I’ve always loved the mountains. And even better is a mountain lake.
My family and I recently spent a few days in Lake Placid, in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. With its quaint lakefront downtown, nearby Whiteface Mountain, and nostalgic Olympic venues, it has the perfect combination of tourism energy and small-town atmosphere.
We stayed at The Lake House at High Peaks Resort. The newly renovated Lake House is modern rustic and exactly what we wanted for a weekend in the mountains.
All the rooms have a perfect view of Mirror Lake (downtown Lake Placid is actually on Mirror Lake) and the hotel is right on the main street – steps from shopping, dining, and Olympic attractions.
Besides the mesmerizing view, my favorite feature of The Lake House was the Great Room. Floor-to-ceiling windows absorb the gorgeous lake and mountain scenery, and cozy couches, tables and chairs invite families to enjoy board games or just a cocktail and conversation.
High Peaks Resort offers three options for accommodations.
In addition to the Lake House, The Waterfront Collection makes a perfect summer choice – you can walk out of your room and right into the lake. Kayaks, paddleboats and other equipment are right there for your pleasure. Enjoy your morning coffee, or evening wine, on your lakefront patio.
The Adirondack Inspired Rooms have more of a “hotel” feel than the Lake House or Waterfront. The rooms are luxurious, bright, and have the same tranquil view.
The Resort also has indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, and an on-site spa.
All guests at High Peaks Resort’s three hotels also have access to the Dancing Bears Restaurant, which I highly recommend for the excellent food and friendly staff. We ate a hearty breakfast there and went back again for dinner. My husband savored a melt-in-your-mouth rack of ribs while I enjoyed a flaky, puff-pastry, chicken pot pie.
Staying at The Lake House cemented my conviction that living on a lake, near the mountains, is something that I must make happen in my lifetime.
Winter is magical in Lake Placid, and the Northeast is renowned for the vibrant colors of its fall foliage. But there’s plenty to keep you busy in Lake Placid during any season of the year.