Lake Placid was founded during the 19th century, becoming a popular resort destination when discovered by the rich and famous who were drawn to the fashionable Lake Placid Club. The following years brought the Winter Olympics in both 1932 and 1980! Lake Placid also built its first golf course in 1898, one of the first in the U.S., and claims the most courses in the Adirondacks.
Whiteface Mountain is home to the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies, with 86 trails stretching over 22 miles and encompassing 3 peaks. They even have a wine and cheese bar.
3. THE COCKTAILS
For some of the most inventive, handcrafted cocktails in Lake Placid, look no further than the luxurious Whiteface Lodge. Enter the stunning Adirondack-style porte-cochere, toss the keys to the valet, and stroll through the lobby to KANU, where head mixologist, Zachary Blair, will concoct anything from the ordinary to the extraordinary. But we can't help to recommend the "Fall Crisp." It has fresh-pressed Macintosh apple and that's all you need to know—for now.
With amazing hikes for every skill, the region is home to Mount Marcy, New York's tallest mountain at over 5,000 feet. Bring a snack, because while not technically challenging, it offers a varied terrain that takes 6-7 hours to the summit. But look at that view!
Obviously home to Lake Placid, there's also a smaller in-town lake known as Mirror Lake, which always seems to get a first-timers attention. Take your pick and enjoy paddle boarding or kayaking. Winter? Taking a dogsled ride (hot cocoa in tow) across Mirror Lake is simply a must or even practice your flawless figure 8 as the smell of logs burning at The Cottage entice you.