Lake Placid Lodge
After a devastating fire in 2005 damaged the original 1882 main house, the hotel reopened a new five-suite 30,000-square-foot main building in August of 2008. The new lodge's style is updated Adirondack with antique local furniture. But the property's best feature is still down by the private shore: 19 luxe log cabins built in the 1920's and 1930's. The service is impeccable and out of sight. Return from dinner and a fire has miraculously been lit in the stone fireplace, and wood replenished in a neatly stacked pile beside the hearth. Breakfast (a plate of raspberry pancakes, tiny jars of house-made preserves) arrives magically in a wicker basket and is whisked away when you're not looking. Blanket-strewn Adirondack chairs from a circle around the fire pit at dusk, with the makings of s'mores (fresh marshmallows, artisanal chocolate) on a tiday table nearby. The Lodge has brought over Kevin McCarthy from nearby sister property the Point - where he was chef for eight years - to create regionally inspired dishes such as apple cider-braised pork belly with tender local blue potatoes.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.