Escape from Hoboken to Whiteface Lodge!
Looking for a fantastic destination option away from the Mile Square? We checked one out recently that you’ll certainly enjoy!
Whiteface Lodge – A perfect retreat from Hoboken
Several Fridays ago, we headed five hours due north up the New York Thruway, into the Adirondacks, and found ourselves away from it all in the village of Lake Placid, New York.
More specifically our destination was The Whiteface Lodge, which we arrived at after dark and after passing through a few snow squalls and only one wrong turn. Our concept was to have the experience of staying at one of the great western lodges ─ but to do it without going out West and within reasonable driving distance of New York City. Though this sounds like a challenge, the trip was a success!
Within an hour of arriving at the Whiteface Lodge, we had snacked on a fruit and cheese plate waiting for us in our incredible suite, enjoyed a glass or two or wine, and found ourselves seated in the Kanu Lounge across from a roaring fire, listening to a guitarist playing some old classics. It definitely didn’t feel like New York City anymore. To my surprise, it also didn’t feel like your everyday luxury hotel either. It was something that was hard to put our fingers on ─ the place just had a lot of substance and old fashioned charm. In our day-to-day lives, though sad to say, it is becoming harder and harder to find something that is well-made, genuine, and worthy of remark. This place was all of the above.
The Whiteface Lodge is well-built and the property has a beautiful view of the mountains. Huge log beams support the vaulted ceilings, and you could tell the Lodge was constructed with a lot of care by Adirondack craftsmen. The immense stone fireplaces were so noteworthy, that they were filmed to be (one version of) the Christmas Eve yule log on television (we learned from the man stoking the fire). Attention to detail everywhere gave the Lodge a feeling of luxury and coziness. The feeling was warm, with leather sofas encircling rustic coffee tables, huge Oriental carpets all over, fireplaces in every room, stained-glass lamps, and good old board games in gathering areas. Antiques such as old snow shoes and cross-country skis were a nice rustic mountain touch. In summary, thought was put into a lot of details, and the details ended up making a difference. Instead of a chocolate on your pillow each night, there were fresh baked chocolate chip cookies, and room service stopped by each evening to replenish the ice bucket. These little things made the experience that much nicer, as did the fact that the Lodge is staffed with a genuinely nice bunch of people.
Outside the grounds were unique, and had features such as cigar and cognac lean-tos with fire pits, and a heated pool. Inside the Whiteface Lodge more surprising amenities included a theater, a game room, and an ice cream parlor (including the more usual spa and fitness room). We opted for a day of shopping in downtown Lake Placid as opposed to massages and swimming ─ which worked out well and the unique little shops had some memorable crafts we purchased.
For dinner, the on-site restaurant Kanu was fantastic and we enjoyed our meals and wine (including conversation with the sommelier Scott). Personally, breakfast was more of a treat though, because it was such a step up from the typical “free continental breakfast” that most places boast about. This breakfast buffet (included with your stay) was truly a feast, and could not have been a nicer touch just before we dropped our post cards in the mail and headed back to the City.
All in all, it was worth the trip up north to indulge in staying at one of the “great lodges of the East,” and we look forward to returning during another season.
Note #1 – The peak times to stay at Whiteface are the summer & winter seasons. We went during a semi-off period, and missed out on both the warm weather watersports on the lake – and the snow-related recreation. Still worth the trip – even if just to relax and enjoy the change of scenery!
Note #2 – Also check out reviews at TripAdvisor – which has Whiteface Lodge at 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.