The elite rich thought of coming to the Adirondacks in the summer as "roughing it." The main duty of a lady guest at the hotel was to change her attire three times a day and especially to dress elegantly for dinner wearing her best diamonds, which kept her personal maid constantly on the move between styling coiffures, lacing whale-bone corsets and emptying chamber pots. Days were spent sitting on the verandas and viewing the sailboats and motor launches of other rich vacationers, with occasional walks in the gardens or a walk by the lake shore. A wide porch ran the length of the building on the lake side, which was a promenade and a social activities center for the guests. Sometimes, as the ladies regaled their friends about how rich their husbands were, they passed the time playing cards. Overworked nannies chased their spoiled charges to keep them from doing harm to themselves or to each other.