Where do the sun-worshippers and poolside dwellers of NYC and the Hamptons go in the winter? Do they fly south in search of restorative waterfronts, or do they drive into the belly of the beast for some skiing or, at the very least, some après skiing?
Now, they don’t have to choose: For the first time ever, The Point—an 11-room luxury resort on Upper Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks—is making its most popular room, The Boathouse, available in the winter. Here’s why people are rushing to this property originally built by a Rockefeller in the 1930s.
First things first: location, location, location. The Boathouse sits right on Saranac Lake, and the resort’s boats literally dock below the room. This means that when you wake up in the morning, all you see are pristine snow-covered vistas.
The Boathouse used to be closed for winter because it wasn’t insulated. Newly installed radiant heating in the floor (who needs slippers in the morning? Not you!) and insulation in the walls make the space inhabitable in the dead-cold winter months.
The space was also completely refurbished. Designer Paige Hammond of Westport Interiors says that The Point’s new owners, Pierre and Laurie Lapeyre, wanted to “preserve the historic appearance of the Rockefeller great camp [and its] Adirondack style,” while updating the furnishings to make them worthy of the resort’s designation as a Relais & Châteaux property.
Cosmetic touches include the stripped and stained floorboards, steel-frame windows (from a dealer specializing in period materials), brightly colored armchairs that play off the nautical flags lining the ceiling, and new wood tables by local craftsman Larry Post.
“It is a singular private and spacious place, now available year round,” says Hammond. “Simply spectacular.”
The Seasonal Decorations
Do you want to spend the winter surrounded on all sides by joyous yet tastefully executed holiday décor? Me, too. The resort shut down for around a week so that the entire staff could string every last tree with white lights and festoon every fireplace (there is one in every guestroom) with nature-inspired garlands.
Activities at The Point include cross-country skiing, curling, and eating as much as possible all the time. The kitchen staff, under Executive Chef Loic Leperlier and Executive Sous Chef D’Anthony Foster, serves up three-course lunches and four-course dinners with wine pairings every day and more extensive black-tie dinners on Wednesdays and Saturdays. They also take requests. Tea and scones, anyone?
It’s Going Fast
Even before the winterization, The Boathouse was already The Point’s most popular room—and, at $3,600 per night, its most expensive. Now, as word gets out about the winterization, it’s booking up. One couple has already claimed it for two weeks over Christmas and New Year’s.
The Point is a collection of log mansions, and every other guest room on the property has also been refurbished with luxurious soft goods. My personal favorite, Weatherwatch, got a new pair of burnt-orange ostrich-leather ottomans (see above). It feels like putting your feet up on a Birkin bag. So even if you can’t snag the number-one room to book this winter, there’s always number-two. The Point, 222 Beaverwood Rd., Saranac Lake, 518-891-5674