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At Hamilton Field, a 19th C. farmsite ringed by pines with views of Wainwright and Jay, it's a creative copy (exact for size) of Henry David Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond, built 1845. CLICK & GO! (On this page.) An historic wood's retreat . . . For living in today Amenities Summary. About Backcountry Living (for Guests). About access to Thoreau House. Meet Our Guests at Thoreau House. (What they had to say about it: Photos, Letters, Guest Book Entries.) The Thoreau House Story--How it go that way. Building Thoreau House. Thoreau's Cabin at Walden Pond Guest Notes: "Thoreau was wonderful . . . we were amazed with the privacy and quiet offered." "So close to its natural state that you can imagine yourself as a pioneer just discovering the area." "Thoreau House was perfect for us and the baby enjoyed it too." (On the next page.) 10 Best Visitor Information Pages. (Quick Index.)
One building, two rooms and loft, Non-smoking, Pets welcome, just 230 sq.ft. plus loft, max. 2 persons. Single or double occupancy, $425/3 nights, $850/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.
Bedrooms/beds: One double bed (3/4 size, 48 in.).
Blankets and pillows supplied. [CLICK HERE for Frequently Asked Questions about what to bring, including bed linens and towels.]
Full Kitchen. Apartment size cooking range (stovetop only, oven not operative August '10), 4 cubic foot refrigerator. Dining service for 4 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: The electric pump by the kitchen sink delivers water right from the antique well at camp. [CLICK HERE for all about limited water at Fourpeaks Backcountry Camps, especially in Winter. CLICK HERE for bathing and showering at camp.]
Lighting: Electric lighting. Electricity for reading lamp, floor lamp, supplemental heat.
Fireplace/heating: Vermont Castings fireplace propane (gas) heater in The Study. Supplemental electric radiator heater in The Woodshed (kitchen).
Outdoors: Adirondack chairs, picnic table, hammock and charcoal barbeque grill in pine grove close by. Optional portable screen house. Additional fee. CLICK HERE for photo, room plan.
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.]
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. 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.
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.
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 the Fourpeaks Photo Guest Book! 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 our Photo Guest Book.
Pet-friendly vacations. Romantic getaways. Families with Kids.
#1771 "Thoreau was wonderful . . . We were amazed with the privacy and quiet offered."
Subject: RE: Your Fourpeaks visit 02/17/12 to Thoreau House
From: Darren W***
Date: 4/6/2012 6:09 PM
To: "Martin (Your Adirondack Guide)"
Thank you for your e-mail. Sinai and I did enjoy ourselves at fourpeaks!
Thoreau was wonderful and the surrounding area, truly peaceful! We cannot wait to come back. We were amazed with the privacy and quiet offered at fourpeaks. There is truly no other place that offers such a serene environment for those seeking a peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Next time we hope to bring a few friends along to explore with.
We look forward to meeting you during next vacation!
Darren and Sinai
Subject: Re: Your Fourpeaks visit 02/17/12 to Thoreau House
From: "Martin (Your Adirondack Guide)"
To: Darren W***
Darren and Sinai--
Thanks for the welcome feedback.
Yes. Come back as soon as you can.
Bring friends? Choose carefully, as not very many will enjoy what you found here.
#1893 "So close to its natural state that you can imagine yourself as a pioneer just discovering the area."
Subject: Guestbook Entry
Date : 8/29/2004
Name : The Abrigo Family
Email : email@example.com
Location : Staten Island, New York
Comments : Dear Martin,
You are a very lucky man. Fourpeaks is a unique place of great beauty
that's been kept so close to its natural state that you can imagine yourself
as a pioneer just discovering the area. One way you could determine if
potential guests would appreciate the experience would be to have them stop
at Lake George Village first and have a look around there. If they tell you
they actually like the crowds and commercialism, then tell them to forget
Fourpeaks. It takes a different mindset to go into the woods and spend the
day picking up frogs instead of cruising the T-shirt shops in Lake George!
As much as we loved Fourpeaks, though, we weren't enthusiastic about
the outdoor privies! Chemical toilets are definitely the way to go (pun,
ha-ha) and we would immensely appreciate this amenity on a future visit.
We're contemplating a return visit with some friends to share a bigger
place than Thoreau House. Ridge Camp was really attractive and I'll bet the
fall foliage season there would take your breath away! Would you be willing
to get a couple of chem toilets there for the fall season? Let me know and
I'll see what's doable on everyone's schedule (possibly around Columbus
Regards, The Abrigos
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Subject: Thanks very much for your thoughtful Guest Book entry.
Date: Sun, 29 Aug 2004 16:25:37 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Martin (Your Adirondack Guide)"
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Hello Frances, Joselito and Valerie!
Thanks very much for your thoughtful Guest Book entry.
The comparison with Lake George Village (or for that matter) downtown
Lake Placid is a good one. There are after all many (the majority of
vacationers really) who don't value privacy and are even scared to be
where there aren't A LOT OF PEEEPLE around. Asking them if they like
LG or LP village is a good way to figure them out. I'll try and
Quiet (no audible sounds except natural sounds like birds and insects
and wind in the leaves and such) is really scary for most people. They're
used to cars and planes and radio and TV and peeeple and even sirens.
A guest who just came down from Ridge today commented about that. He
couldn't hear any highway sounds at all or even airplanes. He says
he's visited lots of "wilderness" or "backcountry" places where city
sounds and sounds of motors still get in and spoil the quiet.
Yes. You can have the use of a chemical toilet while at camp. I mentioned
that in the "Thank you" letter that I sent to you following your visit
(see copy below). It's part of several new upgrade offers in my "Luxury Camping"
program. I don't want to be left behind with all the progress that's being
made to put "NATURE WITHIN REACH" to anyone who wants to take a look at it,
even for just a weekend. It's not so scary after all.
You can read something about what is "Luxury camping" and where to find it
in a magazine article from the Southwest Airlines In-flight magazine
(Fourpeaks is mentioned). Just click http://4peaks.com/fluxury.htm
Along with that "Luxury camping" page is an (almost finished page)
"Luxury Camping at our Adirondack Backcountry Camps," including a list
of new amenities available to Fourpeaks visitors, free phone service,
running water, flush toilets, hot showers, outdoor screened dining (some with
small fee) along with the already available complete kitchens, outdoor grills,
table and hammock, scenic private hiking trails, and pet-friendly accommodations.
Read about the new stuff at http://4peaks.com/foamen.htm still somewhat
"under construction" but due to be finished soon.
Thanks for thinking about coming back. You will have to remind me (my new
inquiry form will provide for it) that you want the flush toilets for your
visit. I'd love to have you back. Maybe I'LL MAKE YOU a meal to pay you back for
your friendly hospitality while you were at Thoreau.
The calendar http://4peaks.com/femail2u.htm shows Ridge is available
for Sept 11 for 3 nights and Sept 17 for lots of time, but Labor Day weekend
is already booked. Sorry. Please consider those alternate dates or maybe
Sugar Camp for Sept 2.
Hope to see you soon. (20% discount off posted rates apply for a second visit
#1821 "Thoreau House was perfect for us and the baby enjoyed it too."
From: Mandy Han*** mmhan***@***.com
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2012 08:16:35 -0700
Chris and I just want to say thank you for a lovely time at your camp.
Thoreau House was perfect for us and the baby enjoyed it too. It was the perfect getaway to a quiet place. The hike up to Rattlesnake Knob was great and what a breathtaking view of the High Peaks! I know you doubted us at first but we eventually find our way. I enjoyed reading your poetry. We live 7 miles from Sandy Hook, so I especially found the Sandy Hook poem to be right on. We will be back some time. Can't wait to teach our daughter the old ways. I'd like to make those biscuits next time so I will ask for the mix.
You have a really wonderful place off the beaten path and we admire the work you put into it and your efforts to keep it going and preserved.
Mandy and Chris
Red Bank, NJ
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