We had to cancel our big trip out to Aspen due to the incredible amount of snow the East Coast was receiving last week. With it being Valentine’s Day and a long weekend we had to get something on the books. With all of this snow and the winter olympics we decided to drive to a snowy winter wonderland… The Adirondack Mountains! We looked at Whiteface Lodge as well as a few other places but decided on The Lake Placid Lodge.
Lake Placid Lodge is a Relaid and Chateaux property and the original lodge was built as a family residence in 1882. In 1946, the Garrett Hotel Group purchased the lodge and turned it into a hotel. In the winter of 2005 a massive fire burned the lodge to the ground and the Garrett Hotel group set about rebuilding the Lodge with a team of architects and local artisans. The new Main Lodge is a majestic Arts and Crafts style building impressive in scale yet feels totally warm and cozy inside
Above: The bar is more of a large living room with small tables for two, large sofas and cocktail tables for groups, a roaring fireplace, a bar, and bookshelves crammed with board games, books, and the only television you will find in the Lodge.
Almost every piece of furniture, rug, and lighting source was custom made by a local artisan for the lodge. I spent hours pouring over every detail. The above chair is just one of the hundreds of unique pieces. Truly beautiful and very comfortable.
The bar itself is adorned with hand-carved and painted leaves, branches, and pines cones.
In the main dining area all tables, chairs, and pendant lights are custom made.
A detail shot of the chairs and tables. ails were not used in making these pieces. They were all put together with pegs by hand.
This beautiful birch tree grew up through the center of the staircase leading from the bar and restaurant to the bedrooms in the lodge.
I love the color combination used in the stairwell. The warm reds and oranges in the custom carpet really pop against the softly raged green walls. Local artists paintings hang on many of the walls.
This fireplace outside the bar was my favorite. The artist was given free reign to do whatever he wanted and he carved trees, branches, leaves, pine cones, chipmunks, owls, and pheasants. This was amazing!
Detail shots of the pine cones, chipmunks, and owl. You can see all of the little hatch marks he made on the chipmunk to make it look like fur.
Below: The map room. A hand painted map of the local area and birch trees used as columns. This room overlooks the lake and can be used for conferences or private dinners.
Our bedroom: We stayed in Hearthside, one of the few rooms located on the second floor in the main lodge. With a large balcony overlooking Lake Placid and a huge fireplace, this room was very cozy. The most amazing feature in the room was the bed. A local artisan carefully selected branches from trees and fit them together. He fit similar branches all around the top of the walls and they met and twisted around an oval shape full length mirror. The room felt like a forrest.
The cowhide rugs with zebra print on them were a fun playful addition. Theheavy linen used for the duvet and shams is from Andrew Martin.
Bedside table lamps were hand made from branches and had birds nests at the top. Great detail.
The moose head is carved from wood and there were two large club chairs upholstered in a deep red and green plaid on either side of the fireplace. The perfect place to snuggle up and read in the afternoons.
The bathrooms were enormous with Kohler “tea-for-two” bathtubs. The showers had large rain heads. Both the shower and the bathtub had views of the lake.
Durning the day there are a ton of activities: snowshoeing, cross country skiing, dog sledding, downhill skiing at Whiteface mountain. It snowed every day we were there. You truly feel a million miles away from the city! In the summer they have their own boat that you can take out on the lake. There is also fly fishing, swimming, and shooting.
When snowshoeing/ cross country skiing over the lake you have a chance to take a peak at all of the beautiful adirondack style boat houses and homes that surround Lake Placid. This is a place we will definitely be returning to!!
A few picks for your Adirondack Camp:
Elk hair and antler stools
Rustic brach chandelier:
Horn Lamp from the Black Forrest circa 1880
Moose Antler sconces with antique paisley shades
Vintage widemouth bass mounted on birch bark frame – USA 1940’s
Peter Dunham- fig leaf fabric for wall upholstery
19th century american sofa in homespun linen
1930’s navajo weaving pillow
Moroccan Marmoucha rug circa 1950-1970