Virtuoso Life - May/June 2017 - 48
Soul of summer: Lakeside
in the Adirondacks.
Dandelion canoe paddle,
FARIBAULT WOOLEN MILL CO.
Cabin Stripe blanket, $200,
MARK CROSS X HVN
Rattan handbag, $2,095,
Women's Mountain Light
Cascade hiking boots,
V I RT U O S O L I F E
The Adirondacks of the 1880s through 1930 were a plutocrats' playground. Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, and Whitneys traded their mansions
for rustic (but opulent) private lakeside "great camps." Secreted away in
this upstate New York wilderness, the titans of industry fished, canoed,
breathed the fir-scented air, and sat down to formal dinners in tuxedos
and evening gowns - all while tended to by a cadre of staff. Today the logand-stone relics of the Gilded Age have a more democratic reach, reborn
as historic sites and resorts. Lake Kora, the former Vanderbilt retreat on
1,000 acres, has 18 rooms spread among eight log cottages. Lake Placid
Lodge features 17 cabins and 13 rooms, including Whiteface, with its
canopy bed on the porch for overnights under the Adirondack stars.
(LAKE) TONY ANDERSON/GETTY IMAGES
How to canoe like a Rockefeller.