The first thing you notice is the stars. You love your city life, but the everpresent ambient lights have cast a filter over the night sky and you've all but forgotten what these faraway solar systems look like. You've been a passenger for a few hours now and were glued to the window watching the changing silhouette of trees against the expansive sky. Now that you are standing outside, your partner is taking it all in for the first time having kept their eyes firmly and safely on the narrow winding mountain roads. You take out your phone and attempt to capture the twinkling starlights but it's no use. For all their megapixels, the only thing that shows up us the moon; as if it's the universe saying this is something you have to see in person.
Checking in at the large Front Desk, you gladly accept the glass of complimentary sparkling wine. It's refreshing and you begin to unwind immediately. You sit down in front of a roaring fireplace and clink champagne flutes with your sweetheart. It's been too long since you enjoyed a few days away and you have a wonderful getaway planned.
DINNER // Top of the Park
You made a pit stop about halfway between home and High Peaks Resort, so you're looking to tuck into something small and satisfying. Top of the Park, an inviting and intimate tapas restaurant located directly across the street, is the perfect spot to wind down the evening with a unique menu of small plates and extensive signature and CBD cocktails.
You wake first and not wishing to rob your better half of a few extra winks you make your way downstairs to The Den, just off the resort's lobby. You pour yourself a cup of coffee and settle into one of the large armchairs with that book you keep meaning to come back to. The atmosphere is perfect for reading - both ample in space and cozy in the atmosphere and you see you're not the only person to have this idea. Across the salon, a guest is holding a book in their left hand and petting the King Charles spaniel in their lap with their right between page turns. A text comes in letting you know your honey is awake. You top off your coffee and pour another and head upstairs.
SNOWSHOEING // Cascade Ski Center
Cascade X-C Ski Center is a full-service cross country ski center featuring 20 KM of groomed trails, the region's most complete Nordic shop, and Knicker's bar & restaurant serving Nordic comfort fare. Enjoy a full day of skiing or just a few hours, daily admission is included with your stay.
SLEIGH RIDE // Adirondack Sleigh Rides
We have written about it at length before, but it is worth recommending every chance we can. There is nothing more quintessentially small-town winter, nothing that speaks more to the inner warmth of a Thomas Kincade painting, than visiting a charming cabin and going for a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the woods.
SPA DAY // Spa & Salon at High Peaks Resort
Experience restorative well-being at Lake Placid's newest day spa and salon, conveniently located on Main Street. The Spa & Salon at High Peaks Resort offers unique spa treatments using botanical and natural ingredients designed to restore well-being and zen.
SOUND BATHING // Sound Healing Adirondacks
Sound Bathing uses the power of sound to restore one's mind, body, and spirit back to a state of balance. The harmonic vibrations from the instruments have a deep penetrating effect on the receiver, promoting healing and well-being - like a massage from inside out!
DINNER & A MOVIE // Dancing Bears Restaurant & Palace Theatre
Two Lake Placid icons, one great evening! Dancing Bears Restaurant has been the go-to spot for comfortable and cozy food since before the 1980 Winter Olympic games. The Palace Theatre has been a tradition for even longer - offering first-run movies in a vintage ambiance since 1929.
FINE DINING // Interlaken Inn
Near High Peaks Resort and Main Street, Lake Placid, Interlaken Inn is the perfect spot for an elevated anniversary dinner.
Rested and relaxed, you aren't the only one who wakes up early on the day of your departure. Your partner is ready to go and enjoy one last adventure before your drive home. While checkout is at 11 AM you are welcome to keep your car here after you've departed to enjoy Lake Placid into the afternoon.
RETAIL THERAPY // Main Street, Lake Placid
Enjoy the morning meandering through the shops of downtown Lake Placid, boasting everything, like unique furnishings and homewares, unexpected games and toys, rugged adventure gear, and sparkling jewelry.
WINTER WATERFALLS // High Falls Gorge
On your departure day, you are probably looking for something that offers a big pay off in a short amount of time. The 1/4-mile waterfall snowshoe is the perfect place to experience the incredible without taking over your day.