Point Au Roche Lodge – A delightful Adirondack Coast bed and breakfast

by Jan 20, 2020New York

The Adirondack Coast is a very beautiful part of New York, situated along the western shore of Lake Champlain and in the shadows of the High Peaks, New York’s tallest mountains. It is a region rich in history, loaded with charm and just begging to be explored. You’ll need an ideal base to do that, and I cannot think of a better one, at least around Lake Champlain, than Point Au Roche Lodge, a delightful Adirondack Coast bed and breakfast.

Situated just one mile west of Lake Champlain, 15 minutes north of Plattsburgh, a mere hour south of Montreal, and bounded on three sides by Point Au Roche State Park, Point Au Roche Lodge provides an ideal location for a personal retreat. It was not by chance I stumbled into the beauty and serenity of the lodge. I was part of a small group of adventure travel media exploring the Adirondacks and, for two idyllic days, our hosts Karen and Creston Billings saw to it we wanted for nothing.

Point Au Roche Lodge Great Room

From the outside, the lodge looks like a giant log cabin, albeit a magnificent one. Then, when you step through the front door and into the great room you feel the warmth and beauty of the place. A huge stone fireplace takes center stage, with a reading loft overhead, and ample seating all around. It is luxurious without being pretentious.

Point Au Roche offers eight guest rooms, each individual in design, and each with a private bath. A number of the rooms offer a fireplace and jacuzzi tub and all but the Angler Room have private balconies or patios to enjoy the sitting out in the natural environment. I stayed in the Weaver Room, with a Southwestern theme and a most amazingly comfortable bed.

Point Au Roche Lodge Weaver Room Fireplace View

The sitting area in front of the corner fireplace in my room provided a cozy place to nestle in and go over notes (Yes, I was working) or read a book. And the jacuzzi tub? Well, there is just no going wrong with a hot soak after a long day exploring. And for those in need of Internet, the Wi-Fi works supremely well anywhere in the lodge. The one thing the rooms do not have, however, are TVs, which seems pretty wonderful to me!!

Point Au Roche Lodge Weaver Room Jaccuzi View

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Each morning, breakfast is cooked to order, with a choice of an egg dish or a sweet dish – think frittatas, omelets, pancakes, or waffles. Creston dons the chef’s hat since he was trained at the Culinary Institute of America, and I can attest the food is delectable. Fresh fruit, hot coffee or tea, yogurt and fresh juice are also included.

Feel like a hike? Just across the road is the entrance to Point Au Roche State Park with nearly 12 miles of hiking trails. There is also a lovely sandy beach for hanging out. In the winter months, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing begin literally right out the front door I was told.

For cycling enthusiasts, the Adirondack Coast is considered ideal bike touring terrain and both Karen and Creston will be all too happy to help you decide which route is best for you. In addition to ample parking next to the lodge, there is also sufficient garage space that Point Au Roche offers to store your bikes.

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Point Au Roche Lodge Great Room Fireplace is just one reason this is such a delightful Adirondack Coast bed and breakfast

Of course, there is a lot to be said for doing nothing, and Point Au Roche Lodge is well situated and set up ideally for that. In fact, I’m already dreaming of going back, with Therese. Days spent reading books, drawing, writing in a journal, playing table games, listening to the birds, scratching the ears of the two resident dogs – Emma and Angus – drinking local wines, and enjoying the many restaurants and places to eat nearby. Just off the great room there is a small library with an honor bar and a refrigerator – perfect for storing a personal wine stash or leftovers from the day’s culinary adventures. And if you enjoy into looking at the night sky as I do… oh my! Just step outside your room and onto your deck or the front lawn and gaze upward.

 

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Disclosure: I received two comp nights at Point Au Roche Lodge. The review, opinions and ratings here are my own, and are not approved, provided, or otherwise endorsed or influenced by the hotel.

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Rating Point au Roche Lodge in Plattsburgh

96%

OUR RATING Our hotel ratings will tell you what we think of an individual property and are not a comparison to other hotels in the area. They are valid at the time of our visit. Things can change, of course, but we hope not with properties we love! We frequently pay for our hotel stays and will disclose whenever we receive discounts or comped room nights as a part of a hotel stay. Our ratings are a percent, with 100% being perfect and 0% some place not even a rat would stay. We rate cleanliness and upkeep (e.g. dust on the windows, dirt under the beds, unclean bathroom fixtures, need of repairs or maintenance, etc.), comfort (e.g. taking into account quiet, how comfy the bed is, if there is a nice robe, a comfy chair, etc.), amenities (e.g. free parking, breakfast included, free Wi-Fi, free bikes, fitness gear, workout room, pool, etc. -- and are not fans of hotels who say they include things, but then charge a facilities fee!), location (e.g. how easy is it to get around by foot, bike, and car), and value (e.g. how much we feel we got in return for the amount charged).

Cleanliness | Upkeep
95%
Comfort
99%
Amenities
95%
Location
100%
Value
95%

2 Comments

  1. So glad to see this review! We ventured to the ADK for the first time a few years ago, and had seen this lodge in our research. We decided to stay elsewhere, due to our itinerary, but the lodge stuck in our minds for a future visit. It’s high time we visit the Adirondacks again, and this time the Point Au Roche Lodge is the leading contender!

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    • You will love your time and visit for sure! So peaceful and Karen and Creston are such wonderful hosts.

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