Don’t put away the skis just yet — there’s still time to hit the groomed trails, cozy fires and rustic cabins around Lake Placid this season. To put you on the fast track, we asked Lake Placid regular and Passported travel advisor and contributor, Elisa Brown, to share her favorite spots to sleep, play and eat on and off the slopes. Contact Elisa to book your trip now!
Where to Stay
LAKE PLACID LODGE A bit off the beaten path from town, this Relais-Chateaux property sits directly on Lake Placid Lake. Each wintry-luxe cabin shows off a stone fireplace, handcrafted furnishings, and a sweeping porch that celebrates the authentic spirit of the north woods. The lakefront cabins are highly recommended to ensure the utmost privacy and the best views. (Images below.)
WHITEFACE MOUNTAIN LODGE A lumber-chic playground for families looking for endless entertainment off the mountain. The lodge features an indoor/outdoor pool, game room, private movie theater, bowling lanes, ice skating rink and nightly s'mores by the fire, giving parents the opportunity to relax and take advantage of the full-service spa.
Where to Eat
THE GOOD BITE KITCHEN Six-seater vegetarian lunch restaurant with an innovative menu and a serious commitment to using locally sourced ingredients. The warm black bean chili and homemade focaccia bread are crowd pleasers.
ARTISANS A seasonally inspired four-course tasting menu with an extensive wine collection to match. During peak season, make reservations in advance and plan on smart casual attire.
CAFFE RUSTICA Casual Italian eatery serving authentic pasta dishes and brick oven pizzas. The roasted eggplant with goat cheese pizza, aka The Bianca Rustica, is pretty much perfect.
What to Do
SKI WHITEFACE MOUNTAIN Located 20 minutes north of Lake Placid Village, Whiteface has 80 trails including the longest single intermediate run in the Northeast, the 2.1-mile long Wilmington Trail.
JOIN ADIRONDACK SNOWMOBILES An exhilarating 90-minute guided tour for all ages through the vast open fields and bumpy trails of the Adirondacks.
VISIT MIRROR LAKE Mirror Lake is what makes Lake Placid a standout from other Northeast ski towns. On any given winter day, the lake buzzes with recreational skaters, snowshoers, cross-country skiers and pick-up hockey games. For a more relaxed Mirror Lake experience, walk the 3-mile track around the lake, hop on a dogsled ride or curl up on an Adirondack chair by the bonfires and watch the magic.
EXPLORE THE OLYMPIC SPORTS COMPLEX Steep sledding hills, snow tubing trails and a half-mile Olympic bobsled ride create memories of a lifetime and lend a winter wonderland element to any visit here.
Where to Après-Ski
THE COTTAGE This casual, lakefront pub delivers on every level: Fresh local brews, hot toddies and the overloaded nachos, which keep the indoor tables packed all night. Outside, bonfires, Mirror Lake ice skating and s'mores keep the kids happy and the deck buzzing.
MAGGIE'S PUB Adirondack-chic decor, old-school cocktails, elegant pub fare and a billiard table by the fire gives adults the chance to unwind and reconnect in a gorgeous, intimate setting.