24 Hours in Lake Placid, NY
Part of Weekender’s Portfolio, Placid Bay Hotel Provides Luxe Respite from Rainy Weather
Despite cooler temperatures arriving this month, it’s still not too late in the season to visit the Adirondacks. We had a lovely time in the cold AND the rain, and you can too! Check out our itinerary for a 24-hour stay in Lake Placid the next time you want to venture up north.
The Trip Up
Any good road trip starts with a visit to Starbucks and an appropriate Spotify playlist (check out ours HERE). We were coming from lower Westchester, just outside of Manhattan, and it took us just over 4 hours to get to our hotel. Upon arrival, we were welcomed to a quaint lobby complete with recommendations in the area and a guest check-in book.
Placid Bay Hotel, part of the Weekender Hotel Group, provided a cozy place of respite during our busy days out on the town. All hotels in the Weekender portfolio boast modern luxury amenities while staying true to their ethos of getting people connected to nature and exploring the great outdoors.
Our room was a freshly renovated master suite with a full kitchenette and 80-inch TV, which we would took full advantage of on our nights in.
After unpacking a bit, we were starving and ready for a nice evening out. We stopped by Big Slide Brewery just outside of Downtown Lake Placid. This place was so satisfying, and not just because we were starving. Using farm-to-table ingredients, Big Slide chefs up some of the freshest pub grub around. We treated ourselves to Mitten Fries (venison sauce, chopped pickles, onions, and mustard) and The Maloney and Cheeseburger. With full tummies, we made our way back to the hotel and were greeted by truly the comfiest of beds.
The Next Morning:
Although it was quite hard leaving the comfort of our California King, we seized the day on the earlier side to make the most of our day. Our first stop was Origin Coffee Company, right on Main Street. They had a delicious pour-over option made from honey-processed coffee beans. We also tried their seasonal “Sweater Weather” latte made with maple syrup, cardamom, and cinnamon.
Some may argue coffee is all you need for breakfast, but we were here to eat. We walked down Main Street and made our way to The Breakfast Club, etc., since it was rated one of the top breakfast places in town. It did not disappoint! This place had every breakfast item you could imagine (and lunch too!) It was a bonus that we got a table with a lake view. We got chicken and waffles and corned beef and cheddar hash.
We walked around the property a bit after brunch and took advantage of the slight break we had from the rain. The hotel is right on Lake Placid’s bay, and they had the cutest chairs to relax at in the back. If the weather were nicer, we would have taken some of the kayaks that the hotel had available out on the water! In the late afternoon, we made sure to check out the historic Herb Brooks Arena, which was built for the 1980 Winter Olympics.
Since we had a late breakfast, we skipped lunch but found ourselves needing a quick pick-me-up around 4:00 PM. So, we stopped at Emma’s Creamery on Main Street for a sweet treat. We tried raspberry road and cinnamon bun flavors.
Once we finished, we continued our travels along Main Street and stopped in some lovely shops along the way. Some highlights include:
Pure Placid: This storefront was gorgeous, and the products they offered smelt divine. They had bath/body care products and candles, and in the back, they offered candle-making classes.
The Bookstore Plus: This place had a great selection of books available and many signed copies from authors like Jeanette McCurdy and David Sedaris. They also had a craft/stationary section that was quite expansive for a bookstore.
Saratoga Olive Oil Co: This was another stunning shop offering every flavor of olive oil or balsamic imaginable.
After we were shopped out, we stopped back at the hotel to get ready for a romantic evening out. Marcy’s restaurant is in the newly renovated Great Adirondack Hotel. This place was DELISH, and highly recommend stopping in if you’re looking for a nice night out for a dinner or even just drinks. We started our meal with smoked trout deviled eggs, brussels sprouts, and short rib arancini. I’m SO glad we split our main dish – their 40oz bone-in rib-eye steak special was as delicious as it was huge. We even had leftovers to bring home.
While we would have loved to stay an extra day, there was snow in the forecast. We said goodbye to our cozy cabin room and hit the road that night. I’m sure this won’t be the last we hear about Weekender Hotels, and if you ever have the chance to stay in one yourself, don’t miss out! Take the trip.