Kick your fall adventures up a notch with a visit to New York’s original vacation destination.
You work hard so you can play hard, discovering unique new adventures and savoring your leisure time. This year, when you think fall vacation, think Lake Placid and discover why generations have been drawn by its rugged views and classic hospitality.
Lake Placid’s awesome proximity to the High Peaks of the Adirondacks means that in no time at all, you can be hitting the trails on some of the Northeast’s prettiest peaks. Once you’re on your way, your views of the foliage — gleaming hues of orange, yellow, and red — and waterfalls, lakes, and streams will make the effort worthwhile. These hikes range from all-day challenges to gentler slopes where the views are stunning but the effort doesn’t have to be.
Baxter Mountain features a family-friendly mixture of flat terrain and steep pitches, topped with views of the many nearby peaks. Amp up the adventure with a longer hike; Mount Haystack is one of the most demanding High Peaks and the challenge will leave you feeling unstoppable. Everywhere you step, you’re following in the footsteps of explorers whose exploits made these mountains famous for being an awe-inspiring destination.
For adventurers looking for more speed, hit the dirt on a mountain bike. Whether you’ve got the kids with you, or you’re on an adults-only bucket-list adventure, the variety of trails in the Lake Placid area means you’re sure to find the style of trail you’re looking for. Lake Placid’s trails provide hours of fun, ranging from moderate workouts to exhilarating, teeth-rattling challenges. All of the trails are in scenic spots, perfect for rolling through the bright fall foliage and fragrant pines. Don’t want to travel with a bike? No problem. Local outfitters can gear you up with everything you need, from bikes to books (the guiding kind).
Along with the outdoor activities abounding in Lake Placid, it wouldn’t be a getaway if you didn’t spend some time relaxing. Crisp fall air invites you to put your feet up in front of a roaring fire at a rustic lodge or indulge at a lakeside restaurant. Local brewers and chefs take inspiration from the landscape; dip into an IPA as golden as the scenery while nibbling on local cheeses and charcuterie.
Cool fall mornings call for hot, specialty coffee and baked goods, while the evenings are best spent around a lakeside fire, roasting s’mores. For the ultimate indulgence in leisure, stay in and book a luxurious spa visit. A locally-sourced maple sugar scrub or custom aromatherapy session might be just what you need to feel pampered.
There’s a reason why the vacation was born in the Adirondacks; visit Lake Placid this fall and find out for yourself.