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.
Tour the Lake Your Way
Just down a short hill from behind the lodge, a dock – and dock attendant – provides guests easy access to Lake Placid with whatever craft they’d prefer: canoe, kayak, even electric boat. If you’re looking for more of a guided tour, every afternoon the resort offers an hour-long cruise aboard its 35-foot mahogany Hacker-Craft Christie, which travels the five-mile-long lake past several rustic “camps” (don’t be fooled by the term; some of these Adirondack-inspired estates are home to as many as 12 buildings). While Christie holds about a dozen people, for an added cost, you can turn it into a private champagne cruise around the 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.
A Mid-Day Hike
Just southeast of Lake Placid, the 4,000-foot Cascade Mountain is known among local day hikers for having one of the best summit views, equal to that of other High Peaks, but requiring way less work. A 4.8-mile out-and-back route climbs 2,000 feet through a mix of birch, beech, and striped maple before making a final craggy ascent to the bald summit (a result of a 1903 fire). From here, you’ll witness views south to peaks in the Great Range, north to Whiteface, and east to Hurricane Mountain, Lake Champlain, and Vermont’s Green Mountains.
Olympic Jumping Complex Tour
Depending on the season, visitors to the Olympic Jumping Complex, located just two miles south of the village of Lake Placid, may be surprised to see skiers flying through the air – without the aid of snow. The jumps (from which the skiers will launch themselves over 100 yards, flip, and spin) are lubricated with a coat of water and are made out of half-cut porcelain marbles and plastic shingles, providing the necessary traction (or lack thereof) for the skiers to pull off their stunts. A glass-enclosed elevator will take you to the observation deck to get a behind-the-scenes look at the complex (originally built for Lake Placid’s 1980 Winter Olympics), including the view that the jumpers see as they’re about to ascend to the sky.
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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