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Lake Placid, NY
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Destination Overview

Hard to believe the “Miracle on Ice” was 31 years ago or that this tiny hamlet of 3,000 has hosted two Winter Olympics, 1980 and 1932. Lake Placid today, is a wonderful year-round resort community and is home to the U.S. Winter Olympic team training.
Oddly, the town of Lake Placid sits on Mirror Lake, with Lake Placid being just a short distance away, but it is a charming little hamlet with wonderful shops and restaurants and delightful places to stay.

Adirondack State Park is the largest in the nation, bigger than the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite combined. The area was home to the “Great Camps”, luxurious, rustic mountain retreats built by America’s wealthy in the 20’s and 30’s.

Crystal clear lakes amid the tall pines of the Adirondack Mountains provide great recreational opportunities for all seasons and Whiteface Mountain offers some of the best skiing in the East. The town itself, overlooking Mirror Lake has wonderful shops and restaurants and maintains its small town charm.

Click picture to enlargeView of Whiteface Mountain from Lake PlacidSki Jump - Fall SkyKissing Bridge in Ticonderoga

Making Your Travel Plans

To make your travel plans you can go to our Weekend Planner for all the contact information.

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Click picture to enlargeTobogganing onto Mirror LakeFall on Mirror LakeHigh Falls Gorge

Getting There

Lake Placid is a 5 hour drive from either New York or Boston. Should you wish to fly, Burlington, Vermont is two hours away, Albany 2 ½. You can also fly into nearby Saranac Lake, but the total trip from New York is 3 ½ hours (if the flights are on-time!) and costs @$354.

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When To Go

One of the great things about Lake Placid is that there are no limitations to when you can go. Every season offers plenty to do. Warm and cold weather outdoor activities abound and the delightful mountain atmosphere creates such a sense of serenity that just relaxing and reading a book is activity enough.

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Getting Around

In Lake Placid itself, everything is within walking distance, but there is so much to see and do in the surrounding areas that a car is a necessity. Public transportation is available, but limited.


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The BestWeekends Travel Advance Team does all the work for you. We research each destination by scouring the guidebooks, articles, blogs, reviews and rating systems. Then we visit the destination and stay in the properties. Finally, we talk to the locals to be sure we didn’t miss anything. The result: we post on our site only the best of what we experienced. You can book with confidence knowing that “we’ve been there” and that no one pays us for a review. Inside see our Featured Properties.

When you are away on vacation, there’s few things worse than a bad dining experience. We agree, so we follow the same process for identifying restaurants as we do for accommodations, but with an extra step. We believe that the best dining experience has the strongest combination of food, ambiance and service. Good food is a given in our recommendations, but the best food in the world just doesn’t taste as good in a poor setting and the best setting with poor service just doesn’t cut it for us. The BestWeekends Travel Advance Team only presents those restaurants that meet our strict criteria. Mangia….enjoy! Here's our Favorite Restaurants.


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Things To Do

Winter offers a full range of outdoor sports including downhill and cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating, snowshoeing and sleigh rides. Warmer months bring lake swimming, boating, water skiing, fishing, trail riding, hiking and rafting. There are cultural events throughout the year, museums to visit, amazing geological attractions and wonderful shopping. All the Things To Do.

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BestWeekend' Exclusives

After selecting our favorite places to stay and eat, we sat down and made a list of all the other things that would save you time and make your stay more enjoyable. The result is “Special Things” and “Good To Know, Good To Go,” BestWeekends Exclusives.

Special Things identifies unique, fun and romantic things for couples to do together in a particular destination. Good to Know is our list of the “best” of everything from breakfast to burgers, cocktails to after dinner fun and much, much more. Why stumble around trying to find the “best”….we’ve already done it for you!

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Don't Miss

  • Scones or croissants at Bluesberry Bakery.
  • Lunch at the Cottage Cafe.
  • High Peaks Gorge.
  • Something on the Lake; sleigh ride, dog sled or boating.
  • Cocktails at Kanu Lounge
  • Olympic Museum
  • Dinner at the View
  • A night at The Point
See my Photo Scrapbook.

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