Member Events

2017 Adirondack Experience
Members-Only Events

Members’ Preview Week: Life in the Adirondacks

Monday – Friday, June 26 – 30
No registration required

Be among the first to explore our brand-new exhibition before it opens to the public. You’ll marvel at the stunning new Native American gallery, and have lots of fun trying out interactive experiences like breaking up a log jam and rowing a guideboat. You’ll also see Anne LaBastille’s actual “Black Bear Lake” cabin, with her typewriter and other personal belongings, and so much more. Come anytime during regular hours, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Member Appreciation Day

Saturday, July 15

We love our members! You’ll receive 30% off your ADKX Store purchases (excluding books, consignment and already discounted items), and enjoy an exclusive curator-led tour of the many treasures to be found in our Collections Storage & Study Center (CSSC). Shop anytime during regular store hours (9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.). Sign up in the Visitor Center for CSSC tours, which will be offered at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Tour of Camp Santanoni (AARCH)

Monday, July 17 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$20 per person Optional: additional $25 for horse-drawn wagon (limited seats)
Registration required by July 10: to register, call 518-834-9328 or email

Camp Santanoni was built for Robert and Anna Pruyn of Albany, beginning in 1892. Their estate eventually covered 12,900 acres and nearly four dozen buildings, including a 200-acre working farm and a 15,000 square foot log villa that was inspired by traditional Japanese architecture. The camp remained in private ownership until 1972 when it was acquired by the State of New York and became part of the Forest Preserve. Santanoni is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also a National Historic Landmark. This tour explores the history, architecture, and preservation of Camp Santanoni, and will include stops at the gate lodge, farm, and main camp on Newcomb Lake. Along the way, you’ll learn about the conservation, planning, and restoration work carried out over the last 15 years. The round-trip walk is 9.8 miles on a gently sloping carriage road. A limited number of seats are available on a horse-drawn wagon for an additional $25 fee. When registering, please let us know if you would like to include the wagon option with your reservation. Dress for walking and weather, and make sure to pack a lunch!

Exploring Anna & Archer Huntington’s Arbutus Preserve (SUNY-ESF)

Thursday, July 20 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
$20 per person
Registration required by July 14: to register, Call SUNY-ESF at 518-582-4551 ext. 104

The Arbutus Great Camp, originally a collection of 16 buildings located on Arbutus Lake, was designed by William West Durant and sold to Archer Huntington in 1899. Over the course of the day, we will explore the history of the Arbutus Preserve through site visits of former and existing buildings, including the historic Huntington Lodge, which underwent a major renovation and is now a stunning facility for small meetings and retreats, and sleeps eight to ten guests in rustic comfort. Participants will also learn about rich personal stories of renowned wildlife sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington, and Archer Huntington, the adopted child and sole heir of Collis Huntington, a founder of the Southern Pacific Railway. Be sure to dress for walking and weather, and pack a lunch!

Adirondack Fragrance and Flavor Farm Factory Tour

Thursday, July 27 Factory Tour 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Optional lunch at Jake’s on the Water (tour members receive a 10% discount) 12:30 p.m.
Included in fee: Farm Tour and Wilderness River Walk (optional) 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
$25 per person, includes a luxury gift bag of fabulous products!
Registration required by July 20: to register, call 315-265-1776 ext.24, or email

Visit the charming Adirondack Fragrance and Flavor Farm factory, where you’ll see how award-winning all-natural handmade soaps, candles, and body care products are made. Adirondack Fragrance and Flavor Farm is proud to use age-old techniques combining the finest botanical oils with pure essential oils and fragrance blends for all their products. You’ll also enjoy hearing about this small business success story, spanning three decades. All tour members will receive a luxury gift bag filled with sumptuous soaps and other all-natural home and body care products. You’ll have the option to savor lunch at Jake’s on the Water, where you’ll find innovative, locally-sourced cuisine in a beautiful waterfront setting, and receive 10% off your lunch tab. After lunch, you are invited to tour the Farm, where many of the product ingredients are grown. Owner Sandy Maine will guide you on a wilderness river walk and tour of this idyllic property. Be sure to dress for the outdoors if you choose to attend the afternoon portion of the tour!

Member Reception and Special Lecture

Friday, August 4 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
$25 per person

Join the pre-party with other Adirondack Experience members on the eve of our 60th anniversary celebration! You’ll delight in an assortment of scrumptious hors d’oeuvres from Well Dressed Food Company, and enjoy a variety of wine, beer, and other refreshments. You’ll have a chance to explore the Life in the Adirondacks exhibition, which will stay open late just for you. At 6:30, we’ll gather for a special presentation by Adirondack history expert (and recently retired museum librarian) Jerry Pepper, on the highlights of the museum’s story over the past sixty years.

Wine Pairing Luncheon (Raquette Lake Navigation Company)

Tuesday, August 15 Boarding at 10:30 a.m. Sailing 11:00 – 1:00 p.m.
$42 per person
Reservations required by August 13 Call 315-354-5532 or online at

Join Raquette Lake Navigation Company for a wine-pairing luncheon cruise especially for Adirondack Experience members! You will cruise around beautiful Raquette Lake aboard the W.W. Durant while you savor a fabulous three course meal, each course carefully paired with the perfect wine. Your Wine Pairing Team includes RLN Special Events & Beverage Manager Rachel Pohl; RLN Chef James Pohl; and McCraith Beverages Wine Expert Carl Ciecko. A cash bar is also available. The Dining Room is heated and enclosed, so we sail no matter the weather!

Member Appreciation Day

Saturday, August 19

We love our members! You’ll receive 30% off your ADKX Store purchases (excluding books, consignment and already discounted items), and enjoy an exclusive curator-led tour of the many treasures to be found in our Collections Storage & Study Center (CSSC). Shop anytime during regular store hours (9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.). Sign up in the Visitor Center for CSSC tours, which will be offered at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Small Farm Rising (AARCH)

Thursday, August 24 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
$60 per person, including lunch
Registration required by August 23 to register, call 518-834-9328 or email

Explore a number of small farms and producers who are part of a new wave of farming in the Champlain Valley. Local food production is transforming the landscape and revitalizing the industry. We’ll visit a group of these farms and enterprises on Mace Chasm Road near Keeseville, and meet the people who run them. Stops will include Fledging Crow Vegetables, Mace Chasm Farm (meats and vegetables), Ausable Brewing Company (beer), and North Country Creamery (milk, yogurt, and cheese). Although this outing focuses on the resurgence of small farming in the area, many operations are also located on historic farmsteads. Along the way, we’ll enjoy samples and a freshly prepared farm lunch. Bring your grocery tote bag along to purchase delicious farm-fresh meats, cheeses, and vegetables!

Luncheon Cruise and Pine Knot Tour (Raquette Lake Navigation Company)

Friday, September 1 Boarding 9:00 – 9:20 a.m. Return to dock 1:00 p.m.
$54 per person
Reservations required by August 30 Call 315-354-5532 or online at

Board the W.W. Durant for an exclusive tour of historic Camp Pine Knot and a luncheon cruise around beautiful Raquette Lake. The W.W. Durant will first bring you to meet a water taxi, which will take you to Camp Pine Knot, the original “Great Camp,” not often open to the public. You’ll be amazed at the log construction, native stonework, decorative twig and branch rustic work, and the self-sufficient, multi-building complex. You’ll view the Swiss chalet, Durant’s cottage, the library, and Japanese teahouse, among other spectacular examples of Great Camp architecture. After your tour, you’ll take the water taxi back to the W.W. Durant, where you’ll enjoy a delightful luncheon on your narrated cruise of Raquette Lake. Dress for walking (no open-toed shoes) and weather – the trip is on, rain or shine!

Norridgewock Lunch and Tour

Wednesday, September 13 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

$30.00 per person
Reservations required by: September 6 to make your reservation, call 315-376-6200

Established in 1911, Norridgewock Lodge is known for its remote Beaver River location, water and mountain sports, spectacular fall foliage, and winter fun. No roads reach Beaver River which is surrounded by the pristine “forever wild” lands of the Adirondack Park. People visit the Norridgewock by boat, car ferry, float plane, snowmobile or hike from Twitchell Lake, or ski from Big Moose or Stillwater. You’ll be transported to the Lodge by boat, where you will enjoy a narrated tour and delightful lunch (provided). What better way to spend a beautiful autumn afternoon in the Adirondacks?