So, You Always Wanted to Stay at Sagamore?

Always wanted to visit Sagamore and stay to experience a laid back Adirondack mini-vacation? This month there are two options this month available to you and your family. 

If you prefer, you can simply stay in our authentic accommodations and enjoy the view of the lake while reading a favorite novel or a quiet paddle up to Lost Brook on Sagamore Lake. 

Check out these summer programs: 

Simply Sagamore/ADK 101 Weekend, July 14th - 16th

Simply Sagamore/Sagamore Wellness Weekend July 21st - 23rd

Simply Sagamore/Adirondack Classic Weekend August 18th - 20th

Simply Sagamore/ Sagamore Wellness Weekend August 25th - 27th

Come to Sagamore this summer for a relaxing experience that you will remember for years to come!

Great Camp Sagamore Recipe Collection - Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Sagamore Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
Salad Dressing Recipe



            1 Medium Shallot
            4 Cloves Garlic
            2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
            1.5 Cups Balsamic Vinegar
            3/4 Cup Adirondack Maple Syrup
            1 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
            3.5 Cups Blended Vegetable Oil
            Salt & Pepper to Taste


In blender add Shallot, Garlic, Dijon Mustard and Balsamic Vinegar. Blend on medium speed until smooth.
Slowly drizzle in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Blended Vegetable Oil to create emlusification.
Add Maple Syrup and Salt & Pepper.

Local Foods and Home Made Dishes from the Kitchen

Sagamore has a new team in the kitchen who are working to bring healthier, locally sourced foods to our guests. Under the leadership of Executive Chef Aaron Sanborn the team has crafted a whole series of recipes unique to Sagamore. The recipes are tailored to our Adirondack location and the three seasons that we offer programs.

A key part of this effort is that we are now making all of our dishes from scratch using wholesome ingredients. As of this year we are now making all of our baked goods including breads, biscuits, pies and cakes as well as our entrees and even the deli meats for our "pack-out" lunches this way. We believe that good meals, prepared with real ingredients from authentic recipes is an integral part of the Sagamore experience.

While it is difficult to find local ingredients in the middle of the Adirondacks we are working with regional food wholesalers to source our foods as close to camp as possible. We buy our fruits and vegetables from Cotrupe Produce, a family run business in Utica that gets much of their product from farms in the Mohawk Valley. Our milk, butter, cheese and honey is produced just outside the blue line to our east from the Battenkill Valley Creamery and the coffee is roasted at Chris' Coffee in Albany. 

The culinary staff is also working towards a goal of "zero food waste" this year. Food waste hurts the camp in several ways. It harms the environment by ending up in our already overburdened landfills and adds extra cost passed on to our guests. We hope that you will join us in this effort to make Sagamore a greener, more environmentally friendly place when you stay at camp. 

Sagamore Conferences Wander the World

In 1964 Dick Weiss was a physicist working for the US Army Materials Research Command at the old Watertown Arsenal near Boston, Massachusetts. He was charged with organizing a conference for physicists on the topic of "electron charge spin and momentum densities." To host the conference, he looked for a place conducive to the exchange of information among colleagues of different disciplines in a compelling but informal atmosphere with few competing distractions. He decided that the Sagamore Conference Center of Syracuse University would be the perfect place for such an event. The first meeting held that year attracted the leading scientists in the field from across the United States and many different nations. 
This experiment was such a success that it was decided to repeat the experience at Sagamore three years later. The 1967 conference proved the adage that "once is an innovation, but twice establishes a tradition." The idea of meeting in a remote location that fostered personal connections proved to be an important part of the success of that formula.
However, when it came time for the next conference in 1970, Syracuse University was already limiting operations at the Sagamore Conference Center and it was decided that the Conference would move around the world to places near the study of this specialized branch of physics, but in "quiet, pleasant and remote locations" to replicate the atmosphere of the original experience. It was also decided that the conference series would always bear the name "Sagamore" as a reminder of its here at Great Camp Sagamore in the Adirondacks. 
Through the years Sagamore Conference has been held fifteen times at sites on four continents and many countries. It has been to Russia,Portugal as well as Sweden, Poland and Australia. The Sagamore XIX Conference will be held in July, 2018 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 
It proves that the spirit of Sagamore is strong and lives on in many unexpected ways. 

An important resource for writing this article was a history of the conference written by Malcolm Cooper, of the Department of Physics at the University of Warwick. The complete article is available here