Cool, calm and collected Eastwind Lake Placid is an all-American motor lodge in the Adirondacks, Upstate New York. The protected parkland spans a supersize 5,000 square miles of mountains, forests and lakes, with trails to hike and slopes to ski. You have glaciation to thank for this natural masterpiece – for man-made interventions, downtown Lake Placid is within walking distance. This is also where to live out all your fly-fishing fantasies (even if we can’t promise Robert Redford and Brad Pitt).
Double rooms from £153.38 ($191), including tax at 13 per cent.
Rates don’t usually include breakfast.
It may be a long way from Manhattan but there’s an events programme to rival the city that never sleeps (with a whole lot more fresh air) – these include baseball tournaments, strongman competitions, triathlons and even an annual horse show.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, sauna, lounge, library, bicycles to borrow and communal fire-pit. In rooms: tea and coffee kit, Zenology bath products.
Our favourite rooms
For novelty value, book one of Eastwind Lake Placid’s Lushna cabins, which were imported from Slovenia and assembled here in the Adirondacks – this way, camping comes with king-size beds, as well as your own deck for kumbaya riffs (which is just as well, since they look like miniature wooden churches).
You’re going to be spending a lot of time outdoors – depending on the time of year, you’ll need ski boots and salopettes, or cycling shorts and breathable fabrics for summer.
Eastwind Lake Placid has communal areas that are accessible for wheelchair users, as well as specially adapted king and queen rooms.
One of the outbuildings is now home to a private dining room, or you can sit outside in summer.
Gore-Tex is your friend.
Breakfast baskets are delivered to your room each morning – these are filled with fresh fruit, coffee, juice, pastries, yoghurt and granola. There’s also a lounge, where you can order simple salads, charcuterie boards and, of course, some trout fresh from the local rivers.
The lounge has a bar serving cocktails, beers and wine, with live music every Saturday from 6pm.
The bar is staffed from 4pm to 10pm, but there’s always someone on hand to pour you a drink.
Eastwind Lake Placid is in the Adirondack Mountains, a massif in Upstate New York, 300 miles north of New York City.
The region is served by an airport in the town of Saranac Lake, which has daily flights to and from Boston and New York City. Taxi-hailing apps can be used to make the 25-minute journey to the hotel.
The hotel is within walking distance of the nearest town, but you’ll need a car to see more of this wholesome all-American playground – there’s free parking on-site.
Worth getting out of bed for
Eastwind Lake Placid is within walking distance of the namesake town, 15 minutes away from a ski resort and close to heavenly hiking trails – in other words, it’s an all-American pastoral playground. In fact, it’s such a winter wonderland that it hosted the Winter Olympics in 1980. If you do want to head indoors, seek shelter at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, at John Brown’s farmhouse or at the Lake Placid and North Elba history museum. As well as skiing and hiking, you’ll be able to hire boats, charter dog-sleds and go fly-fishing; and if you’re here for the chairs (and not just Adirondack ones), head to Dartbrook Rustic Goods to shop and worry about shipping later. Spectacular hikes include up to High Falls Gorge, the Mount Jo Trail, to Cascade Falls and the Cobble Lookout Trailhead.
A 15-minute drive north of Eastwind Lake Placid and on the banks of the Ausable River, the aptly namedHungry Trout is precisely where to go fly-fishing and fish-eating – yes, there is an entire section of the menu dedicated to types of trout. If you’ve come to Keene in search of furniture, stick around for some sustenance at Forty Six(unless it’s a Wednesday or Thursday, when it’ll be closed). Or for all-American (read: meat-mad) barbecue, make for Smoke Signals on Main Street in downtown Lake Placid. More comfort food awaits at Dack Shack.
All of your cake needs will be met at Bluesberry Bakery on Main Street in town; and they can be supplemented with deli goods and pantry items at Cedar Run Bakery & Market.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Upstate New York and unpacked their farmers’ market finds and maple syrup, a full account of their bucolic break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Eastwind Lake Placid…
Adirondack may have previously meant a type of chair to you, but for Americans, it means mountains, forests, lakes and even waterfalls, in one of the largest areas of protected parkland in the country (the massif covers an, er, massive 5,000 square miles). It’s in Upstate New York – but if you think that means it’s close to Manhattan, think again. It’s 300 miles away, although as Bill Bryson famously once pointed out, Americans would drive that distance for a taco (A40 quick Cotswolds corridor, this is not). New Yorkers can swap the five-hour drive time for a 40-minute flight, though.
The bucolic backdrop to the cabins and rooms at Eastwind Lake Placid is provided courtesy of sugar maple, American beech and yellow birch trees. There’s a fire-pit for communal sing-songs and s’mores, a library and lounge, and an events programme to (almost) rival the big city. Fishing rods at the ready – it’s time for an all-American adventure.