Adirondack Gilded Age Tour

Adirondack Gilded Age Tour

Experience the Adirondacks like the rich and famous

During the late 1800s, the Gilded Age brought some of America's wealthiest people to the Adirondacks. Soon, an influx of wealthy tycoons such as Alfred Vanderbilt, J.P. Morgan, Collis P. Huntington, Andrew Carnegie, and Robert Collier were building their lavish summer retreats on the shores of the Adirondacks' breathtaking lakes and ponds. It was during this time the Great Camp style of architecture was born. And while the names of the people who built these camps are impressive, it's the names of those they entertained here — and the extravagant lengths they went to create luxurious estates in the Adirondacks — that is even more intriguing. 

Set out on your own Gilded Age adventure!

Adirondack Gilded Age Tour



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Adirondack Gilded Age Tour Itinerary

Hotel SaranacSaranac Lake

100 Main Street(518) 891-6900

In a six-million-acre wood dubbed one of America’s best playgrounds, a spirited sanctuary debuts. Welcome to the all-new Hotel Saranac – an Adirondack hotel like none that have come before. Sited at the heart of a buzzing micropolitan village, Hotel Saranac delivers an experience rich with cultured comforts, creative cuisine, wit, and whimsy – an irresistible place. From its sentinel post at the village center, to its colorful history as a social hub, the Hotel Saranac...

White Pine Camp - Classic Adirondack LodgingPaul Smiths

432 White Pine Road(518) 327-3030

Welcome to White Pine Camp, a lovingly restored Adirondack Great Camp that once was the 1926 Summer White House of President Calvin Coolidge. White Pine Camp offers a year-round retreat in unparalleled natural surroundings. Here, guests receive the key to peace and tranquility and a place to recharge the spirit. When you stay at White Pine Camp, you may choose from 13 distinctive cabins and cottages with soaring roof lines, hand-built Adirondack style furniture, stone fireplaces or wood stoves...

Raquette River OutfittersTupper Lake

1754 State Route 30(518) 359-3228

Complete canoe and kayak outfitter offering canoe, kayak, and SUP rentals and sales, camping equipment, maps, paddle gear,  fly fishing supplies and Guided Trips. Stop in and plan your Adirondack paddle trip! Conveniently located by the route 30 bridge in Tupper Lake, Raquette River Outfitters rents a wide variety of kayaks, lightweight canoes, SUP's and paddling gear. Affordable day rates & discounted weekly rentals are available on their large assortment of paddling...

Camp Santanoni PreserveNewcomb

Route 28N, Santanoni Road(518) 532-7675

Open year-round. Call (518) 834-9328 for tour information, or visit our website. Attractions Over 45 buildings make up the entire complex, which encompasses 12,900 acres. Few other Adirondack Great Camps feature as many buildings and property, and offer such outstanding examples of rustic architecture. Visitors to the main lodge on Newcomb Lake must hike, ski, or ride 5 miles through the woods from the Gate Lodge parking area. Motorized vehicles are not allowed. Interpreters are on-site...

Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain LakeBlue Mountain Lake

9097 Route 30(518) 352-7311

New Season, New Name, New Experiences   NOTICE: the museum will be closed for the 2020 season. Please visit the museum website for unique online offerings, including virtual tours and educational activities.   The newly renamed Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake is open for its 60th season, offering the most immersive and diverse visitor experience in its six decades.   Perched on 121 sprawling acres overlooking stunning Blue Mountain Lake, the...

Great Camp SagamoreRaquette Lake

Sagamore Rd(315) 354-5311 ext: 21

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...

W.W. Durant Cruise & DineRaquette Lake

254 Antlers Road(315) 354-5532

ALL ABOARD! The best way to enjoy beautiful Raquette Lake is from the deck of the W.W. Durant. Cool breezes. Breathtaking scenery. Fascinating history. Scrumptious food. The W.W. Durant cruises daily end of June through Labor Day. There are 16 cruises per week in July and August through Labor Day. We have something for just about everyone: Monday and Friday nights is the certified Angus buffet dinner cruise, the four course plated traditional dinner cruise is Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday....