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The mountain town of Lake Placid, the site of not one but two Olympic Winter Games, has long been a destination for active relaxation and refreshing fun, whether it’s an afternoon hike to a scenic overlook or a paddle on a mirror-calm lake. It’s a place where getting away from it all means finding joy in jaw-dropping natural beauty and sublime comfort. It’s time to invent your perfect, relaxing vacation, nestled in a legendary Adirondack Mountain getaway.
In a small but mighty town like Lake Placid, where people have enjoyed fresh Adirondack fun for over one hundred years, outdoor activities and adventures are never far away, no matter what season. Oftentimes, they’re right outside your door.
The Adirondack High Peaks beckon and fill the skyline from viewpoints throughout the village, but you don’t have to scale a big mountain to get big views and even bigger outdoor bliss. A variety of trails around the village offer walks through sweet woods, over bountiful fields, and to secret lakeview spots that will make you want to spend the day doing nothing but playing in the water.
Speaking of water, we have plenty of that, too! The village surrounds sparkling Mirror Lake, which offers opportunities for leisurely paddling with big views and calm waters. A historic boat tour of Lake Placid lake, home to a ghost and historic homes, lets you relax, soak up the sun, and take in views of Whiteface Mountain while someone else does the driving. The picturesque waterfalls, ponds, and rivers that cover the landscape invite you to fish, hike, swim, or simply marvel at an epic glacial landscape.
Land and sky
When you want to get your legs moving, a stroll around Mirror Lake provides a refreshing exercise and the opportunity to explore many of the village’s unique offerings. The town’s walkability means that you can take your time and let the day unwind however you like. Whether you browse a one-of-a-kind boutique, take in a vibrant art gallery, or settle in for a lakeview latte, Lake Placid is meant to be enjoyed with no schedule, no rush.
As a matter of fact, the only rush you should get here is when you explore our Olympic sites, created for the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games, and where family-friendly fun and world-class competitions are still the name of the game. Soak in history—and a certain Miracle on Ice—at the Olympic Museum, or soar into the sky in the SkyRide gondola at the Olympic Jumping Complex, where 360-degree views show you the world as ski jumpers see it!
If your idea of a relaxing vacation includes putting your feet up, indulging in a massage, or refreshing your body and spirit with a sauna, you’ll find our luxurious spa experiences to be the perfect escape. Base your whole day around pampering, or pop into a sanctuary for a refreshing treatment during an afternoon of shopping and treating yourself.
At the end of the day (or the beginning, or even the middle…this is vacation, after all), you want to savor comfort, and there is nothing more relaxing than one of our award-winning boutique hotels. Each hotel in Lake Placid is utterly distinctive; from birch bark-accented suites and balconies overlooking Mirror Lake, to dreamy bedding and romantic fireplaces, you’ll find a place to lay your head, forget the rest of the world, and never want to go home.
Vacation is about enjoyment, whether it’s the thrill of a mountain sunrise or the indulgence of a velvety, handcrafted chocolate truffle. Lake Placid’s cafés, restaurants, and gourmet food shops feature flavors that have been inventively created to offer a vibrant dining experience.
Here, flavors from around the world mingle in restaurants that range from chic fine dining to casual, European-inspired breakfast nooks. Every meal is an adventure, every dish a new experience brought to you by exceptional chefs who highlight the best and freshest local ingredients. Whether you’re looking for a fork-tender steak or the brightest veggies with a Parisian twist, your taste buds will love Lake Placid.
However, the amazing flavors found throughout Lake Placid aren’t limited just to food! Lake Placid is known for its breweries, where award-winning ales, porters, stouts, and IPAs are always cool, always on tap, and always offer a new flavor you won’t want to miss. Good thing you can take a few samples home as a souvenir.
The symphony of tumbling waterfalls amid cool, fresh mountain air. The serene peace of a walk in the woods, with only songbirds for company. Eye-watering mountain views the moment you wake up. A leisurely farm-to-table meal after an afternoon at an award-winning spa. It’s not too good to be true; it’s what awaits when you escape to Lake Placid, where we can help you create your perfect retreat.
The perfect time to unwind is now.
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Elegant relaxation and endless outdoor adventures come together in the Olympic Town of Lake Placid. Home to award-winning dining, stellar golf and hiking, as well as four-star resorts, breweries, and historic sites, Lake Placid is the perfect mountain town and a gem of the Adirondack Mountains.