Travel Diary: Lake Placid Lodge, New York



. . . often, in past weeks, thoughts have been drifting to the misty waters and dusky mountains of a time spent away, [not long ago], in the adirondacks, at what must certainly be one of the most romantic places in the world, lake placid lodge, where, despite having arrived very late from the city, we [p & i] were welcomed with a crackling fire and a glass of champagne . . .




. . . before retiring for the evening to one of the seventeen luxurious and private cabins at the water’s edge, where a plate of fruits and cheeses and a bottle of red wine awaited, even at that very late hour of night, and spent our first evening in front of the stone fireplace . . .


the lavender peppermint shampoo & conditioner smelled like heaven


p’s old barbour and new waxed canvas book bag [found in brooklyn] were perfectly at home in the rustic mountain setting



. . . the original lodge was built as a family residence in 1882, and in 1946, was opened as a hotel; unfortunately, in the winter of 2005, a massive fire burned the lodge to the ground; it took a team of architects and 32 local artisans & craftsmen to restore the lodge to the luxury and splendour of days gone by and the gilded age, and also in keeping with the arts and crafts and adirondack style, tailoring everything from fireplaces to wall carvings to lamps and furniture . . .


s’mores baskets, prepared upon request, with marshmallows, graham crackers and hand-made chocolate


. . . a perfect mix of rustic & refined, the time-worn wood intermingled with gilded accents felt very vintage ralph lauren, and in fact, reminded quite a bit of the beautiful shop in chicago . . .



. . . far from the recent trips to paris, lyon & geneva, if ‘camping’ is a romantic log cabin in the mountains at a luxury resort, then there are no better ways to leave the busy-ness of the city behind, if only for a few days . . .



seared hudson valley foie gras

one of the many highlights of our stay was a ride in the beautiful hacker craft, for a tour of lake placid, from which the lodge was named

every room in the lodge was overflowing with beautiful hand-built furniture and original artwork, and it is said that the lodge now holds the largest collection of adirondack furniture in the united states


. . . our second night, was dinner reservations for two in the lodge’s fire-lit restaurant, artisans, amidst a beautiful swirl of oak leaves and pine cones of the custom carpets, the romantic glow of candlelight and pendant lamps, and chairs made entirely by hand of found twigs and without nails — solely pegs — that took over two years to complete . . .

painted hills beef strip loin & maine lobster confit, red bliss potato, pickled scallion, red wine reduction, prepared by chef nathan rich

the map room, a quiet corner to read, or daydream while gazing out at the mountains


view of the glassy waters of lake placid

berkshire pork loin, parsnip butter, wild mushroom, fennel, thyme & whiskey sauce




. . . was positively smitten with the carpets & rugs throughout the lodge, but most especially with this stunning fawn patterned carpet, a custom design by joszi meskan associates from san francisco, who also did the interior design

. . . and lavender cheesecake to finish

an intoxicating mix of worn leather and leopard print, warm wood and stone fireplaces, in the classic adirondack style


. . . and at the end of it all, such an enchanting place and a perfect way to end the busy days of new york fashion week, that we parted utterly in love with the place, already dreaming of how magical the lodge would look under softly falling snow . . .


{images: all photography by p + roséline for {this is glamorous}, late-summer 2011, more work here: one // two // three}


f u r t h e r r e a d i n g :

more about lake placid lodge:
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more about adirondack style:
the interior design for lake placid lodge was done by joszi meskan associates [no website]; for more about the adirondack style of decorating: adirondack style or rustic revisited, both by interior designer ann stillman o’leary, whose own home can be viewed here

22 Notes
  • it is such an art to be able transport others to that beautiful trip through words and images. you have done an amazing job and I cannot help but have lake placid on my list of places to visit.

    just lovely.

  • Gosh, your photographs are just amazing – the angles and startlingly beautiful details.

  • That olive green paneled wall going up the stairs is amazing.

  • Love, love, love this post!!!

  • This place looks simply magical! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.

    ~ Clare x

  • capella kincheloe — don’t you just adore how all the lakeside cabins are called ‘camps’?

    supal — :)

    audrey — how lovely! thanks so much x

    & thanks, laily!

  • never a plain jane — yes, me as well, re: the ocean, but mostly city get-aways, paris, mostly, but for a change of pace, a lakeside cabin does wonders! x

  • dj — you are so lovely for saying — thank you so much! happy you liked the photos — it took us so long to narrow it down to these, as we had a million — the place was, indeed, an absolute dream, and so relaxing! the best way to escape the city for a while . . .


  • gorgeous photos! lovely post, roseline!!!

  • Wow you saved the best for last, your pictures are very very beautiful, just can’t take my eyes of it, thanks for sharing these prictures of a fabulous place!!!!

  • What a wonderful place to visit. Love the getaway places from cities. I always need a tranquil and quiet place to go and de-stress. Thanks for sharing!

  • It is one of our favorite places in the world!

  • I spent a few nights here while working on a the remodel and decoration of a clients “camp”. I wish it wasn’t a working trip because I would have loved to stay holed up at the lodge the entire time. Its amazing.

  • Wow! Talk about rustic chic! I too am loving all the rugs and carpet, that was the first thing that caught my eye. So beautiful! ~jen

  • Oh wow! Normally I am an ocean getaway kind of girl, but you have absolutely sold me! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing place!

  • The silver birch trees, the lavender cheesecake and THAT BOAT are my picks. Too lovely.

  • Sigh. This is beautiful. I’d love to stay at lake placid lodge one day!

  • Great pictures!! I love places like this, it looks just so homey that you only want to snuggle into a warm blanket infront of the fire place and read or drink a glas of wine… love it!!

  • I lived in Lake Placid for 3 summers and 2 years while my son skated there, taking lessons from former Olympian Karen Courtland Kelly. It was truly the most beautiful place I have ever lived – just breathtaking. It does rain a lot, but if you hit it at the right time of summer, it is spectacular.

  • Anonymous said...

    Sounds so lovely! Thank you for sharing :)

  • I’m in love….this looks and sounds like the absolute dream place to spend time in. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous photo’s.
    xxx DJ

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