Even though few therapists would agree, sometimes neglect paths to the best possible outcome. Such is the case with the Adirondacks, whose fierce geography, unproductive soil and hard weather diverted early American settlers to more benign plots. As a result, a state of raw wilderness maintained into the 19th century
WHEN TO GO
Anytime of year is great. My most recent visit was in December (combined it with a trip to the Catskills) and I felt like I had the whole place to myself.
WHAT TO DO
What to do in the Adirondacks in Winter? Here’s my Gold List.
Skiing at Whiteface Mountain, which boasts the highest vertical drop in the East, a cool 3,166 feet.
Olympic Bobsled Run (or luge) at Mt. Van Hoevenberg – Tempt fate or (attempt to break the world land speed record) with a luge or bobsled run at the Olympic training facility.
WHERE TO STAY
Mirror Lake Inn – It’s a vertex of rustic luxury, which Condé Nast Traveler readers ranked as #1 in the Northeast. It’s owned by Ed and Lisa Weibrecht, whose son Andrew is Olympic medalist with the U.S. Ski Team. The Inn is designed in the Arts & Crafts style of the mountain lodges in the Adirondacks (rough-cut wood and unpolished stone), with wood-burning fireplaces in every room, and spectacular lake views from almost every vantage. But what makes it extraordinary is the bottomless plate of freshly home-baked chocolate-chip cookies that sit on the Reception table.
WHAT TO DRINK
Lake Placid Pub & Brewery – Get the lusty Ubu Ale… and them some…
WHERE TO EAT
The View, the only Four Diamond restaurant in Lake Placid, and a leader in the farm-to-table movement, working closely with local and regional meat producers and processors, along with local cheese and vegetable producers to, to offer up organic ingredients as fresh as a stone’s throw. It also hosts an 8,000-bottle wine cellar.
Check out my piece in Huffington Post: If You’re Traveling in New York’s North Country Fair