Lake George is a road trip-worthy destination from Long Island, filled with everything from old-fashioned rustic resorts to the high-end magisterial beauty that is The Sagamore Resort. The lake itself is an oasis of maritime enjoyment, with paddle boat and jet ski rentals, parasailing adventures and sunset voyages on the Minne-Ha-Ha, Lake George’s regal steamboat.
Generations of families have created sacred traditions of packing up and heading north on the New York State Thruway to the scenic lakeside town. Even if I Spy and repeated renditions of “The Song That Never Ends” have (thankfully) given way to a rotation of Disney films on portable DVD players and iPads in backseats, this well-worn path from Long Island to Lake George is one that has earned its status as the consummate gateway to family togetherness.
Your recipe for the ultimate road trip begins with the perfect family vehicle. The Honda Odyssey will take you wherever you want to go in comfort and style. The third-row seating ensures that everyone sits comfortably. With ample storage for everyone’s luggage, safety features like a backup camera, child safety locks, and side air bags, the Odyssey’s smooth ride make this minivan feel like a sedan.
For rustic accommodations, you can pack up your tent in the back of your minivan and head out to one of the many campsites that dot the majestic lake. Check out Camp Orenda or Country Haven Campground for a truly pastoral experience.
For the more elegant-minded, The Sagamore is the ultimate in luxury. Built more than a century ago on Green Island, its stately white peaks can be seen from anywhere on the lake. It offers multiple choices for accommodations, from the private luxury suits of the Hermitage to condominiums, rooms in the historic hotel, lodges, and rooms in what they call the “crown jewel of The Sagamore Resort – Wapanak Castle.”
Hungry? Don’t miss the gourmet offerings of Bistro Le Roux. From fresh-steamed lobster to hearty Osso Buco Pasta, this gluten-free eatery delivers consistently delicious grub. Dine on the Stuffed Shrimp Gemelli. Treat yourself to some Apple Braised Chicken Waldorf. Unwind with a sumptuous cocktail. Try the mojito made from freshly picked mint right from the restaurant’s garden. (Thank us later!)
For a more casual and family friendly feast, check out the restaurant popular among locals—The Log Jam Restaurant. Fresh steak and seafood abound, along with hearty burgers and sandwiches. Don’t skip the smashed potatoes! For a real treat, try the homemade desserts, like the crème caramel.
For a full list of everything to do/see/experience on Lake George, check out visitlakegeorge.com.
The sun is shining, the kids will be off from school this month—it’s the perfect time to slide into your new Honda Odyssey and hit the road!
The open road beckons.