Travel Blogs from Bolton Landing
... a spread! Joel Friedman (Yalzy's cousin, who we found out on Friday was the race director and has been for many years) and his team organised an amazing spread for the runners. Too good! There was an amazing salad bar and multiple pastas and sauces, as well as dessert, drinks machines and coffee and tea. How was I (Joe) going to limit myself to a reasonably sized meal only hours before a marathon? Trouble could be at hand. I was controlled though, limiting myself to 2 plates of ...
... heron flew off and the geese waddled away as we continued back to the take-out. Up the rocky bank, I stumbled and worried about getting the boats up, but Otto dragged them most of the way up the bank. We had the extra effort of driving to collect Otto's car as we had transferring my kayak & stuff into his vehicle on the way in. This time I had my keys - or rather Otto was safeguarding them.
We stopped in Lake Luzerne to check out the gorge ...
... the rest of the way to Lake
Luzerne State Campground arriving with the drizzle around 4 pm. Route 4 is a beautiful ride running through Woodstock… definitely a place to visit again. The campground was a
disappointment… poorly maintained, icky bathrooms, but nice showers. The sites
were on a heavily wooded ridge above ...
Hi All, We're on our way!
Our first day went well until we got a flat tire at the VT/NY border. Luckily we found a 'Redneck' garage and got the tire fixed within an hour. Didn't even charge us! Imagine that - there are still good people in this world. We did give them a generous ...
Yesterday we took a drive to Lake Placid, site of the 1980 Olympics (also 1932). It was really crowded with people so it must be the place to get away from it all. We just had lunch and then drove around a bit. The Adirondacks is a beautiful area that is heavily forested and has lots of lakes. The mountains are not as high as we are used to. Today we just relaxed a bit and explored the area around our campground.
Tomorrow we are off to Vermont.
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Sagamore Bolton Landing
The Sagamore is an absolutely fabulous resort. My family vacationed at the resort for three summers and we have never been disappointed. My husband and I have spent many vacations at luxury resorts (eg. Four Seasons) and we agree that the Sagamore provides Top Shelf accomodations.
This hotel is superb. After spending a long weekend here enjoying the beautiful foilage, great service, spectacular lake views, and numerous resort activities from the spa to walks, to swimming in the pool overlooking the lake, to just relaxing in the room, i don't understand the negative reviews. I think they were written by people used to staying in motels. I've stayed at some of the world's most prestigious resorts, and this one has a rustic charm and first class facilities.
Worst value on the Lake
By looking at the dreamy web site, I thought the Sagamore, though expensive, was going to be worth it. My family stayed in the Lodge and you'd think we checked into a Holiday Inn. Tax, tip, and room cleaning charges pushed the room price to around $350 @ night!! The first room we were given was below street level, what a dungeon!! The other had a beautiful view of the parking lot. Pilly polyester comforters on the bed did not add to the ambiance of our stay. Beautiful grounds except for the dirty drink glass that stood outside our room for our entire stay. Stay somewhere else, save your money and visit the Sagamore for a drink. I also wrote the management about our stay and have no response for almost 30 days.
My family of four and our friends (family of three) stayed at this hotel for the 2004 Labor Day weekend. Like other customers who have submitted reviews, we were very surprised at the additional service charge of $6 per person per night (not listed on the hotel's website). There was also an extra charge of $50 per child per night. One could understand an additional charge per child if breakfast was included in the room charge, but no that was not the case. For a two night stay, our bill amounted to $1800!
Having just returned with my family from our most disappointing vacation ever, I am compelled to write my first review to alert other unwary families.
A beautiful, historic hotel with an extremely friendly staff. We visited during the off-season (May 1, 2), but we enjoyed the sereness of Lake George more than had it been bustling with hundreds of people. We sat out back on the adirondack chairs, mesmorized by the beauty of Lake George, sailboats, kayakers, all while enjoying high tea, finger sandwiches, shrimp cocktails, and drinks, served by our great waiter Aaron. The dinner was good (make sure you get Joseph as your bartender and waiter), the brunch next day was delicious. Our hotel room was impeccably decorated with amazing colors, a comfortable poster bed, a view of the lake, and a shower you don't want to come out of. We upgraded from the lodge to the main hotel, and it was a wise choice. You can only enjoy the grounds if you are part of the main hotel. Make sure you take a walk over to the pool and spa. Read the wall that explains the history of the hotel to understand why the Sagamore is so special, and don't miss the original menu items from the late 1800's. Visit Saratoga on your way home too, only 20 minutes away!
Beware of Rooms
We stayed here in Aug. 2003. We had a room in the lodges and were VERY disappointed with it for the price we paid (over $300 per night!!). The lodge rooms are very small, run down, old furniture, dirty windows, carpeting worn, very small bathroom and just overall shabby -- smelled bad too. YUCK! We don't know about the rooms in the main house ("castle"). The grounds and main house are beautiful and the food was excellent (expensive). It has a good location right on Lake George with breathtaking views of the lake/mountains. But beware of those rooms!
The Sagamore is a great place if you love a well ordered and expensive vacation. Every order is charged an 18% service fee regardless of where it is served. The staff is constantly telling you that you are breaking some rule or another and adding that they are unable to accommodate your requests. One evening my brother and I were asked to leave the dock because of the danger of drowning. That is, two middle aged men need a lifeguard at the Sagamore dock at 11PM. The staff is vague to hostile when you request a private banquet or meeting boating facility for a small group. They said that these facilities were reserved for large groups. Even when pressed they refused to say how large a large group was. In short the staff is haughty and vaguely hostile. The rules of the resort are tedious and arbitrary. The local animals pick at the dirty dishes left after room service and every service is charged an 18% gratuity weather you like it or not.
My family and I visited Lake George the first time when I was around 12, and we stayed at another hotel...not to be mentioned...that was 'antique' to say the least. The next day we went to the Sagamore, and WOW! This place has everything...spa, fitness center, normal rooms, suites, Loft suites, and most importantly, a Beautiful lake view can be seen from All angles...the Sagamore is its own island!!!! It even has a swimming areas roped off, a little beact, boats, trails, hiking,....Everything. We have gone back every year since, and now im 18 years old. Eat at the resturant thats next to Chicks Marina...and rent boats at Chicks Marina...thats in Bouling Landing. THIS IS the BEST place!!! PLUS it has a guard at the gate, and one time my sister cut herself and we called for a few bandaids and this emergency crew came within 2 mintues...STAY HERE!!!!!!! its Great!!!
Stay here, but eat at the Algonquin!
Stay at the Sapamore but eat at the Algonquin!!!!