The sweet, intoxicating fragrance of cedar and balsam pine is the first thing that envelopes you upon entering the Lake Placid Lodge. A beloved 19th century mountain camp transformed into a lodge of unparallel rustic splendor, it is located in the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York – for we New Yorkers, it’s a 5-star get-away right in our own backyard!
Lake Placid Lodge is the jewel of the Adirondacks – clear, cold in winter, strewn with leafy islands waiting to be explored in summer. This is a majestic hotel built by hand in the Arts & Crafts tradition, perfectly at home in its lakeside setting. There are thirteen sumptuous rooms and seventeen luxurious cabins at the water’s edge. The woods and water enfold the Lodge; the sun warms its wide stone porches. Each room has a fireplace at its heart and wilderness visible through its diamond-paned windows. Above all, there is comfort and welcome, wherever you go.
Beneath a blanket of fresh snow at this Relais & Chateau property, one experiences winter at its purest. This season is a most special time as the silent, snowy forest and the frozen lake make a magical landscape to explore or to leisurely gaze at from a chair next to a warm fireplace. It doesn’t hurt that the pub is well-stocked for inclement weather pursuits: billiards, backgammon, chess and cards, as well as tempting food and drink. Chef Nathan Rich, recently of the Mandarin Oriental, works his masterful culinary skills with locally-grown products and his farm-to-table philosophy. At this authentic winter hideaway, you’ll spend crisp, silvery days skiing, snowshoeing, hiking or skating beneath the winter sky, while enchanted nights are spent curled in front of a crackling bonfire, sipping hot cocoa before sinking into a cocoon of fairytale bedding.
Love is the Only Gold -Alfred, Lord Tennyson
A remedy for banishing the winter doldrums and a way to share some golden Valentine moments with your significant other, you may want to consider Lake Placid Lodge’s Valentine’s Day Special which includes, on arrival, champagne chilling in your room, daily made-to-order gourmet breakfast served in-room, a massage for two, private dinner in the wine cellar and a guided snowshoe, cross-country or downhill skiing day trip with packed boxed lunch. The three-night accommodation begins at $2,570.
Family Need a Getaway?
The Lodge is inviting guests of all ages to join in the winter fun for a special 2-night stay package between March 11th and March 26th. Some of the activities you’ll enjoy are ice skating in the Olympic Rink, an interactive experience with birds of prey, snowshoeing, sledding and S’mores, and cross-country and downhill skiing. Ski packages start at $1,300 and include two nights stay in a mountain view cabin or lakeside suite, lift tickets for the whole family each day, gourmet goodies to eat on the mountain, and a made-to-order breakfast daily.
A large, charming Golden Retriever, Maggie, is the mistress of this gilded manor and, in fact, the pub bears her name. Each evening at dinner, Maggie visits the tables, standing a respectful distance and staring solemnly at your food with soulful eyes. Ever the lady, after a few minutes she will either lie quietly at your feet or wander off to visit another table ad repeat the performance. Maggie is also a lively companion on your walks…she’ll bound ahead and out of sight, only to reappear suddenly out of the brambles, wet, bedraggled and truly worse for wear but panting with unbridled joy.
Fire on the Mountain
Five years ago, Lake Placid Lodge belied its name when, on December 15, 2005, disaster struck. An electrical fire started in an unused downstairs kitchen in the Main Lodge and swept through the historic wooden structure dating from 1882. The staff acted quickly to evacuate the building and no one was hurt –not even Steamboat, the cat. With the Main Lodge all but destroyed and the adjacent Cedar Lodge heavily damaged, there was nothing left to do but carry on and rebuild. That’s just what they did, and, amazingly, rebuilding and renovation took less than three years. In September, 2008, the Lodge reopened. Very similar to the original buildings in structure and style, the new lodge is bl3essed with a number of “corrections” from modern electrical and technological updates, so despite this devastating blow, the Lake Placid Lodge has been re-created – now even better than ever!
Lake Placid 411
Transportation: Driving: 5 hours from NYC
Flights: Private jets can fly directly into the Lake Placid airport
Commercial flights: fly into Adirondack Regional Airport (ADK)