Top Ten Historic Hotels

The Sagamore, Lake George, New York
The Sagamore, New York
COUNTRY RETREAT: The Sagamore offers a welcomed Lake George escape for busy New Yorkers (The Sagamore)

10. The Sagamore, Lake George, New York
Perched on the shore of Lake George, The Sagamore was built in 1883 as a country retreat for wealthy New Yorkers and Bostonians. The Sagamore offers family-friendly luxury that blends exquisite architecture with a spectacular setting. The stately white mansion sits on the edge of the six-million acre Adirondack State Park—the biggest protected area in the lower 48 and the center of the 17th- and 18th-century struggle between France and England for world domination. Lake George was a strategic chokepoint in communication lines between the St. Lawrence and the Hudson rivers, and Forts Ticonderoga and William Henry sit at opposite ends of the lake.

Just four hours from New York City and Boston, The Sagamore is at the heart of the landscape that inspired James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans. The region was the site of some of the most famous French and Indian War and Revolutionary War battles. While many guests are happy to stay on the self-contained grounds, which include gardens, a spa, pools, the fitness center, docks, restaurants, and public rooms, there is plenty of hiking, biking, and boating beyond the property.

The sprawling hotel is a symphony of hard polished floors, mahogany bars, oriental rugs, crystal chandeliers, and ornate mirrors. There's an elegant coffee bar and the posh (but relaxing) La Bella Vita Ristorante. The property is imminently family-friendly. A kid's menu is available all day through restaurants and room service. A 3,500-square-foot outdoor pool hovers over the lake, making a seamless transition from genteel civilization to the wilds of the Adirondacks. When you check in, grab a copy of the weekly newsletter, The Sagamore Today, which provides times for yoga and pilates, kid's events, and a not-to-be-missed free cruise on the stately Morgan, a double-decker boat that serves drinks and food. Rooms start at $179 in the spring and fall. Check the Sagamore's website for closings and seasonal information.

Published: 8 Apr 2010 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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