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
This is a very special place by any definition. We thoroughly enjoyed our three night stay. We stayed in the Stillwater accommodation, which opens up to the lake only a few steps away. Due to the closeness to the boat dock, this is not the most private of suites.
The boat dock is a hub of activity as LPL has a small fleet of electric boats which hotel guests readily use for hourlong cruises on the late. Large enough for 2-4 guests, these boats are easily managed. In addition, LPL has a classic wooden boat which provides guests with cruises at 3:00 and 4:00 every afternoon. Private cruises are available for a fee.
The lodge’ restaurant is a treat. We ate dinner at Artisans one night and breakfast there every morning. Clearly Artisans is a local favorite as diners arrived every evening by boat to enjoy. Dining on the lodge’s deck is an attractive option.
The Lodge is carries a rustic look, well suited for the Lake Placid location. Recognize that there are lots of stairs at LPL due to it’s construction on the steep lakeshore. There’s an elevator, but it’s also an opportunity to get some exercise. We’ll be back.
We have been going to Lake Placid for over 20 years and finally booked a long weekend at the lodge, Glad we did! We stayed in the Lakeside building on the ground floor. If we stay again, I would request to be on the second floor, our view was somewhat blocked by a large tree and the room was right next to a storage/utility room, which was noisy at times. The room was beautiful and very comfortable, especially the bed. The shower was amazing, I showered three times one day just because it was so relaxing. Only negatives, the stairs up to the main building and there was a cesspool smell near the campfire. Definitely worth a visit.
Just spent 3 night à the Lake placid Club Lodge.
- The unit is beautiful, 2 bedrooms (sleep up to 8 ). The kitchen is well furnished.
We visited the beginning of July. The lodge is close to the beach and the Main Street (walking distance even with young children).
Staffs are welcoming and helpful.
We will certainly go back.