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Lake Placid Lodge in New York

by Patricia Nugent



A Lakeside Retreat Where the Timeless Beauty of the Adirondacks Comes Alive

An outdoors-lover’s dream come true—Lake Placid Lodge skirts the mesmerizing body of water for which it’s named, surrounded by the lush, wooded Adirondacks.

Voted a Top 10 best resort in New York state by Travel + Leisure, no two of the 30 guest accommodations are alike. Designed in the arts-and-crafts style of the Great Camps, frequented by prominent families from the Gilded Age, rooms, suites and private cabins celebrate a rustic sense of luxury with stone fireplaces, towering hand-carved wooden beds, and balconies and porches with lake views.

Farm-to-fork seasonal fare is shaped by the bounty of the Adirondacks. Artisans restaurant offers elegant dining rooms, while Maggie’s Pub serves hearty yet elevated dishes against a backdrop of wood-paneled walls and a roaring fireplace.

The same sporting pursuits that made this city the ideal location for the Olympics, such as ice skating and downhill and cross-country skiing, are nearby, including access to the Olympic Skating Oval that played host during the famous 1980 games. Two thousand miles of trails that pass or originate at the Lodge are perfect for hiking and horseback riding, led by a professional guide to ensure a memorable outing. True adventurers can scale the granite faces of ancient granite mountains surrounding Lake Placid; local guides offer rock and ice climbing excursions year-round. The area is known for the best rainbow trout fishing in upstate New York, and the Lodge’s chef will expertly prepare any bounty brought back. And mountain bikers can wheel around the meandering trails at nearby Whiteface Mountain that are accessible via gondola or shuttle.

After days spent exploring the breathtaking wilderness, the resort offers a host of throwback experiences, such as arts-and-crafts demonstrations, lawn games, and evenings spent around the bonfire with s’more and hot cocoa. In-room massages help work out tired muscles after wilderness pursuits. opalcollection.com

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