John is a true life-long steward of the land, and his care shows in every detail of the camping sites, this beautiful cabin, and the story that he'll tell you upon arrival. He and his wife, along with his brother, have collected hundreds of acres over the years, holding strong against the mass real estate development that is rapidly picking off the coastal land in Maine. His property is stunning; beautiful, sweeping hills and miles of forested land on the banks of the Androscoggin River in Greene, Maine. The cabin itself sits atop a hill overlooking the river and the meadow that he maintains meticulously as wildlife habitat–full of monarch butterflies in the summertime. John built and designed the cabin himself with wood from local trees, and it's even more beautiful and serene in person. We kept warm and cozy inside, even during a winter rainstorm, and had everything we needed in the kitchen to make our meals, then sit in front of the massive windows to watch the weather roll in. Despite the rain, we couldn't help spending hours walking through the woods on the paths that he maintains through the forest, breaking out every so often to trek down to the banks of the river or walk along an old stone wall. This is such a special place: we can't thank John and his family enough for their conservation efforts, and will be back soon with friends in tow next spring and summer.
WildWalkWays is a well-maintained, well-spaced out new campground in a prime location that Mark has built on his property right near the coast. Wherever your spot is, you're camping on soft pine needles in the heart of a beautiful forest. We were the last campers of the season before the cold weather hit, and Mark was super helpful showing us around when we arrived (in the dark!) and explaining his campground project. I think the sites will be packed next summer, and beautiful when his azalea and rhododendron nursery is in full bloom.
Ginny's farm is in a truly beautiful part of Vermont, and her campsites are some of the best maintained sites that I've ever stayed at. The Hidden Meadow site is tucked away in a small meadow across a bridge that Ginny's sons built to access it. There's a platform, fire ring and picnic table, and the birds in the morning make it sound like you're in the middle of the Vermont rainforest. It's totally secluded, more so than any of the other sites (that's why it's "hidden"). The bathrooms are perfectly maintained, and there are even two showers. There's great drinking water as well, and a pavilion for rent if you're in a bigger group. The farm itself is right near South Royalton, which has some great places to eat if it's raining! Can't wait to go back!