Published on: June 28, 2021

Summer in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID – Those of us who live in these reaches of Upstate New York are fully aware that in the summer and fall, there’s not enough time to experience everything around us.

A summer at the Mirror Lake Inn puts you in the epicenter of it all. From recreational activities to the arts to education and the environment, Lake Placid can leave you exhausted but in a good way. Let’s have a look at the many reasons why you’ll need another trip here to take it all in.

We have a dedicated web page that deals with this topic. Below, you can read a synopsis of what the region offers.

Starting with the outdoors, hiking remains the top outdoor activity for visitors and residents alike. And why not. With 46 Adirondack peaks, it can take many years to summit them all. Some insider info here: leave the most popular hikes to when Lake Placid is not very busy. Seek out climbs like McKenzie, Baker and other mountains whose trailheads are not far away, but don’t have the “commercial” appeal of Marcy, Whiteface and Algonquin.

Mountain biking – hell yeah! Regarding trail selection, there are plenty of screamers if you’re trying to peg your Whoop app, but you can also seek out mellower rides that the entire family would enjoy.

Fishing stories are abundant in these parts. Gary Marchuk of Bear Cub Adventures – This link opens in a new window. works very closely with us here at the Inn and is happy to customize a fishing trip for your party. Our own Andrew Weibrecht, Olympic silver and bronze medalist, is an avid fisherman and has been known to join the fishing party.

Man holding a fish
Andrew Weibrecht displays a beauty

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts – This link opens in a new window. is near and dear to the owners of the Mirror Lake Inn. Ed and Lisa Weibrecht have raised untold thousands of dollars f0r the LPCA over the past 3 decades, much of the revenue dedicated to bettering the center’s children’s programs. It located a mile from the hotel and offers programs, concerts, artists exhibits and more.

If you come to Olympic country, you must visit the Winter Olympic Museum, located about a 10 minute walk from the Inn down Main Street. Lake Placid has hosted 2 Winter Games (1932 and 1980) and this is the place to learn about the Miracle on Ice, Eric Heiden’s 5 speed skating gold medals and so much more. Entry fee is nominal.

If the Olympic Museum energizes your interest in the Games, then you should visit the Olympic venues that the world’s top athletes use year in and year out. A 10-mile drive to the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center – This link opens in a new window. for a gondola ride, or a drive to the summit of Whiteface Mountain should be on every visitor’s check list.

From here, we could go on:

–Championship golf and state-of-the-art Har-Tru tennis courts at our sister property, the Whiteface Club and Resort – This link opens in a new window., just 3 miles from the hotel.

–Personalized training with double Olympic champion (biathlon) Andrea Henkel Burke.

–Ride the Cliffside Coaster at Mount Van Hoevenberg.

–Farmer’s Markets all summer in the village.

Read more on summer at Mirror Lake Inn and start planning your summer vacation schedule.