Great Camp Sagamore



Get a taste of the Gilded Age version of “roughing it” at the great Adirondack wilderness estate once owned by the Vanderbilts. Built in 1897 and called “the most architecturally sophisticated and influential of Adirondack camps,” Sagamore’s 27 historic buildings nestle among trees on pristine Sagamore Lake. With its magnificent stone and timber architecture, this treasure has earned a National Historic Landmark designation, and is today managed by a non-profit as a public trust. Sagamore’s remote deep woods setting invites Road Scholars to go “off the grid” for learning, relaxation and camaraderie.


Road Scholars at Great Camp Sagamore are invited to step back in time, staying in rustic buildings that were part of the original Vanderbilt estate. No two rooms are alike and bed configuration can vary. Participants have a choice of a shared or private bath. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service and no TV, so relaxation is assured. All meals are included, served buffet style in the wood paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake.


In their free time, Road Scholars can hike the trails, play croquet, relax by the lake, paddle a canoe, sit in the iconic red Adirondack chairs or enjoy the spectacular main lodge with its great stone fireplace.

Good to Know
  • No TVs or cell service.
  • Three guest phones available.
  • Limited Wi-Fi internet access.
  • No housekeeping during stay.
  • Buffet meals, bus own tables.
  • All buildings in camp are accessed by climbing stairs.


The Retreat Difference  |  The unique experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for light morning exercise, meeting a community member for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for under $200 more for most programs. 


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