Placid Bay


Serene lakes. Incredible mountain views. Outdoor adventure in every shape and size. There’s no argument: vacation life in the Adirondacks is the best life, and Placid Bay gives you a fantastic base camp from which to explore. Read below for area attractions, seasonal things to do, Adirondack travel tips, and more!
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With a nickname like The Olympic Village, the winter fanfare in Lake Placid is real. From skiing to ice skating to bobsledding and more, Lake Placid offers an endless array of snowy activities (you can even catch a ride on a dogsled!). What’s more, all of the summertime trails in Keene Valley are easily accessible in the winter by snowshoe or cross-country skis, letting you scratch that hiking itch too.
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In the spring and summer months, outdoor recreation in Lake Placid can’t be beat. Enjoy late-season skiing—either downhill or cross-country—at the nearby Whiteface Mountain, or celebrate the world warming up with a hike through Keene Valley, then finish your day with some s’mores around our firepit!
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It’s not summer in Lake Placid without some kind of water activity! Launch one of our complimentary kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards right from the hotel’s backyard and spend a day exploring the lake. Rent a mountain bike and hit some beginner-friendly or expert-level trails. Or, for a one-of-a-kind mountain experience, ride the 1.4-mile-long Cliffside Coaster, which follows the 1980 Olympic bobsled track.
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Fall might be our favorite time in Lake Placid—the scenery is just so captivating! One of our favorite ways to enjoy nature’s displays is with a gondola ride at the Olympic Jumping Complex. Of course, if you’d rather be in the thick of the action, Keene Valley—colloquially referred to as “Home of the High Peaks”—offers miles of meandering trails and incredible views.
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Weekender is an Official Lodging Partner for the Lake Placid Film Festival

A Celebration of Film in the Heart of Adirondacks: The Placid Bay Hotel & The Town House Lodge Proudly Support the Lake Placid Film Festival The allure of Lake Placid is undeniable, from its tranquil landscapes to its rich history, it has always been a beacon of inspiration and creativity. But did you know that […]

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Top Hikes Near Lake Placid

There are so many hiking options when you visit the Adirondacks, it can be overwhelming choosing which one you want to explore during your visit! Some mountains will take a full day to get to the top and back down and some you can easily do in just a couple of hours, yet still give […]

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How The Hotel Industry Started in Lake Placid

Lake Placid has a very rich history from the first settler, Elijia Bennet in 1809 to how Lake Placid rose up during the Golden Age of hotels in the 1900’s. The Adirondack Park was officially formed in 1885. At the turn of the century conservation movements, started by Nelson Rockefeller, really increased interest in people exploring  the […]

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Adirondack Great Camps

In the late 19th century, a tradition began. A tradition that has left its mark all over the Adirondacks. Soon after the publication of William H. H. Murray’s “Adventure’s in the Wilderness”, the Adirondack region was put on the map. Wealthy and famous people from all over the world traveled to this region to spend […]

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2187 Saranac Ave
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Phone: (518) 523-2001

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