THE BEST WAY
From LAX, American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, Southwest, United and US Airways have connecting flights (change of plane) to Albany, N.Y. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $198.
From Albany, it's a 60- to 90-minute drive north to Lake George on New York 87.
WHERE TO STAY
The Sagamore, 110 Sagamore Road, Bolton Landing; (800) 358-3585, (866) 385-6221 or (518) 644-9400, www.thesagamore.com. A grand old Colonial Revival resort with 100 rooms in a historic main hotel and 250 newer units on the hotel's 72-acre island. Six restaurants, including one on its 72-foot yacht, the Morgan. Also myriad watercraft rentals and lessons and a spa. Open year-round but closes midweek during slow periods of December, January and February. Rates begin at $129 in winter, $179 in fall, $229 in summer. Lodge suites run $499 and up in summer.
Boathouse Bed & Breakfast, 44 Sagamore Road, Bolton Landing; (518) 644-2554, www.boathousebb.com. Seven rooms in an immaculately renovated 1917 house on the water. Lots of fireplaces and balconies, a small yard and beach. Rates: $275 to $395 in summer, $250 to $375 after Labor Day through Oct. 31.
Stepping Stones Resort, 3722 Lake Shore Drive, Diamond Point; (518) 668-5532, www.steppingstonesresort.com. Fourteen housekeeping cottages (some two bedrooms, some three) around a grass oval with a modest beach, dock, shuffleboard, volleyball net, swing set etc. In 2007, guests paid $1,720 to $1,990 weekly per cottage in summer, $120 to $175 daily in spring and fall. For 2008, summer rates will rise $110 per week. Open late April to late October.
Trout House Village Resort, 9117 Lake Shore Drive, Hague; (800) 368-6088 or (518) 543-6088, www.trouthouse.com. Twenty-five cabins and lodge rooms on three acres, year-round, with beach, dock and watercraft rentals. Rates $725 to $3,300 weekly in summer, $75 to $400 in fall.
WHERE TO EAT
The Algonquin, Lake Shore Drive (no number), Bolton Landing; (518) 644-9442, www.thealgonquin.com. Steak and seafood, with indoor and outdoor tables, bar, a dock for diners who arrive by boat. Entrees $8.99 to $12.99 for lunch, $8.99 to $25.99 for dinner, with pricier steaks available at the upstairs Topside Prime dining area. Closes for the season around Halloween, reopens around Easter.
Contessa Restaurant, 5102 Route 9N, Bolton Landing; (518) 644-2960, www.contessaresort.com. Unpretentious family Italian restaurant with a long, narrow interior and a patio in back with views of the lake beyond the Contessa Motel pool and cabins. Dinner entrees $11.95 to $24.95. Closes for the season on Columbus Day, reopens in May.
Cate's Italian Garden, 4952 Lake Shore Drive, Bolton Landing; (518) 644-2041. A big, busy patio on the town's main drag and a handsome dining room with a checkerboard floor. No kids' dishes on the menu, but some are available by request. Dinner entrees $10.99 to $27.99. Open daily from late May through November, open Thursdays to Sundays from November through early May.
TO LEARN MORE
Warren County Tourism Department, (800) 365-1050, Ext. 5100, www.visitlakegeorge.com.
New York State Division of Tourism, (800) 456-8369, www.iloveny.com.
Planning your trip to the Adirondacks, New York
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