From its origins as a mining town in the early 1800s, to its status as host of both the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games, Lake Placid has remained a quiet village along the shores of the lake of the same name. Lake Placid is located in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake are also located nearby in what has come to be called the Tri-Lakes region. Fishing and water sports such as water skiing are prevalent here in the summer, when many guests also enjoy mountain biking and gondola rides; in the winter the area is famous for both Nordic and Alpine skiing. It also features one of the few bobsled runs in the western hemisphere and allows visitors the unusual opportunity to enjoy dogsled rides.
With fewer than 3,000 permanent residents according to the most recent census, Lake Placid offers visitors a charming getaway all year long. U.S. News and World Report called the areas one of North America's "Forgotten Vacation Spots. This is good news for those interested in Lake Placid vacation rentals since several large homes are included in the many holiday homes available. Extended families or church retreats would particularly enjoy arranging a stay in a cabin in the woods that can sleep up to 12.
Other recreational activities in Lake Placid include golf, a popular sport here for more than a hundred years. Famous golf course architects such as John Van Kleek and Alister MacKenzie have left their mark on courses in the region.