The Point in Saranac Lake, New York
At the turn of the 20th century, William Avery Rockefeller sought refuge at Camp Wonundra, deep in New York's Adirondack Mountains. Today, the historic Great Camp on the shores of Saranac Lake has been transformed into The Point, a distinguished member of Relais & Chateaux. An exclusive collection of just 11 distinct guest quarters includes Rockefeller's former bedroom and The Boathouse, suspended over the water. Ingredients are flown in from around the world for meals in the Great Hall. After dinner, head to the onsite pub to socialize with fellow guests.
From hiking Ampersand Mountain to autumn foliage tours to trying out the Olympic facilities in nearby Lake Placid, the Adirondacks are a place for year-round pleasure. Lakes, streams and vast timberland serve as your playground, as you sail a 33-foot classic mahogany Hackercraft, enjoy complimentary golf at the beautifully maintained 18-hole course at Saranac Inn, hunt for antiques in the surrounding villages or cast a line in one of the region's more than 2,500 lakes.
Location of The Point
Nearest Airport: SLK
Amenities for The Point
- General Information
- 11 Guest Rooms
- Water Skiing
- Meeting Rooms
- Active & Adventure
Reviews for The Point
Amazing place. Wonderful staff. Absolutely fulfilled our dreams of an "On Golden Pond" getaway for our wedding anniversary. Can't wait to revisit. Great accommodation. Had a picnic on an island and used all the boating / paddle board facilities
weloveluxurytravel - Sydney, Australia
Everything The Point had to offer was "over the top splendid" : the food was terrific, the people were extremely pleasant, cheerful and helpful !! Anything you wanted anytime night or day was cheerfully provided and/or delivered to your room - our room (Trapper) was great - warm and cozy ! The boat ride on Saranac Lake was wonderful - FIRST CLASS in a beautiful Hacker Craft. Seems pricey until you consider that everything is included in the package. We cannot wait to return to this beautifully pristine place ! Dallas, Texas
rhpick - Dallas, Texas
We returned to the point after 16 years of first visiting this amazing place. It is a truly special place and a unique experience. I've rated it 4 stars though as we had some service issues that I felt it did not live up to my previous experience or expectations. First of all, the good stuff. --The Point is on a magical piece of land and so peaceful, there are only 22 guests on the property at a time. --Food is delicious and any restriction/request is accommodated. --You can make any food request at any time, have a drink at any time (full bars are just all over, including outdoors with champagne and white wine on ice always). --All inclusive rates so you never need to worry about the cost of renting a paddle board or boat. --Rooms are well appointed, but it is definitely decorated in a traditional way so do not expect any modern Four Seasons type of vibe. --Dinner party atmosphere is always so fun. Some of the highlights for us were: truffle fries at the campfire at midnight (then another batch after first batch gobbled up), paddle boarding to a tiny little island for some "rock jumping", picnic "pre" set up for you on an island. Request for Thai food granted (one of the chefs is Thai). Some of things that could be improved: --my biggest gripe here is that the boat was broken so we couldn't water ski, which was a highlight of my previous trip. It seems strange that with the rates that everyone is paying that they couldn't just rent a boat for the weekend. Instead it was just a "boat is broken, sorry". If you've been here before you know that there are 2 people down at the boat house at all times (during the summer months) to assist people with water sports so it was disappointing that they could not accommodate water skiing. --the resort had an overall sense of a skeletal staff with no leader. I think this property was going through a transition, but I never met a "manager" or "host" like my previous time. The cocktail boat driver, while perfectly pleasant, did not really engage anyone and the snacks on the boat were set up so one side of the boat could not reach the snacks. In addition, on "black tie night" there was no host so the guests who were familiar with the set up had to basically act as hosts for the newbies. In addition, the staff serving the cocktails had no idea what they were and then just set the tray on the table rather than passing the glasses. --our arrival appeared to be a surprise to people and there was no one to greet us or show us to our room as was our previous experience. When we entered the lodge there were only junior employees that were cleaning the room, but no one to actually show us to our room or provide a tour. --check out was a complete disaster. We literally could not check out (which actually requires no check out since there is no bill to settle). We had to find our own car, load it up ourselves and this is after waiting over an hour to get someone to help us. In our previous visit they do this very nice thing where they wash your car and fill it up with gasoline for the trip! Overall a relaxing experience and the location of the Point is as beautiful as ever, but I guess I expected a little more, especially since the rates of the rooms have doubled since our experience 16 years ago.
Kangamom - New York City, New York
Wow! A perfect weekend in the Adirondacks. Our third visit to The Point, and it exceeded our high expectations. A Winter Wonderland of Christmas decorations and haute cuisine in a "Rockefeller Rustic" environment. About as good as it gets in this world. An incredibly welcoming cohesive staff who cater to your every request (and some you haven't thought of), who obviously get along with each other, and make every effort to make you enjoy your stay in this beautiful Relais & Chateaux property. Only 10 rooms, so at most, you will be there with 18 other guests, or sometimes you get lucky, and you live like The Rockefellers....dream on! We loved our room...every room decorated with a tree and its own theme, unlimited firewood for the real fireplace...as romantic as it gets. The Chefs are awesome. We have been involved for many years in La Chaine des Rotisseurs, and are self-confessed foodies. This weekend was like a string of Chain dinners. Chef Loic, and Sous Chef Anthony were top shelf! Three great lunches; one starring confit of duck; another a great Frenched chicken breast, the third wild striped bass as features. Breakfast in the Great Hall, or in your room....awesome house made Southern biscuits and sausage gravy...you would think you were Down South (grits too!). And the dinners....wow! The first night, we dined, after cocktails of course, at the Chef's Table in the Kitchen with Loic and Anthony preparing our meal right there. Great guys who play off each other; creative, solid, friendly, and on their game. Top shelf! We started with breads and butters. A cheddar white pappy challah made by Anthony which may be the best bread we have ever eaten....now that's saying something, eh? Vermont Creamery butte, Basil butter, and an incredible Saffron butter (more please!). Then Kabocha Squash Agnolotti with shaved truffle; pan seared John Dory with artichoke, salsify and kalamata crumbles; then grilled Painted Hills Fram beef tenderloin with hen of the woods mushrooms and confit baby turnips (the beef was as tasty and tender as any Kobe), and finished with an olive oil cake with frozen yogurt and chopped hibiscus fuzzy rocks. All paired with Williams Selyem Unoaked Chardonnay and Chateau de Sales Pomerol 2011. An incredible meal with an ongoing conversation with the chefs and servers. As good as it gets. Much is said about The Point being a "camp" experience. True, you can mix with the other guests, but you can also choose to "do your own thing" like dining at the Chef's Table (up to four guests per night); have breakfast, lunch or dinner in your own "room" (quite the understatement), or even have your own table set for lunch beside one of the two large fireplaces in the Great Hall. In other words, you can pick your spots, and reach your own level of interaction. Our Saturday night dinner, formal night, regardless of how many guests there are (it's nice to get really dressed up, especially just for you and your darling!), was another 7 course terrific meal by Loic and Anthony....Besserat de Bellefon champagne; Black Truffle Cappuccino (WOW!); curry roasted cauliflower with cashew dressing; butter poaches Maine lobster with cranberry, puffed wild rice and vanilla beurre blanc with Peter Michael "La Carriere" Chardonnay, Fresh Pear Eau de Vie Sorbet; root beer braised buffalo short rib with blue grits and crosse germinate served with Domain Magni Chat du Paps 2014; Mont Blanc; Maculan "Torcolato", a local cheese selection, and Porto! These Chefs are on their game, and are happy to share their culinary knowledge with you. The servers are totally immersed in what they are doing, and eager to talk about it. What a great synergy! I would like to mention all of their names, but I'm afraid to miss someone. Manager Cameron Kroger has put a great staff together here, and his personal involvement is obvious. Of course, The Point is not all about wine and food; though it is hard to forget with all the great meals, and the availability of top shelf spirits of all kinds spread through the readily available bars, highlighted by The Pub, where you can choose your spirt at the well-stocked bar complete with pool table, high end wooden puzzles from Stith, darts, or an old fashioned vinyl player. A very nice place to spend some afternoon or after-dinner time. The Adirondack scenery is, of course, everywhere. Plenty of places to walk, or engage in winter/summer sports. We like to drive into Lake Placid, about a half hour drive mostly through the woods and lakes, to do a little village shopping. The Point is one of those ultimate "high end" weekend experiences. If you enjoy wine and food, the Adirondacks, and being treated "like a Rockefeller", well it's time you tried it....perhaps we'll see you there at "camp". Once you pay for the room, it's all inclusive. The Point is a truly special place. Romance personified. A warm thank you to the entire staff at The Point.....you are what makes it special!
Conseiller99 - Roseland, New Jersey
My Husband and I had such a wonderfully romantic stay at The Point! The service is impeccable, the rooms are so beautiful and the wood burning fireplace is a must, nothing worse than a boring gas fireplace without that pleasing aroma and crackling sounds. The chef is very accommodating to dietary needs and our dinner was exceptional! The Hacker Craft ride was fabulous! We love it here!!
mdbq - Rhode Island