Close your eyes for a minute and picture this. A large, calm lake surrounded by soft mountain peaks. Further off, you can see the darker shadows of larger mountains in their distant hues of blues and green. The air is warm as the sun touches your skin, but underneath lays that edge of chill that gives testament to chilly mornings and brisk nights. The breeze blows in the fragrance of pine needles, wood smoke, and that clean mountain air that has attracted visitors for decades, whether seeking cures for tuberculosis or escapes from city life. As you sit in silent meditation, around you swirl the sounds of motor boats trolling by, the gentle slosh of a canoe or kayak paddle, the wild splashes of a rambunctious dog as it races into the water after a ball, and the joyful shrieks of children playing on the shore.

In the center of town, sitting by another lake, the cars motor past and the visitors clomp down the sidewalk, in search of food and drink. Nearby you hear music playing from a local restaurant or pub. The smells of barbecue, fried fish, and freshly-made waffle cones fill the air. Different from the peaceful lakeside meditation you found nearby, but no less welcome at the end of the day.

Mirror Lake Lake Placid New York sunset

These are the sights, sounds and smells of Lake Placid. Lake Placid is a small alpine village in the Adirondack Mountains in Northern New York. Lake Placid is part of a tri-lake area, which also includes Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake and their surrounding communities. Lake Placid is the most famous of the three lakes, as it was host to the Winter Olympics not once, but twice, in both 1932 and 1980. It is still popular among winter-sports enthusiasts, but it is also a lovely place to visit when it is warm, which is why we spent a summer weekend in Lake Placid. The downtown village has a quaint, European ski town feel, with nice shops and good restaurants.

Where to Stay in Lake Placid: Lake Placid Inn Review

Adirondacks Tourism arranged for us to stay at the Lake Placid Inn. From the pictures on the website, we were imagining a quaint, quiet inn nestled next to a stream in the woods. And it is, but that stream is also next to a major road that runs into town. The good news about this is that it is possible to walk to town if you are adventurous, or at least walk across the street to the ‘Dack Shack for something to eat. But the bad news is, you are also going to hear some traffic going by. Between the location and the motel set up with exterior entrances, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I first pulled in, yet when we stepped inside our unit, I was more than pleasantly surprised.

The Lake Placid Inn has been recently redone and I want to hire their decorator because I’m totally down with their style. Reclaimed wood plays a big role, from the accent wall in the bedroom to the hand-hewn kitchen table and benches. I had no intention on cooking during our stay, but the cute little kitchen was fully stocked with stainless steel appliances and all the accessories I’d need, in good repair and good order.Lake Placid Inn review

I always appreciate a suite that gives separate spaces for parents and kids. Even in our one bedroom, the foldout couch in the living space offered extra sleeping space, plus the Lake Placid Inn also offers two-bedroom units for larger families. I also fell in love with the large bathroom with a huge glass shower, only you couldn’t spend much time in there because of a pretty persistent sewer smell. Everything looked clean and was working properly, but I did see some other reviews for the end units complaining about this also, so a location close to the street may actually be better.

Lake Placid Inn

You may also want to use their outdoor fire pit and barbecues. I know at least one night when we came home there was a group outside enjoying a campfire. Despite the negatives, I’d stay here again as it was so convenient to town (just a five minute drive) and the units really were so spacious, comfortable and stylish.

Summer weekend in Lake Placid -- tips on where to stay, where to eat and what to do in the Adirondacks


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