Lake Placid, Lake Placid, NY, USA

Lake Placid, Lake Placid, NY, USA

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A winter wonderland in Upstate New York

Known around the world for hosting the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic games (Miracle on Ice, anyone?), Lake Placid is the place to be if winter sports are your thing. Nestled in the scenic Adirondack Mountains, a Lake Placid vacation rental will allow you to follow in the footsteps of many a posh traveler, starting with the glitterati who first flocked to the picturesque town in the 1890s. From skiing to sleigh rides, Lake Placid is a snowy playground for young and old, as well as a popular mountain-climbing base if you're seeking an adrenaline rush.

Winter sports galore in a former Olympic paradise

It's no surprise that a town that hosted not 1, but 2 Winter Olympic games is a mecca for snow lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The downhill and cross-country skiing are particularly divine, but the après-ski and sleigh rides are just as good if your vacation is more about relaxing. When the snow melts, golfing and boating take over, alongside visits to the area's spas, wineries, and breweries. The annual Ironman tests the fittest of the fit, and the hiking is top-notch. You can up the intensity and join the Adirondack 46ers by climbing all the mountain peaks in the region.

Channel your inner Olympian at Lake Placid

The jewel of Lake Placid is undoubtedly Whiteface Mountain Ski resort, a skiing and snowboarding paradise. Be sure to visit in summer, too, for hiking and mountain biking, plus killer views from the gondola and observation deck. Mirror Lake is home to a popular public beach. Of course, no visit would be complete without taking in a dose of Olympic history at the museum and former winter games facilities. Try to save some time for a visit to the John Brown Farm and Gravesite, the final resting place of the famous abolitionist.

Baby, it's cold outside (so pack your booties)

Lake Placid sees huge swings in temperature between the seasons, but winter dominates the scene at this alpine paradise. If you book a Lake Placid vacation rental between November and April, expect to see temperatures in the single digits and some serious snow (4 times the national average, to be exact). The summer months of June to August bring highs in the 70s, making it prime time to enjoy the lakes. Be sure to bring your camera for Instagram-worthy shots of the fiery fall foliage in September and October.

A world of water and fresh alpine air

Nestled in the Tri-Lakes Region of the Adirondack Mountains, your Lake Placid vacation rental will wrap you in a natural wonderland of soaring peaks and alpine lakes. You'll also find enough fresh air and quaint alpine villages to make you think twice about returning to city life. The nearby McKenzie Mountain Wilderness is chock-full of hiking and walking trails, where you're likely to encounter countless lakes, ponds, and waterfalls, as well as a variety of wildlife ranging from big game to small birds.