Lake Placid, known for hosting the Winter Olympics twice over, has a reputation for catering to winter activities. But in the Adirondacks, nature is king year-round, and a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities — plus a bustling downtown (with antique shops, bookstores, and the Olympic Museum) — make the alpine town a favorite destination in the warm weather, too.
For family-friendly fun, traverse the many hiking and biking routes for every skill level on Cascade Mountain, go fishing, hop on a boat tour, or take in the whole region at once from the air with Adirondack Scenic Flights.
The more extreme can try rock-climbing on Barkeater Cliff and, if you dare, Wallface; explore the wilderness on horseback with the Adirondack Equine Center; or venture out with whitewater rafting on the Hudson River Gorge. While these options present both scenic and challenging getaways, those leaning in the entirely opposite direction can happily enjoy tennis and golf. The Whiteface Club & Resort and the Lake Placid Club both feature challenging 18-hole courses throughout the summer.
There are hundreds of miles of lakes, ponds, and rivers ready for exploring; two of the most frequented are — of course — Lake Placid and Mirror Lake (see next page for more).
For fine dining, go to The View Restaurant and Caffé Rustica; for something more laid-back, try Lisa G’s, Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, or Smoke Signals; for tasty tasting rooms, head to Goose Watch Winery, Terry Robards Wines & Spirits, or Big Slide Brewery.