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
We spent 2 days at Lake Placid Lodge at the beginning of December and it immediately became one of our favorite places. We travel all over the world so that's saying a lot. It didn't hurt that we were upgraded to the Whiteface room - what a magical and fabulous space! Everyone who worked there - from reception to dining to management - was kind, warm and gracious. They went all out to make sure our stay was exceptional. As globe-traveling vegans, we packed our usual plant-based provisions but would have been fine without them. The chef/kitchen was happy to accommodate our dietary needs and we enjoyed the offerings. The design of the lodge was clearly a labor of love and passion for Nature's beauty. We don't usually go for "rustic" but this is no typical Adirondack cabin-y lodge. This place is a work of art. We can't wait to return.
We had the BEST time at Lake Placid Lodge!
Absolutely stunning, and I cannot say enough about the beauty of this cabin. It was the most beautiful place I'd ever stayed in my life. Just wood everywhere, a gorgeous log fire, a bed made of actual trees that looked like Gandalf would sleep in it. The cosiest sofa looking out to the lake, which was covered in snow over the ice and looked like a painting. HUGE windows looking out to the lake but lots of privacy by some nifty tree placement.
The snow outside was 4 ft deep but all walkways were always well cleared. Huge icicles hanging from the ceiling like a fairytale. Red wine and chocolates greeted us. The setting and cabin were just perfection.
Staff were superb! Wow they really did go out of their way for us, including lots of phonecalls to check plans, keep our activities running smoothly. I mean I knew it was going to be that special kind of stay when I was handed a champagne as we walked through the door. To say they went above and beyond is an understatement.
Oh the ranger (so sorry I can't remember your name - it was a very unique name as well) drove us to the store in a truck to get beers because the bar had closed, which was pretty fun and great service.
Everything else was fanastic but dayumm.. that cabin.
My wife and I booked room last minute at the LPL. We loved our room. Everything from the Main Lodge to our Cabin was excellent quality as far as presentation of facility. Truly beautiful with wonderful views. We stayed at a Relais&châteaux property in Positano Italy and it was without question the most incredible place we have ever stayed, so needless to say we were excited to stay at another. I read reviews of this property prior to staying and I agree that the attention detail is not of the level of the other property we stayed at. Two examples would be that upon arrival snacks were brought to our room which were not of the level we expected. One small piece of cheese, one cracker, and a small assortment of nuts and blueberries were presented to us on a paper plate. In the morning I called and asked for lemon for tea. Two whole lemons were delivered to our room. I expected we would be brought some lemon slices not whole lemons that were not cut. Again, we absolutely loved the quaintness and coziness of our room and the property. We just felt that the level of attention to detail was not at the level we experienced at another Relais&châteaux property.
I once again surprised my husband for his birthday. This year I took him to Lake Placid. It was absolutely gorgeous!!! We stayed in Birch, overlook view of the lake. Everyone made our stay unique, personal, and private. I loved that it only has 30 rooms and we weren’t constantly running into other guests. My husband and I are both photographers. We took advantage of all the breathtaking scenes Mother Nature presented that weekend. I will definitely be making a summer getaway plan to Lake Placid Lodge.
This place deserves every one of its five stars, ten times over. This resort won me in the details and we will surely be back.
We stayed two nights in the Saddleback, a one bedroom lake side cabin. We arrived early and were greeted with a glass of champagne and were able to get into our cabin immediately. There was wine waiting for us on the table, the best testing brownie crackle (no other way to describe this heaven-sent snack) and a view second to none- we left the drapes opens every minute to enjoy the view. The robes were lush, the bath water always hot, and a bed worthy of a post unto itself- very cozy, very warm, and positioned perfectly to see the sunrise each morning.
The service was also impeccable- a wood burning fire placed roared the whole visit, the resort pub and restaurant never disappointed and the front desk fulfilled every request immediately.
We will never experience Lake Placid any other way, we will surely be back!