One of my fondest Olympic memories is waking at 4am at the Gables Inn in Vermont, and watching the Women’s Downhill Finals in my PJ’s by a roaring fire. I could almost feel the adrenaline of those competitors!
Do you want to feel part of the action? I’ve thought of 2 places, right here in the US, where you can get the Olympic buzz next month. Games run February 9th-15th so if you book now, you have an excellent chance of grabbing a room.
Here’s option 1, for East coasters: LAKE PLACID
WHAT TO DO
Pretend you’re an Olympian – if only for a day – because just about anything you see on TV, you can do at the Lake Placid facilities.
Downhill ski on Whiteface Mountain, ice climb with High Peaks Guides (safe even for beginners), snowmobile with Farmhouse Snowmobiling, and snowshow and nordic ski at the Whiteface Club!
Skating at the outdoor Olympic oval and the Extreme Ride down the toboggan shute onto Mirror Lake are easy no-reservation-needed activities.
Tours of the Olympic Ski Jump Complex run Wednesday-Sunday.
And serious adventurers can actually book a run with Bobsled Experience!
Sports watchers (rather than participants) will still love watching the ski jump!
And for romantics of all ages, there’s a horse-drawn sleigh ride!
There’s a remarkable Olympic Museum to fill in your daytimes, and a big LP scene and lots of live music so your night owls will stay happy.
Check out the Olympic Sites Passport for one-time admission to all the sites for $35!
WHERE TO STAY
There’s loads of availability, from budget to luxury. But I’m giving you a bunch of ideas to ensure you can find availability.
Wilkommen Hof B&B: someplace quaint, 1 mile from city center, midrange price and doggie friendly!:
The Haus, suites, some with fireplaces, right on Mirror Lake
The Alpine Inn, if you’re looking for budget right in city center
Prague Motor Inn, budget and fur-friendly in city center
Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, if you want luxury in city center: • Cobble Mountain Lodge, if you’re seeking something a bit unique (think wood beams and loft beds), personal, and fur friendly, but ½+ mile from center
Lake Placid Lodge is just plain niiiiiice!
If you can go midweek, one of these very nice inns might have space:
Mirror Lake Inn and Spa: think outdoor bonfires, and a stunning spa
Whiteface Lodge: earned “Northeast’s Best Mountain Resort”, it’s NOT ski-in-ski-out (in case you were wondering)
Are you an Olympian Wanna-Be, but on the WEST coast?
Check out our next blog featuring Salt Lake City!
Got questions? I’m Melanie Tucker, owner of Rare Finds Travel, where we specialize in unique trips for adventurous independent travelers.
I am happy to help – Email me your questions here!