Sagamore Resort in New York keeps getting better with age
Since 1883, the Sagamore Resort has drawn families from all over the New York area and beyond for its beautiful views of the Adirondack Mountains and Lake George, an abundance of outdoor activities and a Donald Ross golf course.
Now there are even more reasons to come back. The historic hotel has undergone several renovations that bring it up to date, while keeping that old-time charm.
Thirty six new rooms are open in the executive wing of the hotel, with several modern touches like flat-screen televisions and glass-enclosed showers.
The dining room has been renamed La Bella Vita Ristorante and is not to be missed, especially around sunset, since the elegant atmosphere and unobstructed views of the lake make for a memorable dinner.
After dinner, retire to the new Caldwell's Lobby Bar. A long mahogany bar, several large chairs and a fireplace make for an inviting place to enjoy a cocktail or two before heading to bed.
In the warmer months, guests can now enjoy a 3,500-square-foot outdoor pool near the large dock. The dock has also been repaired and redesigned. The changes came at a good time, since "The Today Show" decided to drop by last July.
The Sagamore's other highlight is the golf course, a 1928 design by Donald Ross. In 1985, the course was restored to match Ross's original design.
There is plenty of wow factor off the first tee, as your opening drive sails down a hill with Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains as a backdrop. Unfortunately, that's the last you'll see of Lake George, as Ross didn't take full advantage of the incredible views. But the rest of course winds through beautiful, tree-lined mountains and past several ponds that test your nerves on Nos. 5, 6 and 13.
While extremely fun to play and worth your time, the course is in need of the same makeover the hotel recently received. The greens were very bumpy in spots, and several holes had drainage issues.
While the Sagamore is located on an island, there are plenty of entertainment options close by. Six Flags Great Escape amusement park is only about 25 minutes away.
If you're looking for more thrills while getting closer to nature, make reservations for the Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course. This fun treetop adventure has five adult courses and one children's course that challenge you with zip lines, cable bridges and all kinds of nets and ladders. Get a preview in the video below.
One of the best ways to wind down after an active day is a sunset cruise on Lake George. The Sagamore offers a ride on the Morgan, a replica of a 19th-century touring boat.
In nearby Lake George there are plenty of fun activities for the little ones. In fact, driving down the main drag, one might think the town was taken over by children. There are arcades, playgrounds, street performers, pizza shops and ice cream parlors to bring out the kid in anyone.