Wintertime Adrenaline in Lake Placid, New York

Posted December 11, 2009 by Jamie Moore

Ny-whiteface-winter-def Lake Placid sits in the heart of the Adirondack Park Preserve, the largest park in the contiguous United States. But the city's bigger claim to fame is playing host for the 1980 Winter Olympics. Explore this spectacular wilderness while engaging in Olympic-sized winter fun, sipping microbrews awarded with presidential approval, and getting cozy in an affordable historic inn.

Olympic sites: In Lake Placid you can zoom down luge and bobsled runs and soar off ski jumps once used by Olympic athletes. On the bobsled course, drivers accompany you on a lightning-fast half-mile track ($75). Prefer to go it alone? Choose the luge's 17 heart-pounding curves ($60) or the Whiteface ski resort's 3,430-foot vertical drop (lift ticket: $55 to $79). For something less pricey but still adrenaline-inducing, check out the toboggan chute ($10 including sled rental), a converted ski jump that blasts riders 1,000 feet across frozen Mirror Lake.

Lake Placid Pub & Brewery: Bill Clinton liked this pub's award-winning flagship brew, Ube Ale, so much, he once ordered up some cases for a White House party. Try the malty ale by the cozy fireplace or while reflecting on the views of Mirror Lake. For something a little stronger, go for the hoppy 46'er Pale Ale named for hikers who have conquered all 46 Adirondack peaks. Or, pair winter fun with seasonal brews like Dr. Fogg's Oatmeal Stout or the spicy Brown Bay Ale.

Northwoods Inn: Put yourself in the center of Lake Placid's midwinter fun at a historic inn that has welcomed outdoor adventurers for nearly a century. This downtown hotel was originally built in 1926. There are a few modern additions—"weightless-sleep mattresses," kitchenette suites, a rooftop bar, and a sidewalk cafe—but the views overlooking the charming downtown, Mirror Lake, and the mountains remain much as they were 92 years ago. Steal away for a midweek deal; packages start at $89 per person per night, including lift tickets. (Regular rates $79 to $179).

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(Photo: iStockPhoto/Victor Kapas)

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