Overview: Lake House was a simple motor inn when Lake Placid hosted its second Winter Olympics in 1980. But in 2014, the property really classed up. Bright red trim borders wood panels in the open-air lobby and Great Room, blending dressed up summer camp with a ski chalet. Forty-four rooms, each named for a different Adirondack High Peak, overlook Mirror Lake.
Notable: At Lake House, you’re half a mile from the rink where the Americans took down the Russians in the Miracle on Ice. The Olympic Center includes a museum and training facility, and the ski jumps and bobsled run are less than 10 minutes from town. New York’s highest peaks loom to the east, and Whiteface Mountain, home to the most vertical feet (3,430) of skiing in the East, rises beyond Lake Placid.
Stay Here If: Happy hour and live music at the Lake House bar precedes dinner at The Dancing Bears across the street. Watch snow pile up with a pint of Ubu, a deep red English-style Strong Ale from Lake Placid Craft Brewing.
Information: Rooms start at $189. highpeaksresort.com/lake-house —Matt McDonald
From the Early Winter 2016 issue.