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Karen Watson Named Spa Director at the Sagamore

AUGUST 6, 2008. Karen Watson has joined The Sagamore as spa director of The Sagamore Spa and Fitness Center. Watson brings nearly ten years of spa management experience to her new position, garnered in leading hotel destination spas across New England.

At The Sagamore, Watson will be responsible for the overall operations of the spa, salon, fitness and waterfront activities. This includes staff development and training, design and implementation of new services, treatments and activities, quality assurance, budgeting and guest relations.

Prior to joining The Sagamore, Watson was spa manager of Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY, where she managed four distinct operations within the resort including The Salon and Day Spa, Tower Fitness Club, Skana Spa and Lodge Fitness Center. She was an integral part of the team involved in concept, design and opening of Skana Spa in 2006. Before that, Watson was with Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires in Lenox, MA, where she began her career in 1999 as Program Coordinator. She worked her way through a variety of positions of increasing responsibility, including massage administrator and massage director, ultimately being named assistant spa manager in 2004.

Watson's professional affiliations include membership in the International Spa Association (ISPA) and New York Spa Promotion Alliance (NYSPA), where she has served on the Board of Directors since 2007.

Recently renovated, The Sagamore Spa and Fitness Center preserves the resort's singular setting overlooking Lake George and the Adirondacks while expanding and enhancing its atmosphere of tranquility. The Sagamore Spa offers 13 treatment rooms in which guests can enjoy a wide selection of services performed by specially-trained and licensed therapists, including the newly-added Crystalline Massage and Facial.

In addition to its range of spa amenities and treatments, the facility features a 3,800-square-foot glass-enclosed exercise studio with panoramic views of Lake George. State-of-the-art equipment and a comprehensive array of exercise classes and opportunities, including stretching, aerobics, step aerobics, water aerobics, yoga and private hikes up an Adirondack peak, are among the Spa's offerings. The center offers advanced cardiovascular and fitness equipment, including a 12-station Cybex(R) Strength Circuit, Stairmasters(R), Lifecycles(R), Concept II Rowers and True Treadmills. Personal training, fitness evaluations and personalized home exercise programs are available as well.

Coming Up In The August Online Hotel Business Review


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Food & Beverage: Going Casual
According to industry tracker PKF Hospitality Research, food and beverage sales represent the second- largest source of revenue for full-service hotels behind rooms. Given its financial importance, hotel operators are constantly adapting and evolving their F&B operations in order to remain current with industry trends and to meet (and exceed) guest expectations. Recent food developments which continue to proliferate include the farm-to-table movement; customized menus for those who are vegan, vegetarian, paleo or gluten-free; the appearance of smaller dishes on tasting menus; and creatively- prepared comfort foods served in more casual settings. In fact, there is a growing emphasis in the entire industry on more casual food operations. Customers are eschewing the typical breakfast-lunch- dinner/appetizer-entrée-dessert model in favor of "fast-casual" menus and service (think Panera, Chipotle or Cosi as examples). Even better if these menus are also available throughout the property, especially in social-gathering areas like the lobby, pool or bar. Some hotels are also experimenting with "pop-up" restaurants - a temporary dining option with edgy menus and design served in unexpected locations (like rooftops or lobbies) - as a way to keep things energetic and fresh. Another trend which applies to both food and wine is the option to purchase food and beverages in multiple sizes. Some operations are giving their customers the opportunity to choose - a three ounce pour of wine or a nine-ounce pour; a six-ounce filet or a twelve-ounce - the customers decide their portion size and pay accordingly. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will document all these trends and challenges in the food and beverage sector, and report on what some leading hotels are doing to enhance this area of their business.