Looking for some winter fun? Join AARCH for one of the 2016 Winter Weekends at Great Camp Santanoni. These popular events are set for January 16-18 (Martin Luther King Day weekend), February 13-15 (President’s Day weekend), and March 12-13. The 10-mile round trip to the Camp on skies or snowshoes takes you through a wonderland of snow-covered woodland and mountain scenery before reaching the incredible collection of buildings at the end of the old road. Gently rolling hills and long easy flat stretches make it an inviting cross-country ski for novices. Just remember that what goes in, must come out and plan for several hours of skiing. (There is no vehicle access to Santanoni).
On Winter Weekends you can start your journey into the past at the Gate House, a destination all by itself if you’re pressed for time. DEC staff there can help you with visitor information and snowshoes to loan — it’s open from 9am-4pm. If you’re just up for a short outdoor experience, head for the Farm buildings about 1 mile from the trail sign-in. This is an easy destination that still gives you a feel for life at the great camp through the rustic architecture and natural materials of the buildings. You’ll see the trail for the Adirondack Interpretive Center and can take a side trip there if you like. The AIC has miles of trails to explore and a warm and welcoming visitors center.
For many residents and visitors a winter trip to Santanoni is a highlight of the season and Winter Weekends are a great time to come. After an envigorating ski or snowshoe, you’ll look forward to warming up and resting by the woodstove in the Artist’s Studio on the shores of Newcomb Lake. Ask the AARCH volunteers at the Studio about the artist who painted there and admire the beautiful light that streams through the large windows. Pour yourself a mug of hot chocolate, coffee or tea (bring your own cup). Then take a walk through the Main Lodge, Boathouse and other buildings to experience the magic of Santanoni in winter time. We’ll be leading tours and talking about the history, design, and family life at this unique and beautiful historic site. Before turning your skis homeward, we hope you’ll sign up as a Friend of Camp Santanoni and help AARCH maintain and continue to restore this treasure.
You can make the trip out to Camp Santanoni anytime, of course. It’s pwned by the people of New York and is there for you to experience on your own 365 days a year. But you’ll really enjoy the Winter Weekends so join us for a visit on one of these special days. Winter Weekends are sponsored by Adirondack Architectural Heritage, NY Department of Environmental Conservation and the Town of Newcomb. Find out more about Camp Santanoni here or call the AARCH office at 518-834-9328 for information.
Our 2016 Winter Weekends media sponsor is North Country Public Radio. Thanks to NCPR for all you do.