NeDad, you know your daughter well and I am confident you will be guiding her to the schools that match her interests ,personality , and needs. While she is unlike her older sibs, she still sounds like she has done very well in school and is much above average but you are looking at her in comparison to what you were used to with your other kids. I do understand that her motivation and personality are different. There are great schools out there for her. Yes, Hamilton and Colgate are more remote and Skidmore's location is way more fun and yes, lots of performing arts in that area.
I am not someone who follows or cares about rankings. But just look at your D's college criteria and find schools that both match that, plus her current qualifications and you will do fine.