“The Point is absolutely, but absolutely, lovely. A place in which everything you see is total perfection of taste…” Rene LeClar “The 300 best Hotels in the World”
Visiting us is rather different from staying at an inn or resort; it is more like joining old friends for a house party in the woods. Please take the time to read our brochure – you'll get a good idea of what to expect. Come and join us, and experience life as it was meant to be.
Cameron Karger General Manager
Welcome to The Point
In the vast wilderness of the Adirondack Park, Guilded Age magnates built magnificent palaces made of logs; sumptuous retreats that married luxury to nature. Some were lavish, some simple, but none expressed more fully the collage of mountain charm than The Point. Painstakingly constructed on 75 acres of peninsula stretching in to Upper Saranac Lake, The Point was originally Camp Wonundra, the home of William Avery Rockefeller. There, in the heart of the deep woods, he lives quietly and entertained in the gracious style of the Great Camp Era. The Point continues the tradition of honoring guests with its unique combination of warm hospitality, privacy and total comfort.
Dining and Cuisine
Dining and Cuisine In the Great Hall, gigantic fireplaces blaze at either end of the room. Vast couches, zebra rugs, antique twig furniture, antlers commemorating hunting days gone by—it all comes together in a spirit of good cheer and great comfort. In the evening, guests gather in the Great Hall, in the Pub or perhaps our Elco electric lake launch, where cocktails are often served. The conversation grows as daylight wanes, and in time, everyone moves to the Great Hall’s round tables to begin a memorable meal. Dinner attire is usually worn throughout the week, and on Wednesday and Saturday evenings black tie is worn (not required but strongly suggested) to continue the tradition of elegant Great Camp dining. As at any house party, there is no menu. Wonderful food, wines from our private cellar, and special company enrich the evening. The conversation matches the food and drink, rich in flavor and variety. After dinner, guests often take their coffees to the terrace or the Great Hall’s huge sofas. The evening may end with a spirited billiards game, impromptu sing-a-long around the piano, a little dancing, a moonlight stroll, or a cognac at the bonfire.
“The food is quite extraordinary.” Gourmet
Morning at the Main Lodge
Eleven distinctive guest quarters are spread among four original buildings. Each guest room has a broad lake view, custom-made bed and spacious private bath. All contain an eclectic mixture of antiques, art and Adirondack furniture, and each has a cozy sitting area facing a fireplace of chiseled stone. The walls of the room are hand waxed to a rich honey color. There are reading lamps aplenty, and old hardcovers stand on the shelves on the mantelpiece.
Mohawk was the Rockefellers’ original master bedroom; and its beamed cathedral ceiling, smooth spruce-paneled walls and king size bed gives it a feeling of magnificence.
Algonquin was the original library of the camp, and William Rockefeller’s private office. It is a cozy, inviting room, the honeyhued walls lines with books from floor to ceiling.
Though only steps from the Great Hall, it has a very private mood. A hall leads past the closet into the bedroom and you feel like worlds away. The white-tiled bathroom has a claw-foot tub with separate shower and chrome fixtures and a window to the lake.
Algonquin has a queen size bed flanked by polished brass reading lamps, and a door that opens to the woods and lake. An armchair and ottoman are pulled up before the wide, stone fireplace. A couch beneath a row of windows offers another post on which to read.
A private sitting area overlooking Upper Saranac Lake provides the perfect spot to take in nature’s splendor.
Algonquin boasts a waterfall shower and separate claw-foot tub.
Iroquois, built for William Rockefellerâ€™s daughter, is a quiet, welcoming room, tucked in beside the Great Hall. An artisan made king size bed faces a fieldstone fireplace, the giant stones hefted by dray horse from local fields nearly a century ago.
Sunrise lights the pine-paneled walls of Morningside, the end room in the south wing of the Main Lodge. It is such a private and peaceful place that it seems like a cottage hidden in the woods.
The cast-iron windows open eastward to the water, and a private door leads to the Main Lodgeâ€™s large terrace overlooking the lake. Wing chairs flank the fireplace, and the bookcases on either side are stocked with books collected over the years.
A beamed cathedral ceiling arches over a king size bed or two twin size beds (your preference). Two deep armchairs face each other in from of the fireplace, with a giant footrest between them. The mullioned windows gaze out to the trees and lake.
The white-tiled bathroom has a standing shower.
The bathroom has a long, glass-walled tub with a shower and all original fixture.
“If you’d like to pamper yourself with the utmost of elegance this may be the place for you… it’s a fabulous experience”. The Yale University Alumni Magazine
Trappers, as its name implies, has a rustic, Adirondack air, like a cabin in the forest. A king size bed flanked by birch trees faces the log wall lined with windows, where all that can be seen are woods and water. Expansive armchairs and a couch draped with a heavy fur blanket face the large stone fireplace.
Lookout sits high and private in the trees, like a magnificent tree house. It is a romantic retreat with a lofty, pine-paneled ceiling, where the raised king size bed faces a private deck, the lake and the sky.
A pine and slate bathroom with a double soaking tub and a large walk-in closet/dressing room are just a few of the highlights.
Inside, one curved pine door leads to a walk-in closet, the other to a bathroom with double marble sinks and in place of a tub, a steam shower for two. A loveseat and a pair of rocking chairs wait near the stone fireplace. The enchantment of being high in the trees, just under the stars makes this room truly special.
Sentinel is a spacious suite set above the Pub like an aerie, with views in all directions. Facing a large stone fireplace, a king size bed with tree trunk posts seems to grow from the floor.
Splendid and vast, Weatherwatch is one of The Point’s most luxurious bedrooms. A beamed cathedral ceiling curves over an enormous chiseled stone fireplace and a curtained king size bed.
Sentinel’s bathroom is quite sumptuous, black marbled with floor to ceiling mirrors and a double soaking tub, double sinks and a separate shower with an adjacent, well-appointed dressing room.
A beautiful double chaise lounge and a deep cushioned armchairs are gathered in front of a wall of windows and the mirrored lake—just the place for watching the weather.
There is a sitting room with a second fireplace and a door to a wide private deck, furnished with Adirondack chaise lounges.
Weatherwatch has a walk-in closet and a wonderful bathroom— once used as William Rockefeller’s darkroom—that still has its original double black slate sinks.
Evensong is a warm and beckoning room, filled with light in the daytime and aglow with lamps at night. It has a king size bed or two twin size beds (your preference) and a stone fireplace in a windowed alcove.
Saranac is a luxurious fir paneled room with an oversized king bed and an original, hand-painted dresser from the Rockefeller bedroom.
Oil paintings hang on the mellow, hand-waxed walls. The mullioned windows look out in three directions; to the lake, the lawn and the woods. The bath is absolutely original, all tile and chrome, black painted wood floors, a separate water closet and a glassed-in tub with a center shower. A private hall leads to a walk-in closet.
A chiseled stone fireplace fills most of one wall and two large armchairs share a footrest in front of the fire. On a cold day it is delightful to sit and warm oneâ€™s feet on the smooth heated stone. Glass doors lead to a private patio where graceful bentwood chairs face the lake. The specious, creamâ€“painted bathroom has a deep soaking tub, a separate double shower and windows that open to the lawn.
“...for those in search of sybaritic creature comforts, there is only one destination—The Point.” Forbes Magazine
The Boathouse offers a very special accommodation. One the lake level, it is home to the antique boats and ELCO launch. Up above, a wrap-around balcony, private bar and huge white-canopied bed gives its residents the impression of living on an magnificent houseboat. Two swinging beds are suspended from the ceiling of the porch, looking out at a lavish panoramic view. There are several seating areas, an immense stone fireplace and a spacious bathroom with double soaking tub, double sinks and an oversize shower.
“...The Point’s elegance is not expressed in any sort of glossy opulence. On the contrary, the emphasis falls firmly on enveloping warmth and the gentility of superb surroundings wellused, well cared and well-loved”. MGM Grand
Winter Winter is magical at The Point, when the contrast between the silent, snowy forest and the warmth and luxury inside is at its height. It is a time of bracing temperatures and hearty appetites; but best of all is the return at dayâ€™s end to The Pointâ€”convivial, welcoming and restorative. In the spirit of invigorating adventure, The Point offers many ways for guests to make their way to the snow. Beyond the property, the Adirondacks are the birthplace of winter sports, where people first thought to enjoy the season instead of hiding from it. The grand idea is in evidence everywhere, from the challenge of a steep ski run to lightening-fast bobsledding to a castle built of ice.
Winter Activities Snowshoeing ▪ Curling ▪ Ice Fishing ▪ Nordic Skiing ▪ Hockey ▪ Tubing ▪ Sledding ▪ Ice Skating ▪ “Camp David” wilderness cottage ▪ Games, poker, darts, Stave puzzles, chess, vintage movies, billiards ▪ “Chef’s Assistant” Additional Activities: 1980 Olympic venues in Lake Placid ▪ Visitor’s Interpretive Center ▪ Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountai n Lake ▪ Whiteface Mountain Gondola ▪ High Falls Gorge ▪ Shopping and Antiquing ▪ Adirondack Guides for Hiking, Ice Fishing, Skiing and Snowshoeing ▪ Horseback riding at nearby stables
Summer / Fall The Adirondack Mountains have long been a recreational paradise, a landscape of shimmering lakes and cascading streams, vast timberlands and soaring mountains with views clear to Canada. The Point’s own wooded lakeshore setting offers more activities than a day can hold, both on and off the clear lake water. The lake is a dream for swimming and boating—cool and shadowed in some places, golden with sun warmed waters in others. Beyond the property, there is plenty of temptation for the adventuresome, from bass fishing to rock climbing. But wherever the day leads, The Point is there to come back to—a glass of champagne, a starry sky, a gathering of friends, life lived well.
Summer / Fall Activities Hiking (extensive trails) ▪ Golf / Driving Range ▪ Tennis ▪ Volleyball ▪ Badminton ▪ Bocce Ball ▪ Croquet ▪ Swimming ▪ 32’ Hacker-Craft, ELCO Launch, electric wooden boats, canoes, guide boats, aluminum outboard fishing boats ▪ Water skiing and tubing ▪ Fishing ▪ Picnics ▪ “Camp David” wilderness cottage ▪ Games, poker, darts, Stave puzzles, chess, vintage movies, billiards ▪ “Chef’s Assistant” Additional Activities: 1980 Olympic venues in Lake Placid ▪ Visitor’s Interpretive Center ▪ Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountai n Lake ▪ Whiteface Mountain Gondola ▪ High Falls Gorge ▪ Shopping and Antiquing ▪ Horseback riding at nearby stables ▪ Adirondack Guides for Hiking and Fishing ▪
Rates and Policies Rates Our nightly room rates are all-inclusive for two people, with carte blanche use of sports equipment and facilities, as well as three meals, afternoon tea, unlimited wine, liquor and liqueurs from helpyourself bars open 24-hours daily. There is a charge of $550 per night for each additional person and we deduct $250 from the double room rate for single occupancy. Tipping is unnecessary. Thus, the only additional charges are an 18% resort charge and the compulsory applicable NY State sales tax. Please note that during the peak season there is a minimum stay of two nights on weekends and 3-4 nights over holidays year round.
Reservations Because of the preparation necessary to welcome guests to The Point reservations are required and we cannot accept walk-ins. If reservations are made 60-days prior to arrival, we will hold the space requested for 48 hours by which time we must receive a firm commitment or the reservation will be voided.
Deposits At the time of reservation, we require a deposit of $500 per night, per room. Payment in full is required 60-days prior to arrival. There are fewer than 60 days before your would like to visit, payment in full is required.
Cancellations If you need to cancel your reservation, we will return your deposit less $200 cancellation fee. If, however, you need to cancel less than 60 days prior to your arrival, the entire deposit will be forfeited unless we are able to re-sell the space.
The Main Lodge Mohawk Algonquin Iroquois Morningside
$2,050.00 $1,650.00 $1,500.00 $2,050.00
Eagleâ€™s Nest Trappers Lookout Sentinel
$2,050.00 $2,050.00 $2,280.00
The Guest House Saranac Weatherwatch Evensong
$2,050.00 $2,350.00 $2,050.00
The Property in the Winter (10 rooms)
The Property in the Summer (11 rooms)
Children Children under 18 are not suitable guests at The Point due to the dinner party atmosphere and the four open bars scattered throughout property. Exceptions are made when one group books the entire facility for a private celebration.
Rates and Policies Meals
The point offers world-class cuisine served ‘en famille’ - there is no menu and guests sit together for lunch at 1:00 PM and dinner at 8:00 PM. If you prefer you may dine privately in your room, or elsewhere on the estate, or have a picnic packed for you. In the morning, we will deliver a continental breakfast to your room, followed by a cooked-to-order breakfast in your room or the Great Hall.
Please refrain from smoking inside The Point’s buildings. If you would like a cigar after dinner, please retire to the patio.
Dress Jackets and ties are customary in the evenings, and by tradition black-tie is suggested, but not required on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.
Pets Well-trained and well-behaved pets are welcome and should be under control at all times. Housekeeping service may need to be adjusted to accommodate pets.
Arrivals and Departures There are no predetermined check-in/check-out times at The Point. If you arrive in time for lunch, we will have your room ready when lunch is finished. If you are staying for lunch on your departure date, and we have new guests arriving in your room, we ask that your room be vacated by noon. You are welcome to stay and enjoy The Point into the afternoon.
Massage and Spa Services Accredited local massage therapists can provide Swedish, deeptissue and reflexology in your room. Please call our office to make a reservation. A 24-hour cancellation notice is required.
Visiting If you plan to be in the area and would like to see The Point, please telephone well in advance as we will make every effort to show you the property but must keep the experience of our current guests our priority. We regret that anyone visiting the property without prior appoint will be turned away at the gate.
Getting Here Driving: The Point is a five and a half hour drive from Manhattan, a three hour drive from Montreal and a two and a half hour drive from Burlington, VT and Albany, NY. We will send you detailed driving directions on request with your confirmed reservation. Flying: Cape Air flies into Saranac Lake several times a day. The Adirondack Regional Airport is capable of landing chartered aircraft of all sizes. We would be happy to recommend a service to you.
There are no signs that lead to The Point.
“Life rarely gets better than at this former Rockefeller Great Camp...the top ranked resort in our Survey...it’s pure bliss”. Zagat Survey
“...The Point is less a place than a state of mind. You feel at home here almost at once—taken care of and at ease. And when it’s time to leave, you hate to go”. Connecticut Magazine
Published on Sep 8, 2013