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What We Love

  • All-inclusive rate includes all meals, wines and spirits and activities on the property
  • Hike, canoe, get a boat tour — it’s all included
  • You’ll be spoiled forever after service like this; the staff caters to your every whim, whether it’s a margarita at noon or a cheeseburger at 3 a.m.
  • Stories (and s’mores and truffled popcorn) around the nightly bonfire
  • Sunset over the Adirondacks, scotch in hand
  • The rustic lodge style in all guestrooms, complete with animal rugs, log side tables and memorabilia from the Great Camp glory days

What To Know

  • There’s no singles scene here, and children 17 and under aren’t permitted
  • Dressy attire (jackets for men) is required at dinners — and Wednesday and Saturday evenings are black-tie events
  • Expect established, well-heeled couples celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and time away from the kids
  • This is truly an escape; the rooms don’t have TVs, there’s no cell service, and WiFi is available only in one (tiny) office
  • About six hours north of New York City
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Overview

The Review

The Point in Saranac Lake is so exclusive it’s almost elusive: The resort reveals its address only after receiving full payment, and even then it might confound your GPS. This tony 11-room enclave on Upper Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks has full-scale pampering and old-fashioned grandeur down to a science.

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The food is impressive (my favorite treat: the fresh-baked-from-scratch blueberry muffins delivered still warm from the oven). But there are plenty of other things to recommend the place, including such activities as hiking and biking, the sweeping views of the lake and mountains, the fleet of three historic boats, and four open bars.

Expect your fellow guests to be well-established couples from nearby states (the popped-collar set from Manhattan is sure to be there, toy dogs in tow), with some stylish internationals thrown into the mix. But with days as relaxing as these, it won’t be long before you all feel like old friends (many gin-and-tonics will do that to you).

Even with all this, it’s the service that stands out. Neither overbearing nor snooty, the staff work hard behind the scenes to make every moment magical, from a champagne welcome to your favorite dessert waiting in your room. There’s only one downside to a stay at the Point: After you’ve experienced service like this, you might just be spoiled forever.

How to Get There

The Point
PO Box 1327
Saranac Lake, NY 12893 United States

Reviews

A Magical Place
BrynMawrBK

There is nowhere else like The Point. All the accolades you've read are, if anything, understatements. It's beautiful, peaceful, intimate and elegant. While there are other lovely boutique properties that have much to offer, The Point's setting on Lake Saranac is matchless in its beauty and for the many lake activities available to guests (boating, swimming, fishing, ice skating). In addition, the quality of the food here exceeds that at any other resort we've visited: it's simply superb thanks to an exceptionally talented chef. We feel that these things, combined with the wonderful caring staff and high level of service, put The Point at the very top of the list of the finest small resorts in the U.S. -- it's certainly our new favorite.

All of the buildings on the property are fairly close to one another, and each of the 11 rooms has its own unique charm. Which room to choose is really a matter of personal taste. The four rooms in the Main Lodge are the coziest and most convenient to meals, as the dining room (the "Great Hall") is in the center of this building. The next closest building to the Main Lodge is Eagle's Nest, just across the driveway circle, containing three rooms (two with large second-floor decks) as well as The Pub on the ground floor, where an antique safe holds wooden Stave puzzles that guests can take to their rooms. A bit farther away and set slightly into the woods is The Guest House, also with three rooms. The largest and most private room on the property is The Boathouse, an enormous suite situated in the upper floor of the resort's actual boathouse. (To allow its occupants quiet mornings, none of the motorized boats can be taken out before 10 AM.) It's a somewhat steep uphill walk from The Boathouse to the Main Lodge, though one could surely request a ride from staff if the hike didn't appeal.

From our arrival to our departure, we were made to feel completely welcome and like valued guests. The staff greeted us with smiles and genuine warmth. We were given a tour of the property before being shown to our room, Lookout, then welcomed to a delicious lunch in the great hall. The communal dining here makes perfect sense given the small number of guests and was completely comfortable. One of the nicest things about the communal dinners is the rotation of staff members who act as hosts for the group. In case you have any doubt about whether to pack that tux, virtually all the men wore tuxes and the women dressed in floor- or cocktail-length formal dresses for the Saturday night black-tie dinner, yet it was relaxed and enjoyable. During our visit about half of the guests were first-timers like us, and the other half were returning after one or many prior stays; their ages ranged from early 30s to 70s-plus. About half of the guests were from the New York metro area, the rest from all over the country. Everyone we met was interesting, well-traveled and congenial.

In sum, The Point is a wonderful, unforgettable place to which we look forward to returning again very soon.

Hard to Improve Upon Perfection!
NancyGreenbranch

My husband and I visited The Point in August 2019.
The moment you drive through the gated entrance, you are struck by the beauty of the estate grounds and the outstanding views at this Saranac Lake setting.

This is an estate steeped in history. Being an original Rockefeller property, the owners have lovingly and meticulously retained the persona of rustic elegance.
This is THE place enjoy the lost (and sweet) art of just doing nothing.

Everything is in the detail here, from the hammock on the rocks jutting out over the lake, to the placement of the Adirondack chairs lakeside, to the glass of champagne offered before heading to dinner, to the basket of goodies for pets who may accompany their families, to the shiny and well-cared for boats that patrons can take out on the lake.

You feel very special at The Point.

The staff members here are not just friendly and attentive. Many other hotel properties have that. But here, they are warm. And the staff appeared to REALLY enjoy their work.

Dining at The Point was magic. The dinner service under Chef Loic and his brigade was among the best we’ve ever experienced. The table was beautifully set, and each course was delicious, imaginative, and beautifully plated.

We could not have asked for a more sophisticated and better dining experience. The energy in the kitchen was focused and professional.

Although this was a romantic getaway, I could also envision The Point as being an excellent site for executive strategic planning sessions, where you need to clear your head to plan for the future, or family get togethers where you could enjoy the peaceful location while packing your day with fun activities.

Thank you to the stellar staff members at The Point for a most memorable stay. Keep up the good work!

Sublime.
marnieindc

I cannot recommend highly enough. The natural beauty of the surroundings, the food, staff, guests, activities (or not). This destination and this very special resort are not to be missed. We enjoyed the intimacy of just 11 rooms and 22 guests at the resort. The family style meals in old "camp" fashion were lovely. Lots of room to roam and enjoy the natural beauty of the Adirondack Mountains.