Guest contributor Erin Gifford and her lucky family vacationed at Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid, New York. Lake Placid is widely known for its family-friendly approach to outdoor fun, specializing — of course — in water sports. The gorgeous locale offers so much fun in the summer and winter that many parents seeking the complete outdoor vacation package for their families return to Lake Placid year after year. Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort makes this easy. – Ed.
I recently took my family to stay at Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid, NY. We’d never been to the area before and I didn’t really know what to expect from a lakeside vacation. Fortunately, I learned that my kids loved being on the lake (the resort backs up to Mirror Lake) and that we may need to get a summer home in the area (must start saving money now).
Lake Placid is beautiful and there are so many outdoor adventures to be had whether you want to go kayaking, climb a mountain or cross a lake on a paddleboard. In fact, Golden Arrow is the only lakeside resort in Lake Placid, making it easy to grab a paddleboard and get on the water, particularly when you stay in a first-floor room, like we did (as a bonus, the snack shack was steps away from our room, too).
The man-made beach at Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort is perfect for little ones who want to swim, splash around or build sand castles. There’s also a beautiful indoor pool, even a racquetball court, when you want to take the fun inside. Fortunately, the weather was beautiful for us, so we took out the resort’s kayaks, paddleboats, canoes and paddleboats as often as we could.
Golden Arrow also has a wonderful on-site restaurant called Generations. We ate there for breakfast and dinner. The food is very good and the portions are huge. It was nice not to need to go far when we were ready to eat (i.e., when we were finally able to get our girls out of the water), though there are several other dining options in the Lake Placid village, which was adjacent to the resort.
If you’re thinking about a trip to the Adirondacks, or to Lake Placid in particular, definitely consider a stay at Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort. Here are the top five things that made an impression on me during our stay:
1. Location, location, location. The Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort is right in the heart of Lake Placid. As I noted above, it’s steps from the Lake Placid village, which has lots of shops and restaurants, even a band shell for concerts. It’s also across the street from Olympic Center and the Lake Placid Olympic Museum. And, it backs up to Mirror Lake so you can walk out of your hotel room and get into a kayak.
2. Water-based activities. The lake is so calm that my nine- and ten-year-old daughters were able to go out on kayaks and paddleboards on their own. There are also several paddleboats at the resort so I was able to get my younger two children out on the lake, too. All water activities are included in the room rate, so it was nice to grab a boat or a board and go. My kids could have stayed out on the lake all day.
3. Sustainability programs. Golden Arrow does a lot for the environment. More than asking you to hang up your towel (though they do that, too), the resort prides itself on the green roof they have, which serves as a natural insulator and helps catch pollutants that drain off the roof. Their private beach is made of crushed limestone, which counteracts the impact of acid rain, a problem in the Adirondacks region.
4. Olympic venues. It was pretty amazing to enter the ice skating and ice hockey rinks used at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games, and both are less than a five-minute walk from Golden Arrow. The Lake Placid Olympic Museum is also a must-see to check out gear and memorabilia from the sporting events. Just a few miles down the road are the ski jumps, as well as Whiteface Mountain.
5. Scenic views. As you can imagine, the views at Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort are outstanding. I loved sitting on our patio early in the morning with my book and coffee in hand as the sun was coming up for the day. There was just such a feeling of peace and calm in the lakeside scenery. We also loved the views from atop Little Whiteface Mountain. Completely worth the 15-minute gondola ride to the top.
For those with pets, it’s worth noting that Golden Arrow is pet-friendly. They even have a hotel dog named Copper that often goes out on walks or runs with hotel guests. Guests must pay $50 per pet, per week, but 10% of fees collected go to the local humane society. I love it when hotels give back.
Erin Gifford is a mother of four who shares her family travel tips, advice and adventures at Kidventurous. She received a media rate for a two-night stay at Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort. However, all opinions expressed here are her own.