My family always travels to Walt Disney World every year, but we like to take a shorter, more local trip in the summer. This year, we were invited by the Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, NY, to check out the kids’ activities they’ve expanded this year to help make the resort even more family friendly.
The drive from the western suburbs of Boston (where I live) to Lake Placid is about 5 1/2 hours. Our friends at Nissan offered my family a Nissan Maxima to test-drive on our road trip. While I was concerned that there may not be ample trunk space – the Maxima is billed as a sports car – the trunk space is actually pretty large. There was more than enough room for the two suitcases and numerous tote bags we brought with us.
The drive was pretty easy – overall it took about five hours. The Nissan Maxima was the perfect car for the trip – the included navigational system guided us along the way, and the XM/Sirius radio provided us with hours of entertainment (especially the 80s on 8 station – where I heard “Parents Just Don’t Understand” for the first time in probably 10 years). We were also impressed with the gas mileage – we made it to Lake Placid on less than one tank of gas, and we even used the air conditioner for part of the trip. The ride is also super-smooth, something I miss with my older 2004 Toyota Matrix. Have I mentioned how much I want a Nissan for my next car? I think the Maxima would work for me, since I prefer smaller cars (now if they’d only make a hybrid Maxima).
I’d seen pictures of the Whiteface Lodge, but I still wasn’t prepared for how gorgeous it is. The resort doesn’t deviate one bit from its Adirondack style, and I half-expected to see Patrick Swayze teaching dance in the clubhouse. The Whiteface Lodge offered us a free one-night stay and a discounted media rate for the rest of the stay, and I expected that my family would be given a one-bedroom suite. But I was wrong! Our suite was a 3 bedroom/3 bathroom suite with over 1500 square feet of living space! All of the suites include a full kitchen, so you can prefer meals in your room if you’d like. We preferred to order room service, and eat at the large dining room table, than eat in the restaurant.
To be continued with part 2 tomorrow, in the meantime, check out my photos on Whrrl.