A Little History of The Inn at Whiteface
My name is Ingrid Beck and for 46 years The Inn at Whiteface has been a part of my family. It actually started as a bad investment that my dad made. To save it, my parents ended up running it as a late in life career change. My mom happened to be a wonderful cook and my dad being an engineer—an exacting bartender. My sister Karen also helped at times. They ran it mainly as a restaurant specializing in German Cuisine. Sadly they are now deceased and The Inn is no longer a restaurant. Today the Inn is a unique B&B. Unique in that it is not someone's home but dedicated to providing you a home while visiting the Adirondacks. This all came about through past guests sharing with me how much they loved to stay here. Over and over I was told that "it was like staying in a big home," that they "loved to sit by the fire enjoying a glass of wine knowing that their children were asleep upstairs," how "The Inn had such a cozy feeling," etc. Upon learning about all the improvements planned for Whiteface including a heated gondola, I started thinking about The Inn's future, while still finding myself tied to its past. My parents had spent a huge chunk of their lives here and somehow selling it did not seem right. I decided that The Inn could be a place to give back at this point in my life. My sister had died due to diabetes and I decided that I wanted to donate a percentage of profit each year to the cause. To have special fund raising events for different charities would be a goal as well. But I lived 1500 miles away at the time. Out of a chance happening at church I was approached by someone who told me her dream job was to run a place like The Inn as a B&B. She had some great ideas and after an evening spent at The Lake Placid Lodge I got caught up in the charm of the Adirondacks and the rest is history!
To make a long story short the person who started it all could not follow through, and I ended up an innkeeper through a series of events - and am still here wondering how it happened. I found living in the midst of this 6 million acre park and next to Whiteface Mountain, filled with beauty and a peacefulness that seems to melt stress away.
My guests have included some of the nicest and most interesting people. They come to relax, to compete or just have a good time. They seem to leave their troubles and stress behind. Many of them return over and over again. I now understand why I could not get my parents to sell The Inn and retire. It's addictive. I've watched guests make new friends, talked about old times, met families from many foreign countries, been part of a young couple's wedding, shared stories with couples on their honeymoon, cooked and tasted "just caught" trout with fly fishermen, watched guests compete in many different events, housed rugby and lacrosse competitors, ice skating contestants, ski teams and the list goes on. I waited to hear that all my Ironman guests completed the course, listened to moose while snowshoeing, viewed Montreal in one direction and the High Peaks in the other from the castle on top of Whiteface. I even sold a house to a couple who came up to snowmobile and decided to buy a vacation home nearby. It's catching! The Adirondacks have widened my interest in and appreciation of nature. Having been fortunate enough to have lived in wonderful places like Manhattan, the Hamptons, Scarsdale and the Palm Beach area, I could never have anticipated that the Adirondacks could win me over. Many people from many different walks in life have found their way to The Inn. The history of The Inn continues with each new guest. Come to The Inn to make "your" history. It is the perfect place to start an Adirondack Tradition.