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Ampersand Bay Resort & Boat Club
Reviewed 29 May 2013

After 20 plus years of driving from near Rochester NY to Saranac Lake for the closing fireworks of the Winter Carnival and returning home the same night we decided to make a weekend of it. With my wife, two daughters, and their boyfriends I looked for a place that would accommodate all of us.I learned that Ampersand Bay would be open during the Carnival. Having seen the resort from the water in the past I decided to see if there was any availability. I was delighted to find that there was and booked two nights. I told my wife that we had to stay at a small motel and that we might need to share one room for all of us. When we arrived at Saranac I told my wife that we should drive by the Ampersand Bay Resort to see what it was like from land. We drove thru the property and I told her I was going to check at the office for more information. It was after normal hours and I told my wife that I called the contact number and someone was coming to give us a quick tour. When we were met by Trish, one of the managers, my wife overheard her say she was going to turn up the heat. At this point my wife caught on and said "are we staying here?" with much delight.

Delight it was! From the welcome and treatment we were given by both Mary and Trish, the clean and spacious accommodations in the Heron Boat House Suits, and the convenience of having sleeping cooking and entertainment all in one facility there was nothing more to desire.
Neil, who owns the property, was visiting that weekend and we found him to be interested in our experience there and very open and approachable. He truly understands the Hospitality Business

The value cant be beat. There is plenty of room for three couples with three bath rooms and bedrooms. Add the value of being able to cook as many meals as you want and there is no place else that is so affordable. Being a rental also saves you from paying sales tax. The value is there even if only one couple occupies the suite. Remember too that we stayed in the winter. Summer offers even more opportunities to enjoy the property

We plan on spending the closing Winter Carnival Weekend there for years to come and hopefully find time during our busy summer season to relax there.

Thanks again to Trish, Mary, and Neil
You guys are the best!

Alex Tahou, Jeanette, Nicole, Jacqueline, Josh, and Damien
( I promise I wont set off the smoke alarms again)

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Trish W, Manager at Ampersand Bay Resort & Boat Club, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2013

We are thrilled that you had such a lovely experience! We enjoyed meeting you and are looking forward to seeing you again next Winter Carnival. We sincerely thank you for taking the time to share these kind words.

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Reviewed 8 April 2013

My family and I recently stayed at the Ampersand Bay Resort over Easter weekend. What can I say, this place was amazing. The property was spacious, big, and beautiful. The unique details throughout the property really gave it a rustic feel. That is just the outside, when you walk into your cottage you will be amazed. Our cottage had three bedrooms, a full kitchen, dining room, master bedroom with a spa jacuzzi, two balconies to view the great scenery, and a wonderful living room with a fireplace and a flat screen television. The best part was the wonderful and gracious hospitality of the Ampersand Bay Resort staff. Mary you rock. Anything you need, the staff makes sure you will receive. To end, if you are looking for an awesome place to get away, view some great scenery, go do some shopping and feel like you are at your home away from home, stay at the Ampersand Bay. See you soon and thanks for a great time.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Trish W, Manager at Ampersand Bay Resort & Boat Club, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2013

Wow! Thanks so much for your kind words about our resort. As you know, we strive to have every visitor have the same experience that you have had! We truly appreciate you taking time out of your busy life to share your review. Please come again soon!

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Reviewed 6 March 2013

My wife and I had a wonderful stay at the Ampersand Bay Resort on Feb 28th thru Mar 2. We stayed in the Maple cabin and it was excellent. The cabin was much more spacious than I imagined. It was nice to be able to sit on the couch next to the fireplace on a cold winter night. I would highly recommend this cabin to anyone looking for a winter getaway or better yet...a stay during the heart of the summer when you could experience more of what the Ampersand Bay Resort and Boat Club has to offer.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 March 2013

The location of this resort is amazing. We feel like finding Ampersand has changed our family forever. We have adopted the resort as our home, and now it is the destination for our annual family reunion. It is a hidden gem on Saranac Lake. We are almost afraid to write this review, because if the word gets out about how special this place is, we may never be able to reserve the lodge again. Honestly, we do love it here. We rent two or three cabins and the lodge each year and gather our extended family for a week long vacation. We love the beach, bonfire, canoes, boats, fishing, hiking, and family time.

And of course, we love Mary and the team who run this place. Everyone at the resort is now part of the Bobak family. We will see you again this July.

Thanks Josh & Melanie

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Melanie M
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Trish W, Manager at Ampersand Bay Resort & Boat Club, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2013

Thanks so much for your review! We sincerely enjoyed meeting all of you and love having families come together at Ampersand Bay. Many families choose our resort for their reunions. Some come every year, some come every other year and some come for a special event, like a birthday or anniversary. We love having large groups of family get together- we always end up feeling like part of the family by the end of their vacation. This was especially the case with your family!

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Reviewed 24 February 2013

Recently spent the weekend staying in the Saranac Suite. Went with husband, brother and sister in law and had more than enough space. Master bedroom has a gorgous view with a master bathroom. The steam shower is to die for! The second room we used had a double/full size bed and twin. The third room included two twins. All three had a unique rustic and adirondack decor and had plenty or closet space. The living room has a very comfortable couch that overlooks the beautiful lake and scenery. There is also the lovely sounds of nature and what I believe to be a waterwheel below the deck near the docks. The dining room , also having a gorgous view on the lake, seats 8 people. The kitchen had all the necessary items to cook in. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast and cooled steak on the outside grill. Nothing is better than grilling in the snow. We loved our visit! It gave us the opportunity to relax and leave the hustle and bustle of life at home. We are returning in June.

Room Tip: The saranac suite gave a full view of the lake and mountains. I did check out the other suites and...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Trish W, Manager at Ampersand Bay Resort & Boat Club, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2013

Thanks so much for your wonderful review! We love having guests visit us in the winter months and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed 24 February 2013

stayin the saranc the weekend of 2/24/2013 was beautuiful and clean....very relaxing not far from Lake Placid, Amazing views.Would definatly stay again.Can just imagin how it is during summer/fall with the views

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Leland G
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Trish W, Manager at Ampersand Bay Resort & Boat Club, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2013

Thanks so much for your lovely review and for staying with us! We love hearing from our winter guests as we are often mistaken as only a summer destination. We are looking forward to seeing you again very soon!

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Reviewed 22 January 2013

We stayed for our wedding in Sept. 2012 and our ~30 guests who stayed on property all had an amazing experience. It was an amazing experience seeing everyone playing on the beach, out on the lake, and around the nightly campfire. Mary and her staff took great care of us.

Room Tip: All of the Heron suites have amazing Lake views. A great view to wake up to!
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Trish W, Manager at Ampersand Bay Resort & Boat Club, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2013

We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience here! We loved seeing you and all of your guests take advantage of the lovely weather and our lake-front location! Please come and see us again!

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Additional Information about Ampersand Bay Resort & Boat Club

Address: 31 Bayside Dr, Saranac Lake, NY 12983-1576
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Region: United States > New York > Saranac Lake
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Speciality Lodging in Saranac Lake
Price Range: £152 - £417 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ampersand Bay Resort is a cluster of vacation rentals spread over 28 acres on the shores of Lower Saranac Lake in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains of New York. We strive to provide our guests the privacy and family oriented nature of a vacation rental with many of the added amenities of a resort. All of our rentals units have full kitchens, necessary cooking utensils and appliances, BBQ grills, linens, dining rooms, living rooms and multiple bedrooms. We offer an evening campfire, marina with bait shop and gas station, free canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards, beach volleyball and other beach games for all of our guests. If you'd like to bring a boat, you can launch it here on our property and keep it in one of our slips. ... more   less 
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Ampersand Bay Resort & Boat Club Saranac Lake, New York

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