Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, New York $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Every last architectural and decorative detailfrom the beams of white pine (harvested from the very acres on which the property sits) to the cast-iron fireplace screens forged by a local blacksmithis a testament to Adirondack authenticity at this resort built in the Great Camp style. The whole place radiates rustic good taste but doesn't skimp on comfort: The 85 full-kitchen suites, which range from big studios to expansive three-bedroom duplexes, are fitted with pillowtop beds, deep suede couches, thick rugs, heated slate bathroom floors, and private patios. The Great Room, which doubles as the excellent restaurant's dining area, is the pièce de résistance, anchored by two granite fireplaces. Staff are friendly, and since Whiteface Lodge offers amenities both conventional (an indoor/outdoor pool, cross-country ski trails) and unexpected (a movie theater, bowling lanes, a year-round skating rink), the resort nearly matches the variety of activities in the six-million-acre park at its doorstep. A spa and a putting green will open later in 2006. 2006 Hot List
When to go: September, for mild weather and fall foliage.
Which room to book: Odd-numbered rooms from 215 through 227 have tranquil views of the pond out back (suites, $345–$495).
Amenities: Bar/lounge, Gym, PoolSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›