The Lake House in Lake Placid and My Love of Mountain Lake Towns


Last winter my family and I stayed in Tahoe City, Calif., for 9 weeks. We love skiing and wanted to get the full experience of living like a local. I regularly refer to the trip as “life-changing.” The mountain air, the lake, the slopes, and the stunning Sierra Nevada landscape were just some of the reasons I loved Lake Tahoe. What really captured my heart was the small community vibe combined with just the right dose of high-quality, tourism-attracting restaurants and entertainment. Not too flashy, nor too boring.

Last month, I spent a few days in another mountain lake town that gave me the exact same feeling – Lake Placid, New York. With its quaint lakefront downtown, nearby Whiteface Mountain, and nostalgic Olympic venues, it also had that perfect combination of tourism energy and small-town atmosphere.

The Lake House at High Peaks Resort
The Lake House at High Peaks Resort

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 drag – steps from shopping, dining, and Olympic attractions.

Lake House, Lake Placid, NY
Our spacious room at The Lake House.
Lake House balcony, Lake Placid, NY
The balcony, where I enjoyed my morning coffee.
Lake House Cookies, Lake Placid, NY
Milk and cookies in our room upon check-in. Yum!
View from Lake House, Lake Placid, NY
Twilight view from our room.

Besides the mesmerizing view, my favorite feature of The Lake House was the lounge. 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.

Lake House lounge, Lake Placid, NY
Lake House lounge. So cozy.
Games at Lake House lounge, Lake Placid, NY
Lots of games to play.
Lake House view, Lake Placid, NY
Did I mention the view?

High Peaks Resort offers three options for accommodations – the Lake House, the Waterfront Collection, and the Adirondack Inspired Rooms and Suites – all across the street from one another. The Waterfront Collection makes a perfect summer choice – you can walk out of your room and right into the lake. Kayaks, paddleboats and canoes are right there for your pleasure.

Waterfront High Peaks Resort, Lake Placid, NY
Waterfront room at High Peaks Resort
Waterfront High Peaks, Lake Placid, NY
Step out of your room and you’re here!

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.

High Peaks Resort, Lake Placid, NY
Adirondack Inspired room at High Peaks Resort
Pool at High Peaks Resort, Lake Placid, NY
One of the two outdoor pools at High Peaks Resort

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 have access to the lake, boats, and amenities, as well as the Dancing Bears Restaurant, which I highly recommend. We ate dinner and breakfast there and enjoyed delicious food and a friendly staff.

Dancing Bears restaurant
Excellent breakfast at the Dancing Bears
Dancing Bears restaurant
And delicious chicken pot pie for dinner.

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.

There’s a lot to keep you busy in Lake Placid during any season of the year, but winter is especially magical. Check out my 3-day suggested itinerary!



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