If you are rich and/or famous, perhaps you have stayed there. If you are like me (neither rich nor famous), you have only enjoyed this over-the-top resort through photographs and dreams of being there. Either way, The Point is a spectacular place to see. I first learned about it many many years ago in an article in Victoria magazine.
It was built in the early 1930’s as one of the Great Camps on Upper Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks region of New York by William Avery Rockefeller. Yes, it was a Rockefeller’s private residence. Designed by architect Willliam G. Distin and completed in 1933, it was originally named Wonundra – an Australian Aborigine word meaning “Big Rock.”
If rustic elegance was a word in the dictionary, The Point would be the picture beside its definition. It is the epitome of rustic and top notch elegance. Just take a look at a few of the rooms. Iroquois, the room in the photograph below, was originally daughter Elsie Rockefeller’s bedroom.
Mohawk was the Rockefeller’s master bedroom.
Here is Mohawk’s updated bathroom.
There are several buildings spread across the 75 acres (with only 11 rooms available for accommodations.)
One of the most requested rooms sits atop their boathouse.
It is quite a room, and years ago, it was my favorite.
I have read that the service there is always flawless – as if they can predict your every want and need. There are many outdoor activities from which you can choose – no matter what the season. The food is superb with communal seating around 2 large tables – black tie on Wednesday and Saturday nights. There are even sunset cruises on the lake in one of their two boats.
All of the furniture is adirondack style mixed with old photographs and oil paintings, and there is a giftshop on site.
All activities and all meals are included in your room rate, but I doubt we will ever be able to enjoy it. One evening’s accommodations are sadly more than our monthly mortgage payment. You are most definitely living like a Rockefeller at The Point. (I believe it is rated as one of the top 10 most expensive hotel rooms in the United States.)
Interestingly, last year, several articles were published stating that the owners had defaulted on their loan, and The Point was in foreclosure. I am not sure of all the details, but it has something to do with a loan and Lehman Brothers. I am also not sure financially what has become of it, but the business continues to be run by the same general manager with the same set of high standards. I checked the recent reviews on Trip Advisor, and they all continue to be 5 star reviews. So if you have a million or two or three waiting to be invested, perhaps you’d like to own The Point (just keep the same general manager running things for you.)
Also, they have an opening for the evening dining room supervisor if you are interested. You can apply here.
(Just thought you might want to know about that.)
And finally, I am leaving you with a short video so that you can take a virtual vacation there this weekend. Fingers crossed it will work for you. ( I am having trouble getting it to play again on my computer, but it is working on my husband’s smartphone.) Click here or here, and hopefully one of the links will work.
Hope you have a great weekend planned!