The Sagamore On Lake George
There’s something so wonderful about finding a treasure in your own backyard, isn’t there? We had to cancel our plans to return to Italy’s Amalfi Coast this year because of the current global health crisis, so we decided to check out an historic luxury hotel on New York’s Lake George, only a few hours from the Big Apple.
We are so glad we did!
The Sagamore Resort, on the southern tip of a private 70-acre island, is magnificent. The service was excellent throughout our three-night stay, and best of all it is dog-friendly. Carlo and Sofie, our Chihuahuas, got to vacation with us!
Dinner our first night was at the Sagamore’s La Bella Vista Ristorante. We shared crispy calamari and zuchinni, then we had East Coast Halibut with cauliflower mash and heirloom tomato basil vinaigrette. It was one of the best halibut dishes I have ever had.
I typically dress up for dinner, but we had just driven up from New Jersey so I was still wearing my Hidden Jeans shorts and rattan hat, along with a Chanel button necklace (all available in the Nikki Tans boutique. I won’t sell anything that I wouldn’t wear.) I topped the outfit with pretty flowered cropped top by the Farm that I picked up at Sur La Plage on our prior trip to New Jersey’s Long Beach Island (read more about it here: Staycation). I also wore my new Dior slides, which basically go with anything.
The resort has the perfect lake setup – man-made beach, roped-off swimming area and plenty of inner tubes for children (and adults who are kids at heart). Carlo and Sofie looked very stylish going out on the lake in their very own Funboy speedboat inflatable float (available from Bark Shop). It was amazing how many guests commented on how much fun the dogs were having.
During the day we would pop over to downtown Bolton Landing on the mainland to visit the various boutiques and small businesses. As a small-business owner myself, I always try to support the local retailers when I travel. On this trip we popped into the Serendipity Boutique gift shop and purchased Lake George sweatshirts. These came in handy because it can get chilly at night in Lake George, especially on the water.
One restaurant that is definitely recommended is the Lake George Boathouse. Once you get past the beautiful 19th-century architecture of the building you dine with a wonderful seat at the lake. We enjoyed the view of the boats, people paddle-boarding and kayaking, and the scenery as we at our shrimp cocktails and lobster rolls.
The other restaurant that is well worth checking out was the Pavilion, located at Sagamore. The place has a definite Italian vibe, and the view reminded us of the beach clubs in Capri. (For more on that visit see: Almalfi Coasting).
For dinner we had the Pavilion’s catch of the day, snapper with Parmesan cheese whipped with a lemon butter dill sauce. For dessert we shared the key lime cheesecake.
We ended our visit to Lake George, with a two-hour pontoon boat ride on the water. The views were breathtaking. Lake George Boat Tours was located a short 10-minute ride from the Sagamore and co-owner Dave was very knowledgeable about the lake, easy to get along with, and more than happy to take our photos. Such a fun way to end a short trip!