Old Guard or Upstart?
Old: Lake Placid Lodge
This idyllic Adirondacks lodge was built in 1882—and all but decimated in a 2005 fire. Reconstruction efforts began immediately, and today the 30-room lakeside complex has been restored above and beyond its original glory. Up to 75 guests fit in the stunning candlelit Artisan’s Circle, a rustic-chic enclosed porch with a stone fireplace and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and lake. The warm and ethereal Adirondack Room (picture an indoor take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream) can accommodate 50 guests with a dance floor. Dinner from $85 per person; the $500 to $3,000 site fees are waived with 30 guest-room confirmations. 144 Lodge Way, Lake Placid, N.Y.; 518-523-2700; lakeplacidlodge.com.
New: Helsinki Hudson
This restaurant and music venue (an earlier incarnation of which was located in the Berkshires) has quickly become a Hudson Valley staple, its subterranean club attracting rock, jazz, and indie performers from around the world, including such acts as Rasputina and Spottiswoode & His Enemies. Local artists contributed to the gut renovation of its nineteenth-century postindustrial digs, and many details, such as the woodwork and the lighting fixtures, are handmade. Chef Hugh Horner drew on his southern roots to put together a menu of locally sourced, organic Low-Country cuisine. The entire building can accommodate up to 500 people for dinner and dancing, but the sunny, second-level ballroom is notable in and of itself and has a capacity of 150. Prices upon request. 405 Columbia St., Hudson, N.Y.; 518-828-4800; helsinkihudson.com.
From the Winter 2011 New York Wedding Guide