Located on scenic Lake George, it is no wonder past guests keep wanting to return to the beauty of The Sagamore in Bolton Landing, N.Y. The Trillium, the resort's fine dining restaurant, is regularly visited by the image of a couple who were among the hotel's first guests in the 1880s. They descend from the second floor and take a seat in the restaurant's reception room before departing. Mr. Brown's, another of the resort's dining outlets, was visited by an apparition of a tall woman dressed in long, white evening attire with flowing sandy blond hair. She spoke to a prep cook, then proceeded to walk toward him, then through him and disappeared. The cook packed his things, quit his job and never returned to the resort.
One evening while working in the main hotel at The Sagamore, employee Patricia Allen-Roberts, used the elevator outside of Trillium restaurant to return her dinner dishes to the employee cafeteria.
"We have a courtesy rule that employees do not get on the elevators with the guests, said Allen-Roberts. "I checked out the elevator very carefully, making sure it was empty. I stepped onto the elevator. The door closed and I pressed the button for the basement. I stepped back one step and bumped into a person. I turned quickly to apologize for bumping into him. No one was there. But slowly, a man materialized. He was a portly man with a walrus mustache. He was dressed in a three piece brown suit. Spanning his vest was a gold watch fob."
Allen-Roberts continued, "As I stood next to him I kept getting impressions of what may have been going through his mind. This imposing figure-obviously someone very important-was either on his way to a good smoke or had had a good smoke."
Upon reporting this incident to security, Allen-Roberts learned that Trillium was originally a men's parlor where men could go to smoke and play cards. This spirit has been named "Walter" by the employees at The Sagamore and his presence is seen often. In the smoke-free environment of today's Sagamore, Walter must be an unhappy soul.
The Sagamore offers golfers the challenge of a Donald Ross, par 70 golf course. Today guests may see the spirit of a little boy from the early 1950s on the golf course or near the Club Grill. The boy was known to chase errant golf balls to sell back to the pro shop but was hit by a car while chasing balls and died.