Lake Placid Lodge

Lake Placid Lodge
Lake Placid, NY

While you're tucked away for a few hear-a-pin-drop days and nights in Lake Placid, N.Y., you'll manage to forget everything. Everything. Cellphone service is spotty enough to throw your BlackBerry out of arm's reach. and picture this: lake Placid lodge's thirteen guest rooms and seventeen lakefront private cabins and suites nestled among the treetops (from $390, 518-523-2700, The relais & Chateau resort is true to its prestige ("relays" means a resting place and "chateau" means mansion). relax in the big, luxurious lodge: beyond the panoramic windows is one of the country's cleanest lakes. Beyond that, the shadows of tall adirondack trees. Beyond that, sky. Beyond that, more sky. see? It's easy to unwind here. They don't call it Lake Placid for nothing. — Amy Strauss

What to do

  1. Sip on some red wine in Lake Placid Lodge's vaulted brick wine cellar. Opt for a glass of Bordeaux, in honor of the sommelier's native town. The gothic room holds just twelve people, and most of the space is filled with its table, whose heavy top is a marvelous antique door from a Santa Fe monastery.
  2. Take a drive. It doesn't matter where — just get in the car and go. All roads around Lake Placid lead to gorgeous Adirondack views, so bring your camera. Remember to brake for moose. Only turn on the GPS when it's time to go home.
  3. Detox at The Spa at Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid's national-award-winning facility. The Spa is also home to some of the manliest treatments in the world: the Outdoorsman Facial, which treats sun and wind damage, and the Lumberjack Man-hands Soother, a true manicure that massages and hydrates the roughest and toughest of skin ($115 and $35, respectively; 518-523-0560;
  4. Practically all of the common areas at Lake Placid Lodge have a fireplace, and it's your duty to visit them. Sit. Smell the smoke. Get warm. Each guest room has fireplaces, too, and with long lighters and strategically rolled newspaper and starter logs, the lovely staff has made it easy (read: foolproof) for guests. Want a fire al fresco? Ask the front desk to start a bonfire outside; they're happy to turn over a basket full of marshmallows, Hershey's chocolate bar, graham crackers, and fire pokers, too.
  5. Grab a cup of coffee at Big Mountain Deli & Creperie (518-523-3222) or Soul Shine Bagel (518- 523-9772) and take the morning to stroll along — and in — the shops of Lake Placid's Main Street.

Lake Placid Lodge

Every guest room at Lake Placid Lodge boasts a fireplace. Want a fire al fresco? The front desk will start a bonfire outside and provide you with all of the fixin's for s'mores.