakeplacidvacations.com | 

A native of Lake Placid, Jillian is well versed in the uniqueness of our community such as the unparalleled natural beauty and the Olympic Spirit that embodies this region. Following in her father's footsteps, Kelly Locke, (also a licensed salesperson at Merrill L. Thomas!), Jillian has taken her passion for real estate, adirondack architecture, and devopment and turned it into her career by attaining her real estate license directly upon graduating. Jillian attended St. Lawrence University and graduated in 2015 with a B.A. in government and rhetoric performance. While at SLU, Jillian was the recipient of the Community Service Scholar Award, an award provided to a student who has shown initiative and leadership in their community service work. Offering her clients a unique and informative perspective, Jillian worked in the Merrill L. Thomas, Inc. rental division for 18 months. Jillian learned a tremendous amount regarding the industry and market for luxury vacation rental properties in the Lake Placid region. Jillian can attest, the Merrill L. Thomas rental department is the best in the business! Jillian has closely shadowed her father's many residential development projects and was actively involved in his most recent endeavor, Hemlocke Lodge. Check out Kelly's agent bio to view Ledgerock Lodge, one of his properties he sold in 2016! For fun, Jillian enjoys trail running with her Newfoundland dog, Sadie Bear, going to farmers markets, and spending sunny days out on the lake. In the winter months, you can catch Jillian, a New York Ski Education Foundation (NYSEF) alum, on the slopes... or more accurately, in mid-station lodge with her ski boots off! Your personal guide to Adirondack real estate, as both a buyer's and seller's agent- Jillian is ready to provide you with her full attention, professional guidance, and unrelenting work ethic to represent you in finding your dream Adirondack property, or by listing your property as you look to the next chapter in your life. Jillian is proud to be an agent at the #1 ranked real estate company in the Adirondacks in overall production. Jillian respectfully looks forward to your consideration and the opportunity to work for you!

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Kelsey Cassidy

RENTAL MANAGER & REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON

 | kelsey@lakeplacidvacations.com | 

A seventh generation Lake Placid native, Kelsey has a deep connection to the area. Her close-knit family and love of the Adirondacks kept her close by as she earned her B.S. in Marketing from Plattsburgh State University. Previously, she worked as the Marketing Manager for The Great Adirondack Brewing Company, where she helped to build their brand and expand distribution throughout New York. In her free time, she works as a freelance graphic designer, volunteers on multiple local event committees, and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband Wyatt, and their son Cole. Having grown up around her family's contracting business, Kelsey has a unique knowledge of local properties. Her family has built many of the area's great camps (some of them in our rental inventory), and considers herself an Adirondack architecture buff. She looks forward to finding you the perfect home and helping you discover everything the Adirondacks has to offer.

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Rebecca Huffman

Rebecca’s love of learning has led her to a colorful career history. She’s worked as a custom woodworker, been a heavy equipment operator of some of the largest mining equipment in the world and spent time working for a Forbes five star resort. Her time working in hospitality has shown her what exceptional service looks like and embedded a deep love for creating memorable experiences for others. She enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors gardening, hiking and horseback riding. As an avid equestrian Rebecca worked for olympian Lendon Gray, under whose tootalige she became the USDF Region 8 reserve champion young rider. This led her to the management of the largest USPC riding center in the country. Where she oversaw the management of 40 horses, handled client relations and was the head trainer and instructor. Her husband’s job as a private pilot brought them to Lake Placid in 2019, but it was the striking beauty of the Adirondacks and the warm welcoming community that has kept them here. Since then the Adirondacks have stolen a piece of her heart and she’d love to help you find your piece of joy here as well.