Whether you are planning to relax or are interested in adventure, you’ll want to stay at one of the best hotels in Adirondacks. Of course, with everything from small, family-owned lodges to huge, 5-star resorts to choose from, it can be almost impossible to decide where to stay. To make this decision much easier, here are the 5 must stay at hotels in the Adirondacks.
1. Lake Placid Lodge
Touted as “The Jewel of the Adirondacks,” Lake Placid Lodge has received countless awards from the world’s top travel magazines and websites, including Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure. Here, you can choose from gorgeous rooms with wood-burning fireplaces, private porches overlooking the lake and mountains, soaking tubs, and high-end linens or opt for one of several opulent private cabins. You can also choose to stay in one of the five luxury suites in the main lodge, which feature hand-hewn wood beans, handcrafted furnishings, wood-burning stone fireplaces, handmade king-sized beds topped with only the richest linens, and much more.
Lake Placid Lodge is home to Artisans, one of Lake Placid’s most celebrated restaurants, as well as Maggie’s Pub. There are plenty of activities to take part in, such as hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, downhill skiing, boating, fishing, kayaking, dogsledding, and golf. After spending time outdoors, you can head back to your room for an in-room massage.
2. Mirror Inn Lake Resort
Overlooking beautiful Mirror Lake, the family-owned Mirror Inn Lake Resort is consistently named one of the top hotels/ resorts in the world and, at 32 years, is currently the longest running AAA Diamond hotel outside of NYC. Accommodations range from traditionally decorated rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer partial views of the mountains and lake to luxury suites with more than 800 sq. ft. of living space, 10 ft. vaulted ceilings, stone fireplaces, and a spa-like bathroom complete with separate Sanijet tub and shower and radiant heated floors.
Mirror Inn is home to one of the top fine dining restaurants in the area, The View Restaurant, as well as The Cottage Restaurant, which is a hot-spot favored by locals. The onsite spa offers everything from specialty massages to body treatments, facials, hair services, pedicures, and manicures. And, of course, there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun, thanks to the pristine beach, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, hiking and skiing trails, and the golf course available through The Whitefish Club & Resort.
3. The Sagamore Resort
An upscale, Victorian-era resort, The Sagamore Resort sits on Lake George’s private Green Island, where it has attracted plenty of attention and awards for more than a century. Here, the contemporary-style rooms blend the area’s rustic charm with comfort. Suites usually include modern kitchens, gas fireplaces, and private balconies. For even more luxurious accommodations, you can stay in Wapanak Castle, the resort’s 2,000 sq. ft. crown jewel.
Dining options range from authentic Italian at La Bella Vita to premium steaks at the Club Grill Steakhouse and handcrafted cocktails and light lunch fare at The Lakehouse, an open-air restaurant. The resort boasts a huge outdoor pool, various sports fields, tennis courts, a fitness center, and a 10,000 sq. ft. indoor entertainment center, as well as everything else you would expect in the Adirondacks, such as hiking, swimming, fishing, and other watersports. The onsite spa offers all types of treatment options, including massages, facials, full body treatments, hair/ makeup, and manicures/ pedicures.
4. Whiteface Lodge
Completed in 2005 in Lake Placid, Whiteface Lodge has won countless awards and developed a reputation for being one of “the region’s grandest properties.” At Whitefish Lodge, 1, 2, and 3-bedroom suites are available with sumptuous furnishings, handcrafts accessories milled from local wood, jetted tubs, and a private balcony offering mountain views. You can also opt for the 3,100 sq. ft. Presidential Suite, which is accessible by a private elevator and includes everything from three fireplaces and a screened-in porch to a mini gourmet kitchen, dual master suites, and gorgeous views of the courtyard, mountains, and trout lake below.
KANU, where every meal takes advantage of the fresh regional ingredients, fish, and game, is the premier on-site restaurant. Canoe Club Grill, which sits on the private beach that is perfect for swimming, canoeing, paddle boarding, and kayaking, is another dining option. Here, there is no shortage of fun activities to take part in, such as skiing, tobogganing, horseback riding, rock climbing, golfing, and dog sledding. A luxury full-service spa is also onsite, offering visitors the perfect place to unwind after a few days enjoying the outdoors.
5. The Point
Situated on Saranac Lake, The Point is the only Forbes 5-star designated resort in upstate New York. The resort was built more than a century ago by William Rockefeller. Today, the four stone and log buildings have been divided into 11 guestrooms that include whimsical furnishings, 19th century paintings, views of the lake, a huge stone fireplace, a hand-built bed, spa-like bathroom, and more. The result is rustic and unique with unrivalled luxury.
Meals include the freshest ingredients, freshly baked bread, and plenty of fine wine and may be served in your room, as part of a picnic, or in The Point’s Great Hall. There are tons of activities to take advantage of, including waterskiing, fishing, swimming, hiking the extensive mountain trails, and of course, simply relaxing on the secluded property. There are also golf courses nearby if that suits you.