The Adirondacks are no longer the playground of the rich and monopolistic, but the spirit of those luxurious Vanderbilt and Rockefeller summer camps lives on at Lake Placid Lodge -- not to mention the moose-antler-and-rustic-twig-furniture school of design they pioneered. Built on a hillside overlooking one of the most serene lake and mountain views in North America, each room has a romantic fireplace and a goose-down comforter on the bed. When cozy just doesn't cut it, there's also fishing, canoeing, golfing, and cross-country skiing (in the winter). The dining room is intimate and woodsy, and the menu -- exemplary American cuisine featuring fresh local delicacies -- is up to the level of a Manhattan three-star restaurant. There's a fireplace on the veranda where you and your particular friend can enjoy a quiet drink and look at the stars reflected in the still waters of the lake. That's the time to make your move.
Details Lake Placid Lodge, 518-523-2700 (rooms start at $300).