According to Smithsonian Magazine, in the late 1800’s the Adirondacks became a popular vacation destination for Americans, especially those living in New York City and Boston. Today, it is still a place where many Americans in the Northeast spend their winter and summer holidays, and during my time there, it was easy to see why.
Lake Placid, in the Adirondacks, embodies exactly what every American vacation should be. Hotels that encourage time spent as a family, an abundance of activities to do together or on your own, and a enough cafés and restaurants to make any stomach satisfied. Not to mention views that are simply beautiful to look at no matter where you are.
While my first trip there was only a few weeks ago, I have already returned, and plan on making a trip up there at least once a year. I fell hard for Lake Placid, and if you’ve already been there, you understand why. If not, I urge you to book a trip up there as soon as possible.
If you’re already on the East Coast, driving is probably your best bet. From New York City or Toronto, it is about a five hour drive.
Coming from further away? There is a regional airport nearby, but there are also three major airports within three hours: Albany, Burlington, and Montreal.
Where to stay:
Budget: Tmax-n-Topo’s Jackrabbit Hostel
Clean, reliable, and cheap. If you aren’t too concerned where you are resting your head at night, this is the place to do it. We got a private room for $70, and it was exactly what we needed.
Mid-Range: Courtyard Lake Placid
The newest hotel property in Lake Placid, it’s clean and everything you’d expect from a Marriott. I stayed here during my first trip to Lake Placid, so I could build up my Marriott points, and ended up loving it.
Luxury: Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa
I have yet to stay at Mirror Lake Inn, but I was given a tour of the property during my last visit to Lake Placid. Based on what I saw, I must stay here on my next trip. Not only do you get chocolate cookies upon arrival and check out, but it feels as if you are staying in someone’s lake house, not a hotel, which is a quality I adore.
There are also plenty of campgrounds in the area if that’s more your speed, though I cannot recommend one, as I did not get to experience one for myself.
What to do:
There is an abundance of activities available in Lake Placid, it just depends on what you are looking for.
If it’s adventure, look no further than Adirondack Adventures. From climbing to hiking, they’ve got you covered with guides to help make your adventure a memorable experience. I used them to climb Mount Marcy, and it was the best experience I have ever had.
If you’d rather go off on your own, there are plenty of trails for hiking and mountain biking, or you can rent a kayak and head out on Mirror Lake. If it’s winter, you can choose to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, ice skate, or go dog sledding on Mirror Lake. Really, there’s no shortage of activities for an adventurous spirit.
Relaxation more your speed? There’s golfing at plenty of the resorts in the area, though since I am not a golfer, my idea of relaxation called for a massage. I got mine at Mirror Lake Inn, and it was the best one I’ve ever had. Everything about the spa personified relaxation – from the whirlpool to the decor, I left here feeling like I had not a care in the world.
Where to eat:
Liquids and Solids
I love the cool laid-back vibe of Liquids and Solids, a place that was recommended by my Mt. Marcy guide. Get the brussels sprouts and double cheeseburger…trust me. Plenty of beers and cocktails to choose from too – you can’t go wrong with this place.
the breakfast club, etc
The menu here is pretty incredible, a ridiculous amount of delicious breakfast options. However, the only item I came here to try was the maple bacon ice cream sundae, and it was worth every spoonful.
The Good Bite Kitchen
The woman at the front desk of Mirror Lake Inn, suggested I headed to this vegetarian kitchen for lunch, stating that the best meal of her life was had here. I was not sure what to expect, but it was just as amazing as I was told. I had the popular house salad: greens, pine nuts, smoked gouda, roasted peppers, and maple chipotle dressing, and every bite just got better and better. I would head back here again without thinking twice.
BIG Mountain Deli & Crêperie
An endless menu that includes a variety of sweet and savory crepes, there’s no way to go wrong here. I got a s’mores crepe and a cup of coffee before heading back out on the road, and it satisfied me completely before the long drive ahead.
Of course, I can only go based on what I have experienced so far, but if you are looking for anymore information, don’t hesitate to contact Lake Placid’s Tourism Board. They were a huge help to me while I was planning my two trips to Lake Placid and knew exactly what I’d want
No matter what you choose to do or where to stay, I am sure that you will fall in love with Lake Placid, just as I did. It’s hard not to love a town that has been built on family traditions and adventure.