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Artist's lodge to become warm-up hotspot for Santanoni visitors

Camp Santanoni in Newcomb will host holiday weekends with Adirondack Architectural Heritage staff on hand at warm-up stations to give tour pointers to ski and snowshoe visitors.

Camp Santanoni in Newcomb will host holiday weekends with Adirondack Architectural Heritage staff on hand at warm-up stations to give tour pointers to ski and snowshoe visitors.

The historic Camp Santanoni will be open for three special long weekends this winter. Over these weekends, cross-country skiers and snowshoers will be able to visit the Gatelodge and Main Lodge, get short interpretive tours with Adirondack Architectural Heritage staff, and warm up at the Artist’s Studio before the return trip.

“People will have sort of a warm place to arrive at when one skis or snowshoes into the camp,” said Newcomb Town Supervisor George Canon.

These open house weekends will be Jan. 14-16, Feb. 18-20, and March 17-18.

“We'll see how it goes. It's kind of an experimental thing,” said Canon.

Camp Santanoni is a popular Adirondack cross-country ski destination, and for good reason. The snow conditions are usually excellent, the trip itself is of only moderate intensity, and the historic camp on its remote lakeside setting makes for an interesting and most beautiful destination.

The round-trip cross-country ski and showshoe trip is 9.8 miles on a gently sloping carriage road. People may visit Santanoni 365 days a year, but these weekends are rare opportunities to visit the camp in winter, have a brief tour, and have a place to warm up.

As 2012 snow conditions have been light, it is best to check in advance to make sure the road is suitable for skiing. Reservations are not required. For information, contact Adirondack Architectural Heritage at 518-834-9328

Camp Santanoni was built beginning in 1892 by Robert and Anna Pruyn and eventually consisted of more than four dozen buildings on 12,900 acres including a working farm, Gatelodge complex, and a huge rustic Main Lodge and other camp buildings on Newcomb Lake. Over the last several decades, in state ownership, it has gradually been restored by a partnership between NYSDEC, AARCH, and the Town of Newcomb. Santanoni is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark.

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