Nestled in the charming Olympic village of Lake Placid,
Mirror Lake Inn has been playing host to summer and winter
athletes since the 1920s—during the 1932 Olympic
Games it was even home to the entire Norwegian team. Modern
day golfers will discover an equally warm welcome, with
a number of excellent vintage courses just a chip shot
away from its lakeside tranquillity.
Formerly a private estate, the inn is known for its understated
elegance. Mahogany walls, polished walnut floors, stone
fireplaces and antiques create a cozy ambiance, one that
is highlighted by the freshly baked chocolate chip cookies
that appear on every guest’s pillow each night.
The rest of the cusine is equally tempting. The chef makes
use of the bountiful harvest of local produce and game
to whip up a number of delectable dishes—including
Adirondack flapjacks served with hot maple syrup.
Thus fortified for the great outdoors, guests may hike,
canoe on the myriad lakes or hit the links. The Lake Placid
Resort offers two classic 18-hole layouts. The Mountain
Course, built in 1910, was redesigned by Alister Mackenzie
in 1931 and features narrow fairways and breathtaking
views of the surrounding countryside. The Whiteface Club,
considered one of the best courses in the North Country,
is another traditional challenge. Dating from 1898, it
boasts rolling hills and undulating greens.
At night, guests can relax with a rejuvenating massage
in the luxurious spa... or order up another batch of cookies!
mirrorlakeinn.com —Andrea DaRif
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