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Reviewed 2 October 2018

We have been to The Point 8 times starting back in 2008. Every time was exceptional! The property is rustic but that by no means means roughing it. The quality of everything is totally top notch.
When you arrive, you are greeted with a glass of champagne and a tour of the property. If your room was not used the night before, you can have it as early as you arrive. If guests are vacating, the staff will usually have it ready after lunch. All of the rooms have their own personalities and most repeat guests have their own favorites. There are 4 bedrooms in the main lodge, 3 in the Pub building, 3 in the guest house, and the entire level over the boathouse is one bedroom. Most rooms have decks or patios and all rooms have at least one woodburning fireplace. Whatever room you are in has no bearing on the onsite amenities you can enjoy. We have spent nights in Iroquois, Trappers, and Sentinal, but have seen all of the rooms and there is not one that is bad. Differences are in size, location, and view. Wait until you go to sleep in one of their beds! You will feel as if you are resting in a cloud! Best sleep we have ever had!
The Point is expensive but do remember what is included. Your room, all meals and special requests, all alcohol (4 fully stocked bars spread around the site where you can serve yourself to whatever you want, whenever you want it), the use of the boats and land based activities, the hiking trails and Camp David, etc. etc. Want to go fishing? All right there! Very little is an added cost (in room massages, for one). It is generally adults only but there are a couple of times a year that children are welcome. Ok, no kids but well behaved dogs are always welcome. If you fly in and want to drive someplace, I understand that there are loaner cars on site.
The meals are wonderful. Breakfast is at when and where you wish. We typically have coffee delivered to the room early and then call later for a full breakfast. Our favorite breakfast foods are the corned beef “hash” and the french toast but the list of things they can do is huge. They tell me that the favorite asked for item is fried chicken waffles. Lunch can be in the Main Lodge, on the patio there, in your room, in the Pub, at Camp David - a small cabin in the woods about 1/2 mile down the road, out on the lake in a boat, in a lean-to, set up on a island in the lake with a bonfire, table and chairs with tablecloths, china, etc., etc. The meal can be almost anything you like from a full hot meal to simple salads and sandwiches to.... Saturday lunch is a barbeque full of special offerings. It is served near the large firepit and all sit together. Most join in on this as it is a delicious meal and a fun time together with the other guests. If the weather is bad, it is moved to the Great Hall. Dinner can be anywhere you wish as well but please don’t miss joining the group in the Great Hall. We had reservations about this as all sit at one or two tables, but every night was a terrific experience. In all the trips we have had at The Point, we have had only 2 dinners without other guests. One was at the “Chef’s Table” in the kitchen (great fun and interesting to watch a meal being prepared, plated, etc.) and one was this last trip when it happened that the other guests were doing their own things at various places on site. A table for two was set up in front of one of the fireplaces in the Great Hall. They actually called it “the Rockefeller Experience” as this is what would have happened back when the Rockefellers owned the Camp. While this was a fun night and most certainly enjoyed, we do prefer the communal dining. (By the way, it is not that we always want to be with other people and not just with each other. We go on cruises and almost always get a table for two, plus we usually have most of our other meals at The Point just the two of us.) Sharing time with the others on site at dinner is truly a great experience. Dinners are a preset menu which is available to be checked out by mid afternoon. If it sounds good, awesome. If not, ask what else could be substituted for that course. If someone is having something different from the group, it is served such that you are not made to feel outside the group. You are asked in advance if there are any foods or food food groups you wish to avoid and the Chef will take that into account when planning the dinner. The food is truly excellent and the courses have wines to match. Small portions and several courses. Formal nights are extra courses and last a good bit longer. Very special evenings! After dinner, many go to the Pub which is fun but don’t miss an evening under the stars at the bonfire. A bunch of Adirondack chairs surrounding a large bonfire. Smores, pizza, truffle popcorn and more. If you want something different, just ask! One of the many full bars on site is adjacent to the firepit.The dress code is “requested” but not mandatory. Most do comply with the jacket and tie evenings and, on the formal nights (Wednesdays and Saturdays), most do wear tuxedos or suits. All of the dressing up is as it was when it was the Rockefeller’s Great Camp. On that note, the owners of The Point have made every effort possible to maintain The Point as it was when it was built. Everything that has been added and updated is planned along the original themes. Much has been added and updated but you will not be able to distinguish the new from the old as it blends seamlessly.
What to do there? Anything you want. Boating on boats ranging from the large Elko to the midsize Hacker to the powerboats with outboard motors to the Budsin boats. The Budsin boats are fairly slow boats (we call them floating golf carts) that seat up to 4. They are electric boats with shallow drafts and can go into the nearby waterway that connects to other lakes. We love taking a lunch out there and enjoying an elegant “picnic” lunch and the stunning views of the lake. These have available canopies so you are not in the direct sun if you prefer. The Point also has archery, croquet, badminton, and other lawn activities, tennis, plus a pool table in the Pub, etc. Golf is nearby as is skiing in the winter. Hiking is both nearby with a couple of trails near Camp David and also up one of the several mountains in the vicinity. Fishing and waterskiing are also available.
The Point is an easy 3 hour drive from Albany airport but many drive in from Burlington and Montreal airports as well. One way we have done several times is to fly into Albany, rent a car and drive to Lake Placid. Spend that day and evening in town and get to The Point mid morning the next day. That way, we have most of that day to enjoy all there is to offer. Another way to get there, besides driving, is to fly on Cape Air from Boston into Saranac Lake Airport. Someone from The Point will provide transportation to and from.
Guests are there for varying lengths of time. Some stay for as short a time as an overnight but my guess is the average stay is 2-4 nights. We have met folks who have stayed for weeks at a time.
The Point is our favorite place in the world. We love everything about this place. The staff has yet to tell us “no” to any request and their enthusuasm in everything they do is contagious. Everyone there is happy to be there and makes guests feel like special family. When we drive out of the gates for the last time each visit, we start thinking about when we can go back! We only left yesterday but we miss being there already!

Stayed: September 2018, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 August 2018

We had a wonderful stay at The Point! We had a mix of sun and rain, but it didn't matter as just sitting and watching the rain on the lake was a relaxing treat with a good book. The formal dinner each night was a highlight as a throw back in time with great food and conversation. I am looking forward to planning my next trip!

Stayed: July 2018
3  Thank Angela126M
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Reviewed 24 July 2018

From the moment you arrive, you know you have entered a special place. With champagne on a silver platter awaiting you, the staff is unbelievably attentive to your every need. The rooms are spotless and look like they belong in a magazine. The food is like being in a five star restaurant. The boat ride, the amenities, the food any time of day or night....I could go on and on and on!!!! And just when you think they can't do anymore for you....they fill your tank up with gas and send you home with the most delicious boxed lunch. You will not be disappointed with your stay!!!

  • Stayed: July 2018, travelled with family
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2  Thank apr68
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Reviewed 11 June 2018

I have traveled all over the world and the service, meals and accommodations at The Point are unparalleled. The warmth and friendliness of the staff is unbelievable, NO is not in their vocabulary.
They become family by the time you leave.

We went to celebrate my wife's Birthday and it was exceptional.
The Black Tie formal Dinner
The Cocktail Hour Cruise on the Lake
The romantic breakfast for two at a vista overlooking the Lake,
While hiking, we had a candle light lunch for two, in a remote cabin
The Chefs Table Dinner
The bonfires at night
The phenominal barbecue
That's just to name a few of our experiences.

There are also plenty of activities; boating, biking, hiking, water skiing, tubing, horseback riding,
Saranac Lake tours, etc.

If The Point isn't on your Bucket List, it should be, in fact at the top of the list

CJ Chambers, June 2018

  • Stayed: June 2018, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank cchambers2018
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Simply amazing. The people we met were wonderful, the food and wine are incredible and the rooms perfection. We loved every second we were here and understand why this is a destination people go back to. You get your money's worth! As others have said, we were a little anxious about having dinner each night with people we had just met. It ended up being our favorite part of our stay! Don't miss those communal meals! Snowshoeing was wonderful and when you arrive at the cabin after a nice long hike, there is warm hot chocolate and a roaring fire. The staff leave nothing to chance. We will be back!

Stayed: January 2018
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