Dispatches from The Inn

Inside activity in Lake Placid in the Adirondacks

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Sometimes the weather in the Adirondacks just doesn’t cooperate the way you hoped.

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This is an original net and equipment used in the Miracle on Ice hockey game between the USA and USSR

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1980 Winter Olympic mascot Roni Racoon welcomes all visitors to the Olympic Museum

You’re in Lake Placid and planned a hike, or a day on the lake, or a round of golf. But Mother Nature woke up with a different agenda. It happens occasionally, but trust us, all is not lost. Remember, you’re in Lake Placid, site of two Olympic Winter Games. And when the weather is inclement, the Lake Placid Olympic Museum is a hotbed of activity for a nominal fee.

Open seven days a week all summer and fall, the museum is located in the Olympic Center. Use the box office entrance which leads to the museum door.

In this location you can re-live the memories of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games held in our village. There are displays throughout, ranging from the 1980 Miracle on Ice to Sonja Henie in 1932. A collection of torches hangs from the walls of the museum. You’ll also see a display of skates used in speed skating that span many decades.

While the weather may be a washout, your time spent in the Lake Placid Olympic Museum will be anything but. It’s a great educational experience and is not time consuming, located on Main Street less than a mile from Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa.

When you are done perusing the exhibits, just walk upstairs into the arenas for some lunch, or watch figure skaters in training, or hockey players perfecting their skills during the off-season.

When you’re finished enjoying these experiences, you might even hope for another rainy day.

 

 

4 Diamonds puts MLI at the top of the Adirondacks

At a presentation Thursday afternoon (June 19), AAA Northway President and CEO James Phelps presented Ed and Lisa Weibrecht, owners of Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa with the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award for the 30th year in a row.

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Owners and managers pose with Four Diamond Award for Mirror Lake Inn and The View Restaurant

The time-honored property, located in the heart of the Adirondacks, dates back to the 1920s. It is the second longest running AAA Four Diamond property in the entire state, behind just The Carlyle in Manhattan.

In addition, The View Restaurant, located inside the hotel, collected the Four Diamond achievement for the seventh straight year.

“The Four Diamond Award means we are exceptional,” said Ed Weibrecht, addressing some 140 hotel staff just before receiving the two honors. “And we are exceptional because of you, our staff. So you should consider yourselves exceptional.

“We have a beautiful hotel, and we’re located in a beautiful village. But without the passion that you bring to the Mirror Lake Inn, and your friendliness and service, we would not be as successful.”

When Weibrecht’s comments before staff and management concluded, Phelps came to the podium in the Wikoff Room.

“I have to tell you a story. I have recommended the Mirror Lake Inn to many people over the years,” he said. “In many cases not only have those people returned satisfied, but they’ve called me to say how the experience far exceeded their expectations.”

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Over 1,500 congratulatory messages came to Andrew Weibrecht after winning a 2014 Olympic silver medal in super G.

Andrew Weibrecht, son of Ed and Lisa, was among the family members to witness the 30th year occasion. As a unique memento for hotel guests, the double Winter Olympic medalist in alpine skiing now has both medals on display. The hotel staff added Andrew’s recent silver medal from the Sochi Winter Games to his Vancouver bronze behind the front desk for viewing.

The respective 30 year and seven year milestones put the Lake Placid resort and its’ accompanying upscale restaurant in exclusive company:

  • Only one hotel in New York State (The Carlyle in Manhattan) has held the AAA Four Diamond distinction longer
  • Of the 59,000 establishments ranked by AAA less than 4 percent have achieved Four Diamonds
  • Only 119 hotels have maintained the Four Diamond rating for 25 or more consecutive years
  • Four Diamond hotels account for only 5.3 percent of the more than 29,000 AAA rated hotels
  • Four Diamond restaurants account for only 2.5 percent of the nearly 30,000 AAA rated restaurants
  • Together, Mirror Lake Inn and The View Restaurant are the only AAA Four Diamond lodging and dining combination offered in Lake Placid
  • The View Restaurant is the village’s only AAA Four Diamond dining experience

To mark the occasion, the resort has developed numerous 30th anniversary-themed promotions at times throughout the remainder of the year. These include, but are not limited to:

  • A $30 wine and cheese pairing in Taste Bistro and Bar for the remainder of the year
  • Stay three nights and get the fourth night for $30. Valid from Oct. 14 to Dec. 21
  • A prix fixe $30 three-course menu offered one day a week in September and October in Taste Bistro
  • A Throwback Thursday promotion in The Cottage Café via Facebook with prizes awarded through December
  • Hotel guests in October using the Inn’s world class spa can book any three 50 minute services Sunday through Thursday. The third service will cost just $30
  • 30th anniversary cocktail in Taste Bistro and The Cottage Café

The property has received other recent plaudits, among them:

  • Conde Nast Traveler 2013 and 2014 Gold List
  • Conde Nast Traveler Top Resort in the Northeast for 2013 and 2014
  • Conde Nast Traveler Top Ski Hotel in Eastern North America for 2013 and 2014 (5th best in North America)
  • Travel + Leisure America’s Best Mountain Resorts
  • Best Romantic Inn for 2013 and 2014 (Capital Region Living)
  • Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 14 years in a row
  • Best Hotel in the Mountains for 2013 (Adirondack Daily Enterprise survey)
  • Best Spa in the Mountains for 2013 (Adirondack Daily Enterprise survey)
  • Best Romantic Lodging, Spa/Salon and Outdoor Dining for 2014 (Adirondack Life Magazine)

 

Chelsea helps 2 hikers enjoy the Adirondacks

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Hello outdoor enthusiasts. The trails are definitely getting more crowded now that the mild weather has settled in. Trails in the Adirondacks are finally firming up and free of ice. I have done my homework for you and here is the latest update that I have.

On May 28 my friend, my two-four legged friends and I set out to finish the Dix Range. We completed all but Hough during this past winter hiking season, and unfortunately I will still have to return to hike Hough yet again to complete it for the winter 46’er. However Hough on May 28 put me at my 36 of 46 peaks in my goal towards completing the 46 High Peaks.

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Chelsea Walker never hikes the Adirondacks without her pooches.

We decided to go in via Elk Lake as we did in the past and do what we never thought we would want to do… climb up Lillian Brook. It made the most sense going in this way, but we knew from our last experience that this was a great way to gain a lot of elevation over a very short distance.

Most of the hike is on a marked and maintained trail from Elk Lake road trail head, but to access Lillian Brook herd path you need to keep your eye out for the man-made cairn several miles in indicating the trail leading northeast up the brook. (Hint… if you made it to the Lillian Brook lean-to you have gone too far). From this point on, it is unmarked and unmaintained; however anyone comfortable in the woods should be able to follow the path this time of year.

The Dix Range is fairly well traveled and the path is considerably worn. In the end I found that hiking up Lillian Brook was nowhere near as bad as I thought it to be, either that or all the snow showing this winter paid off. Surprisingly the bugs were not that bad and we did not see one black fly the entire hike.  The trails were still fairly soggy in low lying areas, and unfortunately there was no view that day, just mist and fog. But in the end, it was a fantastic hike! Total time was 7 hours.

On June 4 I set out solo with my pup Ryder. With Gray Peak in the back of my mind, I decided to hike in via Lake Arnold. I have only been on that portion of the trail once before in the winter, and I fell through up to my waist in water… so I felt like I had a score to settle.

The Trail to Marcy Dam is pretty much dry and free of shoe swallowing mud. The Lake Arnold Trail is known for being a mess, and it has only gotten worse. The log bridges are floating in several feet of water. You can walk on them, but they move and sink and sway making it quite an obstacle for anyone who attempts to cross.

It wasn’t long after making it through the aquatic mess that I noticed fresh tracks on the trail. The farther I went the more “fresh” they became until I noticed a wet boot print on a rock, so I knew I was getting close to people, the only people I have seen all day for that matter. Sure enough just before the base of Gray (where the cairn marks the herd path) I ran into two female backpackers from Scranton, Pa. It turned out to be their first trip to the High Peaks, and first hike for that matter.

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While hiking the Adirondacks recently, Chelsea Walker from MLI’s salon helped 2 hikers (this is Christina) from Pa.

From what I gathered in our short conversation these girls were inexperienced when it came to Adirondack hiking, but were obviously tough and determined. So I decided with it clouding up and the chance for rain, I was going to save Gray for another day and instead join these ladies on their first High Peak hike ever. I gave them a few pointers and I think the reassurance they needed to let them know they were headed in the right direction and their instincts were accurate.

Though this hike was not one for the count, it meant a lot to me because I know how excited they were to share their first peak with me, another female outdoor enthusiast out there doing what they love. I took several pictures with them and for them, and pointed out all the peaks and ranges. They fell in love with Ryder as everyone always does… he makes friends faster than I do… we shared some more stories and food and then off I headed leaving them to enjoy their glory.

It never rained the entire day, and I ran into more people than I normally do on a hike, especially for a Wednesday (a sign of the busy season to come, and one of the most popular hikes in the High Peaks). I even ran into one of our Front Desk attendants, Heather, who was also out that day enjoying the local activities Lake Placid has to offer.

At the end of the day I was sad that I blew off Gray, especially knowing it didn’t end up raining. I killed the time (starting at 8:00 ending at 3:20 and just shy of 16 miles), but I was more excited about sharing something amazing with two strangers that for two hours on that day were close friends.

I look forward to keeping in touch with them and their journeys now that I am sure… like the rest of us… that they are hooked on the High Peaks.

Stay safe happy and healthy everyone! Now get out and enjoy yours, and maybe I will see you on the trails!

Chelsea