That tag, most beautiful lake, is not ours, and while it is clearly arguable, it came from Dmitri Kessel, a Time/Life war photographer (see his coffee table book) who, given a gig to "do lakes for a break" after the Greek civil war, traveled the famous lakes of the US and took no photos, since he found no scenes better than those on his favorite, Lower Saranac Lake, to which he returned from his Paris home annually for decades, always to Ampersand Bay Resort.
For many of those years, my family and I shared part of his annual retreat, and we know why others do the same today. Management has changed several times and each with improvements contributed. Today it is managed better than ever with professional and friendly people, and the lodging options now include great comfort and elegant touches.
If you don't like boat noise, don't come here. If you don't want to hear kids and grown-ups laughing around a bonfire as late as 10pm, don't come here. If you don't want the chance of a local micro-thunderstorm of epic proportions bearing down on your cabin for a few minutes, don't come here.
If you like freedom to play on a lake, walk in nature, swim safely, fish successfully at all levels of skill, see amazing sunsets, meet happy people (staff and guests), come here. The town and region offer everything "wilderness" with options to civilize it, and history that is amazing.
The Resort offers great accomodations, rustic to elegant, for prices that make sense when you see them. Study the website: it tells you exactly what to expect, and they deliver, with great courtesy and friendship. Love this place and this management crew.
- 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