We visited Silver Bay for a weekend in August, and it was a perfect place to relax, enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities and spend time with family.
The grounds are beautiful, with wonderful views and access to Lake George. The Inn is charming, the boathouse is picturesque and the gym facilities are outstanding. We enjoyed swimming in the lake from their two beaches, kayaking and sailing. There were canoes and boat trips on the lake available. We enjoyed the entertainment that was available on Friday night in the gorgeous auditorium. In addition, there are tennis and handball courts, shuffle board, yoga classes and more.
Silver bay is largely catered towards conferences and large groups. Two weeks a summer are 'family weeks' where no conferences are scheduled. If you are planning a large family reunion or gathering, this is a fantastic place to do so.
The only downside (and reason I didn't give 5 stars) is that the food was a bit lacking. The large dining hall was convenient and the food was fine, but nothing to write home about. In addition, the rooms in the inn were pleasant but basic. If you are looking for a five star resort, check out the Sagamore.
There is a feeling of community at Silver Bay. People are friendly, and the staff love being there (some have worked for decades). It is a very special place to visit and we can't wait to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Think of Silver Bay for conferences, family reunions/vacations, retreats, leadership development, special events, and so much more.The mission of Silver Bay YMCA is to offer all people opportunities to renew, refresh and nurture their spirit, mind and body. The vision of Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks is to be an outstanding family conference center that provides quality services in a historically rich setting and is recognized as a welcoming community that connects generations, develops leaders, creates world mindedness, and feeds the soul. Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks is a 109-year old YMCA family retreat and conference center on shores of Lake George. Silver Bay hosts conferences, family reunions, family vacations, weddings, and team building & leadership training on a 700-acre waterfront campus within the Adirondack Park of New York State. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Silver Bay, Ymca Of The Adirondacks Hotel Silver Bay