New York's waterfront inns

On the East Coast, spa visitors are more likely to run into bird watching and horse-drawn sleigh rides than trendy treatments with heated rocks and lemongrass-scented sweat lodges favored on the West Coast. But the historic resorts have a time-burnished charm all their own — and how often does a chance for a horse-drawn sleigh ride come up?

The Sagamore

Located in the Adirondack Mountains, the Sagamore is also convenient to Montreal, Toronto and Boston. It’s a four-hour drive from Manhattan or a quick trip from the Albany Intl. Airport, but the luxurious accommodations would be difficult to replicate close to the city.

Built in 1883, the main building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. For larger groups, condos in the nearby modern lodge buildings are available for short-term rental. Or gather a group and rent the 1890 Wapanac Castle, a six-bedroom lakeview house.

The Sagamore’s private island in the middle of Lake George offers a championship golf course, tennis, racquetball, boating and water skiing. Fitness classes are free, with rooms ranging from $105 to $460 per day. Spa packages can include seaweed wraps, salt rubs, reflexology and acupuncture. Five restaurants on the island include a variety of styles, including a dinner cruise on a sailing ship and the popular Trillium restaurant. Children’s programs are available every day in summer and on weekends and holidays in winter.

Gurney’s Inn

Long Island offers a somewhat closer spa program to Manhattan at Gurney’s Inn, which specializes in sea water treatments. Try an underwater massage in a private Roman tub fed by filtered, heated sea water, or a body wrap mixing green Argilite mud with micronized seaweed to create a mineral-rich gel.

Visitors also can experience craniosacral therapy and Trager body work or take yoga classes and nature walks along the Montauk shore. The Gurney’s property includes 1,000 feet of private sandy beach, and an indoor saltwater pool is available year-round. Single rooms start at $235. Meals are calorie-controlled at less than 1,200 calories a day.

The Sagamore

Phone: (518) 644-9400 or (800) 358-3585, www.thesagamore.com

Gurney’s Inn

Phone: (516) 668-2345

www.gurneysweb.com

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