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USA: The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, New York

Sunshine Flint
09 November 2016

Scavenger hunts, indoor mini golf, tennis clinics, wakesurfing… you name it, this lakeside resort offers it, not to mention a stunning location and spacious rooms. Little surprise it’s been welcoming guests for over a century, says Sunshine Flint

THE LOWDOWN:
Gateway to New York’s Adirondack Park, the 32-mile long Lake George (named for King George II) and town of the same name have drawn visitors from New York City and beyond for over a century. No more so than the Lake’s luxury resort, The Sagamore, which was built in 1883 on an island connected to the mainland by a short bridge.

The resort is American Victorian vernacular at its best: white clapboard, green shutters and many porches. Approaching the front entrance, with its sweeping manicured lawn and grand porticos, you can just picture Victorian swells playing on the croquet lawn.

The main building has two grand wings with 137 rooms and suites extending from the central lobby and public rooms, encircling the lawn and pools that step down to the main dock and lake. Seven modern lodges with a further 222 guestrooms are nestled in the woods along the island’s shoreline. The roomy one-bedroom suites all have private balconies overlooking the lake and gas fireplaces for chilly nights.

The resort’s daily calendar will make even adults feel like they’re at summer camp, with scavenger hunts, tennis clinics, ice cream socials, family putting contests and sailing all on the agenda. Beyond tennis, there’s a bocce court, horseshoe pit, basketball and volleyball courts and an enormous recreation centre with an indoor mini golf course, ping pong tables and video games.

But it’s the lake that is the star of the show. Explore the deep, clear water, green islets and narrow channels with a boat rental or on The Morgan, the resort’s 72-foot touring vessel that sails twice a day in summer. Or spend a few hours learning to waterski, wakeboard or wakesurf. Dinner and sunset views over the mountains at the lakeside Pavilion is the perfect way to cap off a day on or off the water.

THE GOOD:
The undeniably gorgeous setting - lovely paths through the woods and around the resort make for a perfect pre-meal perambulation.

The gobsmacking amount of activities.

Never underestimate the charm of having a dress code for dinner.

THE NOT SO GOOD:
The size of the outdoor pool does not match the size of the resort, so it can get very crowded.

The service at times is slightly impersonal.

THE VERDICT:
A high-Victorian summer (and now winter) getaway in a perfect lakeside locale.

BOOK IT:
A double room starts from $349 (£262) per night. The Sagamore Resort, 110 Sagamore Road, Bolton Landing, New York 12814 (+1 518 644 9400; thesagamore.com)