World’s Best Trip: Lake Placid, New York
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World’s Best Trip: Lake Placid, New York

How to take a World’s Best trip to Lake Placid, New York.

The Trip

The alpine village of Lake Placid, New York, may still inspire those who remember its Winter Olympics past, but it has always been an all-seasons playground. Nestled among the peaks of 6 million-acre Adirondack Park, the quaint 19th-century town has a two-lane Main Street that includes the Palace Theater, a restored 1926 movie house. Get your bearings in the warmer months with a three-mile walk or bike ride around Mirror Lake (two-wheelers are available for rent at High Peaks Cyclery) with a stop at the Cottage at Mirror Lake Inn, where locals congregate for house-made chili. In winter, take the high-speed chairlift to the top of Whiteface Mountain and ski the highest vertical drop east of the Rockies (3,166 feet). No matter the season, unpack at the Arts and Crafts–style Lake Placid Lodge, in one of the 30 polished wood-and-stone rooms and cottages. After a fire decimated the 127-year-old landmark in 2005, it was rebuilt to surpass its original glory. Now the hotel’s romantic Artisans restaurant offers a fresh spin on the area’s warm-your-bones cuisine thanks to new chef Nathan Rich, who pairs lamb loin with fava beans, English peas, and mint. What to drink? Perhaps a 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the property’s 8,000-bottle wine cellar.

Lake Placid Active Tip: Lake Placid’s Olympic Sports Complex is open to athletes interested in cross-country ski lessons on groomed Adirondack trails. To watch the experts, check with the Lake Placid Convention & Visitor’s Bureau for information on freestyle and ski-jumping events, year-round bobsled competitions, and more. 800/447-5224.

Lake Placid Family Tip: Travelers with children should opt for the four-story Whiteface Lodge Resort & Spa, which has 94 suites as well as an indoor movie theater, a bowling alley, and a kids’ program that includes tent-building, plus nightly s’mores around a bonfire and stargazing. Four-person suites from $395, including breakfast.

Lake Placid, New York:

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Cottage at Mirror Lake Inn 77 Mirror Lake Dr.; 518/523-9845;; lunch for two $40.

High Peaks Cyclery 2733 Main St.; 518/523-3764;; half-day rentals from $25.

Lake Placid Lodge 144 Lodge Way; 518/523-2700;; doubles from $550; dinner for two $320, prix fixe, includes wine pairing.

Palace Theater 2430 Main St.; 518/523-9271.

Whiteface Mountain Rte. 86, Wilmington; 518/946-2223;; one-day lift tickets from $77 per person.

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