al Office of Sustainable Tourism/Lake Plac-
id CVB. “Everything you can imagine doing
outdoors—we’ve got a lot of outdoors.”
Attendees can enjoy the 2.8-mile hike
around scenic Mirror Lake independently
at any time, or meet up with a group in the
early morning for a guided walk.
Hiking options are abundant in other
areas, as well. Attendees coming for an
extended stay—or those returning for
multiple visits—can learn a great deal
about the region’s incredible ecosystem in
exploring the Adirondack High Peaks, 46
mountain peaks connected by trails that
weave through a beautiful landscape of
fragile alpine wilderness.
Yoga practitioners can check out drop-in friendly Hot Yoga Lake Placid in the
Placid Pond Plaza. The studio caters to a
variety of yoga styles.
More adventurous groups visiting between late April and October can head out
mountain biking or explore teambuilding
options on white-water rafting trips through
the Hudson River Gorge. The Adirondac
Rafting Company offers comprehensive
packages with experienced guides and all
the equipment necessary for a memorable
experience on the water.
Lake Placid takes pride in its Olympic
history, and it shows. Chris Jarvis, director of
rooms at Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa described the resort’s unique take on the theme.
“We work closely with ORDA, the Olympic Regional Development Authority, so
we can offer Olympic-themed ‘Gold Medal
Games Challenges’ ,” Jarvis explained.
Attendees team up to compete in events
like bobsled, biathlon and curling.
Olympic training facilities abound,
whether using the downtown Olympic
Sports Center, where the “Miracle on Ice”
game actually occurred, or the Olympic
Jumping Complex, where in the summer,
the very brave can experience what Law-
rence describes as the ultimate Lake Placid
adventure: extreme tubing.
“The jump is covered with a wet, special
type of plastic matting,” Lawrence explained. “You’re in the tube, on the top of
the landing hill. When you start, you feel
like you’re going off a cliff because it’s so
steep you can’t see. And off you go, down
the landing of the ski jump, spinning and
screaming the whole way down. I’ve done
it once. I’ll never forget it.”
Whether the day’s activities involve work,
play or spinning down a ski jump, attendees seeking R&R will delight in the destination’s robust community of spas and salons.
Named the “Best Spa in the Adirondacks” by Adirondack Life magazine, the
Spa at Mirror Lake Inn provides a distinctive range of restorative offerings, some of
which are not only unique to the region,
but the Inn itself.
“Playing off the bodies of water we are
surrounded by, the Vichy shower and
European Soft Packs are water features
providing hydrotherapy for guests,” said
Annie Arnold, spa manager at Mirror Lake
Inn Resort & Spa.
“The Vichy shower is a massage table
with five shower heads that stretch over the
length of the body. They gently rain warm
water while the guest experiences a full
body exfoliation by one of our providers,”
Arnold explained. “The European Soft Pack
is a massage table that drops the guest down
into a cocoon of warm water; however, the
guest stays dry. While in the soft pack, the
Arnold noted that both of these popular
features are available as part of the spa’s
Signature Massage as well as two of its
nourishing full-body treatments.
The resort additionally focuses on making life less stressful for meeting planners.
“We’ve taken a unique approach in that
the meeting planner works with one point
of contact from the point of inquiry all the
way through to the final invoicing,” Mirror
Lake’s Jarvis explained. “We make planning
the easiest part.”
The venue provides 6,500 square feet of
flexible meeting space for small to medi-
um-size groups and has recently complet-
ed a $1 million spa renovation as well as a
$3 million renovation to its Classic guest
rooms, making them larger and adding a
sunny sitting area with picturesque views
of the lake and mountains.
The Spa at Whiteface Lodge includes
with its robust and customizable spa menu
regular health and wellness classes in aqua
aerobics, vinyasa yoga flow, circuit training
and more. The on-site fitness center is
available to hotel guests 24 hours a day.
Along with unusual amenities for groups
like a full-service ice-cream parlor, a two-
lane bowling alley, a surround-sound mov-
ie theater and a three-season ice rink with
skates provided, spa services at Whiteface
Lodge can be easily integrated into a mem-
orable itinerary. The venue additionally of-
fers on-site teambuilding with the company
Grand Dynamics International, as well as
orienteering and skill-building clinics.
Situated in the High Peaks Resort,
full-service Element Day Spa & Salon is an
Aveda concept hotel spa that integrates
massage and other body treatments into its
salon menu. The resort provides more than
10,000 square feet of distinctive meeting
space as well as a responsive team of seasoned event coordinators.
Regarding Lake Placid’s evolving relationship with wellness culture, Lawrence
emphasized the destination’s progressive
and holistic approach.
“Altogether, there’s much more awareness about the whole connection between
body, mind and soul,” she said.
For catering services, from full-service
dining to light and healthful snack platters,
groups can sample the Scape Cafe & Catering
at Green Goddess Natural Market. The venue
focuses on local and organic ingredients.
As far as choosing a restaurant is concerned, attendees can follow their bliss.
“I’d say 99. 9 percent of the restaurants in
the region focus to some extent on healthy
options,” Lawrence said. “Even the pizzerias.”
She added, “There’s a marriage between
the farm-to-table movement and a lot of
local microbreweries in the Adirondacks,
because our water is so fresh and delicious
and clean. So you can go to a pub and
have a delicious beer, a burger made with
grass-fed organic meat, French fries from
potatoes grown locally, and a salad made
with ingredients bought from a farm down
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