Mn Fast Boat,
Let me pipe right in here.
I live on Lake George Ny, which is 25 miles north of Saratoga.
The boating is excellent. Lake George is 32 miles in length with alot of go-fast boats. Very clean lake as you can see bottom up to 25 feet down. Houses still use lake for drinking water. Besides Lake George you have Lake Champlain an hour away, the Hudson 10 minutes away in which you can go anywheres in the world from and you are about 2,5 hours from the Atlantic.
As far as the City goes, It is about 200 years old, very very quaint and high class. Summer time in August the night life is out of this world Due to the flat track (horses) I cant compare it to Your area but if you were to come in and check out the area I work right at the Airport and would be more than happy to pick you up and give you a grand tour of the entire capitol region.
My # is 518 361-0811 or home is 518 644-9115
I would hook up with Shane and get his opinion also as he has lived in this area for a long time
Fell free to call and ask anything