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)
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Ampersand Bay And Boat Club Hotel Saranac Lake
- Ampersand Bay Resort & Boat Club Saranac Lake, New York