Lots of NYC-ers think the Hudson Valley = Upstate New York. While it is technically north of the city, you'll have a travel a bit further to be legit upstate. To get a taste of that Northeast rustic beauty and clean mountain air, head to Lake Placid for the weekend.
The town, certainly best known as host of the 1980 Winter Olympics, is a five-hour drive from the city but it's a pretty scenic one, making the trip up almost as enjoyable as the destination. I had the fortune of going with my family and staying at the stunning Mirror Lake Inn, but there are plenty of quaint lake houses for a more affordable stay as well. Here are some of our must-hit addresses:
- the breakfast club, etc.: they have 10 different bloody marys, 10 mimosas... an easy choice.
- Emma's Lake Placid Creamery: for creamy goodness, of the ice variety.
- The Good Bite Kitchen: adorable and vegetarian-friendly.
- Wyatt's: if you want a break from local American fare, try casual Mexican here.
- The View +/o Taste Bistro & Bar: both located in the main building of the Mirror Lake Inn, their accolades are merited.
Ok ok, you're likely thinking, "a night out in Lake Placid? HA." And you're not wrong. This is not the place for a rowdy Saturday, but if grabbing a nightcap is on the agenda, head to these spots:
- Zig Zags Pub: local dive atmosphere with live music.
- The Cottage: part of Mirror Lake Inn, come for drinks +/o casual fare served with a solid lake view.
- Smoke Signals: BBQ restaurant that doubles as a pub.
- Loot and Launder: a vintage shop that is also a working laundromat, and has a pet pig.
- In the warmer months, rent a boat for an afternoon and pack a picnic lunch to bring on board. Check out Placid Boat Rentals for the vessel and Temptations from Lake Placid Gourmet for the vittles.
- And if visiting in the winter and you fancy yourself even the slightest bit outdoorsy, be sure to do some skiing/snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing. Or just stay in and drink wine by a fire if chilltime is what you crave. We won't judge.