Great Camp Sagamore

This weekend we went to a wedding at Great Camp Sagamore in upstate New York. Smack in the middle of the Adirondack Mountains, this former vacation home of the Vanderbilt family is an excellent example of how to camp in style.

Here are some pics…

the main lodge.

the main lodge.

After purchasing the camp from its designer, William Durant, in 1901, Vanderbilt promptly ordered flush toilets, a sewer system, and hot and cold running water installed. He added a hydroelectric plant and an outdoor bowling alley, tennis court, and croquet lawn, as well as a 100,000 gallon reservoir, and a working farm.

camp building

one of the camp buildings.

Although Vanderbilt went down with the Lusitania in 1915, his widow, Margaret Emerson, and all of the Vanderbilt children and grandchildren returned to the Sagamore faithfully for the next thirty-nine years. Not a bad place to spend your summer vacation…

birds eye view of the camp from our window.

birds eye view of the camp from our window.

Raquette Lake- as seen from our canoe

Sagamore Lake- as seen from our canoe

Now that Great Camp Sagamore is a National Landmark, they have frequent tours and all sorts of activities available. The Guilded Age Tour sounds especially fun.

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  1. LD

    I just read about you on Daily Candy this morning and was so obsessed, I blogged about you on my blog today! Love your concept, love the shop, love the goods. Can’t wait to take a trip in person. Thanks for bringing such a cool store to Brooklyn!

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