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Lake Placid Lodge

Pure Adirondacks, Pure Bliss

Lake Placid Lodge
Credit: Courtesy of Lake Placid Lodge

On the forested edge of Lake Placid, in the shadow of Whiteface Mountain, a small hotel looks out over the water. It is an old Adirondack lodge of arching cedar branches, smooth painted pine, and diamond-paned windows, a traditional, personal hotel, gracious and firelit, with views to take your breath away. This is Lake Placid Lodge.

In 1882, a German family built a camp in the Arts and Crafts tradition at the edge of the lake - a perfect spot where you could sit all day and watch Whiteface admire its own mighty reflection. Today this old camp is a majestic hotel 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 throughout. This is a hotel in the spirit of the Great Camps, of luxury and celebration hidden away in the quiet woods.

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.

The Lodge has some fun-filled special-offer packages coming up in the months ahead:

Love is the Only Gold
-Alfred, Lord Tennyson

For some true Valentine golden moments, 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 skiing or downhill skiing day trip with packed boxed lunch. The three-night accommodation begins at $2,570.

Ski & Stay

Readers of SKI Magazine have named Whiteface Mountain the Number One ski resort in the eastern U.S. and second overall in eastern North America. Book two nights in a cabin or suite and receive two lift tickets per day to ski or ride Whiteface Mountain. Following your gourmet, made-to-order breakfast, hop into your boots and be transported to the mountain for a full day of fun and adventure. The Package starts at $1,350 based on double occupancy and a 2-night minimum. The price is based on 2 skiers/riders; if your partner doesn't ski/ride, the Lodge will set them up with an expert masseuse in the room while you hit the slopes.

March Family Getaway & Culinary School

Lake Placid Lodge
Credit: Courtesy of Lake Placid Lodge

For the very first time, Lake Placid Lodge invites guests of all ages to join in this delicious winter fun. Starting March 11th through closing date, March 26th, this package will feature a family culinary school, an interactive experience with Mark Manski, Master of Birds of Prey, S'mores and storytelling at the Bonfire, snow tubing at Mt. Pisgah, culinary instruction with Chef Nathan Rich and movie nights in the Adirondack Room.

Adults will dine on Chef's Artisans Menu which includes Jumbo Lump Crab, Duck Confit and Gnocchi, Maine Lobster, Braised and Smoked Berkshire Pork Belly, and Grand Marnier Chocolate Soufflé. For the kids, they can choose from the children's menu and there are after-dinner games and movies to keep them occupied. Packages start at $1,300 and include a two-night stay in a mountain view cabin or lakeside suite. In addition to the Culinary School, the price includes lift tickets for the whole family, gourmet goodies to eat on the mountain, a made-to-order breakfast daily, as well as on-property ice skating, tobogganing, snow shoeing, cross country skiing and all equipment needed for these sports.

Food & Wine Festival 2011

The festival runs from May 5-8 and also from October 20-23, 2011. Playing off the Aesop fable, "the City Mouse and the Country Mouse," invited city chefs will be traveling to the country to explore many unique and unusual city/country perspectives of food and beverage. Using only New York State products and the Lodge's farm-to-table philosophy, the weekend will be a multi-faceted epicurean experience, providing guests an opportunity to engage with the chefs and a highly regarded food writer, all in an informal, relaxed environment. Prices range from an entire weekend at $3,525 or opt for a daily rate.

Fire on the Mountain

Almost exactly 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 blessed 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:

For more information:
Private jets can fly directly into the Lake Placid airport
Commercial flights: fly into Adirondack Regional Airport (ADK)

-- Barbara Barton Sloane

Winter 2011