City Style: Get There: Lake Placid

Our dream getaway for February.

In February 1932, when skis were wooden and snowboards a halfpipe dream, all eyes were on Lake Placid, host of the third ever Winter Olympics (the U.S. took home six golds). Fast-forward 75 years: The upstate New York town is still a snowy hamlet—but with more-modern luxuries.

Nearly destroyed by a recent fire, historic Lake Placid Lodge has bounced back, reopening 11 of its secluded cabins and renovating the bar, restaurant, and game room. Reserve the Owl’s Head, a lakeside cottage outfitted with sauna and fireplace, and delve into a build-your-own s’mores or snowman kit (yes, it’s for you—the lodge is adults only).

At the nearby Whiteface Lodge, it’s Four Seasons meets Dirty Dancing with an on-site bowling alley, skating rink, and new restaurant, Kanu (chef Brian Moyers is an Olives vet). Bundle up for a cross-country ski trek or a downhill lesson. Or try a bobsled on the Olympic track. Just don’t expect any medals.

Lake Placid is a five-hour drive from Boston. Lake Placid Lodge, 518-523-2700,; Whiteface Lodge, 518-523-0500,