The Sagamore Resort.
Old World Luxury with Today's Style.

Classic elegance, this lakeside resort resembles an idyllic movie set.

The recent addition of the swimming pool enhanced the opulent luxury of exceptional views at the resort.

The staircase leads down to the lakeside beach and marina.
Charming, old world elegance in this suite.
The lobby is warm and inviting.

Story by Ken Panton
Photography by David Lewis Taylor

Situated on a private 70-acre island on fabulous Lake George at Bolton Landing, the picturesque Sagamore Resort has been a revered destination for generations of travelers from around the world. When I visited this resort I met guests that have been visiting this lakeside resort for years. In many cases, they were second-generation guests now bringing their families to this exquisite getaway destination.

A few years ago Ocean Properties Ltd. of Delray Beach, Florida bought the resort with a master plan to bring the over 125 year hotel into the modern age. Their more than $20 million in renovations has included a new pool and deck, and a completely remodeled and handsomely decorated dining room. The reconfigured lobby now makes it easy for guests to stroll out onto the breathtaking grounds on the edge of Lake George. Remarkably, the renovations and additions added to the charm of the property, while the views to the lake and mountains beyond were only enhanced. In addition to the modernizations, executive offices were moved and 37 new guestrooms were added.

When you enter the lobby at Caldwell’s, the resort’s new bar, the old-fashioned mahogany and finished hardwood floors complement the vintage lakeside resort décor. The Sagamore’s new dining room, named La Belle Vista, opens to an outdoor deck where guests can enjoy al fresco dining overlooking Lake George and its epic mountain views. The restaurant is a standout attraction at the Resort. We loved the integration of locally grown and cultivated produce into the gourmet cuisine. We sampled chèvre cheese from nearby Granville, fresh bib lettuce from local farms, and an amazing array of New York state wines and microbrews.

Perched on a hillside, the new pool complex is lushly landscaped and designed with tiered levels to accommodate more then 100 lounge chairs without sacrificing the lake and mountain views. Just below the pool is the resort’s private beach and recently upgraded marina, where boats can be rented for lake excursions. If you are adventurous, water skiing, parasailing, and fishing trips can all be arranged at the Sagamore’s marina.

For golfers, the Sagamore golf course designed in 1928 by the legendary Donald Ross deserves top honors. Measuring 6,800 yards from the tips for a par of 70, the course shows off all the classic Ross touches: deep bunkers, natural hogback greens, and consistent risk-reward decisions.

There are many diversions at the resort including the Sagamore Spa and six distinctive restaurants with options that include fine dining, convivial pub dining, and lakeside café dining. Guests can choose rooms with garden views or lake views in the historic hotel section or they can stay at the Lodges.

With 137 guestrooms and suites, complete with updated furnishings and high-speed Internet connections, there is a place for everyone. For a special stay I recommend the Castle. This 6-bedroom, 4-bath home is located on the lake next to the Sagamore’s historic hotel. The Castle features five gas-logged fireplaces, a large modern kitchen and dining room, a formal living room, and a uniquely decorated family room leading out to the lower deck and the lake.

For more information about the Sagamore Resort, visit