Tom Guay, General Manager of The Sagamore in Bolton Landing, led a tour of the resort's premises Friday May 3 to show local officials and media representatives the newest renovations to its facilities and grounds. Immediately before the tour, Guay announced that the Sagamore, a key employer in the region, would be resuming operations year-round, and local officials hailed the news. Since 2008, the resort had closed down during the off-season.
The historic, gracious Sagamore Resort, for generations a favored getaway for families and business executives, will now remain open year-round, the resort’s general manager announced Friday May 3.
Since 2008 — during the depths of the national recession — The Sagamore has been closed during the winter months.
The resort will from now on be open throughout the winter months on weekends — plus off-season on weekdays if needed to accommodate groups, Sagamore General Manager Tom Guay said.
The announcement, made at a media conference on the first day the resort was open for the 2013 season, was greeted with enthusiasm by local officials.
“This is a historic moment,” Bolton Town Supervisor Ron Conover said minutes after the announcement. “This change has substantial impact on not only employment in our town, but the entire region’s economy. This is just wonderful news — sensational.”
Guay said the resumption of year-round operations was made due to steadily increasing business over the last four years, prompted in part by the substantial investment made by the resort’s parent company, Ocean Properties Ltd.
“Our summers have been busier and busier, and so were our holidays, and it was determined this was the base we needed to stay open through the winter,” Guay said.
Guay said the announcement of year-round operations was made via email Friday to the resort’s 200 or so employees. Those working at the resort were told in person, and many showed their enthusiasm one way or another, he said.
“The employees were excited about the news,” he said.
During peak sason, The Sagamore will be employing as many as 650 people, Guay said. Although Guay wouldn’t get specific about how many more winter jobs would be restored, local officials said it would be dozens more than in recent years.
Attending the media luncheon Friday, state Assemblyman Dan Stec commented on the announcement.
“This is wonderful news for the entire Lake George region, Stec said. “Undoubtedly the Sagamore’s employees welcome this news, but also it speaks to the health of the economy in the entire Lake George area. This is fabulous.”
Lake George Chamber of Commerce president Michael Consuelo offered his thoughts.
“This will draw more attention to our region as a year-round destination,” he said, noting that Bolton businesses will now be able to stay open off-season, boosting their prosperity.
Guay made the announcement minutes before he conducted a tour of the most recent changes at the resort.
Improvements this year include refurbishing the Lodge suites and rooms, renovating the Sagamore Conference Center and reconstructing the Spa and Salon.
The conference center now features a new color scheme, new multi-colored stone slate flooring, distinctive carpeting, chandeliers and furnishings — including lobby tables with massive rustic burl supports. Also, two new well-appointed executive board rooms a have been constructed.
The Lodge suites and rooms have been modernized with all-new stainless steel appliances, new cabinets and built-ins, as well as a makeover with “Adirondack-chic” decor.
The reconstruction of the spa and salon includes a new array of 14 spa treatment rooms, 11 massage rooms, and new hair styling, pedicure and manicure stations — four each — and a lounge where guests can relax and socialize, as well as new rest room facilities The spa’s lobby features a sweeping installation of blonde hardwood and glass as well as soft lighting and contemporary fixtures.
After touring the resort to see all the upgrades, Conover said he was impressed.
“The owners have made a tremendous investment in their facilities and we’re thrilled — this means so much to the whole community,” Conover said.
Guay declined to say how much these most recent upgrades cost.
Conover noted that the hotels and inns in the town of Bolton generates a full 25 percent of Warren County’s income from accommodations, and the Sagamore now being open year-round with its new upgrades is likely to have a big impact on the county’s revenue — through sales and occupancy tax.
He also said that the resort’s local suppliers, as well as shops and businesses in the region would also benefit from the Sagamore’s changes.
“Lake George is considered the Queen of American Lakes, and The Sagamore is the jewel of the queen’s crown,” he said.
The Sagamore, considered a national landmark and offering elegant accommodations for more than 100 years, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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