Lunch at the Cottage at Mirror Lake Inn was first on the agenda as we started the second day of the Lake Placid Tour. The sun had finally burned through the clouds, so we took our lunch outdoors on the deck overlooking Mirror Lake. Noting the woven table cloths and polished wide plank pine floors as we passed through the cozy dining room, we found the deck comfortable, spacious and reminisicent of the gardens of Avonlea. Surrounded by a neat white fence, abundant plantings offer some privacy from the street. Lamps of wrought iron and blown glass hang from sturdy white posts and large tables of a composite material seat 50 to 60 people.
As we studied the menu of fresh and healthy choices, the tables were quickly filled. Though it was still cool outside, everyone seemed eager to take in the newly discovered sunshine. When we had met Lisa Randall at Zig Zags the night before, she had recommended that we try either the maple martini or bloody mary. The bloody mary seemed a good addition to our lunch and a good place to start. The bloody marys soon arrived, Kim creating a bit of a distraction as she arranged her drink in various poses for a photo. The bloody mary, served in a mason jar mug, was simple and hearty, though one of us should have thought to try the maple martini. Next time.
We found the menu prices in the average to high range (nothing was priced higher than $14.95), but our sandwiches, salads and entrees were well worth the price. Lunch for four, with only two cocktails, was close to $90.00, including gratuity.
Fortunately, Lisa had already given us the facts about the Cottage. Our plan had been to have lunch and then take a seat at the bar. After lunch, however, the bar was full. Small and charming, the bar only seats about 10 people but we learned that it's quite popular, features a wide selection of wines and beers and offers a 9 p.m. to close late night happy hour with $3.00 drafts and $4.00 margaritas and house wines. The Cottage is open from 11:30 am until 12 am daily throughout the year and features nightly food and drink specials from 5 to 7 p.m. They have been in business for 34 years and claim that the best time to visit is "anytime". This is yet another of many places we've reviewed that we're looking forward to visiting again.
Cheers and Bottoms Up!
Kim & Pam
OUR MISSION - WE'RE PUBLISHED! Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 marked the Premier of our new book, Happy Hour in the High Peaks: An Adirondack Bar Guide. The hardcover, 160 page book can be found at bars and bookstores throughout the Adirondack Park or order online at www.happyhourinthehighpeaks.com. You'll find a list of our book signings on the Events page and where to buy the book on our Retailers page. The book contains reviews of 46 of our favorite bars in the Adirondack Park, and 46 drink recipes with an Adirondack twist. As a companion to the book, we have also published a 46er Passport so that you can follow the Happy Hour Trail to become a Happy Hour 46er and make new friends along the way. Summit Tour t-shirts will be for sale at our book signings or available online. Whether you are a native, resident, or visitor, you'll find 46 more reasons to visit the ADIRONDACK PARK!