Lake Placid, N.Y. – Aug. 23, 2018 – The 46 High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains have long been a draw to outdoor enthusiasts, and they’ve inspired a series of renovations and refreshments at Whiteface Lodge, a Forbes Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond resort in Lake Placid, N.Y. A reconceived program atThe Spa now features Olympic-inspired—and Olympian-led—services that reflect the destination, which has twice hosted the international winter sporting event. And explorers (and non-adventurers, alike) can now add a stop at Peak 47, the resort’s redesigned dining lounge. Other amenity enhancements have debuted this summer as well, inspiring travelers to enjoy all that the four-season retreat offers.
Refreshed Spa Experience:
New programs and services reveal a fresh focus on high intensity, highly therapeutic wellness at The Spa. Guests can undergo Metabolic Testing with an Olympic Athlete (75 minutes; $175), capitalizing on the expertise of two-time Olympic gold medalist and eight-time World Champion, Andrea Henkel Burke. Using the Aeroscan endurance test, Burke will identify guests’ optical fat burning zones and maximal training zones and aerobic capacity. The test results help athletes improve the efficiency of any training program and produce results with less effort.
After training, guests can recover like an Olympian thanks to Whiteface Lodge’s new Alpine Athlete series, which addresses the rigors of alpine exercise with a strong focus on recovery and rejuvenation. For example, the Whiteface Arnica Recovery Wrap (80 minutes; $195) features a gentle exfoliation with arnica infused sugar, which brushes away surface stress and prepares the body to receive deep healing. An arnica infused shea butter masque is applied while guests are wrapped in a warm cocoon, allowing them to soak in rich minerals and healing arnica extract. Finally, a Deep Tissue Massage relaxes the body and mind while arnica oil seeps into muscles for deep healing and extended recovery. Another healing service is the Great Salt Lake Bath (25 minutes; $65). This hydrotherapy soak in a private therapeutic bath helps improve circulation and promote the deepest relaxation when paired with a massage. A warm bath of custom salts infuses the body with necessary minerals to help reduce muscle soreness and aide in recovery.
More than 40 new services have been added to The Spa menu as part of its refresh. Other signature additions include Ausable River Stone Massage (80 minutes; $205), which pairs the therapeutic benefits of both heated and cooled basalt stones with Swedish massage techniques to provide a deeply relaxing and soothing therapy. This service helps melt away tension and stress while increasing circulation and is excellent for chronic pain relief. And the Biodynamic HydraFacial (starting at 50 minutes; $235) includes Hydra dermabrasion, painless extractions, intense biodynamic hydration, facial massage, lymphatic drainage and blue/red light therapy, dermabuilder fine line support and stem cell serum for a transformative facial experience.
Introducing Peak 47:
A casual, welcoming retreat from the four-season appeals of the Adirondacks, Peak 47—formerly called Kanu Lounge—has been renovated with special emphasis around the resort’s marquee mixology program and celebrated cuisine. Seating at the remodeled bar area has more than doubled, now with 18 barnwood stools set against a new copper-topped bar made of local birch with alder wood finishes. There, guests and locals can explore Lead Mixologist Zachary Blair’s spontaneous creations, which complement the lounge’s inventive cocktail menu. During an interactive series of questions between Blair and guests, dubbed “The Game,” personal insights lead to a bespoke, of-the-moment libation. The drink might include spirits barrel-aged on-site, reflecting Blair’s latest pet project.
Highlights from Peak 47’s lunch and dinner menu—refreshed in tandem with the lounge’s interiors—include a Signature Lodge Burger on brioche bun with chipotle aioli and other trimmings; Blackened Fish Tacos featuring mahi-mahi and halibut with arugula, smoked scallion chimichurri, cabbage slaw, and jalapeno pineapple salsa; and Seared Crab Cakes with local ramps, citrus, sweet peppers, sweet corn, brown butter, and white-wine garlic. A selection of shareables includes everything from Hand Cut Truffle Fries to Tuna Tartare and House Queso. Specialties like Arugula and Watercress Salad with spring strawberry, shaved radish, parmesan crisp and vanilla grapefruit vinaigrette or Spring White Pizza including local ricotta, roasted garlic, local spring vegetables and a balsamic drizzle showcase the best seasonal produce. The lounge also offers a wide variety of local and regional beers, as well as a selection of 400 regional, domestic and international wines that continuously earn the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
New Amenities for Outdoor Fun:
A variety of new offerings add to Whiteface Lodge’s already robust list of outdoor amenities and activities. Guests can explore the eight miles around Lake Placid from the resort’s Paradox Bay launch in new, 13-foot light touring kayaks, available for half- and full-day rentals, which are in addition to the resort’s existing fleet of complimentary boats and boards. Or, guests can grab a paddle of a different kind thanks to Whiteface Lodge’s new pickleball court.
About Whiteface Lodge
Whiteface Lodge is situated adjacent to the alpine village of Lake Placid, New York, home to two Winter Olympics games. Conceived by a former Olympian and modeled after the Adirondack Great Camp, this rustic resort was completed in 2005. Whiteface Lodge is an all-suite property boasting 96 guestrooms, a three-story great room, Kanu restaurant, Peak 47 dining lounge, Spa Cafe, 24-hour room service, Lake Placid’s only resort spa, and two handcrafted, luxury lean-tos, unique to the Adirondacks. For reservations or additional information, visit www.theWhitefaceLodge.com or call 518-523-0500. Follow the resort on social media @whitefacelodge.