When I was a teen, each summer my mom and dad took us to the desolate mountains of North Carolina for vacation. While it was an interesting contrast to the flat, beige beach terrain we were accustomed to in Florida–I daydreamed about Patrick Swayze teaching me how to mambo in some random dance studio of a northeast resort. Don’t get me wrong: Hiking down to waterfalls (cascading with snakes) singing “The Ants Go Marching” with your parents is great–but a part of me has always wondered what those activity-packed, lakeside bungalow and hotel summer colonies were all about.
Flash forward. I’m an adult now…who makes adult choices. And I’ll be damned if adulting doesn’t mean picking such a place to go with my own child (and dear friend, Natalie) even if only for a couple of days last minute, in a desperate attempt
to check this item off my bucket list to have fun. Yay, fun!
On a recommendation from a friend, we decided on The Sagamore on Lake George. Cradled by the Adirondacks, the resort sprawls majestically across its own island. Our accommodations were in the lodge–an extension of rooms and suites set away from the main hotel–with rocking chair patio, plush bathrobes and at least 3 images of moose butts on the walls. Perrrrrrfect. The property is stunning to say the least and feels like you’ve been transported to a resort on Lake Como or some quiet destination in Switzerland. The perimeter of the hotel backs up directly to a lazy swimmable beach, docks filled with lounge chairs and two gorgeous pools (with fresh botanical cocktail menus to die for!) There are too many activities available to name from golf and rock climbing to movie nights and evening s’mores by the fire pit. [DISCLOSURE: Of these activities, we did precisely zero because momming a toddler without Husboy is exhausting. Does making sure a small child doesn’t fall into a lake 100 times in 3 days count as an activity? Actually, we did go on a super relaxing boat ride, provided by the hotel twice daily. Highly recommended.]
Though I didn’t get to carry a watermelon, The Sagamore was the stuff of my teenage dreams. It was also a chance to wear the giant Aminah Abdul Jillil bow sandals I’ve been in love with for months (currently on sale here or you can shop the super cute heeled version below) and a sweet off-the-shoulder top from Rebecca Minkoff. Atlas’s ridiculously adorable cactus-print Rosie Pope shorts are also on sale and come paired with an equally cool ombre sweater. My bag is from The Great Bag Co. and honestly, it’s such an incredible find that I think it deserves its own post down the road. It’s a must for mamas everywhere (aka it holds everything but the kitchen sink AND you can hose it out when that bag of yogurt puffs has a blind date with spilled apple juice in your handbag.)
Can’t wait to see you again soon, Lake George. I’ll bring my dancing shoes next time!
Photos by Natalie Zfat