A recent stay at the AAA Four Diamond rated Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid was a perfect pick-me-up for the mid-winter blues that we Northeasterners often face this time of year. My family and I arrived on a Wednesday afternoon, when we first enjoyed a quick bite at The Cottage, a lovely little restaurant that overlooks Mirror Lake. The meal was our first indicator that we were in for a pleasant stay.
We booked the Skylight Suite, which was a perfect setting for us to reconnect and visit. The suite had a room for each of us, three bathrooms, a kitchen, and a beautiful living area. Returning to the suite was reminiscent of walking through my front door, with a large landing and spacious coat closet greeting us upon arrival. The staff were incredibly accommodating; leaving us a New York Times, Saratoga sparkling water (a new favorite!) every day and delivering various cheese, fruit and hummus plates. After housekeeping had come and gone, the suite was tidy and spotless with our beds freshly made.
Another highlight to our five-day trip was the Spa at the Mirror Lake Inn. On Friday, I was treated to a deluxe pedicure that did not disappoint; the foot bath, seaweed wrap, and wax dips were wonderful, as were all the polish colors to choose from! But Saturday brought the icing on the cake: an 80 minute Swedish massage. When my appointment time rolled around, I was shown into the spa which boasted private lockers, bathrobes, and complimentary sandals. Once I was comfortably wrapped in my robe, I took some time to explore. The eucalyptus steam room tops my list of all the spa amenities, though the hot tub was a close second. My masseuse fetched me from the relaxation room and gave me a fantastic, full body massage. Afterwards, I ducked into the steam room one more time, just for kicks.
Perhaps one of the best parts of staying at the Mirror Lake Inn was its proximity to everything that Lake Placid and the Adirondacks have to offer. We spent one morning skiing the trails of Whiteface (which had fantastic conditions courtesy of Winter Storm Stella!), another snowshoeing and cross country skiing at Cascade Ski Center, and a couple of our evenings were spent attending the ECAC Hockey finals at the historic Herb Brooks Arena. The rest of our time was spent strolling from the Inn to Lake Placid’s quaint downtown filled with little shops to visit. Other highlights were catching a glimpse of the famous Olympic ski jumps and taking a spin around the frozen Mirror Lake on dogsled.
The Mirror Lake Inn should absolutely be on anyone’s list looking for a place to relax and recreate in the stunning scenery of the Adirondack Mountains. All of the staff went above and beyond to accommodate our needs, and provided recommendations for entertainment and restaurants. Though we visited during a snowy week, I have no doubt that a summer stay would provide a whole new host of seasonal activities. As well as, of course, a massage!_____________________________________________
Our thanks to Jillian Conner, freelance writer and blogger from Vermont, for contributing to our blog. Thank you very much for staying with us, and we hope you’ll return with family this summer.