Travel: For an active, old-school retreat: The Sagamore, Adirondack Mountains
ADULT APPEAL: Grand, old (first built in 1883), and consistently rated one of the top luxury hotels in the U.S.; you’ll have panoramic views of Lake George from nearly every one of its 350 rooms. The private 72-acre island makes for an elegant getaway, with its New England-style decor and stone fireplaces in many of the spacious rooms and suites. There’s also an on-site spa.
FAMILY TIME: Outdoor family activities abound: horseback riding, hiking, afternoon sails, whitewater rafting. In the summer months, save an evening for the weekly fireworks cruise on the inn’s 72-foot replica of a 19th-century touring vessel.
SEND THE KIDS TO: Sign ’em up for the Teepee Club, a supervised enrichment program available in full or half days for kids ages four to 12, with arts and crafts, swimming, scavenger hunts, mini golf and tennis.
The Sagamore, 110 Sagamore Road, Bolton Landing, New York, 518-644-9400; thesagamore.com. High-season rooms from $289 per night and suites from $389 per night, which does not include meals or activities.