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Exceptionally well-heeled travelers seeking a glamorous stay in the Adirondacks wilderness head straight for the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel The Point. This former camp of William Avery Rockefeller revives the spirit of the early 19th-century Adirondacks, when the wealthy headed here to rough it. Still charmingly secluded on a 10-acre peninsula on Upper Saranac Lake, the hotel’s rooms feature rustic décor like Adirondack twig furnishings and stone fireplaces. From snowshoeing and cross-country skiing to water sports, trail hikes and croquet, you’ll find a variety of outdoor activities near the resort.
The only resort actually on Lake Placid, the Four-Star Lake Placid Lodge is a charming property offering beautiful views of the Adirondacks. The hotel was rebuilt after a 2005 fire destroyed the original, historic main lodge. Its arts and crafts style remains true to the original spirit — the interior is a luxurious take on rustic Americana, with warm colors and traditional furnishings dressed up with plaids, animal prints and florals.
You’ll see water everywhere you turn at the Sagamore Resort, since it sits on a private 72-acre island in Lake George. From golf, tennis and water sports to a myriad of winter activities, this resort is a year-round destination. Two types of accommodations offer you the choice of comfortable rooms at the historic hotel or cabin retreats in spacious lodges. Dining at any of the six restaurants comes with a view; meals are even served aboard the resort’s own replica of a 19th-century touring boat.