Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa, in the village of Lake Placid, New York, has been welcoming guests to the Adirondacks — with rousing snowshoe treks, famous flapjacks and its signature brand of rustic elegance — since the 1920s. It anchors the far end of Lake Placid’s Main Street, a bustling stretch of boutiques, restaurants, galleries and the iconic Olympic Center, base for the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games that put this teensy alpine outpost on the map. The Games helped put the inn on the world stage, too; in 1932, the Norwegian Olympic team checked into Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa for the duration of the competition.
Today, hikers, skiers, skaters, paddlers and leaf-peepers make this resort town their mecca, and Mirror Lake Inn is, for many, the ultimate destination. The inn is known for its high-end guest rooms and suites (where flat-screen TVs meet timber headboards), its three locally focused restaurants, an all-service spa (book an Adirondack maple sugar body scrub) and postcard-perfect views of pretty Mirror Lake and the Adirondacks’ High Peaks beyond. At Mirror Lake Inn guests have access to watercraft and a sandy beach that, in winter, doubles as a skating rink. Amenities include heated indoor and outdoor pools, a whirlpool, a sauna and a fitness room.
Historical Lake Placid photographs hang throughout the property, and nooks in the lobby and an Adirondack-style parlor with stone fireplace, taxidermy and cushy couches offer cozy places to curl up with a cocktail or a book. Proprietors Ed and Lisa Weibrecht, whose connections to the community run deep, have overseen the inn for decades, maintaining its high quality and reputation — along with an always-full plate of chocolate chip cookies at the front desk.