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4 hours from Poughkeepsie


 

Do & Dine

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.

 


Photo courtesy of the lake placid lodge

Stay

Lake Placid Lodge offers the height of luxury while nestled within an impressive natural setting.

Rooms in the main lodge are private and notably comfortable with handmade feather beds, a wood-burning stone fireplace, and a private balcony. The Treetop and Whiteface suites are purely stunning: extravagant hideaways high up in the pines with views of the forest, lakes, and mountains. The lodge’s Lakeview and Lakefront cabins offer a memorable view of Lake Placid from an intimate, cozy interior. No matter where you stay, creature comforts like wine and cookies are delivered to your front door, and you can even order in-room massage treatments for those extra-tiring days.

Dining options at Lake Placid Lodge include the rustic Maggie’s Pub and Artisans, which features seasonal, upscale cuisine in an enchanting ambiance. Private dining is also available in the lodge’s vaulted brick wine cellar.

To top off the entire experience, Lake Placid Lodge hosts nightly bonfires, where you can stay toasty and roast s’mores by the edge of the lake. Summer weekend rates from $899; www.lakeplacidlodge.com

 


Photo courtesy of ADK Aquatics

Get out on the water!

1. Fishing enthusiasts love Lake Placid with its 15 species of fish (including four species of trout, alone). In May, it’s pike and walleye season.

2. Get your adrenaline pumping with more extreme watersports on Lake Placid, like waterskiing at their slalom course near the main island, wake-boarding, or tubing with ADK Aquatics. You can also take a sunrise or sunset boat tour with them. For kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, and yoga paddle-boarding, go with SUP Lake Placid.

3. Take in your surroundings and cruise the waters of Lake Placid on a motorboat or paddle boat from Placid Boat Rentals.

 

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