Hotel at a Glance: Comfort Inn on Lake Placid
As its name implies, Comfort Inn on Lake Placid lies on the shores of its eponymous lake, but it’s the surrounding mountains that typically draw visitors to this stretch of the Adirondacks in the winter. Famed ski resort Whiteface Mountain is just a 45-minute drive away—hop on the hotel’s free resort shuttle to visit the resort, where you can zip down 87 groomed trails. If you want to stick closer to home, explore the hiking and cross-country ski trails that crisscross the property, or go ice skating on nearby Mirror Lake when it freezes over.
- A room with a view: Many guest rooms and suites have balconies overlooking the Adirondacks.
- Complimentary deluxe hot breakfast features a selection of hot and cold dishes
- Take a dip in the indoor pool and hot tub; they’re surrounded by a natural rock patio with a gazebo.
- Go Green: The hotel’s eco-friendly initiatives include plastic, aluminum, and glass recycling and energy efficient 15-watt CFL light bulbs
- Grab dinner at the Howard Johnson Restaurant next door. Opened in 1956, it’s one of only three still in operation.
Lake Placid, New York: World-Class Skiing and Small-Town Charm in the Adirondack Mountains
Nestled in northeastern New York’s Adirondack Mountains, the village of Lake Placid is actually set on the shores of Mirror Lake, just south of Lake Placid proper. Year-round, folks flock to the area to take advantage of its abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation and to see the site of the “Miracle on Ice”—the US hockey team’s heart-stopping upset victory over the Soviets in 1980.
Less than 10 miles away, Whiteface Lake Placid ski resort boasts one of the largest vertical drops east of the Rockies for downhill skiing and snowboarding, and ice-fishers can be seen trying their luck on the surface of the lake. Come springtime, winter sports give way to kayaking trips and scenic hikes along leafy backcountry trails. Along Lake Placid’s quaint Main Street, you’ll find a string of boutiques and curio shops, along with galleries and workshops where you can watch artisans blowing glass. Wine-tasting rooms and bakeries offer a sampling of local flavors.