Queen of American lakes
For two hundred years Lake George has been a vacation destination for such wealthy families as the Roosevelts, Vanderbilts, and Rockefellers. When he visited in 1791, Thomas Jefferson wrote to his daughter... "Lake George is without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw.” It retains the grace and privilege of its golden era in a number of private lakeside and island estates, and remarkable luxury venues. Add to that the Americana feel of beach towns with fireworks, rollercoasters, and hot air balloons, and Lake George is a wedding location with something for everyone.
Whichever venue you choose, make sure you cruise the lake—by day or night—with your guests. A cocktail or brunch cruise, or maybe a late-night meander under the stars, you can rent the Horicon, an 85 foot yacht, which can accommodate up to 150 guests, or the Adirondac, a three level 115 river cruiser which can accommodate up to 400.
While Lake George has possibilities for every budget, I am going to focus here on the high end…those venues you should consider if you want to feel like a Rockefeller on your wedding day.
The grande dame of Lake George, The Sagamore is a gorgeous, stately estate on its own private island. Originally built in 1883, it burned down and was rebuilt twice in the early 1900’s, and has since had several multi-million dollar renovations, Its sweeping verandas, and gracious sense of expanse--from its rooms to the lawns to the views—is classic. It will remind you of the Hamptons of Great Gatsby, or Newport, Rhode Island; of less frenetic days, leisure and gentility. But don’t worry about ‘roughing it;’ the Sagamore has a championship golf course, spa, Olympic size pool, boats, tennis, and all of the amenities you or your guests could possibly want.
Also luxurious, but better suited for a small, intimate wedding is Highlands Castle. Indeed a castle, it was a private residence until very recently, but now can be rented in its entirety for special occasions. There are sleeping accommodations for only two couples, but the formal dining room and terraces—all overlooking the lake—would accommodate a small ceremony and/or reception.
The Inn at Erlowest, is a Queen Anne style Stone Castle, that has also been transformed from a private residence to a luxurious Inn. Part of “Millionaires Row” on Lake George when it was built in 1898, more recently it was owned by Charles “Charlie” Wood, who built Six Flags Great Escape and started the Hole in the Wall Camp for critically ill children with Paul Newman. Now it is a first-class inn and restaurant, reminiscent of some of Europe’s finest small luxury hotels. ‘Elegant’ is the word that would best describe it.
In addition to these, Destination Bride has several “exclusive” properties in the Lake George area that are available to our clients. You won’t read about these—here or elsewhere—but we would happily discuss them with you personally. Lake George is one of our favorite locations; we would love to help you plan the most magical of all weddings possible there —yours!