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in authentic buildings
Great Camp 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 Great Camp 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. Great Camp Sagamore’s remote location removed from the normal hubbub will allow your full concentration on learning, the camaraderie of the people at hand, the extraordinary beauty of the land, and the Vanderbilt history that envelops you.
As a guest at Great Camp 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. Cottages sleep another 12.
There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. There is an Adirondack lean-to where you can sleep or enjoy a campfire.
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.
During free time many of our guests enjoy our 20 miles of hiking trails, playing lawn games, and canoeing. Great Camp Sagamore also recommends its history-based DVDs. Porch-sitting is also highly recommended. All guests are given a free pass to our award-winning guided tour.
Check in begins at 4P. Check out is at 10A.
Expect for a few short days to live in community in an authentic great camp. Expect to enjoy the natural beauty of the Adirondacks. Expect astonishing views of the stars, the scent of balsam in the air, and lack of traffic noise.
Great Camp Sagamore is not a hotel, motel, or resort. Expect instead, a complete experience in learning and living a “bit of history” in an incomparable setting. Great Camp Sagamore guests come for programs, not specific rooms. Expect that we will meet as many requests as possible, but can never make housing guarantees. Sagamore is able to offer you the rare privilege of staying in and learning at a National Historic Landmark. Expect a one-of-a kind experience.