Adirondack Chairs

I believe this was on Lake Colby outside the town of Saranac Lake

What iconic piece of furniture makes many people envision many summer and relaxation? It’s the Adirondack chair. Invented first as the Westport chair in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, it later became known as the Adirondack chair.

This chair seems to resemble more the original chair: the Westport chair – on Upper Saranac Lake

The Westport chair had a solid back, as opposed to many of the chairs today which consist of slats in the back.

On Lake Flower in the town of Saranac Lake – View from Gauthier’s Saranac Lake Inn property

According to Merriam Webster an Adirondack chair is a wooden lawn chair with a high slatted back, broad arms, and a seat that is lower in the back than the front. So the main difference in design between the Westport chair and the Adirondack chair seems to be slats used instead of solid wood pieces for the area such as the back.

Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, NY- Old Style Adirondack chairs and Adirondack recliners.

It is popular in the Adirondacks to see the chairs on boathouse docks, boat docks, around fire pits, and on beaches.

Mirror Lake

The Adirondack Mountains in New York usually has dry summers and cold, snowy winters. These chairs typically were built to hold up well in the weather.

Saratoga N.Y. area

The sloping seat many find comfortable. The position of the back area makes it unnecessary for most people to find the need to use pillows with it.

In an antique shop in Lake Placid- a combination of tree branches and more traditional Adirondack chair parts- I think the store owner said this one is not antique a local person makes them.

The size of the arm rests makes it convenient to place a drink on.

Lake Placid the lake- View from Wildwood on the Lake’s Property (hotel)
On Lake Placid- a very nice patina of wood
Two with a connecting table
On a dock with a chiminea, outdoor fireplace- on Mirror Lake
Painted with sunflowers- Upper Saranac Lake

These chairs are not just sold in the Adirondacks, although they can be seen all over the area. They can be any colour or painted with scenes on them. Do you have this iconic outdoor furniture in your yard?

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      1. I miss seeing autumn foliage, I loved the smell of the air and the change of season while growing up in MD but it never really occurred in CA and I’m not sure about TX. It’s still hot here but a bit cooler. It’s funny to say it s cooler when it’s still in the upper 80s :).

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