We rented this house for Ironman week July 2012. Since my husband was doing the race and wanted to be close we also had a room at the Marriott courtyard for the 3 nights before the race. This was perfect as we were able to enjoy the area without the crowds the race brought in but were close for preface activities. We had 10 other family members staying at the house and we all had plenty of room. The drive into Lake Placid was much easier than I expected, 15-20 minted tops and race day- family was able to catch a shuttle from parking area b in saranac and was bused right to the Olympic center. Much easier than for us tring to get our car back to the marriot once race was underway.
The house was extremely comfortable and I am very picky. We were lucky enough to have the master bedroom and bath and loved it. Very spacious and great mattress. There were 2 dining areas and we used one for adults and one for all the kids which was great. Kitchen was new and very well stocked. We did vacuum early in the stay which was necessary but otherwise the house was very clean. The owners allowed us to use the kayaks which was a great treat and everyone loved them. Fortunately one of our family had a padded truck bed to bring them around the corner to the Lake Flower boat launch. The house has a large steep backyard with fire pit area and swing. The kids loved climbing up the mountain and playing back there. Basement had a pol table and darts but we were too busy on the water and exploring and didn't get down there except to do laundry which was wonderful to have. Things to do include the Olympic sites ( we bought the passports to save money), mirror lake, walking main street lake placid, fishing, camping, boating. There is an aldi and grand union for groceries with in 5 minutes. Tail of the pup had great barbecue but was the only place we ate out as we cooks every night. . Bring fishing gear ( and get fishing license, Debbie mentioned DEC/police are strict) and we saw them every day we were fishing. We rented an island to camp at in lower saranac lake which was cheap $35 a night and an awesome time for the kids. They are boat access only so plan a boat rental -but so much fun for the camping type. Weather was incredible in July. Race day was hot but otherwise perfect and cool at night for making smores by the fire. Best vacation we have had in years. Didn't want it too end.