The Point Resort, a window to a gentler world in Upstate New York
Imagine it’s the early 1930s and William Rockefeller has invited you to visit his new house on the shores of Saranac Lake in the Adirondack Park. It’s a heady time with no premonition of the turbulent years to come so you accept the invitation with pleasure and anticipation. You don’t need to be told to bring formal attire for the special twice-weekly dinner because that’s what you would expect, and jackets, ties and cocktail wear are de rigor for the other evenings. Where are you going? You don’t find out exactly where until you’ve confirmed your reservation and then you’ll be given detailed driving instructions.
The Point Resort was originally four grand log buildings and now houses eleven unique guestrooms. There’s nothing glossy or sleek here – no harshness or hard surfaces. Instead you will be greeted with a calming, peaceful silence broken only by birdsong and fish jumping in the lake. The Resort has a no-tipping policy as would have been the case in those halcyon days and if you want to enjoy cocktails they will be served in the hour before dinner at eight.
Relax and Rejuvenate
You must go to the Office to use Wifi if you really can’t leave the world behind you, because this is an adult only place designed to recharge your batteries. The choice to participate in outdoor activities is yours to make. Nothing is required of you so while the rest of your party is being active you can opt to enjoy an in-room massage by the fire.
The seasons are so markedly different that activities are quite diverse from winter to summer. The magical winter wonderland is a perfect foil for the cozy log mansions. Swish through the silence that only snow brings as you ski cross country or enjoy skating, curling and even ice fishing on the frozen lake back at The Point. Lake Placid is nearby where you can ski down Whiteface Mountain or fuel your need for an adrenalin rush on the luge or bobsled. Back at The Point, fires are blazing, mulled wine is served and you enjoy a game of darts or pool or an old black & white movie.
As always happens, spring arrives with streams tumbling over themselves to shed the last remnants of snow and the Adirondacks appear in their glittering, shimmering glory. Boating, fishing, waterskiing are just a few of the activities you can carry out on the lake while the landlubbers enjoy a game of golf, hunting or horseback riding. If you don’t feel like being energetic at all you can opt for a hammock in the trees and just enjoy the day.
Dining and Accommodation
Each guestroom has a great view of the lake which you can enjoy from your spot by the huge stone fireplace. Wooden interiors glow softly from the wax that is applied by hand, furnishings are rustic and comfortable and most of all, welcoming; the perfect place to change for dinner.
A feature of the dining experience at The Point is the ability to meet your fellow guests around the twin tables of the Great Hall, although this is not a requirement and you can opt to eat in your room or the pub or at another location on the property. All you have to do is ask for a table to be set up. The food is world class and much care and consideration is put into every meal.
This is a place to let your imagination run wild. Live as if you are royalty because that’s how you’re treated at The Point.