A Lavish Weekend in the Adirondacks
New York has no shortage of opportunities for the discerning traveler. Many opt for the hustle-and-bustle excitement of New York City — the city that never sleeps — while some prefer the Hamptons and other beautiful beaches of Long Island. But if you’re looking for a real escape where you can do everything from hiking and skiing to wine tasting, the Adirondack Mountains will win you over in a heartbeat.
Located in northeastern New York state, the Adirondacks are a popular place for outdoor adventurers as well as those seeking a romantic and cozy escape from everyday life. From the views over Lake Placid to the hamlets surrounding Chestertown, you’ll find a vast and varied hidden wonderland that makes for a wonderful weekend retreat. Here are some of the most luxurious ways to spend a weekend in the Adirondacks.
Lake Placid Lodge
The Adirondacks have a long and rich history, dating back to the Native Americans and moving through the Gilded Age, when millionaires built their mansions here. Today, you can find everything from sports, art, culture and charming old towns to the stunningly beautiful Lake Placid. The Lake Placid Lodge is the only hotel on the lake and sits on the edge of the village. It’s a gorgeous structure with wide porches and high windows looking out over the lake and mountains, large outdoor fireplaces and wooded trails leading into the forest. The rooms are decorated with furniture and crafts from local artisans, and it makes a perfectly indulgent and rustic retreat for couples in search of a luxury getaway.
The Fern Lodge
The Adirondacks are majestic in and of themselves, but viewing them from an elegant hotel room makes them even more special. The Fern Lodge is an exquisite getaway perched on the edge of Friends Lake that will transport you to another time and place. The Great Room is the Lodge’s common area and includes vaulted ceilings and an expansive stone fireplace in front of which you can relax after a long day of skiing, hiking or getting pampered at the spa. The lakeside fire pit is a great place to take in the fresh air and views of the lake in the afternoon or evening. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more intimate retreat for a special occasion or honeymoon.
It’s impossible to discuss lavish hideaways in the Adirondacks without focusing on The Point, a sumptuous and rustic lodge situated in the heart of the mountains. This extremely high-end hotel prides itself on its exclusivity and on providing world-class service and attention to detail. A stay here will make you feel like royalty, with a staff that caters to your every beck and call and exquisite tasting menus from the critically acclaimed restaurant onsite. Once you’ve checked in, you won’t have to worry about a thing as they provide the finest wines, wonderful cuisine, all kinds of outdoor activities year-round and rooms furnished with gorgeous antiques. The lakeside setting means you have private access to the pristine water and grounds surrounding. The property is the former home of the Rockefeller family, so it’s no surprise that a stay here makes you feel like part of the family, too.