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Summer Fun in Lake Placid

August 4, 2022

Take a paddle on Mirror Lake

Vacation where the term started

The word vacation originated in Lake Placid in the 1800s when the nation’s social elite would “vacate” the stifling summer heat for the cool Adirondack air. There’s something special about a trip to the Adirondacks because the vacations here haven’t stopped since. While many people may associate Lake Placid with snow and winter (and maybe that little hockey game that took place in 1980), summer is actually a popular time to visit the area as well. The outdoor activities are endless, whether you’re looking for high adventure like rafting, ziplining, and hiking, or just want to take it easy and live the lake life. When you stay at the Golden Arrow, you’re minutes away from doing it all. 

Lakeside Living

The Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort is located directly on Mirror Lake, which means when you stay here you’re just steps away from a day of fun and relaxation. Golden Arrow guests have access to complimentary water toys like kayaks, canoes, SUPS, and Hydrobikes. Mirror Lake does not allow motors, so the waters are calm and make for a great trip around the lake, no matter your skill level. Lifejackets in a variety of sizes are also provided and guests are encouraged to wear one.

After taking a trip around the lake, guests can lounge on our private white sand beach and soak up the sun. Need a snack? Bring your own, or grab something from our snack shack which offers cold drinks, ice cream, chips, and more.

Fun Fact: our beach is eco friendly! The crushed limestone helps counteract the effects of acid rain: a big problem in the Adirondack Park. Every spring we truck in tons of it to help keep Mirror Lake clean!

What a wonderful place to detox! Friendly staff and the beach has everything our kids wanted.

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Adventure Calls

The Adirondacks are made up of over six million acres and contain over 1,000 named mountains. This allows for endless adventures and beautiful views. 

If you’re looking to start small, check out something like Cobble Hill, Catamount, or Mt Van Hoevenberg. They are all 4 hour or less hikes and part of the LP9er

If you want to tackle a High Peak that won’t take all day, try Big Slide or Phelps.

Want something that will take you 12+ hours, take on Panther Peak or Mount Haystack.

No matter what size mountain you want to take on, remember to come prepared and do your research. Pack the right supplies and check for conditions (weather changes quickly in the Adirondacks at can be very different at the peak than trailhead).

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Surrender yourself to the natural and untouched beauty of the Adirondack Mountains at the first resort in the U.S. to receive the Audubon International’s Platinum Eco Rating for Hotels. There are now only six hotels in the United States to obtain this honor! It’s a place to renew yourself on the serene shores of Mirror Lake, and take in the history of the town, just steps away from the famed Olympic Village and the heart of Lake Placid, New York. No other place on earth provides this unique blend of comfort, rejuvenation, or one-of-a-kind experiences. Start planning your stay at the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort now!

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