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Adirondack style – the origin of the Great Camp

March 12, 2011

Adirondack style is beauty and rustic simplicity combined.

The idea of a “great camp” was born in the area of Up-state New York, in the late 1800 folks from the city who could afford a vacation home traveled to Newport Rhode Island, or Cape Cod Massachusetts to beat the heat of the summer. Many found these surrounding to formal and sought a retreat in the woods.Rail road men and there crews found an abundance of hard and soft woods to build camps while working on the rails and moving these natural resources across the country. Timber was what they came for, but finding inexpensive land and beautiful water ways is why they stayed.

White Mountain Adirondack style - home on Loon mt.

The Original great camps were built from what ever local material was at hand. Much of the rustic style was due to the availability of Hemlock, Doulas fir, pine bark and stone quarried for the rail roads. Sleeping quarters were separated from the great hall, as was the kitchens. Some would guess this separation to be the rustic nature of building a bit at a time. In fact the food was separated from the Dinning area in case of fire this was done to prevent the living and sleeping areas from burning down due to a kitchen mishap. The small cabins were built to give the family or their workers a place to sleep while the main house was built, the guest cabins became part of a traditional Great Camp.

Birch Bark interior finish adds a rustic touch to a modern kitchen

The New Adirondack life style incorporates the rustic material when ever possible but new full time use requires modernization. The up-state New York camps of the turn of the century were mostly used as summer camps; access in the winter was too difficult to warrant regular trips to camp. Our modern Adirondack style home is well insulated, and has all the modern conveniences. In fact many of the families we build them for admit their White Mountain Home offers more than the home they go to after work five days a week. A rustic look used for all seasons is what we are looking to achieve in our designs. But A/C, stainless steel appliances and flat screens are part of the modern interior.

Texture is added with multiple types of wood siding

Riverfront and slope side locations beckon families to come and reconnect. These homes were designed to bring families together, and participate in group activities- recreational or otherwise. So few folks roast marshmallows over an open fire, drop a line from a fishing pole in the water, or hike a trail where you can’t hear an automobile for the length of your stroll – when they are at their primary home. But in the vacation or retirement home, work is set aside for face to face time. When you ride a lift, sit in a boat or hike a trail for the better part of an afternoon you talk and listen. The Adirondack life style is a tribute to simpler times and connecting with one another. Maybe that is why our clients are looking to build a “Great Camp”.

Ski to your door location - slope side at Loon mt. Lincoln NH

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Kancamagus Scenic NH highway -rugged good looks

February 23, 2011

New Hampshire’s Rugged good Looks. I can see the forest for the trees, I took my bag lunch for a short ride today to remind me what is outside of my office walls. The Kancamagus National Scenic highway designation is well deserved. Enjoy the views of my picnic lunch today.

Northeast highest peak

I didn’t mind a cold lunch with this great view.

the Kancamagus scenic highway

It was hard to get this shot facing due south into the sun, but the avalanche area across the valley was worth the photo risk.

From the peak of the Kanc

A western shot reminds me that this is miles of wilderness. In fact the route through the mountains is devoid of any man-made structures for 35 miles…gas up before you head over the Kancamangus Pass (one of the highest elevation drives open all year round). My outside blog –

Northern view from the Kancamagus scenic highway in February

The Northern View from today’s Lunch spot absolutely glowed with it’s blue bird sky’s…and cold stone outcropping. Follow my Local events post in Lincoln NH –

Eastern View looking towards North Conway New Hampshire…one of the highest points to have a “Peak”.

Kanc view East -towards Conway

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Alpine Lakes Real Estate – Loon area properties

February 21, 2011

These views never get old – but they do get cold. Those with children on February school vacation this week I hope you enjoy your time outside in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. If the kids are skiing at Loon Mountain and you’re looking for some expert advice on real estate drop on by my office. Alpine Lakes Realty – Rte 112 Lincoln New Hampshire conveniently located at the only traffic light in town .Just west of Lincoln is the little village of Woodstock and a great hike awaits on Mount Moosilauke.

Looking North from the ski slopes , you’ll find Franconia Notch State park, the Flume gorge and Mount Liberty.

Bundle up if you’re going to be outside this week…It’s still winter in the White Mountains, and spring skiing is going to be incredible with all the snow we have gotten so far this year. Drop in to Alpine Lakes Realty – open 7 days a week when you’re away from work we’re working. Use the Alpine Lakes Logo- icon below to search all area listings.


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White mountain NH – Loon mt ski season

February 20, 2011

What a season we are having the the White mountains of New Hampshire. Records are being broken for snow fall and ski tickets sold. The February School vacation week is upon us all the trails are open and the snowmobiles are gassed up. This should shape up to be one of the best winter seasons ever, and the spring skiing will be fabulous.

North Peak Chair.

Welcome to the White Mountains of N.H.

April 3, 2010

Life in the White mountains moves at slow pace, we have plenty of outside influence with vacationers, tourists and sports enthusiests…these are our weekend warriors. But between the ski season and when school lets out for the summer the locals (in the service business) get to take stock of the beautiful surroundings. After Loon Mountain ski resort closes April 12th, and before Mid-June (schools out for the summer) I will have a chance to hike, kayak, bike, play golf and yes work in my yard.

Summer hike in Franconia Notch state Park

It is a right of spring, and a joy of the season that allows us time to recharge the batteries, and ready for the next season about to come.

a day at the park

Whales Tale Water Park, Lincoln NH

Before the black flies find their mark, it is time for outdoor activities and as the days grow long the recreational choices are wide spread.

Golfing at the Jack O'Lantern resort, on the Pemi River

Then as the days grow shorter and the sun sets earlier, foliage will return like clock work. Hikes in the woods, or along a cool brook make the days that much more enjoyable.

Glover Brook.

As the days grow shorter still and you feel the chill from the Canadian express. We give ourselves back to winter…and the snow sports that come back to the White Mountains.

Skiing at Loon mt. Mount Washington behind me.

The White mountains offering splendid recreation all four seasons of the year. Looking to enjoy life in the white Mountains, and need a good Realtor to help you reach that goal?  Contact me I can help and I know the area like a local.

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