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The Point, Adirondacks, New York

Michael Marsh
From the Print Edition:
Greg Raymer, Sept/Oct 2004

In a time when cell phones and Blackberrys keep us constantly connected, it's not always easy to get away from society's hectic pace and put business aside, even when you're on vacation. But if you can't do it at The Point, it's a sure bet you'll never be able to.

Tucked away in the vast wilderness of New York's Adirondacks, along the shores of Upper Saranac Lake, The Point is quite possibly the ultimate and most relaxing lodging experience available. While its setting is rustic and serene, its services and amenities are among the most elegant and exclusive in the world. It was built in the early 1930s for William Avery Rockefeller and his family, and today The Point harks back to that Great Camp era when socialites would escape the city and "rough it" in mansions made of logs.

A member of Relais & Chateaux, The Point has three such mansions with a total of 11 guest rooms. Each room is fit for a king and queen and features custom-made beds, massive stone fireplaces and lake views. There are books, game trophies and other antiques, along with Adirondack furniture, spacious sitting areas and private bathrooms. What the rooms don't have are televisions and telephones with outside lines (cell phone reception at The Point is virtually nonexistent), and that's intentional.

To match its luxurious accommodations, The Point also prides itself on gourmet cuisine. Breakfast is a bonanza of made-to-order dishes, while lunch is a barbecue-style picnic featuring such things as duck sausage, beef and pork tenderloin, and bread-and-butter pudding. Together, guests eat multicourse dinners, which are black-tie on Wednesdays and Saturdays, in the Great Lodge where wine and conversation flow freely. After dinner, guests can retire to the Pub for a Cognac and a game of billiards or enjoy a bonfire. The Point is open year-round, except for one week in April, and guests are encouraged to be as active or as restful as they want. Summer activities include boating, hiking, tennis, water skiing and fishing, while the winter months can be spent ice skating, curling, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.

Rooms at The Point start at $1,250 a night, which includes three meals, unlimited alcohol from the help-yourself bars, and carte blanche use of all the sporting equipment and facilities. Reservations should be made well in advance as the waiting list is significant. However, the wait is worth it, as is the price of admission.

Visit www.thepointresort.com or call 800-255-3530.

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