Hotel at a Glance: Quality Inn on Lake Placid
As its name implies, Quality Inn on Lake Placid lies on the shores of its eponymous lake, amid the scenic Adirondack Mountains. Nearby attractions include Whiteface Mountain, which offers hiking, mountain biking, and other activities in the summer. If you want to stick closer to home, explore the hiking trails that crisscross the property or go fishing and boating on Mirror Lake.
- A room with a view: Many guest rooms and suites have balconies overlooking the mountains.
- Complimentary deluxe hot breakfast featuring 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 a recycling program and energy-efficient lighting.
- Grab dinner at the Howard Johnson Restaurant next door. It’s one of only three still in operation.
Lake Placid, New York: Mountain Recreation and Small-Town Charm in the Adirondacks
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.