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

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4 Days | 3 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Get a taste of the Gilded Age version of “roughing it” as you stay in the Adirondack wilderness estate once owned by the Vanderbilts. Camp Sagamore is situated on pristine Sagamore Lake, and its rustic architecture and main lodge with stone fireplace and spectacular views recalls the opulent era of the “Robber Barons.” Learn about the heyday of the Adirondack Great Camps and the fascinating work being done to preserve this historical era. Of course, there’s plenty of time to canoe the lake, explore the wilderness on the camp’s 20 miles of trails, play croquet or just relax.


• With experts, uncover the heritage of Camp Sagamore, and examine the lifestyles of the Vanderbilts, the "First Family" of the Gilded Age.
• Visit the guest houses and imagine servants catering to you during summer trips to the Adirondack Mountains.
• A regionally known musician and storyteller gives insights into local folklore.

Program Notes

This 3-night program is designed as an introduction to the Great Camp phenomenon. Those wishing to immerse themselves more deeply in Great Camp history and Adirondack culture are encouraged to consider program #20944 -- America's Treasures: Three Great Camps of the Gilded Age, a 5-night program that includes excursions to two other, privately-owned Great Camps.

Activity Notes

Programs at Sagamore require at least some walking/standing, even just getting around camp. The tour of the facility requires standing or walking for perhaps 90 minutes to 2 hours.

Date Notes
This program runs concurrently with Program #14872: Feathers and Flora of the Northern Forest, which begins one day earlier (on Monday, Sept 5th).

Coordinated by Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks.

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at no additional cost on this date ...
3 nights of accommodations
8 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
2 Performances


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