Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, New York – Hotel Review
The Gilded Age of the late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the rise of the Great Camps, built for wealthy families in the Adirondacks, an area of New York State about a five hour drive North of New York City. Most of the camps consisted of luxurious log cabins, influenced by the British Arts and Crafts and American Craftsman movements, and many were modeled after Swiss chalets. The Sagamore Lodge, once owned by the Vanderbilts, serves as a conference center today, and the Point, once the Rockefeller family’s retreat, is a resort open to the public.
The newest Great Camp, which will celebrate its tenth anniversary this year, is the Whiteface Lodge, a faithful recreation of the classic Adirondack camp.
The lodge is the brainchild of a former Olympian, a fitting story in a town that hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. With the property’s timber construction (hand-milled on-site), numerous antler chandeliers, elk and moose hunting trophies on the walls, and antique skis and snowshoes decorating the property, the Whiteface Lodge truly evokes its rustic and wilderness heritage.
My colleague Jonathan Spira and I pulled up to the entrance of the lodge at the end of a scenic drive from Westchester County in the Diesel Driver’s BMW 535d long-term test car. A bellman swiftly unloaded our luggage, and a valet took the vehicle.
Check-in was quick and easy, and I took the opportunity to take in the lodge’s warm and welcoming interior. The elevator, which took us up to our suite, set the mood of a rustic retreat with a panoramic painting of the area’s wilderness.
The lower floor of the three bedroom duplex suite was comprised of a roomy kitchen and dining room area, as well as a living room and bedroom. Wooden beams lined the ceiling, and paintings of animals and the wild environs were used throughout, creating a rustic atmosphere.