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.
A local expert will join us at the Camp for an overview of the Vanderbilt family and the Gilded Age era, which gave birth to the great camps of the Adirondacks. We’ll learn about the building layout and operations of the camp, and envision the lifestyle of these privileged “campers” a century ago. We’ll also examine the life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, the first American to amass personal wealth on an almost immeasurable level. After a short break, we'll walk over to the restored Sagamore Barn to view a video providing background context about Camp Sagamore itself and its place in a cultural continuum that began in the 1890s and continues 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.
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
Next, we'll look more closely at Sagamore's 27-building complex, in order to better understand the lives of the owners and guests who played and relaxed here, 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. In addition to the iconic Main Lodge, whose rustic architecture defined classic Adirondack style, and the Playhouse where a number of social activities took place, we'll also visit Wigwam, where a young Alfred Vanderbilt entertained his close friends. You’ll have some time before dinner to wander about the complex on your own, enjoy activities such as canoeing, hiking, Mrs. Vanderbilt's favorite game of croquet, or simply relaxing amid the beauty of nature.
In the dining hall.
Published novelist Mary Sanders Shartle will lead a discussion on “The First Tycoon” — the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography by T. J. Stiles of Cornelius Vanderbilt, known as The Commodore. This 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.