Lake Placid Lodge
What We Love
- Free use of canoes, kayaks, electric boats and bikes in summer, cross-country skis, snowshoes and toboggans in winter
- Fresh farm-to-table fare at Artisans restaurant
What To Know
- Nightly bonfires with s'mores included
- Rooms are beautifully decorated with rich fabrics, antique rugs and stone fireplaces
- Children 11 and under are not permitted
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
Lake Placid Lodge looms like a mansion on the edge of Lake Placid. Wrapped in dense forest and flanked by majestic mountains and rivers, this is a great destination for removing yourself from the daily hustle and bustle. And yet, in this quiet corner of the world, there is also the option of running yourself ragged with outdoor activities—and that’s exactly what most guests come here to do. But the outdoor scenes and available activities deserve only half the accolades. The lodge itself deserves the rest. Rustic-chic interiors and a grand scale create the impression of being a guest at a friend’s fabulous hunting lodge. The 30 guest rooms are spread out between the main lodge and the cabins, cottages, and adjacent lakeside buildings, all beautifully decorated with rich fabrics, antique rugs, and stone fireplaces; some feature large covered terraces where you can idle in an Adirondack chair for hours. Spacious bathrooms have walk-in showers or romantic deep soaking tubs, and some have both. The winter freeze can be enjoyable on Lake Placid, as the lake is just as easy to navigate on a pair of ice skates as it is in a motorboat. From December through February, explore the snowy landscape on foot, skis or snowshoes, or simply watch snow fall from a chair by the fire. Spring and summer offer the chance to fish in nearby rivers and lakes, while autumn sets the trees around Lake Placid bursting with flaming reds and oranges and soft yellows, setting a beautiful scene for a brisk (or leisurely) hike. The farm-to-table Artisan restaurant serves organic dishes made from locally produced ingredients, like caramelized scallops and duck confit ravioli. Of course, nothing is better than dining outside on a grand porch with Lake Placid and the Adirondack wilderness for your view.
In the Area
Hiking boots are almost a requirement of a stay here, and they will be put to good use on treks through the wilderness of the Adirondacks. We suggest exploring some of the famed 125-mile Jackrabbit Trail, which is right outside the lodge’s front door. For a winter treat, grab on to a professional bobsledder and zigzag down the country’s only Olympic bobsled track. Or spend a day on the slopes at Whiteface Mountain, which has an impressive vertical drop of 3,430 feet. But don’t let the activities wear you down: Indulge in a sports massage using targeted techniques to soothe overworked muscles, then sip beer, play games and mingle with other travelers at Maggie’s, a classic Lake Placid pub.
How to Get There
My wife and I stayed here for a long weekend. Everything was wonderful. We stayed in the Owls Nest cabin which is furthest from the main lodge and sits directly on the water. It is absolutely gorgeous as the pictures reflect. Very romantic and very tranquil. The staff was welcoming and immediately acknowledged that we were repeat customers. We dined at Maggie’s Pub and also at the fine dining restaurant Artisan. The food was good to very good and the service was exceptional and truly accommodating. The car service to downtown was convenient and well managed. High marks all around. We remarked on the fact that there were no negatives to our stay. Special mention of our bartender Consuela, our server, Jen and Paul and Devin from grounds who went above and beyond to make our stay special. We will return again.
The facility was gorgeous and beautifully maintained. Every staff member we encountered was professional without being stuffy or scripted. Then there was the housekeeping staff we never met but they kept our room immaculate. The three nights stay was perfect in every way. We’ll be back this summer with our kids!
I have been coming here all my life..Christmas dinner, birthdays.. It used to be the best spot in town. They got new management a few years ago and since then its drastically changed for the worst. Employees are on their cell phones, gossiping in the halls, and are overall not professional. Also, it used to be a no kid zone. I don't recommend.