Island Resort, in Lake George
I've been waiting over a year to add this notable night to the blog! I don't believe we have ever stayed at a hotel, that occupies an entire island!
Don and I started getting excited, when we learned our nephew and his fiancee had decided to get married at the hotel overlooking Lake George. Gathering family for a memorable wedding was exciting enough, but adding a fun hotel stay, was icing on the cake!
The weather was lovely on June 22, when we arrived at noon. The white, clapboard hotel looked classic, stretched out beneath the blue sky, surrounded by green grass and colorful flowers.
Resort Since 1883
The look of The Sagamore has changed a lot since it opened in 1883.
This is how the hotel looked, after a few millionaires bought Green Island and built the exclusive resort. After a couple fires and a major reconstruction, the hotel took on the current look, in 1930.
Calm in the Lobby
The hotel had a 50-million dollar renovation about 10 years ago. The yellow and white lobby looked very fresh and peaceful, when we arrived.
The valet and desk staff was very efficient when we arrived. In fact the lobby looked remarkably calm for a Friday in June. Maybe that's because about half of the groom's family was trapped in airports or driving from the cities, that their flights had been rerouted to. Luckily the bride and groom had arrived days earlier.
Our daughter and her husband were some of the lucky travelers with no issues. The 4 of us met up and explored a bit before lunch.
The view from the terrace outside of the lobby was pretty stunning. We headed down towards the waterfront, then back up the stairs.
Lots of Stairs
Luckily the air felt cool and dry, or our hike up the stairs would have been less fun. We just hoped the weather would stay nice, since the bride would be walking down these stairs the next day!
There was something a little presidential looking about the 3 terraces and the 2-story pillars. But the hotel felt welcoming. There was nothing stuffy or exclusive about the atmosphere.
What could be more appropriate, than Adirondack chairs, with views of the Adirondack Mountains!
The Best View
From the third terrace, I took in the best view of all. You could see all the options for lounging. One could sit in a chaise lounge at the pool or on the grassy lawn beside the water. One could sit in a green Adirondack chair, sipping a drink and playing cards. Or for a price, one could sit on a cushioned chair, at a table, on the top terrace and be served a fine meal!
While wandering the hotel, we met up with a few other relatives, who had arrived. All hungry, we headed for La Bella Vista Dining Room.
We passed through the cozy bar area and into the empty dining room. No one in their right mind would choose to eat inside on a beautiful day, when you could dine on a deck with a lake and mountain view.
Lunch on the Terrace
The covered terrace was just what the doctor ordered for weary travelers! A few of us ordered the lobster rolls, which we'd all heard about, from different sources. Delicious!
Our room was finally ready and our very jovial valet/bellhop escorted us to the room. Being on the first floor made things easy for our 2-night stay.
Our corner room gave us more windows and a little more light. Sadly no lake view for us, but there were lots of flowers and trees outside our window.
Making Use of Good Weather
Sadly, rain was predicted for wedding day, so we made sure to enjoy the outdoors in the afternoon. Some headed to the pools. A smaller adult pool and hot tub, was available just above the family pool.
Yay for Croquet!
Being a lover of dollhouses, I noticed a cute little house on wheels, sitting on the front lawn. Don, my sister and I went for a walk and I took a peek in the roof-lid. Croquet mallets and balls! My sister and I have fond childhood memories of the game. Don and I have crazier adult memories involving aggressive players, flying croquet balls and beer. We 3 had a good and fairly tame game of "speed croquet".
Saturday's Big Event
We woke to rain on Saturday and I can only imagine how stressed Casey and Andy must have been. By 2:00 the rain was still coming down, but the wedding couple was told to make a decision. They agreed on an answer. "Outside." By the time of the 4:00 ceremony, the rains had stopped and the misty lake and mountains created a magical background for vows. Perfect.
We'll just have to return again, so I can absorb all the nooks and crannies, foods and activities of this impressive hotel! I can't wait!
My New Year's Resolution for 2014 was to start documenting some of the memorable overnights I've had in some very odd and curious motels and hotels. Like the adventures in my Dining Blog, I have learned to enjoy the surprises that happen when you step out of the comfort zone, far away from the well-known chains.
I began with a few entries recalling my very first home away from home memories from my youth. Then, I started sharing about some of the quirky and unforgettable motels, hotels and inns that my husband and I have discovered in recent years.
The best part about this challenge was making some lists with Don and getting on the road in search of new overnight adventures. I gave myself a 2-year goal to write up 90 stories and the goal was met. Now we just keep on adding!