One of my favorites parts of the country to return to again and again is the Adirondacks in Upstate New York. When I was a kid, I used to go for a week every summer with a friend to her family's home on the shore of Cranberry Lake, a summer community that was so small I could send my friend letters simply by writing her name followed by "General Delivery, Cranberry Lake" on the envelope.
As an adult, I've loved exploring the region's hotels and Lake Placid Lodge has always stood out as a favorite. Positioned right along the water, the lodge is spectacular in any season, but my favorite time of year here is the winter. The decor is rustic and clubby, with fireplaces in rooms and in the public spaces that are perfect for cozying up around. Throughout the season, the hotel offers snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice skating and ice fishing, and guests are just a half-hour drive from Whiteface Mountain, which has the largest vertical drop of any mountain on the eastern seaboard. In the evening there are bonfires by the lake with hot chocolate and s’mores, or you can snuggle up in your own cabin with views of the lake. One definite to-do is a visit to the Olympic Center (Lake Placid hosted the 1932 and the 1980 games). You can also opt for a dogsled ride, taking in the town and the snowcapped scenery as you mush along Mirror Lake.
Here are some more shots from around the lodge: