Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

The Sagamore is the type of place that appeals to adults and children alike, since this 70-acre upscale resort offers boating, tubing, skiing, a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, ping-pong, croquet, tennis, golf, horse-shoes, basketball, a playground, a lake beach, fitness center, fishing, five superb restaurants, an evening bonfire, childrens activities, a hiking trail, babysitting, and a nearby town filled with quaint little shops. No one will be bored.

Located approximately five hours from New York City, upstate in Bolton’s Landing on Lake George, a weekend away at the Sagamore features a technicolor autumn foliage display and the opportunity to unwind on a private island in the Eastern Adirondack Mountains. This 125-year old resort, with Georgian architecture and a friendly staff, feels comfortable for families and has been recently renovated to add more amenities and landscaping. Tour the smaller isles of Lake George on the Sagamore’s elegant boat, the Morgan, by day or night where you can order drinks and see firework displays at select times. Kids will love swimming in the lake and fishing, or romping on the resort’s grassy hills. Tiered verandas stretch from the resort’s back exit all the way down to the lake, offering food and drink service at each flower-filled plateau.

The resort’s pool overlooks the lake, which is jaw-dropping lovely at dusk. One of the Sagamore’s restaurants also overlooks the lake and offers an array of fresh fish and delectable gourmet dining options, including dishes cooked on an outdoor grill. There are two formal dining rooms and two informal options for meals as well as numerous restaurants in town (which is a ten minute walk or two minute drive over a bridge). A hiking trail runs behind many of the Sagamore’s cottages, following the lake, and is at it’s best in the autumn.

With 100 elegant rooms and suites in the main house, and condo-style suite/cottages lined in a row along Lake George, the Sagamore can accommodate families of any size; the cottages are roomy enough for a family of five, and include a kitchen, two large screen TVs, a luxurious bath and separate shower. Chocolates arrive each night to send little ones off to dreamland with a sweet smile.

The Sagamore is located within the six-million acre Adirondack Park and Forest Preserve. The biggest park region outside of Alaska, it is larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Great Smokey and Everglades National Parks combined, and offers both public and private areas. Protected under New York State law, it is to “be forever kept as wild forest lands.” It’s listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

An ideal in-state option for NYC families who want to take a special trip without the drawbacks of plane travel with children, the Sagamore’s a solid choice for a family reunion, wedding or any special occasion. In fact, simply visiting will be an occasion you won’t soon forget. Visit http://www.thesagamore.com for reservations and more information.

Originally published September 2009
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