Date of Stay: July 2018
Posted On: 9/24/18 by Tiya G.
“Having stayed at another property of Lynn's (Ted's Cabin) several years in a row - before we had our daughter and it was just the two of us) we were unsure what to expect when Lynn suggested we try Northpoint on Upper St. Regis Lake now that we were three people. But we were completely in love the second we pulled up to the landing. We had previously loved Upper St. Regis Lake for it's quiet beauty and for the Adirondack style homes that surround it - and Northside only confirmed that for us. I am hesitant to go into detail about Northside as it truly felt as if you were staying in a "best kept secret" but it was truly magical. Perched high above the water we awoke every morning to spectacular views best taken with a morning mug of coffee on the porch. A short walk on moss covered hills and a footbridge and you are at your private dock for canoeing, kayaking and swimming. This is also where we discovered the lean-to that was outfitted with a queen bed for a late afternoon nap. If you enjoy a no-fuss immersion in the most beautiful parts of the ADKS, this is the house for you. It's character and charm of all those who have previously lived there lives in it's walls. It is truly an escape as it is if you are taken back in time. While there is WiFi I encourage everyone not to use it and to just enjoy the incredible home that Lynn and Jim so generously have opened for the public to experience. It is truly a special place that lives in our hearts. We can't wait to come back year after year. ”
“Dear Tiya and family,
How wonderful, on this glorious Autumn day here at Northpoint, to read your heartfelt review of our Adirondack Camp! Our guests are always of the highest calibre, but we reserve special warm regard for those, like you all, that keep us in the special category that urges their return year after year.
Thank you. We will be here to welcome you in 2019. As time flies by, it will be upon us all before you know it.
Lynn and Jim Cameron
Upper St. Regis Lake
Adirondack Mountains, NY”
Date of Stay: July 2018
Posted On: 7/12/18 by Angela K.
“This is our 2nd time staying at this cabin, and we are always MORE than happy with our stay. The cabin is so cute and charming, the secluded lake is perfect for a relaxing swim, and the dock is so nice to just lay on. We also got to go on a hike nearby which is reachable by boat and was beautiful. Lynn is such a lovely host! We will definitely be back! ”
“Thanks so much for this kind review. We LOVE to welcome returning guests. Lynn”
Date of Stay: August 2017
Posted On: 9/5/17 by Nan S.
“Our family of 4 stayed at Northpoint on Upper St. Regis Lake with another family for 5 nights at the end of August. We all had a wonderful time, and especially loved the outstanding hiking and canoeing that we were able to do without ever getting in a car. The cabin is very private and peaceful with a wonderful view overlooking the lake, and we found the sleeping arrangements comfortable and doable for our group of 7, 4 adults and 3 kids. We cooked many great meals in the small, fully equipped kitchen and the house is very pretty, clean, comfortable and cozy. If you are into canoeing there are numerous options for exploring nearby lakes and rivers by canoe. We also enjoyed boating by the historical great camps on the lake which are stunning examples of traditional Adirondack architecture. The hosts Lynn and Jim were gracious and generous. Because the house is only accessible by boat it provides a very unique and special vacation experience, we had a such a great time and highly recommend this property.”
“Thank you, Nan, for this so fine review. We hope to see you in 2018 for more happy camper adventures. It was a pleasure meeting all of you.
Lynn and Jim”
Date of Stay: August 2017
Posted On: 9/4/17 by Daniel G.
“Our family of 3 and our friends (a family of four) had an absolutely wonderful time at Northpoint. Our hosts were beyond helpful and gracious, while also giving us our privacy and space to enjoy our time at this very special house and location. The house is rustic but very comfortable and well appointed. We do a lot of cooking and we had everything we needed to make some wonderful meals to enjoy in the Adirondack splendor. The house felt very comfortable for our party of 7 including 3 kids ranging in age from 8-14, though you do want to be close friends with your travel mates as there is some sharing of bathrooms which is easily worked out. The house is also well stocked with games for the kids, good WiFi should you so desire, books and other accouterments of the hosts fascinating lives. The relative remoteness of Northpoint is part of what makes it special as one you are on the boat to the house youll have no real desire to return to the mainland. And from the house you can take a variety of hikes and canoe trips including portages of varying degrees of strenuousness. In our 5 days there we had 2 different canoe trips and two different hikes, all of which we enjoyed a great deal. The views are stunning. The air is fresh. The silence is comforting and the songs of the loons beautifully haunting.It is an added bonus the the hosts provide you with canoes and can find extras if needed. And they give you access to one of their motorboats which allows for explorations around the lake, and easy access to the mainland if you should need something in town or want to make further excursions (tip: bring enough food with you so you dont have to leave at all!). We highly recommend Northpoint to any nature lovers, folks looking for a serene getaway with peace and quiet, families, hikers and canoe enthusiasts, looking for a unique time in the Adirondacks. Wed go back in a heartbeat.”
Thank you so much for this comprehensive positive review. If I didn't already live here, I'd be ready to 'book-in' myself. You have happily enjoyed what we feel is our best feature - the special quiet of a boat access only location. I hope your family will be back in 2018 - the way time flies, it'll seem just a "heartbeat" away.
All the best,
Lynn and Jim”
Date of Stay: August 2017
Posted On: 8/20/17 by Deirdre H.
“My parents and I stayed at the lovely lakeside cottage. We arrived at the boat dock and were promptly whisked away to the cottage via boat by our welcoming hosts. We brought in lots of food and drinks. The cottage was beautiful inside and out. The views of the lake and Saint Regis mountain were amazing. We enjoyed a dinner of steaks cooked on the grill and a roasted marshmallows over the campfire at the fire pit. The cool mountain air provided a lovely nights sleep and the hot showers in the morning were fabulous. The cottage was cozy and decorated beautifully. All of the linens, cookware and essentials were available, and the beds were incredibly comfortable. We had a wonderful time and would highly recommend this cottage to any family looking for a beautiful mountain and lake vacation. ”
“Jim and I are so pleased you enjoyed yourself so thoroughly. And thank you for this great review which describes so nicely much of what a Northpoint family vacation is all about. Please do come see us again with all of your lovely family.
Lynn and Jim”
Date of Stay: July 2017
Posted On: 8/17/17 by Jeffrey S.
“My wife and I stayed at Northpoint Camp earlier this Summer and had such a peaceful & relaxing time we are going back in Sept.! Wonderful combination of wilderness and comfort -- perfect for couples or for families with children. Leave the electronics behind and enjoy the peace, quiet and lonely calls of the wild loon. We watched 2 adults trying to teach their young one to dive and for 3 days it would only look beneath the surface as if to say it was still too dark and scary down there! Awesome!!
Renew thyself each day with a swim at dawn and take in the full majesty of the night sky
without town or city lights to disturb and enjoy a picnic atop Mt. St. Regis as we did. Hiking, swimming, canoeing, fishing all available -- bring in your provisions and you won't have to see a car for a week! On rainy days we read by the warm and crackling fire with our cups of hot coffee and thus they too were a joy.
Northpoint Camp was home to the first year-round resident on Upper St. Regis Lake - a pioneer woman who travelled the world on hiking adventures and the cabin is appointed with Tibetan rugs, memorabilia, and her personal library. Staying here you are surrounded by a heritage and history which is a rarity in most standard rental arrangements -- a stepping back in time to a simpler yet harsher way of life which makes Northpoint a unique and educational experience. Lynn and Jim provide excellent hospitality and are discreetly available at all times to answer questions, give advice etc.
"There are none so happy as those who enjoy freely a vast horizon"
Damodara as quoted bt H.D. Thoreau in Walden.”
“Mr. & Mrs. Sexton, thank you so much for this excellent and erudite review. I am so impressed by these detailed remarks. And, we, of course, are delighted with the prospect of your return. Our return guests are so valued even as we welcome new happy campers.
Lynn and Jim Cameron”
Date of Stay: August 2017
Posted On: 8/15/17 by Scott W.
“Our stay at Northpoint was one of the most relaxing vacations we have had in a long while. The water, air and comfortable sleeping conditions make for a very restful stay. The lake has competitive sailboat racing in the summer which provides some exciting sports viewing in the afternoon. The mountain and lake view from the house is priceless. The nearby fire pit hosted nightly bonfires where we roasted marsh mellows whenever we could. Access to your own private adjacent island allows for swimming and fishing anytime. This place is a jewel in the pristine Adirondacks.”
“It was very nice to have your family as guests here on the lake. We will hope for and look forward to your return visit. If I gave rewards, your family would get one for leaving the camp so neat and tidy. Thank you from Lynn and Jim and pups.”
Date of Stay: August 2015
Posted On: 9/3/15 by Wendy W.
“Northpoint is a very charming camp and the perfect venue for families and friends to reconnect. We were a group of 8 (4 adults, 4 kids). The main cabin is much bigger than it appears from the outside and yet very cozy. It has a huge, old stone fireplace flanked by picture windows overlooking the lake. There was ample room for the 4 kids and one couple (the loft was a favorite of the kids). The other couple stayed in the gorgeous master cabin that hangs over the lake. Lynn and Jim provided everything to make our stay comfortable and very easy. All we needed to bring was clothing and food. And even there, they connected us with amazing food suppliers (better than anything wed ever get at a grocery store) so that we could take care of our provisions in advance. We feasted on Belgian waffles, bakery fresh bread, local eggs and meat, and the best dairy products around. We had no need to go off the lake for the entire week, which was good because there was lots to do. The lake is surrounded by trails and ponds even the Paul Smith's VIC is close by. We were able to hop in a canoe and meander around the lake admiring the beautiful homes or go to a trail head and hike for the day. The kids loved looking for frogs and the many varieties of mushrooms, roasting smores over the campfire under beautiful starry nights, listening the loons, and swimming in the lake right off the dock. We all enjoyed diving off the rock outcrop in the middle of Spitfire Lake (which is connected to St. Regis Lake), canoeing at night under the full moon, hiking to the top of St. Regis from a trail just across the lake, and taking the canoes through a couple easy carries to warm Bear Pond. Thank you, Lynn and Jim, for creating so many opportunities for wonderful memories!”
“Thank you very much, Wendy, for this fine review. I am pleased to note that the online grocery service I offer worked out so well. The stuffed friends left behind will be mailed tomorrow. Have a great time with your family in the West in 2016, but we dare to hope you'll return in '17 to revisit all these lovely adventures
Lynn and Jim”
Date of Stay: May 2015
Posted On: 6/18/15 by Kelly G.
“I was only able to spend one night at magnificent Northpoint, joining my husband at the end of his weeklong stay there with some friends in May. A month later, I'm plotting a much longer return visit for both of us! My girlfriend and I drove from Burlington, VT, taking the Grand Isle ferry, and were there in about 2 hours. We called our unfailingly helpful hostess Lynn as we approached the lake, and a boat was at the docks in no time. Our host, Jim, knew the lake like the back of his hand and we even persuaded him to move his route a bit closer to the shoreline so we could gawk at the imposing camps, many quite new.
As we neared Northpoint, though, I could see we'd be enjoying a property forged by time and more integrated with the landscape: weathered hand-hewn wood, massive stone steps, and native flowers in cultivated gardens (don't miss the labyrinth!) as well as all their wild glory.
We prepared and shared meals with our friends at the Main House, which was very well outfitted with a gas grill outside, electric stove/range and dishwasher inside, and all the necessary cookware.
But cocktails were enjoyed at our bedsite, the enchanting lakeside stone bungalow. Just a short walk from the main house and down huge stone stairs, its deck wraps right around to the lake so you could drop a line and catch fish for breakfast in the morning (just supposing - no personal proof!). It was so relaxing to kick back there with our friends, listening to the loons calling up and down the lake.
We felt so privileged to stay there, waking up (in a very comfortable bed) and seeing loons out the multi-paned windows without even throwing off the covers. We could enjoy quiet time and coffee on the deck before joining the gang at the main house for a boisterous morning making brunch and playing a round of golf on Jim's crazy course. You've played the links, you've played the parks, but you haven't really golfed 'til you've played the woods!
After 24 hours at Northpoint I felt as refreshed as if I'd had a week away on one of our usual city vacations. We'll definitely be returning, and I look forward to paddling around the lake and getting out on the trails. This is truly a magical place and we were so impressed with how Lynn and Jim care for and share it; their deep respect for its heritage is evident everywhere. Also, they have three of the most beautiful, adorable Samoyeds you've ever seen!”
“WOW!! - many, many thanks for the brilliantly descriptive review. If I didn't already live here, I'd want to book myself in. Please visit again soon!
Lynn and Jim”
Date of Stay: August 2014
Posted On: 8/13/14 by Kim M.
“Judy's House at Northpoint Camp is a 60s vintage cabin overlooking North Bay on Upper Lake St. Regis, situated on the grounds of a historic Great Camp (several of the original buildings of which remain). In the open-plan main room, two story floor-to-ceiling windows frame a field-stone fireplace and a beautiful view of St. Regis Mountain. Full of rustic charm with most of the modern conveniences, the cabin comfortably accommodates five (and you could probably stash another kid or two here and there). The paddle to the Landing (and your car) takes about 30 minutes, but its a 10-minute motorboat run (one of our party commuted from Judy's House to her job in downtown Boston, leaving at 6 a.m. and arriving at work by 9:30 a.m.!) A 20-minute paddle gives you access to the sprawling chain of wild lakes in the St. Regis Canoe Wilderness, while another loop takes you across a .5 mile portage to Lower Lake St. Regis, Paul Smiths, and a water-side view of the Great Camps on Spitfire and Upper Lake St. Regis. The climb up St. Regis Mountain begins a five-minute paddle across North Bay, and the dock on Lean-to Island makes a great spot for swimming (and endless games of fetch if, like us, you bring your golden retriever). Or if you're feeling lazy, sit on the front deck and enjoy the slow procession of vintage wooden sailboats, the stately putter of antique powerboats, and an occasional pod of Boy Scouts in canoes making their way down the bay. Long-time year-round residents, your kind and generous hosts Jim and Lynn Cameron are eager to make your stay enjoyable and easy. They're full of stories about the regions history and can help you find everything from local organic yogurt to homemade bread. If you insist on high-end luxury, this rental isn't for you; but if you enjoy comfortable accommodations, interesting hosts, a rustic retreat, and paddling and hiking in the great outdoors, Judy's House is a good choice.”
“Thank you so much, Kim and Alan, for this fine review of the best that Judy's House - Northpoint Camp has to offer. By next season the necessaries will be perfected and then Jim will be free to turn his hand to creative improvement. Remember that we want to welcome you when next you return to the Adirondacks.
With sincere thanks,
Lynn and Jim Cameron”
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