Published on March 07, 2024

Tailwater Lodge & Spa in Upstate New York Offers Unique Amenities for Every Guest

By Danielle Benjamin, Wandercuse


Danielle Benjamin is a food and travel writer based in Syracuse, New York. This blog originally appeared on her website,

Over the river and through the woods you’ll find one of the best hotel resorts along the Salmon River. Tailwater Lodge in Altmar, NY knows its audience and caters to it in every way possible. Fishermen, spa guests, families, and large groups can all find the services and amenities they desire at the hotel.

The first thing you’ll notice when visiting Tailwater is its beautiful lodge style. In a previous life, the building was home to the Altmar Elementary School. And while some elements of that history are evident throughout the hotel with the winding hallways, the design boasts rustic charm. Whoever designed the remodel of the resort found the perfect blend of rustic, artistic, and modern.


Tailwater Spa Service

The spa at Tailwater offers a variety of services, including massages, facials, and body scrubs. But here you can enjoy the extra amenities available only to spa guests. Upon arrival, you will receive a robe, a towel, and a pair of sandals before being led to the lockers. Take notice of the floor in the spa, which is reminiscent of the river rocks and fish found in the nearby Salmon River.

If you’ve never had the pleasure of having a wash cloth drenched in ice water and lavender oil put on your face, you’re truly missing out. These fragrant towels are absolutely wonderful, and are found inside the locker rooms. That’s also where you’ll find the sauna, showers, and toilets.

Spa guests also have access to the relaxation room and the outdoor hot tub. In the relaxation room, take advantage of the lounge chairs, infused water, and light snacks. Outside, the hot tub is located within a private patio, separate from the hot tub available to the rest of the hotel guests. Even in the winter, the hot tub is delightful, and a rack of fresh towels waits for you when you get out.

I must admit, having visited a few other local spasI was thoroughly impressed with the customer service at Tailwater. Every staff member went above and beyond for our group, making sure we had the best experience possible.

Tailwater Hotel Amenities:

Traditional guests staying at the also have a wide variety of amenities to enjoy at Tailwater. The onsite restaurant has comfort food to satisfy your appetite for every meal of the day. And the River Birch Bar provides an impressive selection of New York State craft beer, wine, and cocktails.

On the main floor of the hotel, there are several lounge areas and even a game room for guests to enjoy. Choose from shuffleboard, foosball, billiards, and board games to keep you entertained. In the summer, outdoor activities include bocce ball and a 9-hole disc golf course. Additionally, guests have access to the indoor swimming pool and outdoor hot tub all year long.

Tailwater Room Prices and Availability:

Under the Hilton umbrella, Tailwater is a popular destination year-round. ATV riders in the summer, fisherman in the fall, and snowmobilers in the winter. As such, the prices fluctuate throughout the year, reflecting the popularity of the local activities. Generally prices range from $130 to $200 per night. But during salmon fishing season in October, rooms sell out quickly and can cost over $500 each night.

Events at Tailwater:

Tailwater Lodge prides itself on its beautiful event space. And having attended a wedding there for my husband’s cousin, I can attest to its appeal. With multiple, spacious rooms and access to lounge areas, it’s easily one of the best wedding venues in Oswego County. If you’re looking for a spacious, yet cozy place to hold an event with rustic charm, consider Tailwater.