One of my favorite places to visit in upstate New York is Lake Placid. My husband, daughter, and I have been making an annual day trip there for several years, and last fall, my husband and I spent a weekend there celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary. A few days ago, we took my parents there for the first time, and they enoyed it, too.
More than anything else, I absolutely love the gorgeous scenery in the area. We always take a boat cruise on Lake Placid, and enjoy the views of the lovely, shoreline Adirondack “camps”, the protected lands, and the amazing beauty of Whiteface Mountain, as well as some of the other Adirondack high peaks. We also always drive up to the 4,865-foot summit of Whiteface Mountain, and marvel at the amazing views in all directions. (This time, we actually saw the Montreal skyline!)
The village of Lake Placid has lots of shops and restaurants, as well as a movie theater and other attractions. (And a Starbucks, if you just can’t go without.) Since we’re usually just passing through the village for lunch and some quick window-shopping, I don’t have a lot of favorites to share – with one exception. If you’re looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion, I highly recommend The View at Mirror Lake Inn. My husband and I had our anniversary dinner there, and it was amazing! The restaurant is lovely, the food is beyond delicious, the service is wonderful, and the views are breath-taking. (Oh – I thought of two, additional favorite spots for food: The Scape Cafe (great, vegetarian sandwiches!), and Cake Placid (fantastic crumb cake!).)
We’re not a particularly active family, but for those who are, there are TONS of activities in the Lake Placid-area. There’s hiking, water sports, skiing and snowboarding, biking, rock climbing, and, of course, the annual Iron Man.
If you’re looking for a truly stunning location in upstate New York, with something to do for everyone, Lake Placid will definitely fit the bill.
Have you been to Lake Placid? What’s your favorite thing to do there?