Dispatches from The Inn

Best dining in the Adirondacks

Fine dining in the Adirondacks begins at The View Restaurant

2014 is proving to be another outstanding year to dine at The View Restaurant and Taste Bistro and Bar. You’ll find them both inside Lake Placid’s Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa.

Restaurants in the Adirondacks display the Wine Spectator logo

The Wine Spectator logo is proudly displayed in The View Restaurant

The View, AAA Four Diamond rated as “Exceptional” for the past seven years, recently received the 2014 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the 15th consecutive year. The View, an upscale dining experience, is also a recipient of the 2014 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. The View is positioned as the top-rated hotel restaurant in the village by Trip Advisor. Trip Advisor, the world’s largest travel site, offers reviews and advice on hotels, resorts, flights and much more, while Wine Spectator is a magazine that focuses on the culture of wine. It is a top consumer and business publication for wealthy readers.

“The training of staff that occurs regularly, I feel, has enabled us to retain the prestigious Wine Spectator Award for all these years,” said Restaurant Manager Katie Welch. “We know it’s important to discerning guests to provide knowledge and guidance in selecting the appropriate pairing with their dinners. We will continue to bring in the representatives from the wineries and their vintners to enhance our knowledge, and in turn, make the dining experience that much better.”

Executive Chef Jarrad Lang and his staff continue to offer the farm-to-table dining experience. This is ensured by The View’s partnerships with farms in the Adirondacks, providing locally-sourced beef, produce, vegetables and cheeses. Chef Lang tailors the seasonal menu weekly based on input from the farms and what’s being harvested that week. It is commonplace to see him hand-picking these products from their delivery trucks.

Farms in the Adirondacks bring their products to Mirror Lake Inn tables

The View Restaurant brings the best from farms in the Adirondacks to our tables

The adjacent Taste Bistro and Bar, with its casual ambiance and live weekend entertainment, seats patrons or welcomes them for dining at the bar. Taste Bistro was a 2014 winner of the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.

“The awards and testimonials we have received are greatly appreciated,” said Mirror Lake Inn owner Ed Weibrecht. “They reflect the thorough effort by our food and beverage staffs, led by Jarrad and Katie. The accolades tell us that we are exceptional, and it’s because we have an exceptional group of employees.”

Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa, with seven acres that overlook Mirror Lake, has received the AAA Four Diamond Award for 30 consecutive years. Together with The View Restaurant, the resort offers Lake Placid’s only Four Diamond lodging and dining combination, as well as the community’s lone Four Diamond dining establishment.

Conde Nast Traveler wrote in the December 2013 edition that together with The Cottage Café - Mirror Lake Inn’s award-winning lakeside pub – “the historic inn’s three restaurants plate the best food in the Adirondacks.”

School’s out: Fun in session in the Adirondacks

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With temps soaring well into the 80s in the Adirondacks, we can say that summer is here. It all coincided with the end of the school year, and that means vacation time.

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Mirror Lake Inn guests take advantage of beautiful Adirondack weather at our private beach

Lake Placid has come alive with three weeks of equestrian activity at the Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds. We have just started the second week of the expanded show, which for four decades had a two-week stint. Some of the luminaries who have attended the show, over the years, include Bruce Springsteen, Lou Dobbs, George Steinbrenner and Joan Lunden.

Come out on Tuesday nights to the renovated Mid’s Park and new band shell, on Main Street, for Songs at Mirror Lake. The seven-week series kicks off July 1 with JJ Grey and Mofro. There is a different genre of music every week. No admission charge. Just bring some food and drink, a blanket or beach chair, and enjoy the lakeside concert.

The Lake Placid Sinfonietta will make its season debut Friday night (July 4) with a tribute to the USA, also in Mid’s Park. Thereafter, the performances move to Wednesday nights for the remainder of the summer. When the show closes, stay right there for Set the Night to Music. This is the village’s July 4 fireworks extravaganza, accompanied by 93.3 WSLP, the top radio station in the Adirondacks.

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The 3-week Lake Placid Horse Show, on the sight of the 1980 Opening Ceremony, concludes July 13

The holiday weekend promises to be lots of fun, especially at the I Love BBQ & Music Festival, on the Olympic speed skating oval. The event runs July 4-6, and features some of the top BBQ teams in the east, a BMX bike show, kids attractions and a mechanical bull.

Now in its ninth year, the festival has raised over $150,000 for the Shipman Youth Center, located just down the street from the oval. Live music under a tent accompanies the mouth-watering vittles. The Boss (Springsteen) has been known to slip into the festival to check out the music. Admission is just $6; kids under 10 enter free.

Later this week, the weather in the Adirondacks is supposed to moderate a bit into the 70s. If you still need to cool off, we recommend two events in the Olympic Center. Freaky Fridays, at 4:30, find young figure skaters in training cutting loose with the choreography, for the entertainment of the fans. And the Saturday Night Ice Shows have traditionally brought some of North America’s best skaters to Lake Placid for the summer series.

Inside or out, warm or cool, the fun awaits this summer. For a complete summer and fall schedule, please log on to www.whiteface.com or www.lakeplacid.com.

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.