Lake Placid, NY - Jim Flynn's BestWeekends

Lake Placid, NY

Lake Placid, NY Overview

Hard to believe the “Miracle on Ice” was 40 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.


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Where To Stay

High Peaks Resort

OVERVIEW For many, many years the Hilton occupied the corner of Main Street and Saranac Avenue and in 2008 the property passed hands and became the High Peaks Resort. The owners took advantage of an ideal location with mountain and lake views and “kicked it up a notch” as Emeril would say. This is a...…

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Lake Placid Lodge

OVERVIEW The Lake Placid Lodge is a spectacular property on the banks of Lake Placid that offers a main lodge and a collection of lakeside cabins. Rooms are extraordinarily decorated, the food is outstanding and the views breathtaking. In December 2005, just two months after our first visit, a devastating fire destroyed the Lodge’s main...…

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Mirror Lake Inn

OVERVIEW Some places are just so comfortable and welcoming, you know from the start that you will keep coming back. Mirror Lake is one of those places. It is a delightful place to stay in any season, but it becomes truly magical when all lit up with tiny lights and surrounded by snow. It evokes...…

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Where To Eat

Artisans at the Lake Placid Lodge

The '05 fire that claimed the main building, its restaurant, bar, wine cellar and wine collection was a blow to all who had enjoyed this magnificent restaurant on the banks of Lake Placid. My wife and I got engaged here just two months before the fire, so it had special meaning to us. How do…

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Kanu at The Whiteface Lodge

Soaring ceilings and huge hand cut timber beams, massive iron chandeliers decorated with antlers, enormous stone fireplaces and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the wooded area beyond create a dramatic, luxurious and rustic setting for a meal at Kanu that you won't soon forget. Twig style Adirondack tables and chairs sit atop beautiful Oriental carpets…

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Taste Bistro

For a more casual, less "fancy" dinner, Taste Bistro & Bar at Mirror Lake Inn is a favorite. It's a cozy, dark little nook, located off the bar area with a wonderful fireplace and great views of the lake and mountains. The basic menu is comfort food personified. Try the Lobster Risotto Fritters. Maine lobster,…

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