Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Hip Hotels - The Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid

The Whiteface Lodge was a picture I fell in love with in a bridal magazine when I was planning my wedding. The stunning resort just jumped off the page and took my breath away, that I immediately ripped it out of the magazine and went straight to Google. What I found was that the hotel was only a six-hour road trip from my home base in Toronto - so off to Lake Placid we went! I was so impressed by the attention to detail at this luxury camp in the Adirondack Mountains that we returned again for our second visit...
Nestled in the mountains and trees of Lake Placid, The Whiteface Lodge is the ultimate romantic getaway or vacation with friends. The resort itself does not sit on water, but a quick drive down the road leads to a private beach club on the lake.
The grand lodge entrance (above) blends in perfectly with the relaxing landscape and valet is complimentary at the resort. The hotel is currently ranked #14 on the 'Best Resorts' list in North America by Travel + Leisure magazine. We like that The Whiteface Lodge takes your vacation very seriously, so all you have to do is breathe in the fresh mountain air.
The Garden
The Resort - For those that are cottage-less such as myself, resort living is a nice way to go. We didn't really want to deal with the stress of camping and wanted the amenities of a hotel to truly relax. The Whiteface Garden is landscaped with lush and hardy plants and full of nooks and crannies where you can sit back with a book and soak in the sun.  
Boredom is never a problem because of the tennis courts, basketball nets and three season outdoor skating rink on-site, complete with free skate rentals for guests. The indoor/outdoor pool is heated year-round with a poolside menu and lots of loungers to work on your tan.  A full-service spa offers massage therapy and maple facials for those looking to recharge. In the winter, you can snowboard on Whiteface Mountain and check out all the Olympic sites in Lake Placid (hosts in 1932 and 1980). 
Inside, there are lots of soft, buttery leather sofas to sink into with a cocktail
The two 'Lean-Tos' on the resort are set-up like outdoor living rooms. Inside is a full cigar and cognac menu that you can enjoy in this designated smoking area.
S'mores - Have a craving for a campfire and s'mores? The Whiteface Lodge sets up a complimentary station every afternoon with Hershey bars, marshmallows, graham crackers and roasting sticks ready to go. It's the small touches that really makes this hotel so memorable.

The Room - Homemade bags of Granola were awaiting us when we arrived in our room.  Turn down service was completed with a gorgeous carafe already filled with water next to our nightstand and two homemade chocolate chip cookies in case we got peckish. We were booked into a one bedroom suite which included a full kitchen, living room (below), gas fireplace, terrace and 1.5 baths. The furnishings all evoked a comfy cottage feeling of being in your own personal log cabin, except with stainless steel appliances and cable.  Internet was also complimentary. 
One Bedroom Suite - The Living Room (above). A smaller studio suite is available for hip + urban girls looking for a romantic getaway, honeymoon spot or a special celebration vacation. Rates are lower in the fall and winter with more special promotions. The suites go up to three bedrooms with pull-outs, so getting a group of friends together and sharing a room is easy.
The Gourmet Kitchen
Fluffy bathrobes and L'Occitane products were all laid-out upon our arrival. Everywhere you looked there was a log or something made out of wood. All the counters were a shiny granite and the heated bathroom floor just melted my stress away. The hotel boasts 94 luxury suites and took over five years to build. Many of the guests travel from New York City, New Jersey and Montreal. From Toronto, the drive is six hours past Brockville and then into the US cutting through mountains, lakes and streams.     
The buffet is worth every penny and one less thing you have to think about when you're on vacation.
Breakfast - If you have the option, go for the breakfast plan. The spread really is as delicious as it looks. Fresh fruit, oatmeal, granola, bacon, eggs, sausages and pancakes are all part of the buffet. Coffee, tea and juices were also included. We barely touched our kitchen. It was nice to just wake up, walk down the hall and have breakfast waiting for you. The Grand Dining Room has a view of the mountains and is full of natural light, two fireplaces and lots of rustic 'camp/cottage' furniture.
Ice Cream Parlour & Movie Theatre - The Whiteface Lodge even has a full service Ice Cream Parlour in the basement serving up sundaes, banana splits, milkshakes and cones.  In the evenings there is complimentary popcorn for the 56-seat movie theatre which screens three movies a day. It's a family movie that screens in the early afternoon/evening and a PG-13 option in the late evening.
The Canoe Club - The Whiteface Lodge has a private beach for guests on Lake Placid.  The resort does not sit on the water, but the beachfront is only a two-minute drive away by complimentary shuttle. 
Once you arrive at The Canoe Club, there are towels, a beach side bar menu, big comfy loungers, umbrellas and Adirondack chairs for your day in the sun and sand. The view is absolutely stunning (above) as we spent the day reading magazines and swimming in the refreshing waters of Lake Placid. Complimentary canoes and kayaks are available to guests, and it was exciting to explore the lake from a different vantage point.  We broke up the day with a morning kayak and then afternoon games of badminton, volleyball and croquet! It was like being a kid at summer camp again.
Workout Facilities
Bowling Alley & Old Fashioned Games Room - The Whiteface Lodge does cater to families, but hip + urban husband and I really enjoyed getting competitive over a game of table soccer, air hockey, shuffleboard and shooting some pool. The resort stocks a variety of board games too, so it was nice disconnecting from technology for a little while and just having some fun in this cute rec room. The two-lane bowling alley comes complete with bowling shoes and is also complimentary.

We really loved our visit to The Whiteface Lodge and can't stop raving about how wonderful it is. The activities on the resort are endless and the town of Lake Placid is charming. We think it would make the perfect anniversary trip or romantic getaway for the hard-working hip + urban girl. Find out more online at: www.TheWhitefaceLodge.com
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