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Silver Bay YMCA - Conference and Family Retreat Center
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Silver Bay
Reviewed February 3, 2012

A beautiful and peaceful bit of heaven here on earth

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

Silver Bay is from a previous generation -- no a/c, no TV, no bar, etc. It is actually a YWCA camp. But for that growing population of healthy non-drinkers/natural living folks, this place has a lot to offer. The amenities (sailing, canoeing, swimming, tennis, etc.) are excellent, well-maintained, very available. The rooms are nice and spacious with no cheap plastic furniture. The halls and lobby are huge, wide, low-ceilinged, richly carpeted, etc. The food is WAY beyond even good regular resort food, more like a fine restaurant (ex: shellfish marinara w shrimp, clams, mussels as a standard dinner item). The grounds are gorgeous old-Adirondacks style -- giant boxwoods, endless lawns, enormous patios and porches with stone benches and wood rockers. Almost Gatsbyesque.. A delightful experience. Note-- bring a small cooler full of ice.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 24, 2011

Absolutely gorgeous and tons to do. If you're an outdoorsy person, this is the place for you. It's absolutely scenic, the Inn is a gorgeous building. The staff are friendly, although most are quite young (think camp counsellors).

For what you pay per person per night ($115+), you get very little, the room is basic, but clean and has what you need. And I knew what to expect. Although no A/C in August with a sunburn - definitely not ideal

But on top of this, you have to buy meal tickets - to eat "camp style" food - it's awful. Cheese & chicken quesadillas (Or just spaghetti) are not a meal! It may work for small children at summer camp, but its not appropriate for a resort. They had vegetarian options - but no gluten free or lactose free options (other than the salad bar). You're much better off to drive into one of the little towns along 9N and get lunch at a restaurant

Lake George is beautiful - and everywhere in the area is pricey. I can honestly say that Silver Bay isn't the most expensive and at least it comes with tons of options in terms of activities. If you do stay here, expect simple rooms and go somewhere else for your meals!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 1, 2010

We usually go to fancier resorts; but we wanted a different experience. I think we wanted a resort where my son (an only child) could meet some kids and we could get away from all the electronics. We are not crunchy or into nature in general. However, we found out to truly recharge nature is the way to go, and a kayak on the lake beats any computer.
My son was in archery camp all day; we usually have to think of ways to entertain him so that was just great. The archery teacher was excellent as were all the instructors: in fact I could not believe the quality of all the instructors. My husband spent the day reading on the porch overlooking Lake George ( and the campus is just beautiful), I was in watercolor and kayaking etc.
I met many intellects and had great conversations. Many of the residents had been coming back to Silver Bay for decades.
I also loved the spiritual talks ( the Reverend Bruce Tamlin and Cathy Paparella were great)and I am not the kind to ever do this on a vacation. It was a complete renewal; mind body and spirit.
I teach at a medical school and know what it means to be a good teacher, and many of these teachers were giving college level seminars.
Food for breakfast OK. We went out to dinner in Bolton Landing, which has some beautiful restaurants. (Algonquin and Sagamore) and also Hague(Firehouse) The camp is dry and we like a glass of wine at night. Fort Ticonderoga is nearby and supposedly great ; we just found the activities so worthwhile on the property we never went.
I think a family with active kids needing an real break would love this place the most, although the elderly seemed to love it, too.
Many of the people there were doing reunions and seemed happy.
Hope this review helps .

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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3  Thank mh3_10
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Reviewed August 17, 2010

Don't get me wrong, there is a lot to do there, although if you are someone who camps/boats/hikes seriously it might be a bit too tame.
My issue was with the rooms. They are priced at over $100 per person per/night (based on double occupancy) I stayed in a more modestly priced section (Bayview) and the room had ZERO ammenities... no TV, no shampoo or conditioner, it was tiny, the beds were very small, and NO AC!!! For that price I found this to be unacceptable.
The rest of the facility was pretty nice, and the staff were all nice, but since they specialize in family reunions, meals are commune style and if they service spaghetti, that is your only choice as to a main dish. So make up your own mind, but I won't be going back.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 21, 2009

I came to Silver Bay to work with a guitar studio who was having a family camp / music retreat. I admit it was more rustic than I anticipated, BUT the beauty of the surroundings, the courtesy and helpfulness of the staff and everyone made up for it.

Our mornings were spent in music classes and our afternoons were spent in the many recreational activities available. Water activities include swimming or boating (canoes and kayaks are available). Other activities include hiking, tennis, shuffleboard and a full gym.

Lake George is beautiful and we enjoyed our stay very much.

The lodges are not air conditioned - so that is something to be aware of when planning your stay.

Highly recommend for those who want to get away and enjoy time together in a nature setting.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled on business
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1  Thank HoustonGuitarGal
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Reviewed September 1, 2015
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  • Stayed: August 2015, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Silver Bay YMCA - Conference and Family Retreat Center

Address: 87 Silverbay Rd, Silver Bay, NY 12874-1908
Location: United States > New York > Silver Bay
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Silver Bay
Number of rooms: 71
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Think of Silver Bay for conferences, family reunions/vacations, retreats, leadership development, special events, and so much more.The mission of Silver Bay YMCA is to offer all people opportunities to renew, refresh and nurture their spirit, mind and body. The vision of Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks is to be an outstanding family conference center that provides quality services in a historically rich setting and is recognized as a welcoming community that connects generations, develops leaders, creates world mindedness, and feeds the soul. Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks is a 109-year old YMCA family retreat and conference center on shores of Lake George. Silver Bay hosts conferences, family reunions, family vacations, weddings, and team building & leadership training on a 700-acre waterfront campus within the Adirondack Park of New York State. ... more   less 
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Silver Bay, Ymca Of The Adirondacks Hotel Silver Bay
Silver Bay YMCA - Conference And Family Retreat Center Lake George, NY

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