High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid, NY

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    Family Lodging in Lake Placid

    High Peaks Resort Family Lodging in Lake Placid
    Make High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid Your Adirondacks Home Base in the Fall A Double Queen room at Lake Placid, NY's High Peaks Resort was spacious and comfortable for our family of three. Styled a bit like an Adirondack cabin, it was a perfect home base for our explorations. © 2012 Kim Knox Beckius

    Head to the Adirondacks for Fall Foliage and Olympic-Size Fun

    I was about 10 in 1979 when my family visited Lake Placid, New York, for the first time: We had a blast! The village was in the midst of preparations for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games--the second Olympics hosted in the picturesque Adirondacks--and the excitement was so palpable, I've been hooked on the Olympics since.

    My daughter was about 10 when we took her to Lake Placid for the first time on a mid-September weekend in 2012, and we had a blast! We stayed at High Peaks Resort, which is wonderfully situated on and across from Mirror Lake just steps from Lake Placid Village shops, attractions and restaurants. High Peaks Resort offers two main buildings, plus the Lake House (formerly Lakeview Motor Inn) for travelers looking for more affordable lodging with all of the resort's amenities.

    In this review and photo tour, I'll show you the resort and share some of the best things to do on a visit to Lake Placid. In the...MORE fall, sporty families will love all of the outdoor adventures nearby, from scenic gondola rides to hikes to excursions on the lake. And in winter, Lake Placid really comes alive with Olympic-class skiing at Whiteface Mountain, bobsled rides and ice skating inside a famous arena. If you were enthralled by the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, this year is an ideal time to visit Olympic venues where magic--and even a miracle--unfolded in Lake Placid when the Games came to town in 1980 and 1932. Lake Placid will inspire your kids to pursue their own dreams and should be on your "places to visit before they grow up" list if you live in the Northeast... or even far beyond.

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    Decor Details

    High Peaks Resort Bathroom
    Make High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid Your Adirondacks Home Base in the Fall Even our bathroom at High Peaks Resort had details inspired by the Adirondack region's outdoor allure including a walk-in moss rock shower. © 2012 Kim Knox Beckius
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    The Best Amenity

    High Peaks Resort Water View Room Lake Placid
    Make High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid Your Adirondacks Home Base in the Fall From the balcony of our room, we had a view of the outdoor pool and, across the street, spectacular Mirror Lake. Waterfront Collection rooms at High Peaks Resort have even better lake views. © 2012 Kim Knox Beckius
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    Indoor Pool

    High Peaks Resort Indoor Pool Photo
    Make High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid Your Adirondacks Home Base in the Fall Of course, my daughter liked High Peaks' indoor pool. The resort also has a high-tech fitness room with lively natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows. © 2012 Kim Knox Beckius
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    Breakfast at Dancing Bears

    Breakfast at Dancing Bears Restaurant High Peaks Resort Lake Placid
    Make High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid Your Adirondacks Home Base in the Fall High Peaks Resort's Dancing Bears Restaurant is a perfect place to start your day in Lake Placid. Breakfast entrees are a bit pricey, but Belgian waffles or eggs, cheddar and Canadian bacon piled on a croissant will fill you up for hours. © 2012 Kim Knox Beckius
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    Free Paddle Boats and Kayaks

    Free Paddle Boats and Kayaks in Lake Placid at High Peaks Resort
    Make High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid Your Adirondacks Home Base in the Fall Stay at High Peaks Resort, and you have complimentary access to a fleet of kayaks, paddleboats and rowboats. I took this photo while my daughter and I enjoyed pedaling around Mirror Lake. © 2012 Kim Knox Beckius
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    Lake Placid Olympic Spirit

    Lake Placid Olympic Spirit Medal Podium
    Make High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid Your Adirondacks Home Base in the Fall My daughter loved watching the 2012 London Summer Olympics on TV, so when she spotted this medal podium as we approached the Lake Placid Olympic Ski Jumping Complex, she knew just what to do!. © 2012 Kim Knox Beckius
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    Lake Placid Ski Jump

    Lake Placid Ski Jump Complex Photo
    Make High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid Your Adirondacks Home Base in the Fall ORDA, the Olympic Regional Development Authority, operates several historic Olympics venues that are still used for training by US athletes. If you have time to visit only one, make it the Ski Jump Complex. © 2012 Kim Knox Beckius
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    A Ski Jumper's View

    View from Lake Placid Olympic Ski Jump
    Make High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid Your Adirondacks Home Base in the Fall In the fall, the chairlift ride to the base of the Olympic ski jump and glass elevator journey to the top of the 120-meter tower not only allow you to experience a ski jumper's exhilarating view, they're a great way to leaf peep, too. © 2012 Kim Knox Beckius
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    Peak Experience

    Whiteface Mountain Summit
    Make High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid Your Adirondacks Home Base in the Fall Drive the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway, then take an elevator INSIDE the mountain to the top of this 4,867-foot peak. We opted to hike back down the narrow, rocky trail, but you an return via the elevator if you have little kids. © 2012 Kim Knox Beckius
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    There's Lake Placid

    Lake Placid Aerial Photo
    Make High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid Your Adirondacks Home Base in the Fall From the summit of Whiteface, we had aerial views of H-shaped Lake Placid. It's admittedly confusing that Mirror Lake is the body of water in the center of the village of Lake Placid. Lake Placid itself is north of the village. © 2012 Kim Knox Beckius
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    Whiteface Castle

    Whiteface Castle
    Make High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid Your Adirondacks Home Base in the Fall You may be surprised to spy a stone castle as you arrive at the parking area atop Whiteface Mountain. In addition to serving as a memorial to war veterans, it houses a cafe, gift shop and restrooms. © 2012 Kim Knox Beckius
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    Bobsled Simulator

    Lake Placid Bobsled Simulator
    Make High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid Your Adirondacks Home Base in the Fall At the Lake Placid Olympic Sports Complex, you can ride in an actual bobsled in the fall. But, it's pricey. On our rainy last day, we opted instead to try the motion theater bobsled simulator at the Olympic Center. It's cooler than we imagined!. © 2012 Kim Knox Beckius
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    Miracle on Ice

    Lake Placid Ice Hockey Rink
    Make High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid Your Adirondacks Home Base in the Fall "Do you believe in miracles?" If you remember Al Michaels' famous line as team USA beat the Russians to move on to the 1980 gold medal ice hockey game, you'll get chills inside the rink now known as Herb Brooks Arena after the team's famous coach. © 2012 Kim Knox Beckius