Hipcamp host Colby T.,
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On the hill side and right along the Vermont state forest boundary, the Bear's Den is close to vast mileage of untracked forest. Pack a book, banjo and mandolin and enjoy the sound of the rushing brook just below the camp site. Stay high and dry on a 16x14ft tent platform. The adjoining fire pit is on a natural plateau with plenty of deadfall around to keep a fire going into


On the hill side and right along the Vermont state forest boundary, the Bear's Den is close to vast mileage of untracked forest. Pack a book, banjo and mandolin and enjoy the sound of the rushing brook just below the camp site. Stay high and dry on a 16x14ft tent platform. The adjoining fire pit is on a natural plateau with plenty of deadfall around to keep a fire going into the evening. A short walk further along the ridge will bring you to a vista of the valley below and Mount Monadnock in the distance.

The bustling artisan town of Brattleboro is a short 10 miles from our home, about a 12 minute drive as the locals go. Craft beer, art galleries ranging from the eclectic to the high end, multi cultural food and all right on the banks of the Connecticut river. Rent out a canoe at Vermont Canoe Touring Center and get out on the water. Here on a Thursday? Head to the huge local attraction of the Food Truck Round Up at the Retreat Farm in Brattleboro, complete with live music. How about a bike ride? Head out of our driveway and down the Huckle Hill to Route 142. From there cross into Guilford and hit up a country store for a Sammy or Blueberry Haus Ice Cream for a maple creemee  and go for the major butt kicker of a ride down into Bernardston MA to complete the 30 mile loop up the back side of Huckle Hill. 

*Besides Bear's Den, we also have sites called Owl Grove, Coyote Ridge, and a second platform site, Lynx Lair. We also have an option to book out our entire campground for you and your friends! Rates are $175 a night for all four sites. Message Colby to for any questions or details on booking all of Elsewhere Homestead.* 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Short walk
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Colby a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Response time: Within 12 hours

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Guided Yoga

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Into to Tiny House Living/Building

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Just minutes away from the Conneticut River, head down to the island between NH and VT to launch across from the Whetstone Stat...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

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Horseback riding
Snow sports
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Bear's Den in Vermont.

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Hipcamper Rachel
Rachel M.
recommends this listing.
October 12th, 2021

It was our second stay at Elsewhere. It’s a beautiful site and Colby and Aria are fabulous hosts. I can’t wait to return.

Hipcamper Beth

A peaceful getaway in the woods

Beth S.
recommends this listing.
September 27th, 2021

We had a peaceful time in this beautiful spot. The camp sites are all well spaced apart so you have lots of privacy, and the river and woods are expansive and fun to explore. We took a (very cold) dip in the little swimming hole on site and had a great time rock hopping with our kids. We didn't meet Colby but Aria was lovely. It's cool that it's so close to Brattleboro too.

Hipcamper Blair

Beautiful vermont oasis

Blair B.
recommends this listing.
September 6th, 2021

What a beautiful oasis Colby has created! We arrived and easily found our way to our site via all the helpful signs. The site was super clean and the stars were magical. We overall had a great stay and would camp at Colby's again!

Hipcamper Kyle

Amazing adventure with my two kids

Kyle B.
recommends this listing.
July 18th, 2021

First off, the entire Elsewhere Homestead is absolutely breathtaking. All four sites provide a ton of privacy and natural serenity. I took my two kids and stayed in the Bear Den (a pre-made bell tent on a large wooden raised platform). We had such a good time sitting by the fire, exploring the small river that runs through the property, and having a wonderful night's sleep. Both Colby and Aria are very helpful and welcoming. We will 100% return.

Hipcamper Melissa

Unique, private site

Melissa B.
recommends this listing.
June 25th, 2021

We loved it! Just a short walk in the woods but so private. We found plenty of dead branches for the fire, but they also sell bundles. The tent was cozy on a wooden platform. There was a matt on the floor as you entered and it was very clean! Very zen! I am glad that I read the reviews because we packed light. The site is up a hill. You can always take a couple trips!

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Hipcamper Emily

Magical, luxury woodland camping!

Emily G.
recommends this listing.
June 22nd, 2021

Bear's Den was magical! Colby was so kind and provided a solar lantern to make our way up to the site in the evening when we arrived. Their tiny house is beautiful, as is their garden & woodland property in general. The woods are beautiful and quiet, and the stream provides plenty of nice cold water. The outhouse is well maintained and clean, seemed like new! The tent is absolutely wonderful, very clean, and HUGE! It rained quite a lot when we were there, and being in that tent on a platform meant we were completely dry in the morning. There's a firepit and so much space to roam in the woods. Colby reccommended some local spots to eat (breakfast sandwiches at the Guilford country store are great if you're heading up towards Brattleboro!), as well as their neighbor's weekly bakery box (check out Tinybreadbox instagram!). We fell asleep to the sounds of live folk music next door - joyous banjos & fiddles playing away! It seems like the community is really lovely. Thanks for the wonderful stay, Colby!!

Hipcamper Mackenzie
Mackenzie H.
recommends this listing.
May 24th, 2021

It was so beautiful on Colby’s property. Their tiny home living is aspirational, the small creek provides the perfect background noise for camping, and even the drive itself to the property was very pleasant. Colby was a wonderful host and a caring human. I recommend staying here for sure!

Hipcamper Abhik
Abhik D.
recommends this listing.
May 9th, 2021


Hipcamper Tia
Tia H.
recommends this listing.
October 26th, 2020

Quite a late review here, but a friend and I spent one night at Colby's Bear Den and it was amazing! Not only a great location with beautiful views, but Colby was so welcoming. We did a tour of his beautiful DIY tiny house where he answered so many questions of ours and gave us some great education. We loved seeing the ways they were working on their land and watching the bees buzz in and out of their hive. I can't wait to come back next year!

Elsewhere Homestead
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