Back in the late 19th century, affluent families such as the Carnegies, Rockefellers, and Vanderbilts got a break from city life by retreating to the Adirondack Mountains in northeastern New York. They built magnificent seasonal getaways known as “Great Camps.” Over time, Adirondack Park evolved into the largest publicly preserved area in the Lower 48, encompassing a vast six million acres, including the charming Lake Placid.
A Tranquil Retreat
Today, the charming village of Lake Placid serves as the ideal gateway, boasting a rich history, having hosted not one but two Olympic Winter Games in 1932 and 1980. Recently, several new hotels have made their debut in the area. The stylish Eastwind Lake Placid is a cozy retreat nestled along the tranquil Chubb River.
With 21 rooms and eight cabins reflecting a Scandinavian-chic aesthetic, the property exudes a nostalgic charm with vintage touches. The resort’s amenities include a sauna, a pool, a fire pit and barbecue area, a private dining cabin, and a bar and lounge to unwind after a day of exploration.
A Sporting Wonderland
Lake Placid has also invested in upgrading its historic sporting facilities. First is the newly renovated Lake Placid Olympic Museum, along with two revamped ice arenas and a speed-skating oval.
For adrenaline junkies, the Olympic Jumping Complex and Mount Van Hoevenberg offer winter sports like bobsledding and cross-country skiing — not to mention, indoor climbing and biking options. Thrill-seekers can even take on the Cliffside Coaster, North America’s longest mountain roller coaster.
A Hiking Haven
Lake Placid also offers an array of hiking opportunities. Just a short drive outside of town, you can go on a 16-mile hike along the highest peak in New York State known as Mount Marcy.
For a milder adventure, the 5.8-mile trail to the summit of Hurricane Mountain provides an unforgettable experience. At the top, hikers can climb the fire tower and marvel at the breathtaking 360-degree views of the untouched wilderness.