Lake Placid, NY, USA

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Lake Placid, NY, USA

Lake Placid vacation rentals

Lake Placid’s diverse offerings

Beginning life as a mining village, the idyllic hamlet of Lake Placid has gone through many transformations throughout its history. The crystal-clear waters of its titular lake, combined with its picture-perfect location in the Adirondack Mountains, saw it become a hot spot for the rich and famous, while the unpolluted mountain air also made it a booming health resort. This diversity continues today. Visitors flock to Lake Placid vacation rentals to enjoy the area’s picturesque beauty, sporting legacy, and fascinating sites like the Mount Von Hoevenberg Olympic Bobsled Run or the John Brown Farm State Historic Site.

Peaceful pampering in Lake Placid

Lake Placid’s fresh mountain air and relaxing serenity made it a popular retreat for TB sufferers in the late 19th century. These days, the locals continue this tradition of wellness with spas and health centers. Treat yourself to a soothing deep-tissue massage, or a restorative wrap, before returning to your Lake Placid vacation rental for a chilled-out evening by the water. Many spas in the area also have on-site salons, so why not get glammed up for a night on the town? Lake Placid natives are experts at making you feel good, inside and out.

The Olympic spirit of Lake Placid

Lake Placid has twice hosted the Winter Olympics and proudly displays its sporting achievements at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum. Memorabilia from the 1932 Games, including hockey equipment and figure-skating outfits, takes pride of place in the main gallery. The “Miracle on Ice,” one of the most famous moments in ice-hockey history, took place at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. You can watch original footage from this decisive game, in which the US beat Russia with seconds to spare in one of sport’s greatest David vs. Goliath matchups, and then learn more about the history behind this incredible upset.

Lake Placid weather at a glance

The climate in Lake Placid is classified as humid continental, which generally promises mild conditions and regular rainfall. Your best chance of sunshine comes in the summer months, with July temperatures averaging 64°F. As the mercury rises, so too does demand, so make sure to book early to get the best choice of vacation rentals in Lake Placid. Fall prices are lower and the surrounding countryside dazzles with vivid autumnal colors; if you’re willing to risk the lower temperatures, you’ll be rewarded with great views from the patio of your Lake Placid vacation rental.

Putting the “lake” in Lake Placid

A number of well-tended paths lead you into the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, but the Lakeshore Trail should be at the top of every nature enthusiast’s wish list. As the name suggests, this scenic route hugs tightly to the rocky shore of Lake Placid, leading towards the Outlet Brook Dam. The summer months are a particularly good time to follow the trail; the waterfront flora burst into life, the cedar trees provide refreshing shade from the sun, and birds, red squirrels, and American mink can all be seen in the surrounding countryside.