Without a doubt, The Inn's location at the foot of this majestic mountain is reason enough to want to stay here. Whiteface is a MAJOR attraction of the area in winter, but it also offers many activities during the other seasons.
In winter it offers superb skiing and snowboarding. There are convenient rentals and instructions for persons of all levels. We specialize in offering ski and snowboard packages. Please contact us for further information.
In the summer the gondola continues to run, and offers beautiful views of the Adirondacks from the summit of Little Whiteface. The mountain also offers mountain biking (and rental of mountain bikes). If you desire an even more spectacular view, the Whiteface Memorial Highway (which starts in nearby Wilmington) lets you drive nearly to the summit of the big mountain. From there you can hike a short distance, or take an elevator to the actual summit of Whiteface itself. The views are stunning, to say the least (the image at the top of this page was taken from the summit of Whiteface - looking toward Lake Placid). If you'd like to hike the entire mountain on foot, there are several hiking trails that lead to the summit. In the summer and fall, Whiteface also holds several festivals - a Native American festival, Scottish Highland festival and yearly Octoberfest. Click here to visit Whiteface Mountain's web site.
To say that nearby Lake Placid is often bustling with activities would be understating things. The Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), which manages the facilities that were used for the 1980 Winter Olympics, keeps the area alive with a full calendar of events. During a week, depending on the season, you can see a skating show at the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Arenas, watch a speed skating or ski jumping competition, and/or catch a bobsled, luge, cross-country or biathlon event at the Verizon Sports Complex at Mt Van Hoevenberg. There's also the 1980 Winter Olympic Museum if you want to casually take in a bit of history. For information on ORDA's current and future events, click here to visit ORDA's web site.
Aside from the events directly sponsored by ORDA, Lake Placid regularly features the yearly Lake Placid Horse Show—one of the largest shows of its kind in the nation—and for several years has hosted The Ironman (swim, bike, run) competition. There's also a summertime film festival.
There are several golf courses within a short drive from The Inn. The Lake Placid Resort Golf Courses are only 8 scenic miles away. They offer two 18 hole championship courses and a 9 hole. The Craig Wood Golf Course and the Whiteface Club Course are also not far away and in a beautiful mountain setting. The Saranac Lake Golf Club is one that you won't want to miss.
The Lake Placid Center for the Arts offers a great variety of concerts, exhibits, plays and adirondack crafts. Other Lake Placid attractions include scenic boat rides on Lake Placid and free concerts at the Lake Placid Bandshell.
If your desire is to get a bit closer to nature, fishing and hiking can be found almost everywhere. The AuSable River, which runs just behind The Inn is a renown trout stream. If you are a fly fisherman, this is your paradise. Places to fish just a short distance from The Inn are plentiful. As for hiking... trails can be found all around the area. Some of the best hiking anywhere in the northeastern US can be found in the nearby "High Peaks" region of the Adirondacks, just a short drive to the south.
Two area attractions are just a brief distance from The Inn—High Falls Gorge and Santa's Workshop. High Falls Gorge displays the beauty and power of the AuSable River as it plunges down a series of high waterfalls. Santa's Workshop (www.northpoleny.com) is a great place to take the kids—with rides, animals, elves making toys, and of course, Santa. Don't forget to visit The Candy Man on your way back to The Inn.
What we've mentioned only begins to hint at the things to do in the area (and we apologize to those places and events we didn't mention!). We would be more than happy to sit down with you after dinner or over a morning cup of coffee and help you plan your