Mirror Lake Inn
Lake Placid, New York
The unparalleled charm of the Adirondack wilderness makes this year-round retreat stunning in autumn, picture-perfect in spring and summer, and a wonderland come winter. To celebrate Valentine's Day, couples can skate on a private ice rink, take a cross-country trek on a 26-mile trail, or ski and snowboard at nearby Whiteface Mountain. Built in 1883 and opened as an inn in 1926, the seven-acre, 128-room property was rented in its entirety for the 1932 Winter Olympics by the Norwegian contingent. Guest rooms boast lake views, private balconies, fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, and other extras. Meals are served in the mahogany paneled dining room, and an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, and sauna welcome visitors in any season. If the spa sounds good, try a Moor Mud wrap or the inn's uniquely indigenous Maple Sugar Body Scrub. Rooms from $160; 518-523-2544.
Scott Gummer writes for Vanity Fair and Travel & Leisure Golf. He lives with his wife and four children in Santa Rosa, CA.
Copyright © 2003. Reprinted with permission from the February 2003 issue of Child magazine.