| 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.|