Hotel at a Glance: Whiteface Lodge
The all-suite Whiteface Lodge is set in the woodlands surrounding the town of Lake Placid. There, guests can take refuge in suites with handcrafted furnishings, full kitchens, cast-iron fireplaces, and jetted tubs. Private cedar and mahogany balconies or slate patios provide views of the mountains.
- Award winner: named the No. 1 Lake Placid romantic getaway by ResortsandLodges.com
- Locally inspired menu at Kanu, where the sommelier pairs each entree with a wine
- Build a sundae at the ice-cream parlor, which also sells penny candy and sodas.
- Relax in style at the Spa at Whiteface Lodge, named 1 of the Top 100 US Resort Spas by Condé Nast Traveler readers.
- Seasonal outdoor activities ranging from boating to skiing are available; the concierge can help you make arrangements.
- Olympic Center: Visit the jumping complex, bobsled experience, and “Miracle on Ice” rink.
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.