Woodbury Meadows is the perfect location in central Vermont. Right off of the capital of Montepelier there's a lot to do while still being in a rural, lake abundant community. The Meadows are owned by a lovely couple Jon and Ann who have built a community of close friends and family in the area.
Upon arrival at Woodbury Meadows we were welcomed with silly jokes and open arms. The site had anything we needed, including a newly built bathouse equipped with organic products and sustainable lights. Jon and Ann had a lovely community oriented potluck during our arrival and we were able to see their community in full effect. During the potluck we were able to learn about their on site forraging and earth connection classes. Before you go check out the class listings at Wisdom of the Herb School taught by Annie, a close friend and resident of the Woodbury Meadows community.
The site that we stayed at had a newly built patio outlooking Jon and Ann's land across the road. There was a picnic table, firewood, and a water faucet for our own convenience. The site has a beautiful view of the property, though the ground is graveled so be prepared with insulation padding for your rent.
In the area, there are quite a few lakes with public access for swimming, fishing, and boating (I highly recommend bug spray, the flies and mosquitoes are lethal). The town of Woodbury has a small general store with a bar attached in the back featuring weekend folk music and local brews. If you're looking for a more fast pace bar, check out Three Penny Bar in downtown Montepelier just 20 minutes away. There are also amazing book stores, toy stores, and other shops in town to occupy your time during your stay. Finally, if you don't do anything else while visiting at Woodbury Meadows, make sure you stop at Morse Farm and grab a creamie and other Vermont made goods. The store is a game changer!
Visiting the lodge at Tullamore Farms was a fantastic experience. Taking a weekend trip to the lodge is the perfect get away if you are looking to have a good experience in an open outdoor space with the sound of animals, and access to near by trails and outdoor activities. This lodge is a perfect way to make the best of a rainy afternoon or evening. Lighting the fire and grabbing a cozy blanket to listen to jazz on the record player is extremely soothing.
The kitchen is stocked with everything you need to make a simple breakfast or decadent baked goods, all you have to do is bring the groceries. There are two rooms available with comfortable mattresses and bedding, each room holding plenty of sunlight. In the living room there is a cozy couch, flat screen TV and floor to ceiling windows creating the perfect ambiance. The bathroom has a shower, bathtub, washer, dryer, and plenty of soaps, shampoos, conditioners for your needs. The house is stocked with clean towels so there is no need to pack your own.
The highlight of the property is the spacious backyard, equipped with a fire pit, benches, lanterns, and citronella candles. During our stay we spotted rabbits, deer, and ground hogs. We had the pleasure of playing a good game of settlers of Catan (a group favorite) and a few leisure games of catch! The options are endless with the amount of green space.
The lodge is located on several acres owned by the host Jeanmarie. There is a functioning farm that is well kept on site however, there is no interactions with animals or the farm facilities, outside of the farm store. Though you may spot a few chickens or sheep roaming the grounds freely, like we did. The farm store is quant and carries a variety of meat, oils, and dairy products. While visiting the lodge you might want to check out the Delaware River Canal, local art shops, scenic preserves, or antique shops!
If you need anything else the lodge's lovely host JeanMarie will guide you in the right direction. She is wealth of knowledge and has plenty to share with her guest!
Wright's Farm is a delight to visit. The scenary of the Shawagunk Ridge is spectacular. The farm has an abundance of trees both peach and apple, as well as a variety of other fruit patches. Camping at the stone patio was a fantastic experience. Waking up,having a cup of joe, looking out at all the trees &mountains, along with the perfect view of the sunrise can't be beat.
The Wright family themselves are a joy to get to know. During our time at the farm we were able to spend a good amount of time with Collin Wright who runs the farm with his family and their dog Paco. The family has owned the land for a century and the stories of the 500 acres are endless. Learning about the old cows and chickens, air plane landing strip, and brewery dreams are just a few of the stories we can recount.
Despite our visit being during the off season of the orchard, we found the land to be a delight. Exploring the orchard and weaving in and out of trees was a pleasure. It's especially cool to watch sky divers jump and open their parachutes in the distance. This is a perfect weekend get away to have a beer, walk amazing views, and simply relax in private.
Finally the thing that makes wright farm truly special is the farm store. There you will find delicious house made treats, flowers, and lovely apple fire wood. My partners and I departed the farm with their famous donuts (crazy addicting), house made chili sauce, apples (of course!), apple butter, blackberry +peach jam, and flowers.
This location was absolutely a treat. My partners and I traveled to Wisconsin to visit the University of Wisconsin and chose to camp during our stay. Penny and her family were very hospitable to the three of us. They had any thing we needed. The campground was gorgeous and a wonderful place to explore. The farm really brings out the beauty of being outdoors. There are several locations on site to sit and have a cup of joe while finding shapes in the clouds. We brought along our dog Chaco and he got on great with their dog, Rory. Rory is a sweet and super soft well mannered dog! During our stay Penny had a WOOFER (volunteer farmer) on sight helping manage the farm and she was a pleasure to be around. We played board games and sat around the table sharing life stories. Truly an experience you only dream of.
Visiting Pine Forest is a must if you are looking to travel this way or even if you're looking for a joyous get away. We traveled to the farm before the flowers bloomed and it was still gorgeous.