Named one of the world’s most beautiful lakeside lodges by CNN, this 4-diamond Lake Placid hotel has a private beach and an indoor pool
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Hotel at a Glance: Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa
Located alongside Mirror Lake in the town of Lake Placid, the 4-diamond and 4-star Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa has seen two Winter Games (1932 and 1980). Despite its wintertime legacy, the resort offers year-round activities, including tennis court, indoor pool, and a golf course at their sister property just 10 minutes away ranked among New York’s best. CNN named it “one of the world’s most beautiful lakeside lodges,” while Conde Nast readers rated it the #1 resort in the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic.
- Where you’ll stay: Run of the House rooms carry a rustic-yet-elegant vibe that fits the Adirondacks and offer partial lake and mountain views.
- Fine dining at The View, a 19-time winner of Wine Spectator’s Dining Guide Award, which specializes in seafood, steaks, and pasta, served in a relaxed lodge setting. The View is closed every Monday and Tuesday night.
- Relax at the onsite spa, or check out the 60-foot heated indoor pool and a sauna.
- Grab a drink at The Cottage, located at a scenic spot along the lake, or at the cozy Taste Bistro, which has live music most Fridays and Saturdays.
- The press says: Travel + Leisure writes that “this resort, with a range of room types … is the ideal home base for active types.”
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 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 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 sampling of local flavors.