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RAQUETTE LAKE, NEW YORK

The Illusion of Roughing It: The Vanderbilts' Great Camp Sagamore

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Program #14875RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Elevation Note
Sagamore is at 1900 feet.

Itinerary for Oct 14 — Oct 17, 2014

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Type: Lodge

Description: Sagamore’s authentic buildings dating from 1897 are situated on a peninsula jutting into pristine and picturesque Sagamore Lake. The Adirondack Forest Preserve surrounds the entire 27-building Sagamore estate owned by the Alfred Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. Its wood and stone buildings are the vernacular rustic architecture on which our National Park lodges were modeled. Sagamore’s remote location removed from the normal hubbub will allow your full concentration on learning, the camaraderie of the people at hand, and the history that envelops you. As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. In summer you may be assigned to a cottage sleeping up to seven. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 99. During free time many of our guests enjoy our hiking trails and canoeing. All guests are given a free pass to our award-winning guided tour. We also recommend a cruise aboard the W.W. Durant on Raquette Lake and a trip to the “Smithsonian of the Adirondacks,” the Adirondack Museum. Sagamore has four meeting rooms varying in size from 20 to 150. Two of them have fireplaces. There is also a lean-to where you can sleep or enjoy a campfire. Nothing at Sagamore is paved. Sagamore has 20 miles of hiking trails.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
PO Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311 x21
web: www.sagamore.org

Facility amenities: Sagamore is located on a pristine wilderness lake. Canoes are available for guest use. Sagamore is also surrounded by 20 miles of hiking trails. The popular lake trail is an easy 3-1/2 mile walk.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Most baths at Sagamore are shared between two or three rooms, much like a bed and breakfast. A limited number of private baths are available at extra cost for some programs, and when space allows.. Some baths have a shower only. Some have a tub only.

Additional nights before: 99
Based on availability. We are happy to accommodate these requests whenever possible. The rate for additional nights is $99/person, which includes dinner and breakfast.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, October 14 - Arrival & Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner,...
Arrival & Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation, Introduction to Sagamore

Arrive To: Arrive at Sagamore between 4PM and 6PM for check in.

Dinner: The chef will carefully prepare buffet meals provided in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Dinners typically include selections such as: a hot entry, like creamed chicken over biscuits, veggie lasagna, pot roast, spaghetti/meat balls, roasted turkey, stuffed pork loin, or ham; salads, along with several dressing choices; potatoes, rice or pasta; a vegetable choice; bread or rolls; milk or juice. Coffee & tea are always available Note: Sagamore's buffet line is bountiful and varied. If you do not think that you can choose the foods you need for your special diet from the buffet, please supplement with your own that may be stored for your convenience in our walk-in cooler and/or cooked in an available microwave. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Sagamore's water is pure and delicious. Please do not bring bottled water.

Evening: ORIENTATION: After dinner, you'll have an informative overview of the program plus an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants during an introductory get-acquainted session. We’ll review the updated schedule, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

PRESENTATION: Great Camp Sagamore's history, programs, and preservation.

Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks is the steward of Great Camp Sagamore and is dedicated to its use for education and interpretation. Our mission is to foster understanding, care, and respect for nature, people, and their critical interdependence. Great Camp Sagamore strives to be a place where broad and diverse audiences gather to use these unique buildings and natural setting to explore and understand Adirondack culture, the region's natural environment, and our relationship to both.

Lodging: Sagamore

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Lodge

Description: Sagamore’s authentic buildings dating from 1897 are situated on a peninsula jutting into pristine and picturesque Sagamore Lake. The Adirondack Forest Preserve surrounds the entire 27-building Sagamore estate owned by the Alfred Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. Its wood and stone buildings are the vernacular rustic architecture on which our National Park lodges were modeled. Sagamore’s remote location removed from the normal hubbub will allow your full concentration on learning, the camaraderie of the people at hand, and the history that envelops you. As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. In summer you may be assigned to a cottage sleeping up to seven. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 99. During free time many of our guests enjoy our hiking trails and canoeing. All guests are given a free pass to our award-winning guided tour. We also recommend a cruise aboard the W.W. Durant on Raquette Lake and a trip to the “Smithsonian of the Adirondacks,” the Adirondack Museum. Sagamore has four meeting rooms varying in size from 20 to 150. Two of them have fireplaces. There is also a lean-to where you can sleep or enjoy a campfire. Nothing at Sagamore is paved. Sagamore has 20 miles of hiking trails.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
PO Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311 x21
web: www.sagamore.org

Facility amenities: Sagamore is located on a pristine wilderness lake. Canoes are available for guest use. Sagamore is also surrounded by 20 miles of hiking trails. The popular lake trail is an easy 3-1/2 mile walk.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Most baths at Sagamore are shared between two or three rooms, much like a bed and breakfast. A limited number of private baths are available at extra cost for some programs, and when space allows.. Some baths have a shower only. Some have a tub only.

Additional nights before: 99
Based on availability. We are happy to accommodate these requests whenever possible. The rate for additional nights is $99/person, which includes dinner and breakfast.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, October 15 - Study of the Vanderbilt family. In-depth examinat...
Study of the Vanderbilt family. In-depth examination of the prototypical Great Camp Sagamore.

Breakfast: Breakfasts at Sagamore, all in the Lakeside Dining Hall, typically include selections such as: one hot entry, like blueberry pancakes, egg strata, french toast, or scrambled eggs; hot & cold cereal & milk; a variety of donuts, bagels & pastries; and several juices. Coffee, tea, and very pure Sagamore water are always available to guests.

Morning: LECTURE: After breakfast we will meet for an overview of the Vanderbilt family and the Gilded Age era which gave birth to the great camps of the Adirondacks. We will learn the building functions and envision the lifestyle they contained a century ago. We will meet Cornelius Vanderbilt, the first American to amass personal wealth on an almost immeasurable level. PRESENTATION: After a short break we'll meet in the Playhouse to watch a short video that provides some background context about Sagamore itself, and places it on a cultural continuum that begins in the 1890s and runs directly up to the present. Sagamore's iconic structures were conceived by William West Durant, scion of the Union Pacific Railroad, and the single most important land-developer in Adirondack history.

Lunch: Lunches in the Dining Hall typically include selections such as: sandwich meats, cheeses, breads and condiments: a hot entree like macaroni & cheese or soup; various salads, like cole slaw or potato salad; cookies or granola bars; a variety of fresh fruits; milk and a variety of juices or lemonade. Coffee, tea, & Sagamore water are always available

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: After lunch After a short break, we'll look more closely at Sagamore's 27-building complex, in order to better understand the lives of the owners and guests who enjoyed Sagamore, as well as the caretakers and domestics who maintained it. Situated in the middle of a remote wilderness, Sagamore was staffed by a dozen year-round workers, and as many as 50 when the camp was in summer operation. We'll see the hierarchy that existed among the camp's workers, ranging from the Collins family who lived year-round at Sagamore and raised their five children there, to the skilled craftsmen who built and maintained the camp, to the unskilled workers who attended to the 40-building property we will take a closer look at the owners/guest complex at Sagamore. We'll visit Wigwam, where a young Alfred Vanderbilt entertained his close friends, as well as the Playhouse, where more social activities went on. We'll also examine Sagamore's iconic Main Lodge, whose rustic architecture defines classic Adirondack rustic style.

FREE TIME: After the field trip, you'll have some time before dinner to enjoy the lake and trails or to view our permanent exhibits and virtual tour or to shop at our Gift Shop. You might also try your skill at croquet, Mrs. Vanderbilt's favorite game.

Dinner: Dinners typically include selections such as: a hot entry, like creamed chicken over biscuits, veggie lasagna, pot roast, spaghetti/meat balls, roasted turkey, stuffed pork loin, or ham; salads, along with several dressing choices; potatoes, rice or pasta; a vegetable choice; bread or rolls; milk or juice. Coffee & tea are always available.

Evening: DISCUSSION: After dinner, published novelist Mary Sanders Shartle will lead a group discussion on "The First Tycoon," the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, by T.J. Stiles. Stiles intriguing look into the life of the nation's first "Robber Baron" also sheds light on the events that led to the establishment of the Adirondack Camp movement of the Gilded Age.

Lodging: Sagamore

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Lodge

Description: Sagamore’s authentic buildings dating from 1897 are situated on a peninsula jutting into pristine and picturesque Sagamore Lake. The Adirondack Forest Preserve surrounds the entire 27-building Sagamore estate owned by the Alfred Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. Its wood and stone buildings are the vernacular rustic architecture on which our National Park lodges were modeled. Sagamore’s remote location removed from the normal hubbub will allow your full concentration on learning, the camaraderie of the people at hand, and the history that envelops you. As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. In summer you may be assigned to a cottage sleeping up to seven. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 99. During free time many of our guests enjoy our hiking trails and canoeing. All guests are given a free pass to our award-winning guided tour. We also recommend a cruise aboard the W.W. Durant on Raquette Lake and a trip to the “Smithsonian of the Adirondacks,” the Adirondack Museum. Sagamore has four meeting rooms varying in size from 20 to 150. Two of them have fireplaces. There is also a lean-to where you can sleep or enjoy a campfire. Nothing at Sagamore is paved. Sagamore has 20 miles of hiking trails.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
PO Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311 x21
web: www.sagamore.org

Facility amenities: Sagamore is located on a pristine wilderness lake. Canoes are available for guest use. Sagamore is also surrounded by 20 miles of hiking trails. The popular lake trail is an easy 3-1/2 mile walk.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Most baths at Sagamore are shared between two or three rooms, much like a bed and breakfast. A limited number of private baths are available at extra cost for some programs, and when space allows.. Some baths have a shower only. Some have a tub only.

Additional nights before: 99
Based on availability. We are happy to accommodate these requests whenever possible. The rate for additional nights is $99/person, which includes dinner and breakfast.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, October 16 - Cultural/natural history hike; Entertainment from...
Cultural/natural history hike; Entertainment from authentic Adirondack storyteller

Breakfast: Breakfasts typically include selections such as: one hot entry, like blueberry pancakes, egg strata, french toast, or scrambled eggs; hot & cold cereal & milk; a variety of donuts, bagels & pastries; and several juices. Coffee, tea, and very pure Sagamore water are always available to guests.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Join a staff naturalist on a short hike onto a portion of the trail around Sagamore Lake, covering some of the old carriage roads that are now wilderness hiking trails. We'll hike out to the old farm meadow, milking barn, and sugar shack, all parts of the original Vanderbilt estate, and all now recovering their wild character as part of the "forever wild" Forest Preserve.

Lunch: We'll be back in time for lunch in the wood-paneled Dining Hall.

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: After lunch, we'll view a recent PBS documentary on the Great Camps built by William West Durant, widely-recognized as the originator of Adirondack rustic architectural design. Or for those who wish, take a paddle a Sagamore Lake, work on a puzzle, play a game, or visit Sagamore's gift shop. Or simply relax with a good book in an Adirondack chair.

Dinner: Dinners typically include selections such as: a hot entry, like creamed chicken over biscuits, veggie lasagna, pot roast, spaghetti/meat balls, roasted turkey, stuffed pork loin, or ham; salads, along with several dressing choices; potatoes, rice or pasta; a vegetable choice; bread or rolls; milk or juice. Coffee & tea are always available.

Evening: Tonight we are in for a real treat. Our entertainment is all-Adirondack, with stories and songs from a true raconteur. Crowd-pleaser doesn't begin to cover it!

Lodging: Sagamore

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Friday, October 17 - Sagamore's Past, Present & Future
Breakfast: Breakfasts typically include selections such as: one hot entry, like blueberry pancakes, egg strata, french toast, or scrambled eggs; hot & cold cereal & milk; a variety of donuts, bagels & pastries; and several juices. Coffee, tea, and very pure Sagamore water are always available to guests.

Morning: LECTURE: We'll finish up our discovery of Sagamore with an overview of the organization today, and discuss some of the opportunities and challenges that we face as a 27-building, National Historic Landmark non-profit located in the middle of the least populated county in the entire Northeast. Issues surrounding historic preservation, maintenance, accessibility, staffing, harsh weather, impending climate change and of course funding all play a critical role in Sagamore's attempt to remain a viable, contributing member of the Adirondack and New York cultural community. PRESENTATION: After a short break, we'll reconvene for one last time to examine some of the Adirondack memorabilia that the Sagamore Institute has collected over the years, including (via the magic of digital photography) several of the Sagamore scrapbooks that remain in the Vanderbilt family.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Raquette Lake, NY
Adirondack MuseumOften described as the "Smithsonian of the Adirondacks" the Adirondack Museum is a multi-building facility on lovely grounds with views of the Eckford Chain of Lakes. 518 352-7311
For additional information, visit: www.adirondackmuseum.org
The W.W. DurantThe Durant is a dine and cruise boat on Raquette Lake, the largest natural lake in the Adirondacks. Their educational narration will contribute to your understanding of the Gilded Age in the Adirondacks. 315-354-5532
For additional information, visit: www.raquettelakenav.com
The Wild CenterBuilt in 2006, the Wild Center is the pre-eminent natural history museum of the Adirondack Region. 518-359-7800
For additional information, visit: www.wildcenter.org

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