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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Winter in Lake Placid

Skate Olympic rinks by day and thaw in private lodges by night in the best of the Adirondack retreats.

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Lake Placid Lodge  

1. Where to Stay
Though a blaze last December destroyed the main building of the Lake Placid Lodge, individual cabins remain open at half the normal price (from $325). One of the closest to the lake is the Owl's Head, with a stone fireplace, private sauna, and Jacuzzi. Leave the kids at home unless they're 14 or older.

Sister property the Point (from $1,250) on nearby Saranac Lake is the ultimate in small, upscale resorts. A former Rockefeller home, the Point has eleven ultraprivate rooms, a staff used to serving the needs of the wealthy, unlimited gourmet food, and a generous open bar.

Drive one exit south of Lake Placid to the Elk Lake Lodge (from $110 including meals) for absolute seclusion. Walk 40 miles of hiking trails along the property, which is embedded in a nature reserve. Cabins require a reservation a year or two in advance, but rooms in the main lodge are often available on shorter notice. The quarters are somewhat cramped and a bit shabby, but the common areas are splendidly rustic.


Published on Nov 1, 2006 as a web exclusive.

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