Back along the shores of Lake George about 10 miles north of Lake George village sits Bolton Landing, another congested tourist town. During the summer, the village traffic is bumper to bumper.
For many visitors, Bolton Landing’s main attractions are its gift shops, most along Main Street and a step up in class from Lake George Village offerings. The Bolton Historical Museum (4924 Lake Shore Dr./Rte. 9N, 518/644-9960, 9a.m.–2 p.m., spring through fall, extended additional summer hours, 7p.m.–9 p.m., Monday–Saturday, admission free), housed in a former Catholic church, includes a collection of photographs by Seneca Ray Stoddard and an exhibit on sculptor David Smith, who once lived in the area.
Isolated on its own private island at one end of the village reigns the storybook Sagamore Resort (110 Sagamore Rd., 518/644-9400, www.thesagamore.com). Originally built in 1883 and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the columned, gabled hotel remains a luxurious year-round resort. Features include four excellent restaurants, a full-service spa, tennis courts, playground, nearby golf course, and a sandy beach with great views of Lake George.
Cruises of the lake are offered by the Morgan, a sleek wooden boat (sightseeing cruise free for guests, $10 for nonguests; dinner cruises cost $55 per person).
Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum
From 1921 to 1935, Marcella Sembrich, a soprano who sang with the Metropolitan Opera, summered in Bolton Landing. In those days, the village was a favorite resort of opera stars, and Sembrich brought several students with her each year. Today, the diva’s former studio (4800 Lake Shore Dr., 518/644-9839, http://thesembrich.org, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 2–5:30 p.m. daily June–Sept., no fee, donations accepted) still houses her sizeable collection of music, along with her costumes, furniture, and other memorabilia.
Accommodations and Food
Across the street from the Sembrich estate is the Hilltop Cottage B&B (4825 Lake Shore Dr., 518/644-2492, www.hilltopcottage.com, $100–140), whose owners are responsible for creating and maintaining the museum. Sembrich’s students stayed in the cottage back in the days when she was teaching here. Today, the B&B offers two basic guest rooms with private baths.
The Sagamore Resort (110 Sagamore Rd., 518/644-9400, www.thesagamore.com, $229–335 off-season, $389–659 in summer) offers 100 luxurious rooms and suites in the historic main hotel and 240 private lodge rooms. On site are a variety of restaurants. Mr. Brown’s Pub ($9–18) serves sandwiches and salads, with The Pavilion carrying a similarly casual menu, lakeside. Club Grille ($18–36) serves hamburgers and basic fare at lunch, top-of-the-line steaks and other grilled items at dinner and La Bella Vita specializes in innovative Italian cuisine. Call 518/743-6110 for reservations.
The casual Algonquin Restaurant (Lake Shore Dr., 518/644-9442, $16), built over the water, is a local favorite for both lunch and dinner. On the menu is everything from burgers to fresh fish.
© Avalon Travel and Sascha Zuger from Moon New York State, 5th Edition