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    CLICK HERE for Sugar Camp photo gallery (24 photos). SUGAR CAMP  Until recently a working sugar house, "Sugar Camp" is by the brook that runs year round the two mile slope from Ebenezer and Rattlesnake Knob. CLICK & GO!   (On this page.)   Photo Gallery: Sugar Camp Inside and Outside (24 photos).   Amenities Summary.   About Backcountry Living (for Guests).   About access to Sugar.   Meet Our Guests at Sugar Camp. (What they had to say about it: Photos, Letters, Guest Book Entries.)   The Sugar Camp Story--How it go that way.   Guest Notes:  "We found a new world at Sugar Camp!"   ". . . a wonderful two weeks at Sugar Camp with our two little boys."   "I have some terrific memories from that (all too short) weekend . . ."   Has anyone seen the white lady?   (On the next pages.)   10 Best Visitor Information Pages. (Quick Index.)   Lilacs at Sugar Camp.  
    CLICK HERE for Sugar Camp photo gallery (24 photos). CLICK HERE for Sugar Camp photo gallery (24 photos).
    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. CLICK HERE for the kind of secluded living offered at Sugar Camp. (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.
    CLICK HERE for Lilacs 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.

    Fourpeaks is a smoke-free vacation place. No smoking is permitted in any of the Fourpeaks accommodations. See Safety First! & Fourpeaks Rental Terms. CLICK HERE for Sugar Camp photo gallery (24 photos). "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.
    Old-fashion outdoor toilet (privy, outhouse) right at camp. Toilet: Outside Privy (outhouse). [ CLICK HERE to learn about the privies (outhouses) at Fourpeaks Backcountry Camps.]
    Old-fashion pitcher pump right at the kitchen sink. 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
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    Sugar Camp.
    Wainwright Mtn, Perkins cellar and the orchard.
    Sugar Camp, 1974.
    Screen Dining Room Porch.
    Porch, fridge.
    Kitchen, dining table and parlor stove.
    Parlor stove at Sugar Camp.
    Kitchen, cooking range.
    The kitchen sink
    Dining table.
    Kitchen table, dishes and more.
    Parlor stove and bed.
    Bed, door to screened porch.
    Full size Bed.
    Sleeping loft (Not for Guest use).
    Clothes Dresser.
    Bathtub (Water heater not functional.)
    Extra bedroom twin beds (2).
    Lilacs in May.
    Perkins cellar, Bassett Mtn, the Lookout.
    The orchard, Wainwright Mtn.
    Wainwright Mtn, Perkins cellar
    Perkins cellar and Sugar Camp.
    Hammock at the brook.
    CLICK HERE for The Portable Shower Bath. Scrubbing Up at our Fourpeaks Backcountry Camps. How do we do it at camp with limited water and no electricty? We bathe the time-tested oldfashion ways of years ago. Pump the water by hand. Heat it on the stove. Then bathe from a bucket with just a rag. Or sit in a big tin washtub. Cowboy Bathing in Tub. Or an old-fashion claw-foot bathtub like a cowboy just off the range. New! Hot showers with a new-fangled portable shower. That's luxury camping! The shower is quick and convenient. Ask for one when you get here. Either way it's all educational and fun, to learn how to get scrubbed up in a backcountry setting. CLICK HERE for Hot showers and those Oldfashion Ways.

    Backcountry Living at 'The Cabin.' 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).

    CLICK HERE for more about access to our backcountry camps. 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.]

    Todd relaxing by the (parlor stove) at Sugar Camp. 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. Guest Photos 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.
    CLICK HERE for Vacationing with Your Dog Guest Book pages.Pet-friendly vacations.   CLICK HERE for Just For Two Guest Book pages.Romantic getaways.  CLICK HERE for Solo Guests Solo Guests   CLICK HERE for Families with Kids Guest Book pages. Families with Kids.

    CLICK HERE for Fourpeaks Discount Prices. Get away to Fourpeaks, working part-time to pay your way. CLICK HERE for our Work-Stay Program. Discount Prices. We love to see guests come back. To make it easier, we offer Year-round Discounts. CLICK HERE to see our Reduced Rate Plans for Returning Guests.   Work here part-time to help pay your way? CLICK HERE  to learn about our Fourpeaks Work-Stay Program.  Get away to Fourpeaks for free. CLICK HERE for a Fourpeaks Home Exchange?Have a home or apartment in New York City? CLICK HERE to learn about a Fourpeaks Home Exchange.   Never been here, but you're a student, senior, or live on low-income? CLICK HERE  for help finding an Adirondack Budget Vacation.

    The Fourpeaks Story: 1967 to Today.
    CLICK HERE for Ridge Camp Story. CLICK HERE for Sugar Camp Story. CLICK HERE for New Camp Story. CLICK HERE for The Cabin Story. Putting Fourpeaks on the Map. CLICK HERE for Wolf's Nest Story. CLICK HERE for Gypsy Camp Story. CLICK HERE for Thoreau House Story.

    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!"
    Date: 8/13/1999
    Name: Fred and Willo St***t
    Email: fst***
    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 : tf*****
    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
    From: LadyAn***
    Dear Martin,
    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
    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?"
    Has anyone seen the white lady? Guestbook Entry:

    Date : 3/15/2005    Time : 7:59 PM
    Name : Liz
    Email :
    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...

    More about this. Keep reading.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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