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Lake Placid retreat with sprawling suites, a 5,800-square-foot spa and 30 acres of grounds dotted with pools
Although originally built as an upscale campground, Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, New York, has all the swagger of a bachelor pad retreat. Think outdoor lean-tos with leather chairs, blankets, cigars, cognac and more than 25 single malt Scotches, and 30 acres of grounds dotted with pools and hot tubs. Staying here, a stone’s throw from the venues of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games, is the ultimate winter getaway.
Bed and Bath
The lodge fulfills every city dweller’s fantasy about what a wilderness getaway should be. It’s the only all-suite property in the region; slate floors, cast iron fireplaces and alderwood cabinetry grace the sprawling suites, which range from 550 to 3,100 square feet. Even the smallest have full kitchens and patios, and the spacious bathrooms are done up with double vanities, jetted tubs or showers, and under-floor heating. There are antlers, Native American pillows and, of course, Adirondack chairs everywhere, all of it charming and tasteful enough to avoid being kitschy.
Even the most active athlete could spend weeks here without straying too far from the lodge itself, thanks to the snowshoe and cross-country ski trails right out the back door, the courts for basketball and tennis, and the ping-pong tables. For indoor pursuits, families can hit the game room for air hockey, pool and shuffleboard — not to mention the two-lane bowling alley. And then there’s the pure indulgence of the spa and the cozy restaurant Kanu, which has 28-foot ceilings and dishes like Boursin-stuffed figs or scallops with carrot-cumin butter.
In the Area
Drag yourself off the resort grounds and you'll be rewarded with a spectrum of outdoor pursuits, from paddling on Lake Placid itself to flying down the Lake Placid Toboggan Chute at the Olympic venues. About 30 minutes away, Whiteface Mountain has 283 acres of terrain blanketed by either Mother Nature or snow machines, plus heart-stopping slides. Nordic skiers will find seemingly endless routes, including the legendary 37-mile Jack Rabbit Trail. Five minutes away in the village, the Lake Placid Pub & Brewery crafts some of the tastiest refreshments in the state, including Ubu Ale, a favorite of Bill Clinton’s.