Jana Beauchamp, Families Contributor
The theme this week is families, in case it wasn’t clear. And it’s a family affair at The Sagamore Resort. Set on Lake George in Upstate New York, this hotel was made for the holidays. Cozy nooks for reading books. Hot chocolate by the fire. And for the kids, plenty of activities and room to run around, too. The Sagamore is on the list of top fall family getaways in New York.
An Island on Lake George
Escape from the islands of NYC to a beautiful island on Lake George to enjoy fall fun and fresh mountain air at The Sagamore. This majestic lakefront playground has it all. For active pursuits, you can hike the fantastic nature trails ablaze in fall color or sail on lake aboard The Morgan. This family spot has autumn adventures that city kids will love. And Mom and Dad have golf, spa and fine dining experiences to enjoy.
For the Furry Friends
This historic property is an ideal lakeside retreat for the whole family — you can even bring the dog.
A Lodge to Call Home
The sprawling property filled with beauty and charm is yours to call home. Start the day with a bountiful breakfast buffet. Next, explore the grounds, including breathtaking views of Lake George from the comfort of the outdoor warming pool. Or get the family together for a hike to feast your eyes on the fall foliage. After a day of exploring, top off the evening with a rustic Italian dinner at La Bella Vita, followed by outdoor s’mores and fireworks.
The Historic Hotel and the Lakeside Lodge
Whether you’re staying in the Historic Hotel or the Lakeside Lodge, you can’t go wrong. There are many diverse room and suite options with chic mountain décor to fit all types of families. We recommend the Lakeside Lodge’s rustic and charming two-bedroom lodge pod with a lakeside front-end suite. It is outfitted with two queen beds, a bathroom with a tub and shower, and living room with fireplace. There’s also a kitchenette and a breakfast nook with a tree trunk table. Plus, the connecting room allows privacy and quiet time for adults. Everyone (including the pup) will love cozying up by the fire. Relaxing in the rocking chairs and soaking in the views of Lake George alone make this is one of the top fall family getaways.
The property is so massive that in these COVID times, social distancing is a breeze. Staff members wear masks, and there are sanitizing stations and signage throughout the resort, so you know you’re in good, safe hands at The Sagamore.
Autumn Adventures on Lake George
Fun is around every turn of the resort’s 70 acres. There’s plenty of water to enjoy, from indoor and outdoor heated waterfront pools to docks for fishing and water sports. Swimming with a view takes on a new meaning, as you enjoy breathtaking views of Lake George from the massive pools. Families will especially love swimming in the warming pool on a crisp, fall day while gazing at the Adirondacks. There’s also an indoor pool with an open-air concept that overlooks the lake. For downtime, there’s a quiet terrace for adults seeking a respite from all the activity.
Something for Everyone
Kids of all ages will love both the outdoor and indoor adventures on the property. They can explore the great outdoors with nature hikes and sports like tennis, pickle ball and basketball, as well as horseshoes, lawn games and a playground. For indoor entertainment, the massive Rec Center offers mini golf, basketball, gaming stations and more. They will love the rock climbing wall and movie nights there.
An absolute highlight and perennial guest favorite is the Lake George boat tour aboard The Morgan, a 19th-century touring vessel. Families will love sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the journey across the lake, while learning about the region and admiring stunning Adirondack views. It’s a breathtakingly beautiful photo-op for the next holiday card.
There’s also a lot of fun to be had in the surrounding area. Families can explore Bolton Landing, an adorable and charming town, and the concierge can share lists of nearby hikes for fall foliage at its best.
Festive Fall Feasts
Once you’re on land again, feast on seasonal and local delights at the myriad restaurants. There’s always enticing food available, another reason The Sagamore is one of the top family weekend getaways in New York. Start with the sprawling breakfast buffet at La Bella Vita. Pile your plate with pumpkin pancakes, cinnamon French toast and omelets made to order. Eat lunch at the open-air restaurant, The Lake House, complete with panoramic views and a little sailors menu. You can indulge in afternoon snacks and beverages at the Veranda Terraces, an outdoor spot to cozy up in an Adirondack chair and enjoy the views.
Food & Wine (for Mom and Dad)
Savor a wonderful fine dining experience at the resort’s signature Italian restaurant, La Bella Vita. Teach your kids the meaning of al fresco and enjoy eating on the outdoor terrace, with the Adirondacks and Lake George as your backdrop. Kids love the homemade pastas and grown-ups are sure to love the delicious crab and lobster ravioli.
Families may also want to try in-room dining to share some family time in your home-away-from-home. It’s a delight to eat in front our your personal fireplace or overlooking the lake from your suite.
The Sagamore feels like home and offers a magical and memorable mountain family vacation on Lake George that everyone will want to return to, again and again.