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TRAVEL A vacation paradise in Lake George — The Sagamore Resort

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Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 3:52 pm | Updated: 4:18 pm, Tue Aug 6, 2013.

Located on Lake George in the beautiful Adirondack mountains, only a four-hour drive from Queens, The Sagamore Resort is a year-round island resort offering something for everyone. Bought in 2008 by Ocean Properties, Ltd. the resort just completed a total renovation and now offers year-round relaxation.

Lake George, nicknamed the “Queen of American Lakes,” is located at the southeast base of the Adirondack mountains. Its beauty is legend. On May 31, 1791, Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter to his daughter, “Lake George is without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw; formed by a contour of mountains into a basin ... finely interspersed with islands, its water limpid as crystal and the mountainsides covered with rich groves ... down to the water-edge: here and there precipices of rock to checker the scene and save it from monotony.”

I spent three days at the resort with my wife last week and can honestly say the lake is as beautiful now as when Jefferson wrote that over 200 years ago.

Sitting at the edge of the dock in a lounge chair with mountains in every direction is the apex of relaxation.

The Sagamore was originally built in 1883. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 375-room resort strikes a balance of retaining its charm and offering all modern amenities. The hotel offers 137 luxurious rooms and suites. The newly refurbished lodges feature 222 rooms including 111 spacious suites with fireplaces and terraces overlooking Lake George.

For families, The Sagamore offers a full indoor recreation center with activities day and night. There is an 18-hole miniature golf course, an official Wiffle ball field, Wii stations, ping-pong, basketball courts, foosball and a children’s interactive play area. The rec center also offers nightly family movies.

Outside there are five tennis courts, a volleyball court, horseshoe pit, playground and half-court basketball area.

Twice a day, The Sagamore offers its guests a ride around Lake George in The Morgan, a 72-foot replica of a 19th-century touring vessel.

The Sagamore Spa & Salon is a full-service salon offering various spa treatments including Swedish massages, stone therapy, facials, body wraps and much more.

There is a separate 3,800-square-foot fitness center offering all types of state-of-the-art exercise equipment. The best part is the fitness center looks out onto Lake George so you will not miss the views while exercising.

The Sagamore has two large pools on the property. The outdoor pool area, added in 2009, features a 95,000-gallon swimming pool and a large warming pool for adults. The pool is surrounded by 150 chaise lounge chairs. An indoor/outdoor heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi offers year-round enjoyment. Lakefront activities include a full-service marina, private beach and fishing charters.

There are many choices for dining at The Sagamore. La Bella Vita is the signature Italian restaurant at the facility. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast there is a full buffet offering omelettes, waffles, pancakes, lox, bagels and much more. There are both indoor and outdoor seating options.

Other restaurants include Mister Brown’s Pub, Caldwell’s Lobby Bar and three lakeside dining options — The Pavilion, Splash Pool Bar and The LakeHouse.

For more information about The Sagamore log onto thesagamore.com or call them at (866) 385-6221.

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