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Paul Smith's College

Paul Smiths, New York

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  • Joan Weill Student CenterJoan Weill Student Center

  • Suite style accommodationsSuite style accommodations

  • Suite style accommodationsSuite style accommodations

  • Lakefront housing with amazing viewsLakefront housing with amazing views

  • Joan Weill LibraryJoan Weill Library

  • Paul Smith's Visitors interpretive CenterPaul Smith's Visitors interpretive Center

  • Canoeing on Lower St. Regis LakeCanoeing on Lower St. Regis Lake

  • Your next team building retreat should be here!Your next team building retreat should be here!

  • Indoor climbing wallIndoor climbing wall

  • Paul Smith's has our own team of horsesPaul Smith's has our own team of horses

  • Bull moose near Paul Smith's campusBull moose near Paul Smith's campus

  • Pine Room Pine Room

  • Lakeside Dining HallLakeside Dining Hall

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Set in the heart of the scenic Adirondack Park, Paul Smith's College provides the scenic tranquility desired by many when planning a New York conference, retreat, reunion or wedding. Our nationally acclaimed culinary and hospitality programs exemplify our commitment to making your stay memorable for years to come. Take advantage of our all inclusive packages including transportation, recreational and educational opportunities while enjoying the Adirondack Experience on our 14,000 acre campus. We will design the event your desire, from team building Challenge Courses to canoeing, hiking or simply dipping your toes in the cool, clear water of Lower St. Regis Lake. Watch the videos below to learn more why more and more people are choosing Paul Smith’s College as their New York wedding, retreat and event venue!
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Nearby Cities & Number of Miles:
Lake Placid, NY ~ Saranac Lake, NY ~ Albany, NY~ Burlington, VT ~ Watertown, NY ~ Ottawa, Ont
Nearest Airport/ Number of Minutes:
Plattsburgh, NY / 50
Availability Year Round with overnight accomidations through May 20 - August 15.
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Suite style singles
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Smart classrooms. Overhead projection and surround sound. Wi-Fi capable campus. Video conferencing.
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Catering available by group package or individually through our on-campus catering service, Sodexo. Each group will have the opportunity to develop a unique menu if desired, including special needs menus including but not limited to gluten-free, allergy sensitive, vegetarian.
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Each group package is specifically tailored for that group, ensuring Paul Smith's College exceeds the customers expectations in customer service, access to amenities and affordability.
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Rental of various recreational equipment is available, and will be spelled out in each individual contract.
Ideally Suited For:
Adult Social Event
Corporate Social Events
Family Reunion
Leisure travel
Professional Meeting/Training/Conference/Retreat
Wedding Ceremony/Reception
Youth Retreat/Camp

Event Spaces

Meeting RoomDescriptionsSquare Footage
The Adirondack Room This smart room will impress even the most jaded traveler, with wooden beem cathedral ceilings, a massive field stone fire place and views of or campus and Lower St. Regis Lake. Located in the library in the center of campus, the Adirondack Room is convenient to all facilities throughout campus, and provides a more intimate atmosphere that can accommodate both larger and smaller groups.

The Bobcat Cafe Complete with it's own bar and lounge area, The Bobcat Cafe can accommodate up to 100 people. Amazing views of Lower St. Regis Lake, beautiful Adirondack artwork, and a built in dance floor and stage make this room the perfect choice for an intimate reception.

The Forestry Club Cabin If rustic elegance is what you desire, The Forestry Club Cabin is perfect for you. Seating for up to 130, this handmade cabin features a double sided fire place perfect for pictures, a reception space, or a warm and inviting meeting space.

The Lakeside The largest of our reception/meeting space areas. The lakeside seats up to 250 people. This location has access to a beautiful deck overlook Lower St. Regis lake, and features Adirondack styling to throw you back in time to that of something you would see of great camp decor. The Lakeside is the perfect venue for large meetings and receptions, with plenty of options for different floors plans and is centrally located right in the heart of campus.

Sporck Board Room This beautiful board room is perfect for those guests seeking a smaller venue while overlooking Lower St. Regis Lake, and still having all the capabilities of our larger rooms. Located in our Admissions building on campus, this space features Adirondack furnishings, a projector, screen, and wi-fi capabilities.

The Pine Room Soaring hand hewn timbers support the cathedral ceiling in this smart room. The panoramic views include Lower St. Regis Lake and the campus great lawn. With plenty of room to move, this smart room equipped with integrated surround sound and overhead projection on a 20' suspended screen meets even the most demanding meeting planners requirements.


  • Paul Smith's Catering
    From the smallest of groups to corporate events, our professional catering department will care for all of you culinary needs. Run by Sodexo, Inc our menus run from a traditional Adirondack Barbeque to surf and turf. Standard menus are available or we would be happy to hand craft a specialized menu specific to your event.
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Field Ecology Field Ecology in the Adirondacks This summer course is specifically designed for high school students interested in natural resources and the conservation of biodiversity. You'll spend two exciting weeks living and learning in New York State's Adirondack Park, the largest contiguous protected area in the lower 48 states. Paul Smith's is the College of the Adirondacks. You'll earn college credit while being exposed to the diversity of knowledge, skills, and techniques used in ecological studies, while you use part of our vast 14,000-acre property as your classroom. During the course you will learn about: •Ecology of fish, mammals, birds, invertebrates, and plants •Sampling techniques including electrofishing, live-trapping and radio-tracking •Terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems •Understanding historical ecological patterns using paleoecology •Sampling water quality •Applied genetics •How ecology researchers use geographic information systems (GIS) You'll learn from internationally respected faculty in classes that include hikes and canoe trips in the wetlands and mountains of the Adirondacks. Evenings will be spent learning more informally around the campfire, with leisure time for swimming, relaxing with new friends, and fishing the lakes right outside your residence hall door! For more info:

Adirondack Field Courses Adirondack Field Courses Live and learn in the Adirondack Park this summer! •Study with professors who believe in learning by doing – in the lab and in the field. •Learn new skills and gain valuable field experience during the best months to study the flora & fauna of northern New York. •Live in residence halls with sweeping views of Lower St. Regis Lake, part of the St. Regis Wilderness Canoe Area. •Canoeing, hiking, and fishing opportunities are just footsteps away. Courses offered in two sessions. Students may register for one course per session. Session I: May 18-June 5 •Field Entomology •GIS Natural Resource Applications •Field Ornithology Session II: June 8-June 26 •Field Herpetology •Field Techniques in Wildlife Sciences Read full course descriptions here. Details: •Tuition: At summer 2015 rates •Room and board: At summer 2015 rates •Please register by April 15, 2015. •If not a Paul Smith's College student, fill out the part-time/non-matriculated student form and return to Registrar's Office (fax: 518-327-6951, phone: 518-327-6231).

Adirondack Woodsmen's School Adirondack Woodsmen's School Powered by Outfitted by •"A summer school that might have pleased Paul Bunyan" according to the New York Times •"At a school for lumberjacks, boys become woodsmen," says Seven Days, Vermont's Independent Voice •I'm a Paul Smith's College Woodsmen YouTube video The Adirondack Woodsmen's School at Paul Smith's College offers you the opportunity to discover traditional skills of the north woods. Not only will you learn to build a fire without matches, and make your own canoe, but you'll also master the skills of the competitive lumberjack – all while earning college credit! Receive personalized instruction from professionals who will help you build proficiency in the discipline of your choice – you may focus on speed chopping, axe-throwing, birling (log rolling in the water), sawing – or any combination that you choose. You'll also learn the secrets to honing a razor-sharp ax and and keeping your chain saw in prime running order. Get Credit! Earn four college credits in just two weeks. Learn the history of the Adirondack woodsman as you become an active part of the Adirondack landscape. What was it really like to be a frontiersman in the late 19th century? You'll learn the answer to this and many other questions through a series of campfire lectures examining the historical roots of these Adirondack pioneers. To cap things off, your week of training will conclude with a competition that will crown the "Bull of the Woods" and award a custom-made racing ax! See you in the Adirondacks ... Interested in Attending?

Adirondack Maple School The Adirondack Maple School at Paul Smith’s College offers experienced maple sugar producers the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to increase the production and profitability of their operation. Paul Smith's College has been a leader in the Adirondack maple production community for nearly 70 years and has evolved alongside the maple industry. The college's campus features a 2,900 tap state-of-the-art sugarbush, a public maple education facility at the Paul Smith’s College VIC, and commercial culinary labs devoted to understanding the science of maple sap and syrup and promote the development of new dishes and innovate maple products.

Area Attractions

Lake Placid Recreational and competitive winter sports have long been associated with Lake Placid. This quaint Adirondack village hosted two Olympic Winter Games in 1932 and 1980, but the area's history as the nation's first winter vacation destination actually spans over 100 years! Popularity of the Adirondack Region as a destination soared in the late 1800s, when the nation's most wealthy and influential citizens built their Adirondack Great Camps here. The social elite would "vacate" the stifling summer heat of Northeast cities for the cool Adirondack air. Yes, this is the origin of the word – it's where vacations began.


  • "We were late starting the planning process, but the people at PSC we great. They anticipated our every need and pulled everything together for our sales retreat in record time. Unfortunately we had some bad weather during our visit, but the PSC staff were able to provide us with options to replace our planned outdoor activities without a hitch. We will be back next year for sure."
    Sonbyrne Sales, Inc

  • We had a very successful forum at Paul Smith's College on May 15th. Congressman Owens and Senator Little did attend for a short time. I want to let you know how pleased we are with our new professional conference management staff. They were a delight to work with and were so responsive to every detail.
    Mercy Care for the Adirondacks

  • "I just wanted to let you know that your conference services team did a superb job for the RYLA event this past weekend. Our students came from across NY as well as Ontario and Quebec. They were Thoroughly impressed."
    Ray Agnew, Institutional Advancement, Paul Smith's College for RYLA

  • "Thanks so much for all your help with setting up and running the Maple Camp. Everything ran pretty smoothly and I am appreciative of Willy's help with the camp - he was awesome."
    Jen Kretser, Director of Programs at The W!ld Center, Tupper Lake NY

  • "...heartfelt thank you to you and your team for doing superb work for the Joan Weill event during commencement weekend...your folks were wonderful - courteous, hardworking, and easily accessible. The job was complicated...and your team handled this expertly. The students felt their work was valued and even at the point when things were getting a little tense, all of your folks stepped up; we could not have done it without Sodexo Facilities, and the Conference and Events Team."
    Ray Agnew, Institutional Advancement, Paul Smith's College

  • "I am a recent member of the WCHA, having attended the last three years at Paul Smith's. The setting and facilities provide the perfect venue for the annual assembly. I'm glad I could participate in the auction and help in the scholarship fundraising effort. I'm already looking forward to next year's assembly."
    Greg Howe, Canton NY, part of Wooden Canoe Heritage Association

  • Conference services worked with us to select ceremony and reception locations. Since my daughter chose to have an outdoor ceremony and party, campus back-up locations were also suggested. The catering staff was most helpful in working out an appetizer and dinner menu that had gluten free and vegetarian options, even providing a tasting session to select appetizers. Special requests for the reception were accommodated willingly. "We rented Blum house for the wedding party and held a rehearsal dinner cookout there on Friday night. The view overlooking the lake welcomed guests throughout the evening. Many guests chose to stay in the suites in Overlook dormitory, providing them the opportunity to enjoy the campus facilities on Saturday before the wedding. Everything met or exceeded expectations." "Our guests had nothing but compliments about the campus, the food, and the staff. My daughter and her husband had the wedding that they envisioned: outdoors, informal, and a true blending of families. The staff that worked the weekend was the most accommodating, and did a wonderful job setting up, serving, and making our friends and family feel welcome. Kudos to Paul Smith's Conference Services!"
    Nancy Palmateer, Mother of the Bride, Canton NY

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