Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Lunch on Lake George

As Laurie and I headed south from the Adirondacks, we enjoyed the scenery along Lake Champlain and then, Lake George.  I always spend a lot of time researching our trips and I had a plan for a special lunch overlooking the lake.

This is the front entrance for The Sagamore Hotel & Resort on Lake George in New York. 

This grand old hotel and resort was built on Green Island in 1883.  It was restored after fires in 1893 and 1914; reconstructed in 1930; fell into disrepair and closed in 1981; was purchased by a Philadephia builder and developer, then restored for $75 million in 1983; was updated at a cost of $20 million in 2002, and; it was purchased by Florida based Ocean Properties, Ltd. in 2008.

This is the lake side or back of the Sagamore Hotel.  It was a rainy day when we visited but it was still an impressive place.
Laurie and many others would find this hotel especially interesting as its considered to be one of the most haunted hotels in the USA.  Haunted American Tours ranks it 7th among America’s haunted hotels and resorts.  There is a couple who shows up in the Trillium Dining Room, a tall dark haired woman who appears in Mrs. Brown’s Restaurant and a little boy from the 1950’s who used to retrieve errant golf balls and sell them to the resort’s golfers…only to be hit and killed by a car one day. 
For more on this topic, go to http://www.hauntedamericatours.com/toptenhaunted/toptenhauntedhotels/.  However, there are many other sites focused on the supernatural to be found on the Internet that rank the Sagamore Hotel quite high on their ‘spooky’ listings…

As I mentioned, it was a rainy day when we stopped by for lunch.  Still, the views were impressive and one can imagine the action here on a warm summer day. 

The Today Show was broadcasted from here back in 2009.  Richard Nixon and Thomas Dewey presided over a National Governor’s Conference at The Sagamore back in 1954.  The hotel itself is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.

This is a view of the Pavilion Dining Area for the resort.  This restaurant is located right down on the shore of Lake George and it is one of the most popular places to gather and have a meal at The Sagamore.  As it turned out, this was the last day of the season for service at the Pavilion!  Talk about cutting it close…

This is one of the reasons…perhaps the number 1 reason…why I’d planned on lunch at this resort.  This is Laurie’s “Classic New England Roll.  It came with cole slaw and French fries on the side.  She was a happy camper, even with the rainy day!

I decided to go with the Fried Clam Roll…accompanied by the slaw and fries.  While it looks OK, it was just ok… Not much flavor and a bit disappointing.  Still, given that lobster roll, it can once again be said that a happy wife equals a happy life! (Note: Lunch with drinks, tax and tip totalled $41.31)

When I did a little research, I learned that the Pavilion is now being totally reworked.  It is so popular that it will now have 2 levels and all of the food service will be moved to one end so the diners will all have the best view possible.
The Sagamore Resort is located at 110 Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing New York.  Phone: 866-385-6221.  Website: www.thesagamore.com/.
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Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


  1. Definitely an impressive place and you are indeed a wise man to understand a happy life.

  2. Dear David, This resort hotel is just beautiful. I think that the lunch looks wonderful. I am glad that Laurie really enjoyed her lunch. It just makes the whole outing that much more enjoyable. I am sorry that your did not live up to expectations. THank you for the visit. Blessings, Catherine