Here, we map out two full days in Lake Placid, New York – one spent exclusively on-property at the Lake Placid Lodge; the next, a full day in town.
Day On at Lake Placid Lodge
Breakfast at Artisans
Start the day with breakfast at Artisans restaurant in the dining room or, depending on the weather, on the terrace, which overlooks Lake Placid to give you a view that even your favorite local restaurant will never compete with. While the buttermilk pancakes have been called one of the ten best in the country by Travel + Leisure, The Adirondack Breakfast is another guest favorite: two farm eggs served with breakfast potatoes and bacon, country ham, or pork sausage.
No drive, no waiting room, no unfamiliar setting. Treat yourself to a 60- or 90-minute massage without leaving the comfort of your room. There are a variety of treatments available, but one you can never go wrong with is the Swedish Massage, which uses kneading, gliding, and vibration techniques to bring peace to your body and mind. If you’d prefer something a bit more intense, the Deep Tissue Massage focuses on achy areas and works to relieve sore muscles.
Located off Artisans, a special state-of-the-art teaching kitchen hosts regular cooking classes and demos for up to 12 people. Expect ingredients – locally foraged oyster and matsutake mushrooms, carrots from the property’s own garden, microgreens, and more – laid out on trays before the sleek bar where guests can sit while sipping a velvety malbec as they watch the chef and his assistant work their culinary finesse.
Snowshoe or Cross-Country Ski
Don’t let snow stop you from getting outdoors during your stay. The lodge provides guests with snowshoes and cross-country skis to take to the trails surrounding the property. To link up with a true Scandinavian-style backcountry path through the Adirondack wilderness, the 50-kilometer Jackrabbit Trail actually passes right by the lodge’s front door and connects the towns of Keene, Lake Placid, Saranac Lake.
Visitors to Maggie’s Pub love the sense of coziness and comfort in the dark wood-paneled restaurant. There’s a satisfying roster of food and many choices of drink, but what will stick in the minds of many is the selection of games to play. There’s a pool table, chess and checkers sets, and board games like Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly that’ll have you and your loved ones competing until the night winds down.
Day Off in Lake Placid
Crepes for Breakfast
The folks at Big Mountain Deli and Creperie boast that their menu has “the 46 best sandwiches in the High Peaks.” Still, you should save room for one of their crepes, with sweet (s’mores, strawberry shortcake, apple pie a la mode, and more) and savory (think Philly cheese steak, pesto chicken, and homemade mac and cheese) options that’ll make you question your allegiance to other breakfast pastries.
Join a Local Pickup Game
Lake Placid Lodge has skates in all sizes for guests to borrow for pickup hockey games on Mirror Lake. Kid-friendly games are usually held midday or after school, while the adults take over later in the morning or wait until later to hit the ice. Just be conscious of dogsled mushers giving locals and visitors rides up and down the lake.
Olympic Jumping Complex Tour
Ride the 26-story elevator to the top of the Olympic Jumping Complex, located just two miles south of the village of Lake Placid, to see the ramp that ski jumpers launch from before flying over the length of a football field. After peeking from the observation deck of the K-120 meter jump – where you’ll see a panoramic view of the Adirondack High Peaks – you’ll also get to walk through the athlete’s preparation room
Dinner at Smoke Signals
Close the day with dinner and drinks at Smoke Signals, a top-rated barbeque joint on Main Street in Lake Placid with great views of Mirror Lake. All meats are smoked in-house and include customary barbeque staples like pulled pork, beef brisket, and baby back ribs, but the nachos are a customer favorite, too – you can’t go wrong with the signature rib nachos or the BBQ nachos.
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