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Moonrise Forest Camp

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· Petersburg, New York
10 acres
1 site
1 Lodging
We have been the caretakers of this land and cabin since 2015, when we bought it from the builder of the modest cabin on-site, Steve.   It is our family camp, but we love to share it with friends and fellow nature-loving campers.  The land is partially wooded, and partially 'old field' that is slowly re-foresting through natural succession with some intentional interruption in order to introduce edible native trees and shrubs that are not naturally present.  In this way the land is a slowly developing food forest and also a nursery for its plant-loving stewards. Learn more about this land: Escape the city and find yourself in this off-grid hillside cabin with a deck overlooking the Taconic mountain range.   Wander through field and forest, and cool off in the nearby stream.    The cabin has two rooms, and there is a kids playground and tire swing making this an appropriate family camping getaway.    There is a solar panel providing indoor lights and phone charging capabilities, a fire pit with a grill, and a simple array of pots, dishes, and utensils.  There is a spring-fed 15 gallon reservoir of potable water that will slowly refill as well. Though not far off the road, there is very little car traffic, and the surroundings are very peaceful.  The din of the running stream is a constant, while the sounds of coyotes and owls can be heard at night.  As the name indicates, the east-facing hillside is often witness to incredible moonrises, and the stars are always bright.  Nearby Attractions: The Beer Diviner small-scale brewery and taproom is a stone's throw away from the parking area with a selection of tasty beer and some food options available.  In addition to regular hours, there are special summer events, and live music every Saturday night. Cherry Plain State Park is a 'less-traveled' state park and campground just 3.5 miles up the road, offering lake swimming, boating, hiking and mountain bike trails. Other nearby outdoor attractions include:  Williamstown MA, The Taconic Crest Trail, Jiminy Peak Resort, Hancock Shaker Village, and Mt. Greylock. PLEASE NOTE:  CAMP OPENS MAY 31, 2019 & CLOSES NOV. 1, 2019
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Petersburg, New York, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Andrew & Victoria L.Joined in June 2018
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56 ratings · 45 reviews
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Adriana R.recommends
September 7, 2022
The Dacha
Escaped the NYC noise!
We loved the Dacha for the 4 nights we were there. We took our Doxie pup and enjoyed making a fire and grilling our dinner, along with making a fire inside with the wood oven when it got rainy and cold. Having the outdoor kitchen was so nice to be present with nature while cooking. The outdoor shower and pipes for the outdoor sink made it all the much easier as well. All in all, we loved the secludedness of the Dacha and how much it makes you take in all the nature around you. 10/10. We'd love to come back next season!
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Ariana B.recommends
August 8, 2022
The Dacha
I stayed at the Dacha for 5 nights. It’s a cute little cabin with outhouse and outdoor shower, I stayed in the summer. Great for an elevated camping experience. Fire pit and small stove were great too. Great location near several state parks with ponds and some swimming holes a short drive away. Dog friendly is a plus for doggos!
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Mike C.recommends
July 5, 2021
The Dacha
Perfect place! Everything was clean and exactly as pictured/described. The pizza from Beer Diviner is legit. Can’t wait to go back!!
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Kimberly M.
October 21, 2019
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Cute stay, but a few concerns
I feel like our stay at the Dacha was at the end of the season, like it's heyday had already passed for the year. There were lanterns, but with dead batteries, and candles galore, but broken or too low to light. The biggest reason I rated this low though is because of safety. It's late October, so we used the wood stove to keep warm. My husband grew up in a house with a wood stove so we know how to use them. However, we also know they are a big safety concern. The smoke detector didnt work, and we werent sure if there was a carbon monoxide detector. The fire extinguisher was pretty high up, and full of cobwebs. Couldnt tell for sure if it was still charged. Also on the safety rules it said to keep anything flammable 3ft away from the stove, yet the bed, chair and blankets were all less than a foot away when we arrived. Just made me wonder how big of a priority safety was. Site itself looked like it needed some upkeep, and from other pictures on reviews I gather it was better kept over the summer. Host rating low just because I never heard from them. We loved the Beer Diviner next door, and still enjoyed ourselves at the Dacha. The safety though really made me paranoid during our stay.
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Luke M.recommends
October 13, 2019
The Dacha
We had a great weekend here. Got the refreshing feeling of camping and outdoor cooking with the coziness of a woodstove and comfy beds. Very private and well maintained. Hope to return soon.
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Dana S.recommends
September 29, 2019
The Dacha
35th bday surprise for my husband..
It was a magical place! Perfect for our young family.
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James D.recommends
September 26, 2019
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We really hope to return
We had a wonderful couple of nights staying in the Dacha and found it to be exactly like the photos. Very comfortable for four people. We enjoyed cooking on the open fire and using the outside kitchen facilities, gazing at the moonrise and stars at night, and sampling the beer and sough-dough pizza from the Beer Diviner (checkout their eggs from chickens fed on the used malted grains). If you want an upgrade from camping, then this place delivers. Rustic charm at its best.
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Mads J.recommends
September 22, 2019
The Dacha
Fantastic cabin experience!
Amazing little cabin! So basic yet so perfect and cosy. A lot of interesting little details makes this a fantastic cabin to visit and escape the city! Has everything you need even though it is a basic little wooden cabin. Had such a great experience that I had to propose to my girlfriend under the stays while cooking smores over the fire at the Dacha!
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Ana Laura M.recommends
September 17, 2019
The Dacha
Lovely private getaway
We love The Dacha! It is everything described and more SUPER private (we just saw other people because we went to the brewery). The outside kitchen is amazing - there's a french press, some pots and pans, plates, silverware, a one burner stove (you will need the butane), tea pot - it feel great cooking there. The chairs around the fire are super comfy and my little one was IN LOVE with he playground and toys. He was also super curios about the curios objects around the cabin/property. The natural bathtub is something else... in the end of Summer it felt COLD but we of course got in there. TWICE! If you like beer and pizza you need to hit the brewery. The only downsides are bringing stuff up (we had a huge cooler, portable crib, food etc). My husband claimed it to be the biggest workout of his life :) so go prepared or pack light. Also, the cabin is pet friendly so there's a ton of dog hair/dandruff. Next time we will arrive earlier to air it - if you have dogs allergies like me, bring your Benadryl and get a good night of sleep!
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Alana R.recommends
September 3, 2019
The Dacha
Dacha Magic!
The Dacha is a magical place. The outdoor kitchen is great. The beds in the cabin are more comfortable than you’d expect them to be. It’s so very quiet and private. The creek is beautiful and great for cooling off. We hope to visit again.
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Rags R.recommends
August 25, 2019
The Dacha
Third time the theater coop has stayed there. Always delightful! Accommodating, well-provisioned, organized and fun. Love staying there and supporting friends like Andrew and Vicki!
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Gabrielle W.recommends
August 13, 2019
The Dacha
Beautiful rustic cabin.
The Datcha is a special place. It was perfect for our kids to play and run around, build fires in the fire pit and just relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
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Michael S.recommends
August 11, 2019
The Dacha
Perfect Weekend in the Woods
Amazing place. Great little Dasha in a beautiful clearing in the forest. There are two full beds which worked great for us, two couples. The place is stocked for comfort and everthing was great!
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Katy A.recommends
July 30, 2019
The Dacha
Staying at The Dacha was even better than I expected! It's a little hike up to the cabin but totally worth it. We had a great time making dinners over the fire and then being able to sit back and watch more fireflies than we could count. The night sky is also amazing - a clear sky let us see the glow of the Milky Way and a handful of shooting stars. And don't pass up a trip to the Beer Diviner at the bottom of the hill! Excellent beer, people, and pizza!
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Ashley A.
July 19, 2019
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The site was nice and secluded. A lot to do on the property, especially if you have kids with you. I think this would be a lovely visit in the fall when it's a bit cooler since there wasn't a ton of shade access on the deck area. Being walking distance from fantastic beer was a super plus! And the creek was a fairyland. Thanks!
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Katie M.recommends
July 14, 2019
The Dacha
Magical!
We love this place! It’s so special. The fireflies, the river, the meadow, the woods.... absolutely unreal!
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Natalia B.recommends
July 14, 2019
The Dacha
This place is so very special, 2nd time here- and can't wait to come again!
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Lauren S.recommends
July 12, 2019
The Dacha
We loved our stay at the Dacha! The property was very private, the cabin was cozy and we loved having the outdoor kitchen setup. As another reviewer wrote, bring some extra shade in the hot summer months; our mornings were a little hot but once the cabin started casting shade, the afternoons were absolutely sublime. I highly recommend this spot for a cozy getaway!
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Will H.recommends
July 9, 2019
The Dacha
Excellent accommodations
A very cool and relaxing spot -- we had a wonderful time just sitting and enjoying. The proximity to the state park and surrounding countryside make it a great and simple basecamp for day stuff. One thing, the walk uphill to the cabin with gear was strenuous, even more so with the wheelbarrow, so make sure you have a strapping and capable youth with extraordinary lung capacity in your party. And a suggestion to the hosts: some mosquito netting that can be draped above the beds. It's hard to keep those beasts out, plus it'll make the place that much more dacha-esque.
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Kelly M.recommends
July 9, 2019
The Dacha
We had a great stay on this peaceful property! It was a nice step up from tent camping, especially with our active toddler. There was plenty to explore both on the property and in the nearby area. We especially enjoyed listening to live music at the brewery next door and our campfires under the stars.
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Zach C.recommends
July 4, 2019
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Absolutely magical night at the Dacha. Enjoying a meal over an open flame while star gazing was just perfect, followed by a sound night's sleep in the cozy cabin. Morning by the stream and a cool dip to invigorate for the day. Can't wait to come back.
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Andrew T.recommends
June 14, 2019
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Thank you so much for the stay! It was a wonderful stay- loved the property. Sorry for the bench and the ax!
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Erin S.recommends
June 5, 2019
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Perfect 2 days at the Dacha
A perfect get away to reset and relax..a tough enough walk up the hill with all your stuff but so so worth it. Loved the little outdoor kitchen, bring what you’ll need and cook on the fire pit, open a bottle of wine and listen to the owls and the stream. Relaxing on a rainy afternoon with the French doors open and a book was a dream. Can’t wait to come back!
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Jade G.recommends
June 3, 2019
The Dacha
Go ahead and book it!!
Ooh, The Dacha-- what a place! We're always in search of unique camping experiences and the Dacha did not disappoint! The camp was easy to find and so welcoming upon arrival. All the staples were provided for an easy-going weekend getaway. We delighted in the view, the space, the decor, and some truly sweet reading material (read the guest book for so many smiles!) It was still a little chilly to fully indulge in the stream for bathing, but I'm glad I took a quick plunge-- it'll wake you right up! We didn't bring our dogs this time, but couldn't stop thinking about how much they would have loved it, too. Bring your fur friends if you have them! They'll thank you. :) In nearby Pittsfield you'll find all the supplies you'll need, plus some great eateries and fun shops to explore if you find yourself looking for something to do outside of camp. Hopefully we can return for a longer stay in the future. Many thanks to Andrew and Victoria for opening up this space for us to enjoy <3
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Gabrielle C.recommends
November 1, 2018
The Dacha
The Dacha was charming. We spent a cold, rainy weekend inside by the fire, reading multiple books and sipping on wine. Wish we could have explored a little more but it was just too wet to wander too far. Would like to check out the Dacha in the summer months.
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Michael V.recommends
October 23, 2018
The Dacha
Our stay was incredible! The place was amazing, it was a perfect weekend getaway! I would recommend staying more than one night, it was a perfect retreat, and having a brewery at the button of the hill was a great benefit. I am going to recommending this place to my friends and family, and try to plan another stay there soon!
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Smiley R.recommends
October 4, 2018
The Dacha
The location of the Dacha house is gorgeous. Inside and outside it was beautiful. The beds were not as comfy as my guest and I would have hoped so there is that and it gets a bit chilly although there is a wood oven and extra blankets in the cabin to keep you warm. It is a very rustic affair, be prepared for that and you will enjoy.
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Jesse M.recommends
September 21, 2018
The Dacha
Such a lovely spot! Very peaceful, beautiful view, and just the right level of civilized to make it easy without too much planning ahead. And having the Beer Diviner around the corner is so sweet! We’ll be back.
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Virginia E.recommends
September 3, 2018
The Dacha
The Dacha is all kinds of low-pressure perfect. Just far away from the urban bustle to be truly relaxing, but still easy to get to. Everything you need for a almost-no-prep camping trip -- outdoor kitchen! electric lights! composting outhouse! beds! -- with nothing unnecessary, extra, or superfluous. On top of it all, magical details: a gorgeous hillside and fire circle for star-gazing, a natural bathtub craved out of the spring, the song of coyotes at night, the twinkle of moonlight in mirrors.
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Rachel L.recommends
September 2, 2018
The Dacha
We had a wonderful stay at the cabin with our two young children. It was well-equipped, and the perfect combo of rustic and comfortable. A nice, easy getaway without having to worry about packing too much stuff! Thank you Andrew and Vicky for a lovely night away! -Rachel and Phil
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