Jessica Schwartzberg

A lakeside sports playground.

December 01, 2014

Lake Placid, host of the 1932 and 1980 Olympics, is known as “Winter Sports Capital of the World”—but it’s really a four-season outdoors wonderland. Set among the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, the 19th-century town has a quaint main street and access to year-round activities, from biking and skiing to canoeing and fishing.

Whiteface Mountain

The ski jump from the 1980 winter Olympics is still up and running. Take in the area's most panoramic views from the top of the ski lifts, then slice your way through the snow down the big vertical drop.

Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa

Families return year after year to this 131-room lakefront complex in the Adirondack Mountains, drawn by the casual vibe and the pub-style food from the alfresco Cottage restaurant (open-faced roast beef sandwich, anyone?). The 19th-century town has a storied Olympics-filled history, and this resort, with a range of room types—from multi-level suites to double rooms with leather armchairs and balconies—is the ideal home base for active types. During the winter months, groups of adventurers head out for ice-skating on the lake before warming up by the fire in the mahogany-paneled library; in summer, couples unwind on a wraparound verandah or head out for a picnic in a canoe or paddle boat from the hotel’s fleet.

The View Restaurant

The inn's restaurant boasts a fantastic view and a chef that uses local ingredients in creative ways.

Saranac Sourdough

Tasty sandwiches come on bread baked on a stone hearth, and the hearty soups are delicious.

Olympic Sports Complex

Try a bobsled run. It’s the only bobsled, luge, and skeleton track east of the Rockies. There’s also a network of cross-country ski trails.

Adirondack Park

Climb trails through the northern peaks of the park or backcountry canoe in the St. Regis wilderness area.

Cottage at Mirror Lake Inn

The restaurant here has a fantastic view of the water and a chef that uses local ingredients in creative ways. Try the grilled lobster in citrus aioli with asparagus.

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