Near Raquette Lake, Adirondack Park, New York
The Adirondack “Great Camps” were built by America’s leading families at the end of the 19th century as their secluded summer vacation retreats far from the hubbub of their city homes. Lake Kora, built by the Woodruff family and for a time owned by the Astors, is probably the most picturesque of those camps. It is a sprawling “forest villa” on 1,000 wooded acres with three lakes and accommodations for up to 22 guests. Its rental rates are all-inclusive of staff, meals and activities on the property.
- Expansive wooded acreage
- Main Lodge, boat house and guest cabins overlooking largest of 3 lakes
- Rustic, comfortable accommodations
- Original Adirondack furniture
Location and Surroundings:
The camp is on 1,000 wooded acres and its main lodge and surrounding lodges and cabins overlook the largest of the camp’s three lakes. It is a one-and-one-half hour drive west of Lake Saranac, and about two hours from the Albany, Syracuse or Utica airports. Lake Kora’s location is so totally secluded that the only sounds guests will hear are the soft whistle of the wind through majestic pines, the gentle lapping of the water on the Boathouse dock or, when the sun goes down, the melancholy calls of the loons on the lake.
The camp’s original log-structure lodges with wide, shaded porches are clustered by the Lake. The Main Lodge is charmingly asymmetrical and houses guest bedrooms, the dining room, and a library and game room. There are additional guest accommodations in the Boathouse, in a cabin on an island in the lake, in a secluded Gardener’s Cottage, and in two smaller cabins. In all, 22 guests can be accommodated, slightly more if there are children in the group. All accommodations have fireplaces for the cool evenings and ensuite bathrooms. Much of Lake Kora’s original furniture is crafted in the Adirondack style of peeled tree limbs; one of the most spectacular pieces is a headboard crafted out of an entire tree, with a stuffed owl perched in its upper reaches.
Experience and Activities:
The lake is the focal point for many of the guests’ daytime activities There, a wide variety of boats is available — canoes, small sailboats, row boats, a pedal boat, and a state-of-the-art silent electric boat especially nice for sunset cruises. Fishing is excellent. Circling the lake is a lovely walking path for scenic meandering. Other walking and hiking paths, including one to the top of Green Top Hill, take guests by winding brooks, towering pines and across wide meadows. There is a floodlit tennis court and even a ball field once used by the New York Yankees for spring training. The expansive Playhouse contains ping pong, a pool table (original Adirondack-style), a two-lane bowling alley and a squash court. Less than 40 minutes from the camp is the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain, the charming little town of Old Forge, and golf.