Dispatches from The Inn

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.



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)