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A lakefront resort that appeals to romantics, business travelers and families alike through all seasons
The location of High Peaks Resort has history -- it was the site of Lake Placid’s first bed and breakfast more than 100 years ago. A clear update from its foundation though, the High Peaks is now a modern resort with a warm, inviting lodge-like interior (think wood-clad walls, rich leather furnishings and stone fireplaces) and prime real estate along the shores of Mirror Lake and abutting popular Main Street. There are four different event rooms that make this resort a popular place for weddings and business meetings -- but families are prevalent here too, perhaps because of the lakefront activities and four pools.
In the winter, enjoy a hot toddy in front of the wood-burning fireplace at PR’s Lobby Bar. During warmer weather, guests make use of the lakefront, with free use of kayaks, as well as two outdoor pools and the outdoor patio at Dancing Bears.
Central location in downtown Lake Placid overlooking Mirror Lake
High Peaks Resort is centrally located on Main Street in downtown Lake Placid. Guest rooms take advantage of peaceful views over Mirror Lake with the Adirondack Mountains in the background, and the center of town is just a few steps away. Coffee shops, restaurants and shops are all within walking distance, as is the path around Mirror Lake, which offers a brisk 2.7-mile walk or jog.
Lake Placid is a small town central to nearby attractions, and most destinations are within short driving distance from each other. Adirondack Park is the largest in the lower 48 states and has 3,000 lakes and 2,000 miles of hiking trails to explore.
View-oriented rooms with modern amenities and spa-like showers, but decor varies leaving some rooms feeling outdated
Though not especially stand-out or stylish, rooms at High Peaks Resort are updated and comfortable, and feature the basic modern amenities you'd expect at a resort of this rating: flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, coffeemakers with free coffee and free Wi-Fi. Rooms are available in two different areas: the main resort building and the Mirror Lake Collection, which is directly on Mirror Lake. Rooms in the main resort have courtyard or mountain views, and the Mirror Lake Collection have rooms and balconies facing Mirror Lake. Most rooms are decorated in autumn colors with wood and granite finishes, though decor varies from room types leaving some feeling a bit dowdy and dated.
Extensive indoor and outdoor activities and ample event space for business and wedding guests
Dancing Bears is a fun, casual restaurant that is accessible through the lobby or via a separate outdoor entrance. In the morning, they offer a full breakfast menu, or if in a hurry, fresh pastries and coffee. Lunch and dinner offers a wide range of pub food including nachos, burgers and signature pizzas. Sample regional beers and wines, as well as signature cocktails, and there is a seasonal outdoor patio with a fire pit and stand-up heaters. The lobby bar, PR’s, is open on weekend evenings for drinks by the wood-burning fireplace. In the winter, they have a tapas and fondue menu.
Located in the heart of Lake Placid mere moments from all of Main Street's offerings, this 133-room lakefront resort manages to feel both central and secluded at the same time. Most rooms offer scenic views over Mirror Lake (don't miss the stunning sunrises), as well as modern amenities and noteworthy bathrooms compared to neighboring properties. Downtown Lake Placid is steps away with plenty of shopping, restaurants and cafes -- and the Olympic Center, site of the 1980 Olympics, is a mere four blocks away. Of course, there's plenty to keep guests occupied on-site, including the Aveda Concept Salon and Spa, four pools (two indoor and two outdoor), a lakefront area with free use of kayaks, and a modern fitness center overlooking the pool courtyard. Guests at the resort's less-expensive sister property, the Lakeview Motor Inn, have full access to the amenities here, so public areas like the pools and lakefront can get a bit crowded.