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.