Nestled in the rolling hills of the Adirondacks, this sprawling campus captures modern luxury with rustic charm, offering an exquisite experience from accommodations to amenities. I’ve always heard that my home state was more than the big city but I wasn’t truly convinced until this 5-hour drive up north to Lake Placid.
The grounds displayed the quintessential autumnal transition, a beautifully manicured landscape with a naturally peaceful ambiance. Away from the sky scrapers and beeping horns, I felt completely at home. Hand-milled wooden furnishings adorned a spacious suite, with an eat-in kitchen, comfortable lounge area with ample seating, a fireplace and a flatscreen television that lost its appeal as soon as I stepped out onto the large balcony with views of the surrounding tree-lined hills. The setting sun accentuated the rich hues of this private cabin experience, with a outdoor bonfire that treated guests to s’mores. On the bed laid warm terry robes and home made chocolate chip cookies that extended their welcome.
The list of available activities was seemingly endless, including a tennis court, movie theater, and a full-service spa ranked among the best across the nation. The dining was superb, an effort headed by Executive Chef David S. Haick and Food Services Director Sean Foley. On my evening at KANU, Chef Molly prepared a veritable feast, highlighted by a tantalizing chicken risotto. What’s more, they’ve committed to supplying the kitchen with locally harvested ingredients. An incredibly attentive wait staff and an exclusive set of bar offerings from regional vintners and distilleries completed the menu of curated selections at this true New York institution. I was treated to a flavorful semi-sweet Riesling and a beautifully aged four-grain bourbon right from the Hudson River Valley.
I awoke to an even more beautiful sunrise, with the glint of the day’s first rays peeking through the trees and bouncing off the surface of the lake. Greeted by serene winds whistling lightly through the grounds, I spent my morning in outdoor accommodations, taking in the essence of the getaway, marveling at what little needs to be added to nature. It’s no wonder why Whiteface Lodge is found among the world’s leading hotels. For four-star luxury with the comforts of home, take the scenic route to this Adirondack retreat.