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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

EXQUISITE
TonyRoss6-23

Majestic setting. Beautifully maintained. Stocked with top shelf everything. Top class, 6 star service. Old school understated elegance including formal dinner on Wednesday and Saturday, in a warm and friendly setting. The selection of food will please anyone’s palate and every meal is phenomenal. Lots to do. Swimming, fishing, boating, water skiing, kayaking, hiking, tennis, croquet, pool and just plain relaxing. Rooms/cottages are beautifully appointed and incredibly comfortable. A truly special place, well worth the cost if you can swing it.

Definitely worth repeat visits
Andrea U

I visited ThePoint with my extended family for the third time in two years (the first being for my daughter’s wedding-which was itself spectacular). Each visit has been tremendous and left us wanting to return. We have now visited twice in the summer and once in the winter, and I couldn’t tell you which was my favorite. Both seasons have something unique to offer, and we will be making another return visit over the Christmas holiday, when the decorations and atmosphere are straight out of a movie set.
We have so much enjoyed getting to meet other interesting guests, some of whom we will see at our next visit. As everyone has said, the food and drink are exceptional, and the staff couldn’t be more attentive. I would put in a special plug for the BoatHouse in the summer if you can justify the expense. It’s location on the lake made it the perfect headquarters for our family.

Definitely a place to put in the list of great properties
649ic

I posted a review on this site in 2011 saying that people should aspire to visit this property at least once. I was checking out the place for a meeting site. So now 8 years later with wife in tow (and the kids off at summer camp giving us a free kick) we finally made it up here. If you take the train from NY City to Albany and then drive 3 hours, it's not so bad. Since my previous visit, Google has listed the location of the property on its GPS so it's no longer a secret, but then if the route you were going to take is delayed, the GPS will send you a different route, so it's a fair trade.
We liked this property quite a lot, maybe not as much as some of the guests who come here repeatedly and have decided this is one of their go-to hideaways. About 60% of the guests here are repeat visitors, which is probably as it needs to be.
The room I had was "Morningside" and it is beautifully decorated, is very functional, and has good light, and is in the main building just off the great hall. I saw a few other rooms and was quite happy with the one I had chosen. Of course the Boathouse suite is stunning if that is to your taste, and it would be a lot of fun for 2 kids sleeping outdoors in the side beds that swing, something I didn't consider back in 2011. They brought us treats to the room continuously and they were good ones, some much more elaborate than usual (does homemade chocolate bars at turndown; homemade potato chips, popcorn and locally produced granola bars during the day and a really beautiful cheese plate on arrival qualify?). They asked us prearrival if there was anything we wanted and they procured us yoga mats and foam rollers.

Everything that came out of the kitchen was truly excellent. Some items were exceptional; but hardly anything came out that was not excellent. The creativity of the cuisine and even the beverages were quite above average; for instance, a yellow watermelon juice was the base for an evening cocktail on offer. The exotic vegetables that went into entrees were memorable. Some places fall flat on the desserts or breakfast pastry; this place has a top notch pastry chef producing great items round the clock.
The evening cocktail and dinner parties were real treats. The idea of sitting at a table for 2-3 hours with 8 or so strangers is a bit daunting; I'm not a WASP and don't pretend to be, so a person like me wonders how these forced interactions might go, how people might feel inside while being outwardly polite, and what kinds of people might show up. I didn't see foreign tourists or people that came off as caricatures; it was an American crowd with some young people, some retirees and some in between. Some guests just can't stand the dinner party and eat elsewhere. I found the people to be very interesting and approachable, and thought it was a privilege to get a chance to be exposed to their company and to enjoy conversation at a rather sophisticated level with people that were exceptionally well traveled, literate and knowledgeable. Well traveled people tend to be curious and open to new ideas and in today's American society people have become less curious and open to new ideas, so it was a nice break from the norm. Politics is pretty taboo at the dinner table, but travel talk is fine and many of the guests wind up visiting the same resorts so you can compare notes. One of the hotel's owners came to dinner one evening and it was nice to see her showing up and taking an interest in dining with her guests. Of course, the service and the menu were exceptional. Somehow, even after quite a dinner, some people went to the campfire afterward and ordered a pizza. That I fail to comprehend....
The property has quite a few amenities such as the "pub" which is beautifully done, every inch of it down to what's inside each and every drawer. Staff are mainly Americans and even those that are not are conversant in English enough to actually converse with you rather than to simply feign understanding which is what you usually get at hotels. We found staff to be motivated and very polite. At this property, you learn names of people because there are only 20 guests, maybe 40 on staff, and it is rather up close and personal. The hotel clearly went out of its way to hire talented and qualified people, many of whom stay there for years. The resident doggie Romeo is very friendly. Boating is big here; one day we rode on 3 different boats and they were all exceptional boating experiences. You definitely want to spend an hour riding around on the lake and hearing about the history of the area.
You can get a massage in the room; my therapist was really cool. She is the first female member of upper NY state's only SWAT team. I can't wait to tell my daughter about that.
I suppose that the ownership of a property like this (calling it a hotel or even a resort does not do justice) probably try to lose as little money as possible; I don't think this is something you can really do at a profit, certainly if you are basically sparing nothing in pursuit of perfection in as many points as possible. They fill up your car's gas tank when you leave, make up beautiful box lunches to take on the road, have someone on call to make you anything upward from a peanut butter and jelly at 2am -- it's a bit like today's Downton Abbey. There is a lot of open liquor around that helps justify the room rate, but I didn't see consuming a lot of liquor or walking around sloshed. I think that at this level it is good for show, but that guests of the caliber of this place probably drink socially and not that much more. The room rate is quite high and it creates high expectations, but when you consider what it must cost to run this operation and that at certain times of the year it is probably not busy, there is almost no room rate that could ever be enough to provide a decent return against the true cost. I got the feeling that some guests were friends of the owners, and that probably doesn't help the bottom line either. So instead of focusing on the high cost of being a guest here, I think it makes more sense to focus on the privilege of being able to enjoy a piece of this place at a fraction of its true cost if you ever wanted to do it yourself for as long as someone else chooses to keep it on operation.
The only thing I didn't really like was that there is no gym or swimming pool. You can swim in the lake but it's cold; you can row but you're out on your own on a big lake with speedboats around and unless you really know what you're doing, I wouldn't want to be out there against a tough current or a big wake on a canoe or a kayak.(The place has little motorized boats you can easiliy steer which is a fun thing to do, but that's a different story.) You can hike or run or maybe even bike but it's up and down, and it's quite different for those who are used to flat surfaces. The nearby blue trail is not advanced but it's not for beginners either and I saw several people having trouble with it. I felt strangely sedentary up here for 3 days and didn't think I could take more than 2 nights of all this food and not much else to do. There were guests staying for 7 nights; good for them, i guess. I'd like this place a lot more if I felt that I had a nice place to exercise in a manner that I'm used to.
I was really lucky that the weather was perfect for most of my stay; this place could get old real fast if you were stuck with a lot of rain. I have a feeling that unless you really like super cold weather with its own rewards out on the lake or sitting in front a fire drinking a lot of hot chocolate, you'd not want to be here during the cold season. The area is secluded enough that they have managed not to have any paparazzi around. On one hand, it is a private place. On the other, it's not that large and there are not that many places to hang out so you are almost never truly alone in a spot. A guest or staff might pop out of nowhere and see you somewhere. The rooms don't come with keys, but I don't think guests are worried that anyone will invade their rooms during the day.
If you have Verizon, you can get a decent signal on the property even outside the front office. I think that discretion is called for if you want to pull out a phone, but you are not really that much out of touch with the world and that's good, if you need to take care of things from time to time. The region is putting in new attractions in search of tourists; there is soon going to be some kind of park with rides in Lake Placid and there is a tree top attraction in a nearby town that looks fun. I don't know why there is a daily flight from Boston but not from New York City but such a flight would make the trip from the city a lot less than 7 hours.
In short, I think that this place is a labor of love, it is an important piece of Americana that evokes the spirit of the Great Camps, and it is something people of means should aspire to put on the list of places they want to experience.