48-Hour Travel Guide: Things to Do in Lake Placid

Lake House Lake Placid Balcony - 48-Hour Travel Guide: Things to Do in Lake Placid by Washington DC travel blogger Alicia Tenise
Paddling on Mirror Lake Lake Placid - 48-Hour Travel Guide: Things to Do in Lake Placid by Washington DC travel blogger Alicia Tenise

Listen: I’ll be completely candid here and say that I am not the most familiar with upstate New York. My friends who live in the city consider Beacon, NY upstate, but I got the vibe that it was an NYC suburb considering that Metro-North ran through the town. But I digress.

When the folks at High Peaks resort invited me up to the Adirondacks for a fall trip this past October, I knew I had to jump at this awesome opportunity. The only thing I knew of Lake Placid before visiting was the town’s Olympic past (and present — athletes come in droves during the winter to train here!) 

Overall, I’m not sure if I would go back to Lake Placid in the fall, but I think it’s worth a trip during Summer or Winter. Here are my honest thoughts about my Lake Placid experience.
 
Lake Placid NY - How to Get There - 48-Hour Travel Guide: Things to Do in Lake Placid by Washington DC travel blogger Alicia Tenise

How to Get to Lake Placid NY from NYC - 48-Hour Travel Guide: Things to Do in Lake Placid by Washington DC travel blogger Alicia Tenise

How to Get There

Getting there was my least favorite part of the trip. By car, Lake Placid is 5 hours away from New York, and 6 hours away from Philadelphia. There are also some pretty hefty tolls to get to Lake Placid as well. I looked into a flight, but the closest airport was still 2 hours away from Lake Placid. There isn’t a good way to get to Lake Placid without a car. However, it is only 2 hours away from Montreal and Burlington, VT if you’re looking to do a major road trip throughout the area!

High Peaks Resort Lake Placid Lobby - 48-Hour Travel Guide: Things to Do in Lake Placid by Washington DC travel blogger Alicia Tenise

High Peaks Resort Guest Room - 48-Hour Travel Guide: Things to Do in Lake Placid by Washington DC travel blogger Alicia Tenise
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High Peaks Resort Review - 48-Hour Travel Guide: Things to Do in Lake Placid by Washington DC travel blogger Alicia Tenise

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Things to Do in Lake Placid – Where to Stay

We stayed at the High Peaks Resort, which is a pretty impressive property. They have three different buildings you can stay at: the Resort, the Lake House, and their Waterfront property. You have access to all three properties when you stay at High Peaks, We opted for the Resort, and I loved the property. They recently remodeled their lobby, and it’s got a cozy yet chic ski town vibe.

The room decor wasn’t as modern as the lobby. However, even their standard units had plenty of space. Our suite had a cozy pullout couch and was spacious enough to fit four people comfortably. Our unit also had a balcony and an incredible lakefront view. It was pretty surreal waking up every morning with 

Unfortunately, fall is off-season in Lake Placid. The spa and quite a few bars/restaurants were closed until winter, so we didn’t have the opportunity to experience those. We did, however, have dinner at their Dancing Bears Restaurant, which was pretty good. If you’re traveling with little ones, or if you’re looking for a laid-back restaurant that has a ton of history, it’s your best bet. The food is well priced, and I was impressed with their wine and beer selection. 

Dancing Bears Restaurant Fusili Lake Placid NY - 48-Hour Travel Guide: Things to Do in Lake Placid by Washington DC travel blogger Alicia Tenise

Big Slide Brewery Flights and Pizza - 48-Hour Travel Guide: Things to Do in Lake Placid by Washington DC travel blogger Alicia Tenise
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Goose Watch Winery Lake Placid NY - 48-Hour Travel Guide: Things to Do in Lake Placid by Washington DC travel blogger Alicia Tenise
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Big Slide Brewery Lake Placid NY - 48-Hour Travel Guide: Things to Do in Lake Placid by Washington DC travel blogger Alicia Tenise

Things to Do in Lake Placid – Dining

I thought the food in Lake Placid was pretty alright. I didn’t have a meal here that blew my mind, and since we went in the Fall, some restaurants were only offering very abbreviated versions of their menu since it was the off-season. However, here are some of the spots I loved when we visited:

  • Taverna Mykonos: Lake Placid is composed of mostly American restaurants. Towards the end of my trip, I was getting a little weary of the sports bars, BBQ joints, and steakhouses in town. Taverna was a breath of fresh air for us: it’s a modern Mediterranean restaurant that has a fresh, seasonal menu — and a pretty good wine list. 
  • Goose Watch Winery: While you’re strolling along on Main Street, pop into Goose Watch Winery for a tasting. It’s a great way to taste test some award-winning wines from the Finger Lakes region.
  • Big Slide Brewery: Big Slide Brewery is home to the Giant, aka the #1 DIPA in New York State. Do a tasting, and enjoy some delicious options from their farm-to-table menu. 

What to Do in Lake Placid - 48-Hour Travel Guide: Things to Do in Lake Placid by Washington DC travel blogger Alicia Tenise

Adirondack Popcorn Co - 48-Hour Travel Guide: Things to Do in Lake Placid by Washington DC travel blogger Alicia Tenise
Mirror Lake Lake Placid - 48-Hour Travel Guide: Things to Do in Lake Placid by Washington DC travel blogger Alicia Tenise

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Things to Do in Lake Placid
  • Olympic Passport: I didn’t get to do much of this considering I was on crutches during the time I visited, and a good chunk of these activities are not available during late Fall. However, USA enthusiasts will want to check this one out. You can tour every single Olympic site/area in Lake Placid for only $35, including the Cloudspitter Gondola Ride, Disc Golf, Ice Skating and more. 
  • Shop on Main Street: Lake Placid’s Main Street had that small town charm that I was craving. It’s packed with a ton of restaurants and shops, and some of the best people watching in town. I loved Adirondack Popcorn Company — when we went in October, it was already decked out for the holidays, so I can only imagine what it looks like now!
  • On the Lake: High Peaks resort did offer paddling on the lake, and you could bring your own boat on to Mirror Lake. It was pretty pleasant to go out on the water in the fall: the mornings were crisp, and it would be a fantastic place to watch the sunrise.
  • Hiking: Another thing I physically wasn’t able to due to my knee was to go on a hike. The mountains surrounding Lake Placid were stunning, so I could only imagine the views! They have a variety of hikes for all different levels, ranging from beginner level trails that you could complete in a couple of hours, to the tallest mountain in the State of New York (5,344 feet!)

Adirondack Popcorn Company in Lake Placid New York - 48-Hour Travel Guide: Things to Do in Lake Placid by Washington DC travel blogger Alicia Tenise

Lake House Lobby Lake Placid NY - 48-Hour Travel Guide: Things to Do in Lake Placid by Washington DC travel blogger Alicia Tenise

Things to Do in Lake Placid – Final Thoughts

I’m not 100% sure I’d visit Lake Placid again, mainly because of the lengthy drive and the gas/tolls. Seriously — it cost us $170 roundtrip in gas and tolls from Philly to get there! If I were heading up to Montreal, I’d probably stop by, but I’d highly recommend going in the Summer or Winter when the town is a bit livelier. 

If I were to visit again, I think a weekend would be a right amount of time to visit. There weren’t many restaurants or attractions to choose from to warrant a trip longer than 2-3 days, but I’d be curious to check out their Winter population and hopefully run into a few Olympic trainees! 

What are some of your favorite things to do in Lake Placid? Let me know in the comments below!

Photos by Tom McGovern

9 Comments

  1. Love your honest review of Lake Placid — I haven’t been, but it sounds like summer or winter would definitely be the time to go. Your photos are beautiful regardless!

    – Nicole @ http://www.WorkWearWander.com

    Posted 11.13.17
  2. Ashley wrote:

    Hey Alicia, I loved how honest you are and I completely agree! For me, living within the boundaries of the NYC/ LI area, I rarely ever leave because the tolls to get out and come back into the city are crazy. I’ve traveled upstate a few times too so I agree with what you said. The activities upstate (which as a native NY’er, “upstate” is anything above the Bronx, lol) are geared toward summer and winter, barely any in-between. If you ever go back upstate, I’d recommend the Lake George area if you’ve never been! Its beautiful up there with LOTS of activities to do all year round! Happy Monday! – Ashley
    http://www.ashleyinaugust.com

    Posted 11.13.17
  3. Brittany Daoud wrote:

    Wow, this looks like a beautiful place to visit! I’ve only ever been to NYC, but would love to visit more of the countryside 🙂 xo, Brittany | http://www.theblistblog.com

    Posted 11.13.17
  4. It looks like you had a great trip! That resort is beautiful!

    Posted 11.13.17
  5. Holly wrote:

    Love your photos! This looks like a fun town, especially during the warmer months like you said! xx

    http://hollyhabeck.com

    Posted 11.13.17
  6. Jenny wrote:

    Your photos are just stunning! Thanks for the honest review.

    Posted 11.13.17
  7. Lilies + Lambs wrote:

    Beautiful pictures! I want to go!
    xx
    Morgan

    Posted 11.13.17
  8. Ruthie Ridley wrote:

    What a fun trip!! I love where you stayed!!! I want to visit!

    Posted 11.13.17
  9. jessica wrote:

    sounds like a fun experience…i bet the hiking is just beautiful during fall!

    Posted 11.14.17

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