Our 5,000 square foot residence, The Fort, is provided free of charge to our out of town clients



Genesee Street, Downtown Utica

We like to call it “centrally isolated.”

Big Blue North is nestled in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains of scenic Central New York. Yet, we are just five miles off the New York State Thruway, and easily accessible in less than six hours by car, bus and train from NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, Montreal and Toronto. The Syracuse International Airport is located just 45 minutes to our west along the NYS Thruway, and The Albany International Airport is 90 minutes to the east along the NYS Thruway. Big Blue North has a free on-site parking lot for six cars and The Fort has an attached garage for secure overnight parking.


136 miles to Rochester, NY
198 miles to Buffalo, NY
234 miles to New York, NY
246 miles to Montreal, Canada
261 miles to Boston, MA
269 miles to Philadelphia, PA
293 miles to Toronto, Canada


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Located down the street from the studio, The Fort can sleep six band members. The residence includes a large kitchen and dining room to self-cater your meals, a living room with a big TV to veg out, a practice room to work out your parts, a library to check your email, a private outdoor courtyard to get some fresh air, two double bedrooms, two single bedrooms, four half baths, one full bath and an attached garage to securely park the band van… and of course, free wireless internet. Weekly cleaning service is included.

*The “315 rate” does not include the residence.

If you aren’t staying with us, here are a few places that we recommend:


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So, you have a free day while the rest of the band toils away in the studio? No problem!

In Town (within 10 minutes)

Art: Enjoy a great regional art collection and house museum
Beer: Take a tour of one of the last remaining family owned craft breweries
Golf: Hit the links on our 18 hole public course designed by Robert Trent Jones
Nature: Visit the Zoo animals or take a hike in a historic cemetery
Sports: Go snowboarding, play tennis OR enjoy some hockey

Day Trips (within one hour)

Casino/ Spa/ Golf: Turning Stone Casino in Verona (20 miles)
Foodie: Beekman Boys Farm and The American Hotel in Sharon Springs (45 miles)
Nature: Adirondack Park and Old Forge (52 miles)
Shop: Destiny USA in Syracuse (52 miles)
Sports: National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown (40 miles)

Oneida County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau



Big Blue North is dedicated to providing over the top hospitality and guest services that are as great as our facility. That includes our complimentary concierge service. We’ll gladly arrange whatever your budget allows, including travel and hotel accommodations, a private chef, masseuse, acupuncturist, hairdresser, laundry service, transportation, personal trainers and video/photographers. Special requests are always welcome too. Full catering service at the residence and/or the studio is also available for an additional fee.