Encouragement Series # 12


It’s been a while since I’ve posted in my “Encouragement Series” here. Wanted to start that up again since I think it is a nice portion of this space.

…A way to keep oneself reminded and inspired by life’s little notions of encouraging motivation through none other than words.

See all entries here.

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Lake George / Prospect Mountain Vacation Diary: Day 3


On our third day in Lake George, we woke up at the Sagamore, had our last meal on the resort (a delicious breakfast) and checked out to make the most of our time before driving back home.

We went into Lake George Village for a bit, but since it was right before the busy point of summer and families still had children in school at this point it was pretty quiet. We walked around and then decided to make our way up Prospect Mountain for what was said to be amazing views of the Lake. They were definitely amazing:


^ We had to drive to this point, and then walk the rest of the way to the tippy top. It was definitely a cool way to say ‘goodbye’ to Lake George.

More pics!:

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Thanks for an awesome mini-getaway, Lake George!


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Lake George / Sagamore Resort Vacation Diary: Day 2


As promised, we started Day 2 with a step onto the large balcony overlooking the back of the Sagamore Resort. This time, the sky was the bluest of blues and the sun was shining bright — we knew that had to be a good omen for what the day had in store for us.

And we were right! I was armed with my camera and snapped a bunch of pictures, including self-timer shots on our beloved balcony to start things off.


^ I feel like that’s the kind of picture we can recreate when we’re old and grey and come back to visit the Sagamore :) – maybe I think too much though. HaP1030171

Anyway, we had a packed agenda for Day 2 and it started with making our way into the surrounding area outside the resort to see what the little town was up to.

P1030177P1030178IMG_5902^Caught in the act of photography ;).


The Sagamore is actually its own entire island on Lake George. We had to walk over a bridge (the same one we entered via the car when we checked in) to make our way into the surrounding neighborhood.

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The town itself was cute and what you’d expect from a little lakeside ‘village’. There were lots of trinkets and antique shops, as well as characteristic elements to some store fronts.

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Then we happened upon this beauty of a place:


One of the things we wanted to do was actually spend some time on the lake. You know, since we came to Lake George and all. What we wound up doing was renting a boat. Being that JB is on boats for a living, I knew all I had to do was sit back, relax and have him take over as captain for the hour. Who’s got it better than me?


His job was steering our way through the lake, my job was to be annoying.

Just kidding, I was  just trying to document everything, gosh. :)

…Full steam ahead, and indeed, lots of pictures were taken.

P1030378P1030398P1030393^The resort view from the lake!

P1030402P1030390 P1030389^Self-timer yet again. It’s a weird angle but I actually kind of like it.

Below was my “when your boyfriend is captain” shot. It felt necessary to selfie on my phone:

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After our time on the lake, we headed back to the resort for food and relaxation – yet another glorious combo of life.

P103031911143348_10153466465117904_259929801609347119_nP1030313 P1030315 P1030316 P1030351P1030357 P1030341 ^JB doesn’t look too thrilled in this pic, but I can promise you we were loving life. HahaP1030338 ^There were so many little birds around the resort that would fly over when you weren’t looking to sneak away some crumbs left on the table. Normally, that would sound gross and annoying but I actually liked those little guys. Maybe its further proof that this place is magical. Haha.

P1030369P1030309P1030371 P1030374^We took quite a lot of elevator selfies during our trip. But for the sake of limiting obnoxiousness where possible, I’ll only include one. This was when we were heading back up to our room to change into our bathing suits and soak up some pool time before getting ready for dinner.

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^Tropical drinks for the win.

After our adventure-filled day, we showered and dressed up a bit for our last full night at the resort. More shots were taken on the balcony of dreams, of course — and beyond.

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Dinner was absolutely delicious and with yet another sunset view, we felt the need to take a bajillion pictures together to document the memories.

We opted for surf ‘n turf, and it was the greatest idea ever. So freakin’ good!

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Day 3 was spent outside of the Sagamore after checking out of our room and seeing what else was in the area before heading back on the road home.

There are much less pictures of that, but still a bunch I will document for myself in a separate post. <3


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The Sagamore Resort: Vacation Diary, Day 1


Well this only took me four months to get to…

In June, we took a mid-week, three-day excursion to Lake George and stayed at the best place I could have ever imagined, the Sagamore Resort. Literally, this place was gorgeous and I am quick to recommend it to anyone I talk to because I can’t get over how awesome and beautiful it is.

P1030182P1030414We drove up on a Tuesday morning amidst a heavy rainfall and checked into our room pretty soaked and not very cheerful. We had actually first gotten a room away from the main hotel and were not satisfied with the location or set up. So, JB decided to call the front desk and upgrade to a room in the main hotel. If we were spending the money to stay at the Sagamore, we wanted to do it right.

So, we migrated back to the main hotel and took the elevator up to the third floor to our (much nicer and more exciting) new room. It was LOVELY to say the least. As we took a few moments to settle in and take in our surroundings of what would be ‘home’ for the next three days, we were giddy and excited and our moods instantly lifted. Ironically, so did the weather. We peeked outside and the rain had stopped, clouds were beginning to part and we knew it was time to instantly begin exploring!


^ That’s one of the first views we saw as we set out to look around the resort – we were already blown away by just this scene, and it felt like the angels started singing when we stepped onto the balcony in that moment. Safe to say, our giddiness increased by tenfold.IMG_5822IMG_5779IMG_5811IMG_6027

We looked around a bit, snapped some initial photos on our phones (as you can see me checking some of those out up there, ha!) and then…with the final absence of thunder rumbling and sun saying hello, we heard our bellies rumble instead. TIME TO EAT, naturally. Our vacation was officially off to a start when we sat down at one of the restaurants, La Bella Vita for a late lunch/snack and cocktails.


When our bellies were satisfied and our buzzes started kicking in, life was truly good. We talked about our plan of action for the next few days and it really felt like we were in a different state, on this gorgeous island as we continued soaking up the atmosphere and looking out at the beautiful mountain-filled scenery on the lake.IMG_5797 IMG_5816

After our pre-dinner snack and cocktails, we walked around a bit more and headed back to the room to get ready for the night. Once we showered and got dressed, we went back out onto that balcony which we quickly learned was a place we would start each day. :) We were of course, psyched again as we looked out at the view. I didn’t bring my camera out until Day 2 which I’ll get to in another post, but we were sure to take some pics on our phones, which of course include not-the-greatest-cropped selfies:


^ Had to include that one even though it’s a little silly.


Right before our dinner back at La Bella Vita (we wanted to go back there again, bc of the sunset views we knew would probably be magical in the outdoor seating portion), we got some sangrias and walked to the edge of the resort by the lake. This was the portion of the day where we were able to watch the beginning of the sunset and chill out for a bit. It was an extremely serene moment and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the night. Some snaps of that + my outfit, for posterity ;):FullSizeRender (2)IMG_5836IMG_5847IMG_5849IMG_5854

Ahhh, paradise. <3 We ended day 1 with dinner and wine and were eager to see what else was in store for the next day!


Days 2 & 3 coming soon. :)


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