Searching for a remote family getaway in the heart of the wilderness? Or do you prefer an action-packed city adventure with your loved ones? Is your idea of fun exploring lush nature trails or exploring vibrant downtown shops?

Fortunately, you don’t have to choose between the two at Ampersand Bay Resort. Nestled in Saranac Lake, New York, this recreation-filled resort is the perfect location for both outdoor enthusiasts and city explorers. With a host of onsite activities, nearby excursions, and luxurious accommodations, the family fun never ends.

The entertainment begins just outside your door, where the sparkling shores of Lower Saranac Lake await. Aquatic adventures abound with free canoe and kayak rentals, which allow you to paddle along 40 miles of scenic waterways. If you prefer relaxation to exploration, catch a tan on the sandy beach shores.

For those who would rather catch fish, embark on an angling adventure. Stock up on equipment at the bait shop, rent a boat from the resort, and then set off in search of the hot spots. Landlubbers can cast their line from the marina or the docks.  

If fishing doesn’t hook you, there are plenty of other nearby adventures to be had. Trek the resort’s 28 idyllic acres on a hiking expedition, pedal over to the Barkeater Trail Alliance-maintained mountain bike trails, or stop on by Dewey Mountain Recreation for of year-round fun. When the winter wonderland arrives, carve up the ski slopes at Whiteface Mountain, Titus Mountain, and Mount Pisgah.

Kids’ days will be filled with fun from sunrise to sunset. The little ones can sing along with local musicians around nightly campfires, discover the wilderness with children’s nature programming, and learn about agriculture at the resort’s vegetable garden. And, sleeping lofts with twin beds and a ladder are perfect for adventurous kids.

Though the resort does offer a slew of secluded activities, city fun is just a short drive away. Downtown Saranac Lake is only a mile away, offering sensational shopping, decadent dining, and exciting sightseeing. Experience history just nine miles away in Lake Placid, two-time host of the Winter Olympics and site of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice.”

After a fun-filled day, return to the resort and unwind in your rustic yet refined cottage, which features a balcony, patio, Jacuzzi, gas fireplace, and barbeque grill. With so many opulent add-ons, this is one of the few resorts in the area that offers a luxurious getaway while also welcoming children and pets. It’s no wonder that families return year after year to celebrate all of life’s monumental events.  

Featuring outdoor adventures, city excursions, and luxurious amenities for the entire family, Ampersand Bay Resort is an escape for everyone.

Ampersand Bay Resort & Boat Club

Saranac Lake, New York

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Lodging in or near Saranac Lake