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Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa earns gold and silver medals in USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice poll

Four Diamond Lake Placid property finishes first among waterfront properties in Northeast and New England and second in the nation

Thanks to its many fans, friends and followers, the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa in Lake Placid landed on the podium twice in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice polling for best waterfront properties in the country.

In a lineup featuring the 20 best waterfront hotels in the United States as submitted by a panel of travel industry experts, the iconic resort property in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York, scored a gold medal as the top lakefront resort in the Northeast and New England and a silver medal as the number two waterfront resort in the nation. The month-long voting process ended
August 16.

This is not the first time the Inn has enjoyed recognition by USA Today, having earned the 10Best silver medal and two bronze medals in previous polls.

“It’s really fantastic to be held in such high regard, first by the industry panel that nominated us, and then by our guests and fans,” said Ed Weibrecht, owner of the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa.

“To do this repeatedly makes all of us here very happy and proud. In particular, I am ecstatic with the efforts of our staff in this new pandemic environment to take a spotless, meticulously cleaned resort and enhance it, helped by the investments we made in ultraviolet cleaning technology and the installation of new health protocols and enhancements to keep staff and guests as safe as possible.”

Earlier this summer, the Mirror Lake Inn was notified of its lofty status by travel editors from USA Today. From the initial editor’s list, a Readers’ Choice poll determined the USA Today 10Best in that category.

Thanks to strong support from its guests and followers, the only AAA Four Diamond lodging and dining combination in the Adirondacks collected this honour among the national paper’s 10Best waterfront resorts in the USA.

“We are very fortunate to have the physical location that we enjoy on Mirror Lake. Being nestled right on the lakeshore with the Adirondack High Peaks in the background certainly gets people’s attention,” continued Weibrecht. “But it would mean very little without the level of service and care provided by our staff.

“To be voted so close to the top spot among all these amazing properties is a true achievement and made possible by our dedicated employees whose meticulous care of the property is so impressive. And it’s the same attention to guest service by our inside staff that continues to always put us among the very best.”

The top vote-getter was Acqualina Resort and Spa, north of Miami, while The Don CeSar Hotel on the Florida Gulf Coast finished third. The top five was rounded out by the Ocean House in Rhode Island and the Halekulani Hotel in Hawaii.

The honour for the Mirror Lake Inn is added to the list of recent notable achievements the Inn has accumulated, starting in June with the AAA Four Diamond Award for 37 consecutive years in the lodging category – second longest in New York State – and 14 years in a row for The View Restaurant.


  • Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence in a streak of 21 straight years
  • Conde Nast Traveler’s top resort in New York State for 2018
  • One of eight luxurious hotels on the world’s most tranquil lakes by Architectural Digest and MSN
  •’s placement of the Inn as one of seven of the world’s most beautiful lakeside lodges
  • Named Hotel Suite of the Week by

The 10Best contest is promoted across USA TODAY Travel Media Group’s digital and mobile products, as well as via social media. Nominees are also announced and/or promoted across relevant USA TODAY departments and through Gannett media outlets, including the websites of its 81 local newspapers and 43 television stations.

In addition, 10Best has four million monthly readers and is syndicated to readers across the USA TODAY Network.

“The Mirror Lake Inn certainly appreciates these kinds of plaudits. But in doing so, it also brings attention to Lake Placid as a world-class destination. We are blessed and thankful for the wonderful support we receive from our fans and followers, who are loyal to us and also to our community,” concluded Weibrecht.


About the Mirror Lake Inn

The AAA Four Diamond Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa is a luxury lakefront resort, offering its guests an authentic Adirondack experience. The Inn rated Four Diamond for 37 consecutive years, offers both Four-Diamond world-class cuisine for 14 straight years and casual dining options, all with impeccable service amid awe-inspiring views. Only one other property in New York (located in Manhattan), has maintained the Four Diamond designation longer than Mirror Lake Inn. It is the only property in Lake Placid that combines Four Diamond lodging and dining. The Inn’s renowned Lake Placid spa pampers the body and refreshes the mind with a comprehensive menu of services. The Inn is conveniently located one block from the restaurants and shops on Main Street in Lake Placid.

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