Here's a chance to stay in a designated National Historic site. The resort is on it's own beautiful private lake, You drive 4 miles into the woods, on a well-maintained, packed dirt road to reach it. The accommodations are in beautiful old log and stone buildings. It's really unique. This camp was owned by the Vanderbilts, built in the days when the robber barons decided that a summer stay in the wilderness, "roughing it" with an army of servants, was idllyic. There is no longer an army of servants - there is a pleasant young staff, but this is not a luxury resort. The bathrooms are shared (2 or 3 rooms per bathroom), you make your own bed on arrival. The accommodations are basic but comfortable and charming. There are fireplaces galore - and working fireplaces in the lounge areas. Build your own fires if you'd like - firewood is provided. Meals are included, served buffet style in a lovely rustic dining room right on the lake. The food is satisfactory - not memorable but more than adequate in quality and quantity. You don't come here for a gourmet experience. A nice touch -- the dining room is open all the time -- and there is always coffee, tea, cold drinks and usually fresh fruit available.
Warning - there is no tv, no telephones in the room, no wifi except in one building, no evening entertainment, no bar, no fitness center. You can buy bottles of wine (the 2-3 choices of NY wine leave much to be desired - suggest you bring your own. There are some jigsaw puzzles around, and in one building a large screen with a DVD player, and DVDs, and books to borrow. It is a place to read, to think, take walks, take a canoe or kayak around the lake, and soak in the complete peace and quiet. If that is the kind of vacation you are looking for, you'll love it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sagamore, once the summer retreat of the Alfred Vanderbilt family, is now a National Historic Landmark that runs a variety of residential education programs from late May until late October. Neither a hotel, motel nor resort, we are instead a non-profit "living museum," one that attempts to allow as many people as possible to learn more about Adirondack history, nature and the Gilded Age amid the rustic beauty of our wilderness location. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Great Camp Sagamore Hotel Raquette Lake