Travel Date: Aug 30 - Sep 2, 2019 (Labor Day weekend)
When the office is closed and a long weekend is available... a road trip upstate is a must 🛣️. Ever since we went to Lake Placid last summer, we knew we had to come back.
Driving from NYC to Lake Placid is pretty much a straight road with a handful of stops. Taking breaks every 1.5-2 hours is a must ☺️. We splurged on a hotel with a view of Mirror Lake. Last year we stayed at an Airbnb 30 minutes away in Lake Saranac. I didn't expect was the coziness of Hampton Inn.
By splurge, I mean it was still the lowest cost hotel in the area with comparable prices to the Airbnb 😅. The Airbnb got booked while I was browsing. $271/n after taxes - check Expedia.
We got there in the evening and was able to catch the night and s’mores activity.
Right next to the check-in desk was the community area (breakfast; a cart for kids with board games and coloring) and wall to floor glass walls with a view of the lake. It was pretty amazing waking up to see a view of the lake AND this yummy breakfast 😍.
Pressed juices and smoothies? Best Hampton Inn ever. It would've been even better if these compostable cups actually had a compost bin to go to afterwards :(
It's not a Lake Placid trip without actually seeing Lake Placid. Whiteface Mountain is only a 30 minute drive from the Mirror Lake area. Admission (check latest on their site):
- $16 car + driver
- $9 per passenger
We saw a bunch of people biking up the mountain. They're so fit 🚵! There are 3-4 view point stops along the drive up (7 minutes with no stops). At the entrance, we were told there was no visibility due to the clouds. We got so lucky and got great views of Lake Placid and mountains because the clouds cleared up 🤗 .
I don't go anywhere without my Ahnu boots* (now Teva) for hiking but I've seen people wear sandals to trek up. The rocks are uneven and the climb down can be a bit slippery on certain rocks. There is a helpful hand railing. If you're not cut up for the hike, there is a free elevator at the parking area. The elevator doesn't fit that many people so your friends hiking up might get there before you 😅
And if that wasn't enough exercise for the day, you can enjoy a nice hydrobike ride. $24/hr and $42 for 2 hours if paid in advance (MLB Rental). Book the 2 hours allowed us to take our time without worrying about the return. We had ample time to bike around the entire lake while capturing great photos.
You can also burn more calories being in the cold, observing the stars.
Til next time, Lake Placid. Maybe a winter snowboarding trip 🏂
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