The Stay: Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, NY

Months ago, when we decided that we would be heading back to Alberta for Christmas, H and I thought it would be fun to do something with her family before the holiday. When poking around on Travelpony, I had found a great deal on the Whiteface Lodge and we quickly signed everyone up. A side note, if you haven’t tried Travelpony out yet, I’d recommend trying it for your next hotel stay – in some cases, they have amazing deals and a good cancellation policy as well although your stay is prepaid. We’ve used it a few times now for pretty big savings. Click on my link above and you’ll receive a $35 credit for your first stay and my account will also be credited.

Lake Placid is a really enjoyable drive from Ottawa, less than three hours on easy-to-navigate highways with plenty of scenery. With a bit of snow on the ground by the time we got to the mountains, it was a beautiful winter scene to get us all in the mood.

The Whiteface Lodge was amazing in terms of facilities. Our only problem was finding time to sit still when we weren’t swimming, skating, snowshoeing, visiting the caricature artist, watching a magic show, bowling, making smores, drinking scotch by the bonfire or playing in the games room. We’ve stayed in many hotels, but this was definitely one of the best in terms of thinking of everything that someone might need. An extra day would have been ideal but it was good to leave wanting more.

Relaxing by the fire.
Getting in the spirit of winter.
Breakfast in the lodge dining room.
I could live here. 
A hotel first, I think. The basement bowling alley!
The outdoor winter pool, always my favourite.

A weekend of wonderful weather (and good roads!) made this all possible. We certainly look forward to returning.

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