With the Winter Olympics just days away, it’s high time to get into the Olympic mindset. There’s no better place to do that than Lake Placid, New York. For those of you who don’t know, Lake Placid has hosted the Winter Olympics twice — in 1932 and again in 1980, where the “Miracle on Ice” took place.
Only a five hour drive from New York City, this charming town will bring you back in time. The main town is small, lined with cute shops and plenty of Olympic paraphernalia. For the adventurous, there’s plenty of gorgeous hiking trails in the area, including the beautiful High Falls Gorge, a quick walk that brings you to stunning views of waterfalls and even a firepit to roast marshmallows.
If you really want to partake in the Olympic spirit, the town houses the Olympic Village, which is comprised of a few different Olympic sites that house events like ski jumping, skiing, and bobsledding.
With the Olympic Sites Passport, you can check out all of the venues and receive 20% off select activities. Whiteface Mountain, the skiing destination, offers a breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and lake, all while adventurers enjoy their runs down the mountain.
High Peaks Resort is an Adirondack style hotel right in the main part of town, that will give you that high-end rustic experience that matches the vibe of Lake Placid. Their restaurant, Dancing Bears, is a great spot to dine for any meal of the day, and will prove to picky New Yorkers that good food is available outside the city, too.
Additionally, their spa, Element Day Spa & Salon, is a small, yet memorable place to spend an hour or five. We recommend getting a massage – you can thank us later.
If you’re looking for a quick, nearby getaway to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city and into the laid back, nature-filled Adirondacks, this spot may just be the place for you.