Written by guest blogger Christie Sausa  

Elevated rejuvenation in the heart of the High Peaks

Lake Placid is known for its winter sports culture, but after all that skiing and winter adventuring, you will need to rebalance with some rejuvenation and restoration. Luckily, luxurious spas within two of Lake Placid’s best-loved resorts and self-care destinations offer just that.

Mirror Lake Inn

The legendary Mirror Lake Inn is known for its rustic Adirondack elegance, fine dining, enviable location overlooking Mirror Lake, and it's award-winning spa. Enter the splendid front door of the Inn and descend to the opulent spa lobby, where you can enter the tranquil sanctuaries and indulge your senses. The Spa at the Mirror Lake Inn offers SkinCeuticals, phytomer marine-based products, and an incredible array of treatments designed to make your perfect Lake Placid day even better. In addition to standard spa offerings like facials and massages, the spa offers treatments you won’t find elsewhere in Lake Placid, all in a perfectly placid atmosphere. 

Schedule your Dry Float European Soft Pack treatment, where you can float your cares away or recharge with a session in Mirror Lake’s signature Salt Room. And with maple sugaring season just around the corner, partake in their specialty Adirondack Maple Sugar scrub for luminous skin and a sweet stress release. You can also freshen up your look at the Mirror Lake Inn by visiting their renowned salon, which offers haircuts, scalp treatments, manicures, and pedicures, including their featured CBD healing pedicure. 

Round out your relaxation with movement. The Inn boasts a 60-foot heated indoor lap pool, sauna, and hot tub; you can also visit the fitness center, participate in a private yoga class, or book a personal training session with 4-time Olympic Medalist Andrea Henkel-Burke. After you’ve enjoyed your relaxation time, walk outside and enjoy strolling alongside Mirror Lake, which is beautiful in all seasons.

A woman selects a towel from a display in the spa at the Mirror Lake Inn

The Spa at Whiteface Lodge

Located on Whiteface Inn Road, the luxurious Whiteface Lodge was formerly a filming location for the HBO show “Succession,” and from the moment you enter the gates, you will be swept up in the grandeur of 19th-century rustic camp style. Despite the elegance of the surroundings, the Lodge prides itself on being family-friendly and offering plenty of activities, including bowling, ice skating, and movies in their on-site movie theater to keep you and yours occupied. 

But there are opportunities to relax too. Perhaps the resort's crown jewel, the The Spa at Whiteface Lodge boasts a complete menu of treatments, including massages, facials, body treatments, a sauna/steam room, and a full-service salon. The tranquility begins when you descend to the ground floor of the Lodge and enter the Spa. The well-appointed sanctuaries offer guests a clean, quiet space to prepare for their treatments. Use the steam room or sauna, sip complimentary water or tea, and wait for your appointment in peaceful surroundings. Then, restore yourself with the Lodge’s signature treatments, such as their Ausable River Stone Massage and Whiteface Arnica Recovery Wrap. 

Looking for a more active way to relax? The Lodge also has a pool and hot tubs. Perhaps one of the most unique pools in Lake Placid, the heated Lodge pool is indoor and outdoor, allowing guests to swim between the two – there’s nothing more uniquely Adirondack than swimming or hot-tubbing outside while the snow flies! 

A man wearing a spa robe relaxes with his eyes closed in a sauna

With Women Wellness

The rejuvenation opportunities don’t end with resort spas. There are other self-care opportunities for those seeking rejuvenation in Lake Placid. Just down the street at 1991 Saranac Ave, the newly-opened With Woman Wellness brings new women’s health and aesthetic options to Lake Placid. Their small but passionate team offers women’s wellness services, mental health counseling, IV hydration and nutrient therapy, and aesthetic services. With Woman Wellness is the first practice in Lake Placid to offer IV therapy, which involves administering fluids, vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients directly into the bloodstream via an intravenous line. They offer seven different IV nutrient blends in-house, which can help you with everything from athletic performance to hangover recovery. Want to not only feel your best but look it too? Woman Wellness offers FDA-approved injectable neuromodulators and fillers, including Botox and Juvéderm, which will help you rediscover your youthful confidence.

Spring wildflowers bloom a soft pink color

Adirondack Foot Sanctuary

So you’ve rejuvenated your body and skin and improved your state of mind, but why not take care of your feet? The Adirondack Foot Sanctuary on Lake Placid’s Main Street can help you with that. They offer a variety of treatments, from simple treatments like Simplicity, which provides a lower leg/foot soak and massage, to more deluxe rituals like the ADK Apres-Ski, which includes essential oil of wintergreen, salt scrub, scalp massage, and a peppermint paraffin mask on feet. There’s even a men’s treatment called ADK men’s brew, including Cascade hop-infused soak, arnica lower leg and foot massage, hop scrub, and a beer token for Big Slide Brewery.

Adirondack Foot Sanctuary, despite the name, also offers care for hands, including hand and lower arm massage, hot stone hand treatment, and manicures. Of course, you can also get a pedicure to spruce up your feet after your relaxing treatment. So stop in after a long day of touring and get those hands and feet pampered! 

A person soaks their feet in a large copper kettle at The Adirondack Foot Sanctuary

Whether you want traditional spa treatments in a resort setting or to indulge in self-care rituals to help you feel better physically and mentally, Lake Placid has a rejuvenation option to help you feel better. But remember, the Lake Placid region itself is therapeutic. From its beautiful landscapes to its peaceful ambiance, there’s a reason why it’s been a tourism destination for over a century. While you’re here, take time throughout your vacation to get outside, breathe the fresh Adirondack air, relax, and create your perfect day here!