As mentioned many times before, this is a magical place. So amazing to hang out here - by far, the most scenic property / Hipcamp we've been to in New England. Nick has put serious time and effort into making this a unique place, and we thank him for being such a great host. Excited for his vision of the future - highly recommend, and want to go back already!
Richmond Hills provided the escape we needed! The site felt secluded as we made our way from the farm - it wasn't far, but gave the impression that there was no one around for miles. The smell of pine was amazing, and the crisp air felt great when we arrived.
We choose the site by the creek, which is down a hill from the parking location . . . a walk about the length of a football field. It's not too tough but you'll want to make sure you have everything before heading down. We arrived at dusk and it was cold enough that there were no insects to bother us while staking out our tent. There's was plenty of space to set up, and Frank has a great little lean-to shelter onsite. The evening stars were shining bright in a clear sky, and listening to the crickets made it easier to fall asleep.
After hiking around Tully Lake the next day, were had the opportunity to speak with Frank and his wife to hear more about their farm. It is absolutely worth having a quick chat if you want to learn more about it, and we were happy to support the efforts and improvements they've made. They offer all types of meat, eggs and veggies for purchase - I'd recommend picking something up for your camping experience, or just to bring back home! Back at the camp site we enjoyed just being there, watching the breeze through the trees, listening to the birds, getting a glimpse of deer, admiring the flora and walking the landscape.
Our last day, we ate breakfast at the top of the hill to get more sun on our skin - our overall experience was very peaceful and relaxing. We highly recommend this experience!
What a perfect Labor Day weekend at Cozy Cabin - shortly after arriving, Caroline and family stopped by to offer us some freshly picked tomatoes, peppers, and carrots. They provided us with some great information and it didn't take long to determine that these were some seriously generous, kind hearted folks!
Caroline was very attentive and packed the cabin with everything you could possibly need for a weekend getaway - board games, towels, toilet paper, trash bags, cleaning supplies, dishes, silverware, fuel, and firewood. Reminder to bring your own water, lighting, and bedding as this is a rustic cabin.
The property was mowed and the cabin was clean. There were a few campsites up the road, a handful of visitors passed by the cabin on their way up - nothing that took away from our seclusion or enjoyment. We had a great first night for stargazing and were able to get some great pics.
The cabin was quiet and rustic, and the nearby town of Manchester is a little gem. Overall I would highly recommend this listing as one of the premiere Hipcamp locations in southern Vermont - thanks Hartshorn family for sharing your space with us!
Had a great time at Greenbush Farm. Peter met with us shortly after arriving and gave us a ton of information about local events and locations. We stayed at Site #1 on his recommendation, as it was a bit more shaded. I'd also recommend Site #4 on a hot sunny day. We're so thankful that people like Peter are sharing their land with those of us that want great camping / hiking experiences.
We had a great time with Cindy, she's a terrific host! Stayed in the 'Pine Forest' and hiked both sides of the West River trail. The site (and Cindy) gave off a really positive vibe, she really seems to enjoy hosting! Would recommend and plan on returning.
Our stay at Mountain Home was such a unique camping experience! Evan, our host, was extremely accommodating - we weren't able to make it out Friday night so we booked Saturday to Monday (Labor Day). Evan messaged Friday night and said we'd be welcome to come early Saturday if we were able. Thanks Evan!
When we arrived we parked at the farm and were greeted by his fiance and two of their dogs. Evan made sure we had everything we needed, got in his truck and led our vehicle up a steep winding path towards the peak of Curtis Hill. The path ended and opened up at the summit into a common / shared area that is able to be enjoyed by campers of all three sites.
If you look at some of the outstanding pictures of mountainous views for this listing, they are mostly taken from this common area. It has a big wooden platform - good for tenting, stargazing, or sunrise / sunset views. It also has a fire ring, arbor, and a number of planted flowers that give the space a one-of-a-kind special feel.
The campsites all branch off to the west of the common area - we booked site #2. You can drive your vehicle down a short path from the common area to get to each site. Ours was extremely spacious, much more than anything you'd get at a typical campground. The paths and camp areas were mowed perfectly, the ground wasn't too hard or soft - we had no issues pitching our tent. There were also two small trees in the middle area of the site that provided ample shade, and Evan had some firewood stacked for the included fire pit.
We explored the area the next day and found yet another great view of the valley from the summit. A short path led northeast from the back of the common area to power lines that cut through the valley and up the hill. Gorgeous view! There were a number of other paths that we explored, including a path with sugar maple tubing that led down to the base of the mountain.
We had a great time at Evan's Mountain Home, it was a rare treat to camp out at the summit of this hill / mountain and feel so completely secluded. We're already talking about coming back as soon as we're able, I'd highly recommend this listing!
Had a great time at Peaceful Flow! We parked at a small white garage on the left hand side less than 100 feet before the end of the road. It dead ends on the host's property - their farmette / home on the right, and a trail to the multi-platform campsite to the left. The two are separated by a small creek that connects to the Peters River.
Our host Jae was immediately there to greet us, and gifted us with a basket of vegetables from her garden - squash, peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes. Awesome! She explained everything about their property, showed us the enclosed dog park, the spigot for water on the side of their house, and the easily accessible trash and recycle bins near the garage. She also explained that they compost if you choose to donate any of your food waste. Jae was super accommodating, she helped carry some of our equipment back to the campsite and answered all of our questions.
The trail followed along the creek for a short distance and turned left onto a path with a small wooden walkway. It didn't take any more than a minute to get from the car to the site. And what a cool little nook! It had a picnic table, portable toilet with enclosure, grill, fire pit, and 3 wooden platforms that overlooks the Peters River. We brought binoculars and were able to watch some of the local wildlife - hawks, birds, dragonflies, turtles, frogs, etc. It was a very relaxing weekend, and the location was a perfect place to kick back and enjoy.
Fair warning - if you come out to Peaceful Flow during peak mosquito season, please come prepared. You will be camping near a river, and mosquitoes can ruin an otherwise great experience! We did come prepared with permethrin treated clothing as well as spray / lotion, so were able to largely ignore their presence.
It is also important to know that you're not too far from town, so you may hear a little noise now and again (think construction or motorcycle), but it doesn't take away from feeling secluded. The campsite is just about the perfect distance away. If you choose to rejoin society, you've got a highly rated restaurant, an ice cream shop, and grocery store within walking / hiking distance to meet all of your culinary needs.
If we had to choose a single thing that made our experience so memorable, it would be the extreme hospitality of our host, Jae. It was incredibly useful to have someone who was willing to communicate well and often. This exceeded our expectations, and we really appreciated Jae's texts and attention. She made us feel welcome and was very open with her home / property. We were encouraged to take advantage of their huge dog enclosure for our beagles (behind their home), and allowed to take pictures of flowers, plants, and livestock (also behind their home). Jae asked for feedback and listened to suggestions, and shared some ideas for future additions to the campsite. Such an amazing host . . . if Hipcamp starts annual host awards, we're nominating Jae. Highly recommended, Peaceful Flow won't disappoint!
We had such a great weekend at John and Patti's Green Mountain Retreat! My wife and I visited for a relaxing weekend with our two beagles, and it more than met our expectations. The host greeted us as we arrived and made our way up towards the cabin. It rained quite a bit that day and the drive up was a little slippery but doable. Well worth it.
John came up the next day to check on us and answer any of our questions. We took the dogs on his recommended 3 mile hike around the property to Cook's Pond and back, it was fun following the directions scrawled on John's handwritten map. The dogs led us, bounding through his fields and along the roads towards our destination. There were (probably) miles of tubing for tapping the sugar maples along the way in the wooded areas, we also ran across wild turkeys and beautiful mountain views along Skyline Drive.
To cap it off, we came back to the cabin to do a little time-lapse photography of the amazing sky and cabin view. WOW! What an amazing night, got some great time-lapse footage of the clouds rolling along the mountains, and twinkling stars in the pitch black sky. Such a great time.
The Green Mountain Retreat is a great place to get away for the weekend - we can't wait to come visit again during the winter!
We had a great time at Huttopia, a unique take on camping / glamping. The campground was clean, and the large canvas tents had all of the amenities you could ask for - linens, dishes, etc. Head up north, and then west along Rt. 112 for at least 4 parks that offer hiking and waterfalls. Great trip!