The Sagamore in Lake George – a luxury retreat

The Sagamore is a Victorian-era resort hotel located on Lake George in Bolton Landing, New York. It occupies the private Green Island on Lake George. Since 1983 it has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Sagamore opened in 1883, financed by a number of prominent summer residents. It soon succeeded in attracting a wealthy clientele. The hotel was named after “the Sagamore an American Indian character in The 1826 novel The Last of the Mohicans Several of Lake George’s nearby islands are also named after characters from the book.

Twice damaged by fire, in 1893 and 1914, the Sagamore was rebuilt in the early 1920s by prominent local architect. It was then fully reconstructed in 1930 through the efforts of Dr. William G. Beckers of New York City, one of the hotel’s early stockholders, and William H. Bixby, a St. Louis industrialist. Together they financed the cost in spite of the bleak economic climate of the period.

Throughout its history, the Sagamore has been a social center for wealthy tourists and residents of Millionaires’ Row, the stately mansions along Lake George’s western shore.

The hotel eventually fell into disrepair before closing its doors in 1981. In 1983, one hundred years after construction of the first Sagamore, builder and real estate developer Norman Wolgin of Philadelphia purchased the hotel and restored it. In the same year, the resort was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The resort is currently managed by Delray Beach Florida based Ocean Properties, which bought it in 2008.

The early morning view is spectacular and their are multi levels where you can sit with a coffee or a drink and enjoy the stellar vistas. It is surrounded by water and mountains which you have to see to believe.

The Bella Vita Restaurant was spectacular given the fact that we were able to dine outdoors. We started with fried calamari and zucchini with a Caesar salad. The main course were lobster and crab ravioli and chicken parmigiana. And the piece de resistance was the heavenly chocolate cake recommended by our Bulgarian waiter.

The rooms are comfortable and spacious with old world charm. And the staff is excellent including Tate who went out of his way at the front desk.

It’s almost impossible to say that a resort actually looks better at night but the Sagamore may just.

It’s only three hours from Montreal and well worth the trip. I highly recommend the Sagamore and guarantee that you will not be disappointed.

The Sagamore – luxury and elegance surrounded by nature and beauty.

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