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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.


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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