Need a spa getaway without getting too far away? Escaping the city isn't alway easy. With crowded trains and god-awful traffic to the Hamptons, the commute alone feels like a second job.
I recently was invited to visit The Sagamore Resort and Spa on Lake George. I know it sounds far and complicated, but it isn't. In just 3 and half hours and no traffic on a Friday afternoon, I arrived to the resort refreshed and ready for a new experience. The scenic ride upstate was a treat within itself, as well as the ride through the small town of Bolton Landing.
The 130+ year old resort is nestled on it's own island and is beyond breathtaking. The views of the plush landscape include mountains, forests and of course Lake George. The decor of the Sagamore is what I would call "old world chic" with a touch of "country house". Everything is elegant and grand without being pretentious. The hotel has been rebuilt three different times through the years and has been recently remodeled.
My suite was in the main hotel and included an impressive view of the pool and lake, which had a small private balcony fitted with white plantation style rocking chairs. My room was spacious with the perfect size living room, a huge bathroom and a heavenly soft bed.
The Sagamore is just a few steps away from restaurants and cafes, but there's more than enough options on site that you will never have to leave for a great meal. There's about 5 different options for food, including Caldwell's, Mr. Brown's Pub and The LakeHouse. During my spa weekend, each morning I enjoyed the breakfast buffet at La Bella Vita that included healthy options like lox, fresh fruit, yogurt, and oatmeal, as well as breakfast regulars like sausage, bacon, waffles, and made to order omelettes.
La Bella Vita also serves italian family-style meals for dinner. My first evening at the resort, I indulged in everything from fish, pasta, chicken parmesan, salad and many decadent desserts. With wines to compliment every dish, I truly was in a foodie bliss.
I enjoyed my Saturday lunch at Veranda Terrace all while watching a wedding happening on the patio. It was amazingly romantic and my lobster roll and bloody mary were perfect. The menu at Veranda Terrace has classic sandwiches, salads and appetizers. Perfect after a morning of swimming.
My last evening at The Sagamore, I had a flavorful meal overlooking the Donald Ross Golf Course at the sophisticated Club Grill Steakhouse. I fell head-over-heels for the ambiance of this restaurant. It's large welcoming fireplace, medieval style chandeliers, and dark cherry wood gives you the feeling of warmth and richness. It's perfect place for a romantic evening and the food is superb to boot.
Yes, the Sagamore is totally picturesque and serene, so you will already feel relaxed, but The Spa and Salon at Sagamore is the icing on the cake. This spa is fully equipped with a full hair and makeup salon, as well as plenty of private rooms for facials, massages, waxing, scrubs, etc. The locker room has a sauna and steam room which is great to use between services.
Surprisingly, The Spa and Salon at Sagamore is very large. When you first walk in, the space looks tiny, but just passed the reception desk is a long corridor with a massive amount of rooms. I was shocked to see how large the spa really was. The size makes it perfect for a bridal group, bachelorette party, or a girl's spa weekend.
I received an hour long customized massage from David. I was pretty tense and stressed the days working up to this trip, so I opted for a deep tissue massage. It was absolutely flawless. Kudos to David for magically rubbing out every knot and stress I had. He was absolutely friendly and extremely knowledgeable. I was seen right away and afterwards spent time sipping tea in the spa's lounge and detoxing in the sauna.
Being Bored is Boring.
There's a lot to do at The Sagamore. With activities like fishing, tennis, golf, swimming and a state-of-the-art gym looking over the pool area, it's almost impossible to be bored.
Got kids? There's a kids club that includes everything from wall climbing, video games, basketball courts and even a movie theatre.
Want get close and personal with the water? Take a cruise on The Morgan. The two-story, 72 ft boat takes guest on an hour and a half tour around Lake George. The boat includes wine, beer, cocktails and small bites like lamb chops, shrimp cocktail and crab cakes. It's truly a magnificent experience.
Other activities include bonfires, volleyball, and hikes.
I had an over-the-top weekend at The Sagamore Golf Resort and Spa. I've always been a fan of the Hamptons, but with the ease of travel, beautiful views and prices of Lake George, visiting The Sagamore seems more sensible.
This resort is great for families, a girl's spa weekend, or by yourself. The staff is helpful and friendly, rooms are clean and spacious and the food is great. I was impressed with how the resort doesn't nickel and dime you. A daily resort fee includes use of the pools, fitness club, tennis courts, wifi, complimentary valet, bottle of water, towels, golf and kids club.
Besides hotel rooms, The Sagamore also has 2 bath and 2 bedroom condos with mini kitchens, living rooms and lake views. These are great for families or large groups.
Have a spa weekend with a few close friends at The Sagamore. Include a day of spa services, a sunset cruise and dinner at one the restaurants. Spend an afternoon by one of their many pools or use the gym for a great workout and then conclude the weekend with some retail therapy at the Adirondack Outlet Mall, which is only 20 miles from the resort.
Opt for the breakfast buffet to assure clean eating each morning. With many superfoods to choose from and green tea staying healthy at The Sagamore is easy.