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Whiteface Lodge

Whiteface Lodge
Whiteface Lodge
The grandeur of an old time camp with the luxury amenities of a modern resort.

The Whiteface Lodge was designed with the grandeur of the old time camps in mind, but with the luxury amenities of a modern resort and club. And the hotel really does live up to expectations. The lodge offers an impressive array of activities ranging from hiking and skiing on Whiteface Mountain to relaxing at the spa. Kids can romp around at Kamp Kanu, a complimentary day camp for kids, while parents spend some much-needed time together exploring the lake or getting facials.

Golden Arrow Hotel

Golden Arrow Hotel
Golden Arrow Hotel
A simple hotel with a great view.

If you are looking for a luxurious place to stay in Lake Placid, the Golden Arrow might not be for you. But if you are looking for a simple place to stay with clean comfortable rooms, friendly service, and lots of amenities, it’s a great place to stay. The place is nothing fancy, in fact some of the furniture is mismatched and on the old side, but it has a great view, looking right out over Mirror Lake and the mountains. The hotel is located right in Lake Placid, so it’s easy to get around and fun to explore the town after a day of skiing.

Mirror Lake Inn

Mirror Lake Inn
Mirror Lake Inn
Good food and hospitable service are the norm here, as are peace and quiet.

Many of the old traditions that began at the Mirror Lake Inn back in 1924 continue today, making the hotel feel traditional and warm. Good food and hospitable service are the norm here, as are peace and quiet. The hotel is located at the end of the main Lake Placid drag, making it one of the quietest places to stay. The walk into town is short, but if you want to go anywhere else in town, not having a car may pose a problem. If you choose to stay around the hotel, there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied.

Chair 6

Chair 6
Chair 6
Far from ordinary organic food.

Chair 6 manages to turn what sound like normal dishes on paper into something great on your plate. Known for their use of high quality, organic ingredients, Chair 6 puts out amazing food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For breakfast, anything on the menu is good, but take a risk and go for something a little more non-traditional like their famous sweet potato pancakes with Adirondack maple syrup. The sweetness of the potato and syrup contrasts nicely with the freshly brewed coffee. For dinner, start off with a bottle of wine; the food here is delicious, but takes time.

Artisans

Artisans
Artisans
An intimate, fire-lit Lake Placid restaurant that takes full advantage of their location right on the lake.

Artisans is an intimate, fire-lit Lake Placid restaurant that takes full advantage of their location right on the lake. The high windows and porches give you a great view as you browse the menu that utilizes the freshest regional ingredients to create a unique New American cuisine. Although options are generally limited to six per course, each choice is delicious and beautifully presented. Try the loin of spring lamb—tender, with chickpea panisse, panache of vegetables, and thyme jus. The wine list is large, so pick a bottle (wine by the glass is limited) that will compliment your meal.

Caffe Rustica

Caffe Rustica
Caffe Rustica
Hidden in a strip mall, Caffe Rustica is a Lake Placid secret.

The restaurant is located in a strip mall, so it looks less than exciting from the outside, but give it a chance and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere is cozy and comforting even though the seating is tight and it can get rather loud. Rustica fills up quickly starting at about 5:30 p.m. so arrive early or prepare to wait for up to an hour. Start off with the crab cakes. They are roasted to perfection (not fried) and come with a delicious tomato remoulade. If you are looking for a more casual meal, the pizzas are delicious.

Ashley's Cafe

Ashley's Cafe
Ashley's Cafe
Lake Placid's ultimate local breakfast spot.

f you’re looking for the ultimate local breakfast spot in Lake Placid, Ashley’s Café is the place. During the high season, the initial wait can belong, but once you are seated, the food comes out fast. Diner pancakes can be hit or miss, but Ashley’s are wonderfully fluffy and the chocolate chip ones are delicious when doused in local syrup. If you prefer savory to sweet, try a classic egg dish with sausage, and their amazing rye toast. For a healthier option, go with their homemade oatmeal.

Lake Placid Pub and Brewery

Lake Placid Pub and Brewery
Lake Placid Pub and Brewery
An award-winning brewery.

Lake Placid Pub and Brewery started off like most microbreweries do, with a homebrew kit and a love of beer. Fourteen years later, the brewery is still thriving, has won several awards, and is popular with both locals and visitors, including President Bill and Senator Hilary Clinton. The Clinton’s favorite brew is the brewery’s signature Ubu Ale—a strong English ale featuring a smooth, rich maltiness complimented by the perfect amount of English hops. Word has it the beer was named for a legendary chocolate lab with a taste for ale.

Nicola's Over Main

Nicola's Over Main
Cozy Lake Placid village charms High Peaks visitors.
(Photo by Nancie Battaglia)
Italian classics.

Nicola’s doesn’t look like much from the outside outside, but inside the warm décor makes you feel like you‘re in Italy. Even though the owner and manager have a reputation for being rude, the wait staff is friendly, prompt and always available. The menu can be hit or miss, but stick with the Italian classics and you won’t be disappointed. The calamari fritti is a delicious appetizer and any of the pasta dishes are worth-while.

The Cottage at Mirror Lake Inn

The Cottage at Mirror Lake Inn
The Cottage at Mirror Lake Inn
Unique twists on pub-style favorites and a killer bar.

With unique twists on pub-style favorites and a killer bar, The Cottage is a perfect place to unwind with a drink and some good food. Make sure to sit at the outside bar or get a table overlooking the lake and mountains, which give the place a decidedly Adirondack feel. Start off by selecting something from their weekly special drink menu that runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Make sure to catch taco Tuesday where you can chow down on a great taco bar and get four-dollar pints of Cuervo Gold margaritas.

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