Watch out Tiger Woods

love-opera-victoria-bakerThis Father’s Day, my Dad and I celebrated early. I usually get him something gift wrapped like a tie or some electronic gadget, but he’s not really into material gifts as I suppose most Dads aren’t.

So this year I thought we’d do something different, something fun. Ever since we played golf at Kiawah Island (one of my favorite places ever) he’s been trying to get me interested in the sport, and I thought I’d indulge him. Let’s just say I’m not the greatest golfer. Tiger Woods needn’t worry.

I was looking for a place that was not too far away but different enough to feel like an adventure. So I turned to one of my favorite historical figures for inspiration: Thomas Jefferson.

In 1791 he wrote, “Lake George is without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw; formed by a contour of mountains into a basin… finely interspersed with islands, its water limpid as crystal, and the mountain sides covered with rich groves… down to the water-edge: here and there precipices of rock to checker the scene and save it from monotony.”

Enough said. I was sold.  The Sagamore is the ultimate resort on Lake George (more information is at There are a million family oriented things to do, lots of restaurants and fabulous golf. But perhaps most impressive are the breathtaking views! I’ve never really seen such awe inspiring natural beauty.

Thomas Jefferson didn’t let me down: Lake George is spectacular, with a Swiss Lakes of the U.S. vibe.

Lake George has the same kind of storied background as Newport, R.I. During the 19th Century it was a haven of beauty for the tycoons of the day: an elegant country retreat by the Lake. Some of that history remains in the beautiful buildings and within the historic walls of the Sagamore itself.

History really comes alive onboard The Morgan: The Sagamore Resort’s 72-foot replica of a 19th century touring vessel. My Dad and I thoroughly enjoyed our cruise across the lake’s limpid waters- stunning. Cruises aboard The Morgan are included in your room stay.

Of course the Father’s Day highlight was devoting a whole day to golf on the Sagamore Golf Course overlooking the lake. The holes are routed naturally through an upland meadow in the Adirondack woods, where white birches brighten the evergreen forest. After a long game we had dinner at the Club Grill Steakhouse, famous for its rustic elegance and fabulous steaks: it’s an automatic favorite for all dads out there!.

It was the best Father’s Day ever. And my golf game? Well, thanks to my Dad’s instruction it improved! I think with a significant amount of practice I might even be decent one day. So watch out Tiger Woods.


Victoria Baker, of Greenwich, is an opera singer. Winner of many prestigious competitions, she has performed and worked with distinguished artists all over the world (notably at Lincoln Center). Should you have any questions that deserve answers and may be in print please call 203-531-7499 or e-mail [email protected]

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