Hotel Intel: Canadians get credit at Saranac Waterfront Lodge in the Adirondacks

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The hotel is offering Canadians a US$100 credit per room on accommodation, meals or beverages with a minimum stay of two nights.

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Live adventures in contemporary comfort. Dine in rustic splendor. Connect to nature and to yourself.

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The new Saranac Waterfront Lodge is a four-season luxury resort located in the majestic Adirondack High Peaks region of upstate New York, a sprawling conservation and recreation area that has been the muse of VIPs from all over backgrounds, including Albert Einstein, W. Somerset Maugham and Bruce Springsteen.

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Two hours south of Montreal and 15 minutes from Lake Placid, Lake Saranac has been attracting visitors from north of the US border for over 100 years. The hotel is offering Canadians a US$100 credit per room on accommodation, meals or beverages with a minimum stay of two nights.

The Saranac Waterfront Lodge captures all the charms of this epic landscape, with ravishing views of nature – majestic mountains, crystal clear waters and lush forests.

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It’s the only lakefront property around the town of Saranac Lake, and it’s special from sunrise to sunset. The lodge offers a laid-back lifestyle, with lunch on the terrace, twinkling fire pits on the lawn, connecting rooms suitable for families, indoor pool and weatherproof hot tub. The word is out, and it’s already reserved for Instagram-worthy weddings and gourmet wine dinners.

The hotel is decorated in contemporary Adirondack decor with mountain motifs and wood furnishings, and is equipped with state-of-the-art ventilation and eco-conscious operations certified by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

Peaceful paddling is one of the highlights of the new Saranac Waterfront Lodge.
Peaceful paddling is one of the highlights of the new Saranac Waterfront Lodge. Pictures of Saranac Waterfront Lodge

Seasons: The lodge sits on a protected bay of Flower Lake, so it’s perfect for paddling, pontoon cruises, fly fishing, or just listening to the loons. Later, at the Boathouse, there are Reuben sandwiches and local lager, or chardonnay and oysters, when in season.

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Fall heralds farm-to-table cuisine in the Harvest Dining Room after a day of hiking, foraging, bird watching, or viewing the fiery colors of fall foliage. A fleet of beautiful white bikes awaits you for the rides.

I’m a fan of the Adirondacks’ winter idyll of skating and sledding and the delightful Saranac Lake Winter Carnival (February 3-12, 2023), which will include a costume parade and a sparkling ice palace. Nordic ski trails criss-cross the foothills, and Whiteface Mountain, a former Olympic site, boasts the longest vertical descent in the east. It can get cold there, but the Navigator’s Lounge promises afternoon tea by the fire and hot buttered rum (coming soon, Friday-Saturday, 3-8 p.m.).

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The lodge is the only resort on Lake Saranac.
The lodge is the only resort on Lake Saranac. Pictures of Saranac Waterfront Lodge

The cottage: At the controls, the general manager Olivier Bottois, formerly of the Presidential Palace of the Élysée in Paris, of the Hotel Le St-James in Montreal, of the Whiteface Lodge and of the Relais & Châteaux Lake Placid Lodge property.

“The Saranac Waterfront Lodge is unique because it is the only Saranac Lake hotel directly on the shore,” Bottois said. “And it’s the only new property in this area of ​​the Adirondacks, so our facilities and technology are new and environmentally friendly.”

Lobby decor evokes the great outdoors, with checks, tweed, and leather in soft earth tones. It’s modeled after an Adirondack “great room,” but it’s airier and brighter than most, with high ceilings and windows overlooking the water.

The 93 rooms — including nine suites with living rooms, two TVs, and balconies — have a fresh, clean look, with white pique bedspreads, navy trim, and honey-colored wood. Luxe touches include bathrobes and toiletries by Acqua di Parma from Italy.

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Saranac Waterfront Lodge's 93 rooms and suites have a fresh, clean look.
Saranac Waterfront Lodge’s 93 rooms and suites have a fresh, clean look. Pictures of Saranac Waterfront Lodge

To eat: The Boathouse serves American dishes with international accents, including Thai tomato soup, grilled chipotle shrimp and, on special days, an extravagant round of Atlantic seafood. The weekend brunch features sports on TV, as well as corned beef hash, burgers, ricotta and prosciutto flatbread, wild salmon Benedict, or tofu scramble.

Harvest, the hotel’s venue for fine dining and romantic evenings, is an intimate 20-seat dining room. A series of exclusive dinners by Executive Chef Ramiz Jasic will begin September 29 with a Laurent Perrier Champagne Tribute ($145 USD for dinner and wines, by reservation).

The farm-to-table experience will highlight dishes such as small roasted artichokes and innovative riffs on duck, lamb or filet mignon, followed by a berry dessert with Grand Marnier. The ingredients for Jasic, steak with shiitake mushrooms, are sourced locally, including Donahue’s Livestock Farms in Malone and Meier’s Artisan Cheese in Constable.

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Saranac Waterfront Lodge in the Adirondacks features an indoor pool and hot tub.
Saranac Waterfront Lodge in the Adirondacks features an indoor pool and hot tub. Pictures of Saranac Waterfront Lodge

If you are going to

Saranac Lake, NY is a two hour drive south of Montreal. It is 14 km from Lake Placid.

Saranac Waterfront Pavilion: 518-619-4000, saranacwaterfrontlodge.com; 250 Lake Flower Ave., Saranac Lake, NY Accessible. Dog friendly, US$150 per stay. Preferred Hotels & Resorts (discount for members).

Catering: Gluten-free available. Kosher cuisine available with full hotel buyout.

Price: Discounts may be limited by availability. Canadians have a credit of US$100 per room, per visit, with proof of residency. Rooms from around US$250, suites from US$400; weekends/holidays may be higher. About 25% discount for prepaid. Fourth night free at certain times. Stays include in-room coffee, fitness area, electric car charging, bike storage. Some suites have balconies, sofa beds, tubs, mini-fridges; 24 shipping slips.

Extra: Bikes, boats, kayaks, paddle boards (hkboatrentals.com).

Tourist information: 518-891-1990, saranaclake.com, slareachamber.org.

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