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- Best Overall: The Sagamore Resort – See Rates at TripAdvisor "A sprawling property with a historic main building, several lodges, and residential-style condominiums."
- Best View: Mohonk Mountain House – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Has lake or mountain views in the main building, spacious suites with furnished balconies, and private cottages."
- Best for Luxury: The Point – See Rates at TripAdvisor "This five-star property offers timeless class and elegance in a rural setting, with antiques and historic art pieces."
- Best for Families: Rocking Horse Ranch Resort – See Rates at TripAdvisor "The main allure of the resort is the incredible range of activities suitable for guests of all ages."
- Best for Romance: The Whiteface Lodge – See Rates at TripAdvisor "A romantic highlight is the spa, which offers couple’s treatments with treats."
- Best for Wine: Belhurst Castle and Winery – See Rates at TripAdvisor "The best experience at this property is the six-course food and wine pairing dinner."
- Best for Golf: The Gideon Putnam – See Rates at TripAdvisor "The Saratoga Spa Golf Course is just next door, along with many other clubs."
- Best Inn: Winter Clove Inn – See Rates at TripAdvisor "In addition to historic charm, the all-inclusive property has a good range of activities."
- Best Lake View: Lake Placid Lodge – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Offers sweeping panoramas of the lake and rocky, tree-covered islands."
Best Overall: The Sagamore Resort
On a tranquil private island in Lake George, the Sagamore Resort is a sprawling property with a historic main building, several lodges, and residential-style condominiums. Around the resort, there is a lake-view pool terrace with a poolside bar with drinks and light bites. There are also four tennis courts, basketball hoops, a sand volleyball court, and a horseshoe pit. A colorful indoor rec center has a rock-climbing wall, sports including indoor baseball, mini-golf, and basketball, as well as tables for foosball and table tennis. Video game consoles and board games are also available.
Golf enthusiasts can tee off at the nearby Sagamore Golf course, an 18-hole championship course with smooth greens surrounded by forest, which also has a steakhouse restaurant. A shuttle service will transfer guests between the clubhouse and the resort. Dining venues include the signature La Bella Vita, an elegant Italian restaurant that creates traditional dishes accompanied by sweeping views over the lake. The Pavilion also serves gourmet burgers and fresh seafood on a lakeside terrace, while the Lakehouse provides light fare in a more casual, open-air setting.
Best View: Mohonk Mountain House
Overlooking a picturesque glacial lake surrounded by cliffs of granite, the Victorian-style Mohonk Mountain House has been providing luxury accommodations since 1869. The national historic landmark-designated hotel has double rooms with fireplaces and lake or mountain views in the main building, spacious suites with furnished balconies, private cottages, and the secluded Grove Lodge. Outdoor activities are designed to get guests into the surrounding wilderness, with hiking trails leading through woodland glades and over rocky slopes to the Skytower, which has breathtaking 360-degree views of the heavily wooded landscape. Guided nature hikes with a naturalist are also offered to impart a deeper understanding and connection with the local wildlife.
There is also rock climbing, fly fishing on the lake, archery, tomahawk-throwing lessons, and a disc golf course set among the trees. The award-winning Hudson Spa takes a holistic and nature-based philosophy with its therapies with meditation and forest bathing programs to rejuvenate the mind, offered alongside more traditional massage, skincare, and body treatments. The main dining room serves a modern American menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, while the outdoor, picnic-style Granery provides casual dining and the Carriage Lounge serves pub fare and specialty cocktails.
Best for Luxury: The Point
The Point has offered secluded luxury in the Adirondacks wilderness since its inception as the holiday residence of the Rockefeller family. This five-star property offers timeless class and elegance in a rural setting, with antiques and historic art pieces. Rooms and suites encourage guests to lounge with colorful overstuffed couches, scenic furnished balconies, and deep chairs next to stone fireplaces.
The dining is exquisite, with executive chefs carefully crafting daily menus of small-plate fare based on the freshest available ingredients, along with wines and spirits selected from the private cellar. Along with the stately dining room, guests can take their meals on the alfresco terrace, in their rooms, or in a secluded corner of the grounds. The hotel strives to create a tranquil, nature-based experience with limited Wi-Fi and an over-21 policy. Outdoor activities range from tennis, croquet, badminton, kayaking, golf, or hiking along woodland trails.
Best for Families: Rocking Horse Ranch Resort
Ranked second among TripAdvisor's best family hotels in the U.S. in 2018, the Rocking Horse Ranch Resort is a favorite family destination. Although modern and comfortable, this all-inclusive hotel retains a rustic air, with guest rooms, the dining saloon, and common areas featuring unworked timbers and cast-iron fixtures in the décor.
Besides the nightly shows of magic acts, juggling routines, and live music, the main allure of the resort is the incredible range of activities suitable for guests of all ages. On the private lake, kayaks and paddleboats let guests explore at their leisure, and powerboats pull banana boats and water-skiers. On land, guests can take unlimited horseback rides along trails through the surrounding countryside or scale the rock-climbing tower. There is also a heated outdoor pool with volleyball and water slides, tennis courts, a mini-golf course, and a baseball field. An indoor water park, which has splashing fountains and waterspouts, slides, and a fun water obstacle course, is mainly for children. However, it's dominated by the enormous Gold Rush Flame tube slide — a heart-pumping ride for kids and adults.
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Best for Romance: The Whiteface Lodge
A grand hotel built entirely out of timber, the Whiteface Lodge has a cozy atmosphere for couples looking for a romantic getaway. Guest rooms are designed for comfort, with bedrooms featuring cast-iron gas fireplaces, handcrafted furniture, and bathrooms with jetted bathtubs and spacious glass-fronted showers. The full kitchen has granite countertops, and the balcony or patio areas have excellent views over the lake and surrounding woodlands.
A romantic highlight is the spa, which offers couple’s treatments with treats such as champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. The Kanu Restaurant, which serves high-quality dishes of local farm produce, fish, and game, is in an enormous hunting lodge-style room with massive stone fireplaces. The more casual, pub-style Peak 47 has simple yet tasty meals like wood-fired pizzas and gourmet sandwiches, as well as an extensive drinks selection that includes handcrafted cocktails — plus, there's live music on the weekends. In addition, several outdoor cafes and grills are scattered around the resort for scenic alfresco dining options during the summer months.
Best for Wine: Belhurst Castle and Winery
On the shores of Seneca Lake, Belhurst Castle and Winery is actually three hotels: an elegant, Romanesque-style mansion built in 1889, the Georgian-Revival White Springs Manor, and the Vinifera Inn. At the heart of the property is the winery, where friendly and knowledgeable staff guide guests through a tasting of the award-winning wines produced in the estate, along with a selection of local craft beers and cider. All of these drinks are also available for purchase in the charming gift shop.
However, the best experience at this property is the six-course food and wine pairing dinner, where bruschetta, bisque, and other small-plate dishes made from locally produced ingredients are served, each matched to a Belhurst Estate varietal. The Isabella Spa has facial and body treatments that use lavender, Himalayan salt, and essential oils with organic skincare products. Massage types include Swedish, hot stone, and deep tissue. Beauty services including manicures and pedicures, hair styling, coloring, and makeup application are also offered.
Best for Golf: The Gideon Putnam
With the Saratoga Spa Golf Course just next door and many other clubs close to hand, the Gideon Putnam offers premium golfing experiences. Set in a stately manor house, the hotel has been recently renovated, carefully integrating modern amenities into the historic character. Guest rooms and suites are comfortable and homey, and Putnam’s Restaurant serves a menu with dishes including seafood, beef, and game.
The hotel was built to service the adjacent Roosevelt Baths and Spa, which, since 1935, has offered hydrotherapy treatments using mineral-rich waters sourced from the Saratoga Springs. Drawn from deep artesian wells, the water is heated to an optimal 90 to 100-degrees for a blissful soaking experience. In addition to mineral baths, the spa has over 40 private treatment rooms, a relaxation room, and steam facilities, and offers massages, facials, body scrubs, and wraps, along with a full-service hair and beauty salon. In the surrounding parks, there are two pools within walking distance — the child-friendly, zero-entry Peerless pool and the historic Victoria pool. Several clay and hardtop tennis courts can also be enjoyed at no cost.
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Best Inn: Winter Clove Inn
In the Catskill Mountains, the five-star Winter Clove Inn is a grand, colonial-style lodge where five generations of owners provided impeccable lodging and service to travelers since 1838. This impressive heritage is evident in the well-cared-for building, with freshly painted white timbers of the gabled porch, polished wooden furnishings, and antique furniture. Guest accommodations range from comfy double rooms in the main building to a private, three-bedroom lodge suitable for families.
In addition to historic charm, the all-inclusive property has a good range of activities, including a nine-hole golf course, an antique bowling alley, tennis, basketball, and shuffleboard courts, and a children’s playground. There is both an indoor and outdoor pool, as well as a network of hiking trails leading into the forests surrounding the resort. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared using farm-fresh ingredients in a changing menu of American comfort fare, with requests to accommodate special dietary requirements when booking.
Best Lake View: Lake Placid Lodge
Housed in a grand lodge built with rough-cut stone and natural timbers, Lake Placid Lodge offers sweeping panoramas of the lake and rocky, tree-covered islands. Rooms are outfitted for rustic indulgence, with soft leather chairs, deep soaking tubs, wood-burning fireplaces, and generous wooden porches with outdoor furniture. Artisans is the only lakeside restaurant with views of Whiteface Mountain, best enjoyed from the beautiful balcony filled with hand-carved furnishings. The magnificent view is complemented with a dynamic, award-winning menu of seasonal cuisine.
For a more relaxed atmosphere, Maggie’s Pub has tasty comfort grub, cold drinks, board games and puzzles, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Guests are encouraged to access the lake with the hotel’s canoes, kayak, and electric boats, with full instruction provided. The lake is kept well stocked with fish, and there are also tennis courts, a nearby golf course, and an abundance of hiking trails.
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