Home to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games, North America’s second oldest Ironman competition, and the highest peak in New York state, Lake Placid is a town that’s synonymous with adventure. Three weeks ago that was exactly what I had in mind by climbing Mt. Marcy, but after that feat was accomplished I knew my next trip to Lake Placid would involve some serious relaxation, and for that, I headed straight to Mirror Lake Inn.
Set on Mirror Lake, just a short drive past the center of town, sits the beautiful resort. Immediately, I was taken back in time to what Lake Placid must have been like many years ago.
Built in the early 1920’s, Mirror Lake Inn has been family-owned and operated since that time. Even after a fire burned down the main building in the late 1980’s, it was rebuilt in order to keep the hotel’s original appearance; the idea that the hotel wanted to stay true to its roots is a fact I can truly appreciate.
Entering the hotel, I felt right at home; there was a welcoming feeling that one rarely gets in hotels today. The Inn spoke of tradition and family vacations to the lake; for me, it was love at first site.
After a quick glance around, I made my way down to the spa, arriving early to take advantage of all of its amenities. Immediately, I was struck by the design that perfectly fit with Lake Placid’s character; I love when a hotel’s theme matches its location.
Greeted with the typical kindess of the Northern New York town, I was welcomed to the spa, then brought to the back room. Again, the beautiful decor continued; I was shown my locker and given a tour of the immediate facilities. There were showers, a changing room, and the area by the sink was stocked with all the essentials one would need after a spa treatment. It was all beautiful, but my two favorite elements of the room were the dark wood lockers and beautiful lamp in the hall that led to the whirlpool and steam room.
Once left on my own, I changed into my comfortable robe, slipped on my rubber sandals, and headed into the waiting area. Here, I grabbed a magazine, some almonds, a glass of water, and sank into the most comfortable couch, which was conveniently located near the fireplace. It was nice to be alone, completely disconnected from technology and the world; I sat alone and enjoyed this rare time to myself.
Eventually, Britney came to get me. Young and friendly, she was everything one would hope for in a masseuse. We walked down to the end of the hallway and into a room with soft music and candles. Then, Britney left the room and I slipped under the covers on the massage table, where it was nice and warm; I relaxed immediately.
For fifty minutes, I was able to let go of all my cares and worries and enjoy the moment. Britney spoke only a few times, to ask me if the pressure was okay or to tell me to flip over, but when she did it was in a quiet, soft voice, exactly how one would hope their massage therapist would speak.
While I have had plenty of massages in my time, this one was by far the best I have ever had. As always, the fifty minutes flew by faster than I had hoped, but I left the room feeling completely satisfied and relaxed.
When I woke up from my massage coma, Britney was waiting for me with a glass of pomegranate green tea – the perfect after-massage refreshment.
Feeling completely relaxed, I skipped the whirlpool and steam room, heading straight for the shower, and what a shower it was; the perfect pressure, shampoo and conditioner that made my hair feel better than usual, and big, comfy towels added to the experience. So did the fact that there was not only a hair dryer, but also a straightening iron waiting for me by the sink. I was extremely grateful for this feature, especially with cold weather and snow just outside the doors of the hotel.
After my pampering was complete, I was given a tour of the spa facilities. Aside from just massages and facials, Mirror Lake Inn’s spa has many other unique options. First, there is the Vichy Shower, used for their famous Adirondack Maple Sugar Body Scrub, as well as massage table with bars on the ceiling used for Ashiatsu, a massage given by the therapist’s feet. Both of which, I plan on having during my next visit to Lake Placid.
Beyond massages, facials, and body treatments, there’s also a gym, salon, swimming pool, hot tub, and whirlpool, all that fit the design of the hotel. If I had more time, I could have spent an entire day here.
Lake Placid has quickly become my favorite nearby destination. If you find yourself visiting the adventurous little town, be sure to plan one extra day to give yourself a well-deserved break. On that day, visit the spa at Mirror Lake Inn, I can guarantee you will not regret it.
I was a guest of the Spa at Mirror Lake Inn, but in no way did that influence my experience. As always, my opinions are my own.