Resort and Spa Earns Medals in USA Today 10 Best Readers

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

In a lineup featuring the 20 best waterfront properties in the country as submitted by a panel of travel industry experts, the Mirror Lake Inn scored a gold medal as the #1 lakefront resort and a bronze medal as the #3 overall waterfront resort. The month-long voting process ended on July 29. This is not the first time the Inn has enjoyed recognition by USA Today, having earned 10Best silver and bronze medals in previous polls.

“It’s really fantastic to be held in such high regard, first by the industry panel, and then by our guests and fans,” said Ed Weibrecht, owner of the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa. “To do this three times in recent years makes all of us here very happy and proud.”

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 honor among the national paper’s 10Best waterfront resorts in the USA.

“We are very fortunate to have the physical location that we enjoy. 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 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 outside 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 near Miami Beach, while the Ocean House in Rhode Island was runner-up. Both are oceanfront resorts.

The honor 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 35 consecutive years in the lodging category – second longest in New York State – and 12 years in a row for The View Restaurant.


  • Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence in a streak of 20 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.

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

“The Mirror Lake Inn certainly enjoys 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 support not only the Inn, but also support Lake Placid,” concluded Weibrecht.

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