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Forbes: Why You Should Visit Lake Placid, New York, This Summer

July 17, 2020

This summer, many families are taking driving vacations due to COVID, and a good option for many families is Lake Placid in Upstate New York. Located in the heart of the Adirondacks, this pretty town has plenty of outdoor adventure activities, great dining options, and lots of family-friendly fun.

Where to Stay in Lake Placid

A good option is High Peaks Resort, which overlooks Mirror Lake and is surrounded by the Adirondack Mountains. The property has three different lodging experiences: The Resort, which is a traditional hotel with a pool (there are 105 rooms); the modern retro-vibe Lake House (44 guest rooms); and the Waterfront Collection (28 rooms including 10 suites), which sits right on the shores of Mirror Lake and has a lakefront pool.

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If you’re traveling with kids, a good option is to book connecting rooms. At The Resort, many adults book a room with a king-size bed for themselves with a connecting room with two double beds for the kids. The kids are able to go back and forth as needed, but adults still get privacy. The balconies for all the rooms overlook the Adirondack Mountains.

Most families spend a good chunk of their time on the lake—which is an easy way to social distance while still having fun. Kayaks, SUP, and paddle boats are complimentary and are on a first-come-first-served basis. An attendant disinfects the equipment, paddles and life jackets after every use. Spending the day on the lake is the perfect way to take in the surrounding views, stay active, and also make sure you’re six feet from another vacationer. In the winter, the resort has complimentary use of cross-country skis, skates, and sleds.

In non-pandemic times, the resort has three restaurants to choose from, but during the coronavirus, only Dancing Bears Restaurant is open. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and favorites include steak, burgers, and salads (as well as yummy appetizers—like the nachos—and sweet treats for dessert).

If you’re traveling with a dog, you’re in luck. The property is canine-friendly and has special treats and amenities for your favorite furry friend.

The spa is also open and offers a wide range of treatments including hot-stone and deep-tissue massages. The massage therapist wears a mask during the treatment and clients are asked to wear one when they are faceup on the table. The spa rooms are disinfected between treatments.

Read more on Forbes.com.

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