Just Back From: Lake Placid, New York
How nice is it to hit the reset button after a long restful weekend? We did just that with our boys over MLK weekend and went to the Lake Placid Lodge. New this January, the Lodge now allows children and dogs in their 2-bedroom cabins. So with the car packed to the gills we headed off on our 5-hour journey. Somehow, the drive wasn’t as bad as we thought and we listened to the 1984 Miracle on Ice Podcast to help set the mood on where we were going. (Although I will mention having movies loaded up on the iPad or music on the iPod Touch, wouldn’t hurt either!)
Upon your arrival, and actually every time you step foot into the Lodge, a glass of bubbly is poured for you, setting the mood and the feeling that you have arrived. The cabins evoke a 1950’s Adirondack style with soaking tubs, lush beds and linens and a fully stocked fridge. They have big bay windows where you can watch nature at its finest and even watch some ice skaters go by on the frozen lake. Building a fire, pouring a glass of wine and snuggling up with a good book didn’t really sound so thrilling to my boys, so we headed out for a quick dinner at Maggie’s Pub. Thankfully they had one of the football games on the only TV on premises, and a pool table. And just like that, everyone was happy.
The next morning, was a whopping 7 degrees, so we layered up and headed for a gorgeous hike. Living in NYC, we don’t always get a chance to hike all that often and it’s something we all enjoy doing together. We followed bear tracks, tested the “frozen” streams and completed almost 6 miles. And then we were starving so we decided to head back to the Lodge for lunch. It was a fail proof restaurant and we consumed almost every meal there. The Lodge has two restaurants; Maggie’s Pub and Artisan’s. Artisan’s is more upscale but offers a kids menu too.
There is no shortage of Winter activities to take advantage of….snowshoeing, hiking, ice skating on one of the many frozen lakes, skiing or tubing down the sweetest hills with no lines! And since we had the boys with us, we literally did it all. I would highly recommend tubing and ice skating with the kids. My boys don’t normally ice hockey but they did on Mirror Lake. We rented them hockey skates and sticks and bought the “Miracle on Ice” hockey puck, a tourist must. If you are thinking about going with kids, you may want to consider Whiteface Lodge as an option too. It’s another luxe hotel nearby that offers a game room, a year round indoor/outdoor pool, a movie theater, kid’s camp….shall I go on? Thank god for the pool table at our hotel, my boys are now total sharks.
Whiteface Lodge – TONS for the kids to do about a 1/2 mile from The Lodge.
Ice Skating – Gorgeous ice skating on Mirror Lake, rent kids skates from The Hockey Hut on Main Street for $5 along with some hockey sticks. (But know that ice skating on a Lake is very different than a rink!)
Hiking and Snowshoeing – hundreds of trails available at all levels.
Rentals – Cunningham’s Ski Barn will have you suited up in no time.
Shopping – Although we didn’t have time to take advantage of the local shopping we did notice a candy store, an ice cream store and a few antique stores that would be worth popping into.
Restaurants – The Cottage is right on Mirror Lake and definitely worth a try. It looks like they make a mean Bloody Mary and offer pub food. There are a ton of Thai restaurants too.