9 Top-Rated Resorts in the Adirondacks
Written by Bryan Dearsley
Located in the northeastern corner of New York State, the beautiful Adirondack Mountains are one of the region's top tourist attractions. It's also where you'll find some of the state's top-rated hotels and resorts. Given the region's natural beauty and ruggedness, it's perhaps no surprise that many of the best places to stay focus on an authentic American lodge-style of accommodations. This is certainly true of top-rated locations such as The Whiteface Lodge and Lake Placid Lodge, both located in the historic village of Lake Placid and appealing to those who enjoy a little luxury with their outdoor experience.
Also worth considering are the Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa, also in Lake Placid, and The Point on Saranac Lake, both of which offer a high-level of quality and elegance. Find the best place to stay for your next mountain vacation with our list of the top-rated resorts in the Adirondacks.
1. The Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid
Just a few minutes away from the village of Lake Placid, Whiteface Lodge blends in well with the natural surroundings thanks to its rustic log construction. The emphasis is very much on luxury experiences, from world-class amenities that include a full-service spa and fine dining in its splendid restaurants to the inclusion of its very own movie theater. Also available are a fitness center, heated indoor-outdoor swimming pool and hot tubs, tennis courts, a games room, campfires, and even an ice-cream parlor.
A popular choice of accommodations at The Whiteface Lodge are the spacious one-bedroom units. Designed with a nod to the region's past, these elegant units come with separate bedrooms with king or queen beds plus a pullout queen-sized sofa-bed in the expansive living area, large bathrooms with jet tubs, and custom-made furnishings and accessories.
Accommodation: The Whiteface Lodge
2. Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa, Lake Placid
Another excellent choice for a Lake Placid getaway, the elegant Mirror Lake Inn offers a variety of luxurious accommodation options. A popular choice are the bright and airy "Lookout Rooms," which come with two queen beds, tile flooring throughout, huge windows offering superb views over the lake or mountains, and a seating area that can be closed off from the bedroom area. Better still for larger families are the 1,200-square-foot family suites. These units cover two levels and boast three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, a full-kitchen, and a large living room with a cozy fireplace.
The amenities consist of a large, heated, indoor swimming pool with its adjoining hot tub and sauna, a fitness center, and a variety of dining options. Golfers are granted privileges at the nearby Whiteface Club, while skiers and snowboarders are just steps away from the slopes.
Accommodation: Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa
3. Lake Placid Lodge, Lake Placid
Another fine property offering an authentic Adirondack vacation experience is the Lake Placid Lodge. Built in traditional wilderness lodge fashion, with rough-hewn beams and plenty of stone features, the lodge is a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux luxury group of hotels and offers excellent suite-style accommodation options, which can in some cases be combined to make even larger multi-bedroom units. A popular choice are the lodge king rooms, which feature king beds, spacious bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers, real wood-burning fireplaces, plus furnished balconies. (Accessible rooms are available for those with mobility issues.)
In addition to its large meeting and conference rooms and indoor activities such as cooking and arts and crafts classes, the lodge also makes full use of its natural setting to provide plenty of outdoor fun. Highlights include water-based activities such as fishing, paddleboarding, canoeing, and kayaking; wildlife interactions; and in winter, such fun activities as dogsledding, snowshoeing, and skiing. Regular family movie nights are also hosted.
Accommodation: Lake Placid Lodge
4. The Point, Saranac Lake
Considered one of the most stylish vacation addresses in the Adirondacks, the elegant The Point on Saranac Lake should be on everyone's bucket list of must-visit destinations - and be sure to add the words "romance" and "Boathouse" in brackets after the resort's name. The resort's most requested accommodation, The Boathouse literally sits atop the lake above the resort's boat storage and features a large master bedroom with a four-poster canopied bed, a spacious bathroom with a bathtub big enough for two, plus a pair of twin beds hanging from the ceiling of the huge wrap-around deck. Adding to the luxury is a large fireplace, a dining table for two, and plenty of comfy spots to relax.
When not lounging about in your comfortable quarters, head out for a day of fishing, waterskiing, or boating (or a little of all of them), as well as sporting activities such as tennis, croquet, or badminton. Use of canoes and kayaks are included with your stay, and barbecues are provided.
Accommodation: The Point
5. High Peaks Resort, Lake Placid
Consisting of three distinct - and distinctive - vacation properties, High Peaks Resort is located in the very heart of historic Lake Placid. Whichever building you stay in, you won't be disappointed, as the accommodations are of a high-quality and comfortable, each with a décor and design that reflects its Adirondacks roots. A great choice are the spacious one-bedroom suites, each with a good-sized private entrance area, large living room, wet bar with mini-fridge and microwave, dining area, and two private furnished balconies.
On-site amenities include a large state-of-the-art fitness center, and an impressive four swimming pools (two indoor, two outdoor). Casual and fine-dining restaurants are also available.
Accommodation: High Peaks Resort
6. Garnet Hill Lodge, North River
A popular back-to-nature destination for couples and families alike, Garnet Hill Lodge looks every bit as if it has always been a part of the landscape. This historic, rustic lodge has in fact been offering quality Adirondack vacations for decades and continues to attract guests year-round for such activities as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, hiking, biking, and white-water rafting (canoes, kayaks, and bikes are included with your stay). On-site amenities include a restaurant with lake views (be sure to try the fish and chips), and breakfast is complimentary.
A variety of accommodations are available, including two standalone cabins set in the surrounding woods. Other popular choices include the traditional log house rooms with good-sized marble bathrooms and glass showers.
Accommodation: Garnet Hill Lodge
7. Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, Lake Placid
Highly regarded for its respect for the environment, Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid offers guests a modern take on the traditional Adirondack resort vacation. A highlight of a stay is relaxing on the resort's private sandy beach or hopping aboard a rowboat, kayak, paddleboat, or canoe (paddleboards are also available). Other amenities include a large, heated indoor swimming pool with adjoining hot tubs, steam bath, and sauna, as well as a well-equipped fitness center. There's also an on-site restaurant.
A great choice for families are the two room Algonquin Suites, which can sleep up to five guests. Features include a master bedroom with a king bed, a living area with a pullout couch and authentic wood-burning fireplace, HDTV, and a private balcony. They also come with a mini-fridge, a microwave, Keurig coffee maker, and a spacious bathroom with a jet tub. Larger two-bedroom units are also available.
Accommodation: Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort
8. The Sagamore Resort, Bolton Landing
Constructed in 1883 and carefully restored to maintain its charm and character, the elegant 70-acre Sagamore Resort on Lake George remains a popular Adirondack getaway destination. Highlights of a stay include casual and fine-dining establishments, a heated swimming pool, and having plenty of space to spread out and relax. It's also a great fishing spot, and canoes and kayaks are available for use. Other highlights include a reproduction touring vessel offering trips across the lake, a spa, tennis courts, and a championship golf course.
The resort consists of 137 rooms and suites. Each boasts Adirondack-themed décor, and standard features such as quality furnishings, spacious marble-accented bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers, pullout sofa beds, and balconies (some with lake views). For a truly luxurious stay, book "The Castle," a 2,000-square-foot vacation home with six bedrooms and four bathrooms. Other features include five gas fireplaces, a full kitchen, dining and living rooms, and superb lake views.
Accommodation: The Sagamore Resort
9. Crowne Plaza Lake Placid
The Crowne Plaza Lake Placid is a great choice for those seeking a high-end vacation location in the Adirondacks. The amenities are top-notch and include a state-of-the-art fitness and wellness center, an indoor heated swimming pool plus hot tub, and on-site dining. Its lakeside location is a real draw, with inspiring views from pretty much everywhere, including the hotel's fire pits, where guests congregate each night.
The accommodations are equally high-quality, and include a number of accessible units for those with mobility challenges. Options include king or double queen beds with upgraded mattresses and bedding, work desks, HDTVs, and spacious bathrooms.
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Lake Placid