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At the site of old Perkins Farm, the oldest (1810) on the property, Sugar Camp is a place that blooms. With the first days of Spring the ground is covered with bloodroot, a low-growing wintery looking flower. Then trillium makes purple lights along the brook. (See photo link below.) The old farm lilac hedge blooms each year by the old cellar (restored). The crooked apples still bear. Lilies in Summer and asters in the Fall make a pretty show where the old garden used to be. For location see Fourpeaks Trail Map label [SC] and CLICK HERE for the kind of secluded living offered at Sugar Camp.
"Sugar Camp" is a lot in a small package. The main room is an open design with both a sitting area (bed, rocking chairs and a Franklin Stove) and complete kitchen/dining area. Extra bedroom. Screened porch. Water from stand pump at the well. Privy. One building, two rooms, Non-smoking, Pets welcome, 620 sq.ft., max. 4 persons. Single or double occupancy, $620/3 nights, $1240/week. CLICK HERE for a seasonal offer, promptly delivered. 11% Sales/Occupancy Tax applies to all rentals of less than one week duration. A Deposit Payment is required to secure reservation. Cancellation fees apply. See Guest Information for occupancy limitations and financial arrangements. Discount Prices.
"Sugar Camp" Amenities Summary
Bedrooms/beds: One double bed in main room. Two single beds in extra bedroom. Blankets and pillows supplied. [CLICK HERE for Frequently Asked Questions about what to bring, including bed linens and towels.]
Full Kitchen: Sink with drainboard, 20-inch cooking range with oven, 4 cubic foot refrigerator, dining service for 6 persons and a complete selection of utensils, dishes, silverware, pots and pans, including a toaster, a tea pot and 3 kinds of coffee makers.
Toilet: Outside Privy (outhouse). [ CLICK HERE to learn about the privies (outhouses) at Fourpeaks Backcountry Camps.]
Water/washing: Old-fashion pitcher pump at the kitchen sink delivers water from "mini-cisterns." Big stand pump at the well outside for more. See How to work the pitcher pumps. It's fun. CLICK HERE for all about limited water at Fourpeaks Backcountry Camps, especially in Winter. CLICK HERE for bathing and showering at camp.
Lighting: Gas lighting. No electricity. (Bring electric reading lamps, extra candles, if you like. No kerosene, gasoline or other lighting permitted.)
Fireplace/heating: Franklin design freestanding fireplace (parlor stove). Firewood supplied.
Porches: Screened porch with couch.
Additional: Outside picnic table with benches. Hammock. Adirondack chairs. Charcoal barbeque grill.
Miscellaneous: Dish soap, hand soap, sponge/pot scrubber, Comet cleaner, firewood, dish towels, toilet paper, trash bags, matches, candles, biscuit mix, honey, salt, pepper, sugar, etc. are all supplied. [ Planning your visit? CLICK HERE for more helpful information on setting up housekeeping.]
Sugar Camp Inside and Outside. [Click on Iamge For Full Size]
Backcountry Living (for Guests).
The cabins at Fourpeaks are spread out on a 700-acre property, 2-1/2 miles end to end. To maintain a safe, orderly, and clean place to live, the good will and cooperation of our guests are essential. This webpage will provide you a working familiarity with backcountry life and methods for heating, lighting and water use. Living off-the-grid is fun and educational. Insure your personal safety and comfort by learning how it works.
If you're considering a Fourpeaks vacation rental, CLICK HERE for Backcountry Living (for Guests).
Access to our Backcountry Camps. Fourpeaks is open year-round. There's auto access to The Cabin, Sugar Camp, New Camp, Gypsy Camp and Thoreau House, so you can drive right to them. But there's no "front desk" at Fourpeaks. so you need to find out how to get to your rental. CLICK HERE for How to Get to Your Rental.and What to do When you get There.
Our two remote camps, Wolf's Nest and Ridge Camp, are rented to guests who hike in. (Wolf's Nest, 5/8 mile or Ridge Camp 1-1/2 miles.) Guests at those camps meet us at our Camp Barn Office. A full orientation to camp precedes the visit. Firewood plus propane for lighting and cooking are already in place at camp. Wash water is at the Well House at Ridge, but wash water must be carried up for Wolf. Extra backpacks and a cargo sled are available for loan.
No guest vehicles. Except for short access roads off Stonehouse Road (to Thoreau House, Gypsy Camp, Sugar Camp, New Camp and The Cabin), the use of guest vehicles on Fourpeaks roads and trails is strictly forbidden.
[More about access and other travel related information, including Winter Road Condirions, Public Transportation, and more at Frequently Asked Questions.]
Meet Our Guests at Sugar Camp! The Fourpeaks Photo Guest Book. is a fun way to learn about our Adirondack backcountry vacations. Who came. Where they're from. Where they stayed. The Season. What they did here. Photos. Letters and Guest Book entries. CLICK HERE for Fourpeaks Photo Guest Book pages. Find John & Donna on Cookout Hill. Brian and Kelley climb Rattlesnake for the view. And more.
Pet-friendly vacations. Romantic getaways. Solo Guests Families with Kids.
The Fourpeaks Story begins on a ski weekend at Whiteface with my first wife in '67. I can't remember if the kids were there or not. With a busy new business in the city, I was looking for a "wilderness" place, lots of trees and space, to get away to whenever I wanted. I had in mind cheap land, lots of it, not suitable for building development. I started asking around at the realtors, focusing on the lower priced offerings. Breakfast at the Golden Arrow across from the old hotel, I spotted an old lady at the cash register, looked just like my Bubba, a greyhead Zeide nearby. The old couple pointed the way to Wilmington. A few days later Dan Deighan, the land-savvy real estate man from Placid, was driving me up Stonehouse Road in a four-wheeler through a foot of snow. I wrote about it in a poem, "Camp." CLICK HERE for the full story about The Cabin, my first camp. For the other camps, CLICK on one of the image links above. CLICK HERE to hear The Whole Fourpeaks Story--1967 to Today, 7 camps, 3 barns, 1 Stone House, 700 acres and 40 years later.
#1281 "We found a new world at Sugar Camp!"
Name: Fred and Willo St***t
Location: New York, NY
Comments: Martin and Louise, We found a new world at Sugar Camp! It has been some time since we have been
really away from all this city and we found it invaluable. Our focus now is creating time to come again for
a much longer visit. Everything was letter perfect and you were marvelous hosts. We look forward to
seeing you again soon. Best regards, Fred and Willo
#0236 ". . . a wonderful two weeks at Sugar Camp with our two little boys."
Subject: Guestbook Entry
Date : 8/16/2002
Name : Tony F**** and Diana St.***
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Location : New York, NY
Comments : We had a wonderful two weeks at Sugar Camp with
our two little boys. It was so quiet and peaceful. The starry night sky
was especially beautiful and a few times we were treated to spooky howling
off in the distance late at night. We wondered if it was coyotes or wolves?
We did some local hiking but mostly we used Sugar camp as a base to tour the
Adirondacks. We visited the top of Whiteface Mountain. We visited John
Brown's grave in Lake Placid. We visited the Adirondacks Museum in
Elizabethtown. We drove to the ferry and crossed Lake Champlain to visit
the Shelbourne Museum (highly recommended) in Vermont. But our boy's
favorite activity was swimming in Lake Everest and a trip to the ice cream
stand in Wilmington.
#0207 "I have some terrific and hilarious memories from that (all too short) weekend . . ."
Subject: Re: Your Fourpeaks visit 08/03/02 to Sugar Camp
Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002
I don't know where to begin. Sudeshna and I had the most wonderful time at
Sugar Camp! I cannot thank you enough for letting us partake of the
I have some terrific and hilarious memories from that (all too short)
weekend in those breathtaking mountains which you've deemed 4 peaks.
On our first night there, for instance, Sudeshna had fallen asleep before I
did and by the time I was ready to catch some zzzs, I realized that it was
pitch black outside and I was too scared to go to the privy by myself! But
don't worry - my little bladder did NOT burst -- I made Brownie come along
with me and allay my fears. Thank goodness for good 'ol Brown! :)
And one afternoon (I can't recall which), I took your suggestion and had a
'bucket bath' right outside in front of the camp. I only had the guts to do
it because I thought our camp was pretty well hidden from the others. I
didn't realize that we were right on the way to one of the hiking trails
until the next day when some hikers stopped by to ask us for directions!
Boy - was I ever glad that they hadn't come by while I was hanging out in my
(no pun intended) birthday suit!
Before I forget, I just want to say that I'm really glad that you invited us
back. We tried our best to leave the camp in good shape. To be honest, we
kinda tried to make it even nicer than it was when we first arrived. In
addition to cleaning up after ourselves, we left a scented candle in the
'bath' room, a red-tinted glass candle holder (with green candle) in the
dining area, sandalwood incense and a pretty wood & brass burner in the
privy, wild blueberry & blackberry tea bags in the kitchen, and
wildflower-filled vases in each room.
Sudeshna, unfortunately, doesn't have any days off from school - except for
Christmas and New Year's which she'll be spending with family - but I'm
going to try and make another trip sometime in the near future. I know my
dad would love it there - he's been having some health problems (intestinal
cancer) and I think it would be nice for him to get away for a little
while. He's kind of a workaholic but I'll start workin on him now and if
I'm really persistent, I might even get him to agree to take a vacation
before winter arrives! (Just curious, how many frequent flyer points did we
Also, I'm very glad you enjoyed the chutney I made. I do indeed have a
recipe but I'll have to do some digging to find it so I'll send it to you as
soon as I get a chance. As for the incense (isn't it great??) - you can
buy it online at http://www.sensia.com/nagchampa.html.
And just so ya know - I did check out SUNY Plattsburgh. Unfortunately, they
don't have a Master's Program in Social Work. (And I've already got a BA so
it just won't do!) Nevertheless, I'd still love to live in one of your
camps. You mentioned that Sugar Camp wasn't winterized but from your
website it seems that the cabins are available in the winter. Am I
misunderstanding the info provided? Would it be possible to live at camp
during the colder months?
(Love your poems, by the way!)
Well, I'm afraid I've written yet another tome - hope you enjoyed reading
all my stream of consiousness babbling!
Stay in touch if you have the time & take care, Anjum
"Has anyone the white lady?"
Date : 3/15/2005 Time : 7:59 PM
Name : Liz
Email : email@example.com
Location : New York
Comments : Our trip dates back many years now.
We stayed in the Sugar Camp.
Loads of fun. Has anyone seen the white lady?
She might just appear by the fire place by night,
perhaps fancying a game of cards.
If you don't want a visit- leave your deck at home...
A comment from Your Adirondack Guide.
This is not the first time Liz is talking about the White Lady,
but she won't say more.
Never mind. There are playing cards at every camp, so you can come,
sit by the fire, and see for yourself!!
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