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Reviewed October 28, 2016

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!!

  • Stayed: October 2016, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank mdbq
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Reviewed September 26, 2016

This lodge is spectacular!!! My family visited here a year ago as a retreat to just relax and unwind. We found it to be the perfect place for that, idyllic in its location and just as iconic in its style!

  • Stayed: November 2015, traveled with family
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3  Thank BerniceH4
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Reviewed September 26, 2016

This is one of the most special places I've ever stayed The setting is magical as is everything about this property! Once you pay the high price tag there is nothing missing The staff is friendly, attentive and totally accommodating Say the word and it is done!The accommodations are wonderful as is the food We spent a weekend there and would return in a heartbeat If you love being on the water, hiking, and just overall relaxing this place is it!

Room Tip: There is no bad room....only 11 rooms...some are in the main building and the rest are in out buildings
  • Stayed: August 2016, traveled with family
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2  Thank didisacks
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Reviewed August 23, 2016

The Point is more than a singular resort, it is a singular experience. I've certainly never been anywhere quite like it, and have never heard of anyplace even remotely similar. It is the closest thing you can get to having guilt-free access to a billionaire's private home, bar, provisions and staff for as long as you care to pay the freight.

You can get the history and basic details off the website, so I won't bother with the background. What is nearly impossible to find is any description of what it is like to stay there. The Point actively discourages press, and flat out prohibits looky-loo gawkers, so the only chance you will ever have to see the place is to bite the bullet and make a reservation.

And if you can afford it, you definitely should.

Of the eight other couples we met over our four night stay, seven were returners, and the other was a legacy (one set of parents had been). One was reliving a fond memory from 15 years prior, but the other six couples had been coming to the Point, year in and year out, in various seasons, for *at least 16 years*. Some from as far away as California, Texas, and Oklahoma. The last crew was so happy to be back it positively radiated off of them throughout dinner.

What keeps them returning? Well, the rooms are rustic luxe, ranging from the smaller rooms in the main lodge, to the cavernous rooms in the guest house and pub, to the stunning boathouse (we were able to see most of them, and would be happy in any of them). We reserved Algonquin and were upgraded to Evensong, primarily, I think, to spread the 4 couples around the property rather than have us right next to the couple in Mohawk. The food, and drink, is the rival of any three star restaurant, three meals a day, every freaking day. There is a menu for breakfast, but it is just filled with suggestions (prefer to start out with a lobster roll? No problem).

Dinners are 5 courses with beautiful wine pairings (Leflaive, Hobbs, etc - no duds) and white glove service (literally - white gloves). Wednesdays and Saturdays are black tie, seven course menus. Chilled Pol Roger in every bar (there are four fully-stocked bars, open 24/7 self service). Don't like that? Prefer Rose? Just ask. Want a bottle in your room every evening at 5? No problem. Whatever you want, whenever you want it, and wherever you prefer.

Lunches deserve special mention. You can eat in the lodge and have a three course formal meal with a lovely wine, or have your choice of food (pizza, fish, sandwich, seriously, let your mind go...) served in your room, on the dock, at the lean-to, in the hideaway cabin in the woods, sealed in Tupperware and placed in a backpack for a hike or a paddle, or, hey, how about on that tiny island in the middle of the lake - with a table and chairs? Well, why not! And that happened every day we were there. Honestly, the choices are so plentiful that it is common to freeze up when asked what you would like to do.

And if you aren't stuffed by the regular meals, the kitchen is open 24/7, what's your pleasure? Steak? Truffled popcorn? Fried Chicken? Cheese Plate? You are also welcomed, even encouraged, to wander into the kitchen yourself.

And if you are looking to do something other than eat and drink, you have a similar embarrassment of choices, in all four seasons, and the key is that you can count on absolutely top shelf equipment for all. In summer you can swim, hike, play tennis, take a tour of the lake on a $250k mahogany HackerCraft, ski or tube behind a brand new Nautique, paddle a canoe, take out an electric wooden skiff, or a simple outboard, fish, SUP, kayak, play horseshoes, croquet, shoot archery, and on and on. If it rains there is a collection of exquisite Stave jigsaw puzzles which are ridiculously fun and challenging (want one in your room? just ask), darts or pool in the pub. In winter there is a toboggan run, curling, skiing, skating, snowshoeing. You get the picture, I assume. If you are ill-equipped, just ask - there is, for instance, a full complement of loaner hiking boots, there's fresh tennis balls at the court. And if they know you are there, there will be chilled water and a snack waiting for you. Remember, there are 11 rooms, and they are almost never fully booked. That means that you are working around, at most, six other couples when trying to do anything.

But wait, there's more. Don't plan to leave early on your last day, which will feature a private breakfast on a glassed-in boat on the lake, and a box lunch to send you on your way. Oh, and a full tank of gas.

I mean, the whole thing is absurd, really. I could go on - a custom-vintage Heitz Cab in every room, Keihls amenities, a gift from a local artisan every night bedside. Absurd, just totally absurd.

And here is where it gets truly weird. When you add it all up, it represents value, real honest-to-goodness value, at the luxury price point. Add up a night out in the city, followed by room service breakfast and a nice lunch, throw in a tour or activity, and you are fast approaching a night at the Point, and it won't be half as fun (I know, we did exactly that just before arriving). Add in the intangible value of being able to lock away your wallet for the duration of your stay - there is no tipping and no incidentals - and you can truly breathe free in that Adirondack air.

The staff is there to make sure you are enjoying yourself, getting what you need, and providing social lubricant at mealtimes. Which brings us to the few things the Point can't control. First, the other guests. Yes, you will be mingling during cocktail hour and then dinners, which are served at giant round tables. Judging from our limited experience, the clientele skews towards 50-something or older empty nesters, or couples with only dogs to worry about (dogs are welcome, kids are not). Everyone we met was polite, enthusiastic about the Point, friendly, and fun. Meeting the other guests and getting to know them was, without a doubt, one of the great pleasures and privileges of a stay at the Point. You'd think that the formal service and black tie dinners would feel stuffy, but the operative feeling is a fun dinner party. People tend to share more with strangers, and your old warhorse stories and threadbare jokes are fresh here. so everyone is a better dining companion.

Second, the environment. Be aware that it might rain. Be aware that it might be buggy. The biting flies were out when we were there. The staff will do what they can for you (they even set off a bug bomb in the remote cabin for another couple in advance of a lunch date), but there are some things out of their hands.

Needless to say I can see why the Point has been ranked in the resort stratosphere. With kids and college to save for, we may not be able to swing it every year, but we will definitely be back.

Room Tip: They are all great
  • Stayed: August 2016, traveled as a couple
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21  Thank screwjack
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Reviewed August 4, 2016

This was our second time to the Point. We could not have been more thrilled with this very lovely and unique place. We even got a chance to meet the new owner (Well, one of them at least) and she is amazing!

This place is definitely what you make of it. If you want to mingle with guest for meals go ahead. You will meet very impressive people from all over the world as we certainly did. Or you can just spend your day boating, kayaking, swimming, biking, or any of the myriad of activities to chose from.

One of the best parts of the Point, in addition to the scenery, is the Food. This is definitely a place for Foodies! You literally can have as much or as little and pretty much anything your heart desires. And oh yeah, if you need anything, these lovely folks will even drive into town to go buy it for you too and not even charge you. Need I say more?

We highly recommend this place. It's great for a romantic getaway or we could also see it as a lovely family stay too as there are many activities to partake in.

Enjoy!

Room Tip: Stay near the water if you can afford it
  • Stayed: July 2016, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank mlegler
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