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Rustic Romance

A cozy love nest in Lake Placid


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).


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