Lake Placid has been my destination of choice for a weekend escapade for the last few years. It is a beautiful place to visit during the winter, after all, the city welcomed the winter Olympics of 1932 and 1980. The place is as charming during the summer. My favorite place in the area is the Mirror Lake Inn, built in 1924. It is also home to one of the best restaurants in New York.
As we enter, we are submerged by a feeling of luxury that reminds us of simplicity and encourages us to enjoy the present moment. The lobby offers many comfortable couches next to the windows, making it the perfect place to take an afternoon tea. I also love the two-stories suites, perfect for families and couples. The rustic decor gives it a cozy feeling and makes us want to stay there for more than just a weekend.
During the winter time, Whiteface is the perfect place for skiers, and the Olympics museum is a very interesting place that brings us back to the Miracle on Ice era. There is also an outdoors skating rink, where you can practice your axels. During the warmer months, the Mirror Lake Inn private beach is the perfect place to be. Kayaks and SUP are offered, and the sunshine is definitely a plus. My favorite thing of the inn would have to be the hotel’s swimming pool, which completes the harbor and lets you swim a few meters before getting back into your daily routine.
The restaurant of the area, The View, is rated 4 diamonds, the only one in the region, alongside many other awards. The food offered is regional, and the menu is very diverse. Even though it changes depending on the seasons, my favorites are the crab cake as an appetizer, the prosciutto-wrapped cod and the scallops on a vegetable puree, or the sweet potatoes gnocchis. A true delight.
Whether it’s for a romantic getaway or a family trip, the Mirror Lake Inn is a small but very special harbor. I promised myself that I would go back as soon as summer comes!