We had a great stay at Heart of Vermont Farm which was enhanced greatly by the incredible warmth and energy of the hosts. Upon our arrival, J. Lynn had prepared a hand-written welcome card for us along with a bouquet of hand-picked wildflowers (sunflowers of many colors) which was a sign of her creative energy. They also provided a composting toilet nearby decorated with similar flowers, a glass jug of freshly pumped spring water from their deep well, and a solar shower which was perfectly cool and refreshing after a warm day of exploring. In addition, they had just mowed a large portion of their fields with roads for us to easily travel to several open camping areas. There is a real community feeling to the owner’s homestead and they are multi-generational residents of the area and know many of the local farmers and wave to them as they drive by in their pickup trucks. They also offer a variety of produce, eggs and herbs as well as placing prize-winning animals in a fair taking place that weekend. Further, we enjoyed swimming off a bridge at a nearby lake. Our night was marked by another excellent view of the solar system, and the added benefit of the soothing sounds of meadow insects such as crickets and smell of freshly cut hay. Highly recommended.
We were very glad to be able to visit Moonlight Meadow/Woods Haven. The owners were very good communicators and have a truly stunning property located high on a hill. We arrived after dark after a long drive from Boston and they directed us to use another section of their property as the current campsite was occupied, connecting with us via text, email and phone. As a result, we camped high in their meadows, overlooking nearby mountains next to their stream fed pond. The night was entrancing as the sky was very full of stars including a rich Milky Way, Big Dipper, Mars, and the occasional satellite and our big tent having a screen ceiling provided wide views. The site was largely devoid of human-made sounds, except for an occasional car passing on their road. In the morning a thick fog rolled in blanketing the surrounding evergreen trees with dew. We took a brief dip in the pond, said hello to the chickens and sleeping ducks. Then the owners arrived, even kindly offering us a coffee, and gave us a tour of their newly built barn which was very impressive being built out of local hardwoods including butternut furnishings and old-world joinery and serving as a place to hold community events. Then we finished off the stay with a delicious midday meal of local pasture-raised ingredients at one of our favorite restaurants, the Worthy Burger, and relaxed for a while in the town square, while reading some interesting books. We’d highly recommend this site.
We just came back from an excellent weekend at Crooked Creek Hollow Farm. Frank and Cayla have done a great job of creating a diverse, ecologically balanced farm, using natural methods to restore the native species. We arrived in the midst of heavy rains and microbursts which had continued for some time causing loss of power and downed trees in the area.. Nevertheless, the hosts honored our reservation and despite having to work that evening, gave us a detailed tour of the site. It was very fun to meet the pigs, which prefer to be outside in a “pig pile’ and learn more about the benefits of local, pastured raised foods which have far better nutrition than conventional products and we strive to support. We enjoyed taking a swim in the creek on the property, then set up our tent on a flat and well drained spot near a barn. The next day we purchased some of the farm’s pork and eggs, then had breakfast at The Pub in Keene, went for a hike up Mt. Cesar, and stopped in at the Monadnock Co-op. The drive from Boston is fairly fast too.
We had a good time at the private spot on Salmon Falls River. Daniel communicated regularly to advise us on check in time (7pm), places to swim and bathe (go to state beaches and ocean), etc. Since it was raining that afternoon when we found a break in the storms to set up our tent Daniel walked us to the site and showed us the best spot. The next day we drove a quick 30 minutes to a nice small beach and park called Great Island Common near Kittery which was reasonably priced, uncrowded and had some pleasant trees for shade. We also picked up some snacks to eat to skip the local diners which were pretty busy. While it is a more residential area as noted, there is plenty of space around the other houses, the price is very fair, and you are close the beautiful Maine coast line if you are looking to head to the beaches.
We just returned from a delightful getaway to Rosy Goat Farm. Bill and Trisha are excellent hosts and take the time to explain all the projects going on at their farm. They have a diverse assortment of animals all living happily there including goats, pigs, chickens and ducks and are pursuing heritage breeds, which are resilient and healthy. The spot is very private, in a corner of the property deep into meadows which features a diversity of wildlife thanks to their use of organic, low synthetic chemical techniques. For example, their pigs are good at clearing the underbrush while chickens do the fine tuning afterwards. We fell asleep with the soothing buzz of hummingbirds, and light trails of fireflies. Then a gentle rain came in about half way through the night and with an old growth grove of walnut trees above us kept the air nice and cool. The next day we found breakfast at a local bakery, Rose32Bread, which has one of the top pastry chefs in the country! The farm is an easy drive for anyone south of Boston as it avoids having to go through the city. We’ll be back.
We really enjoyed our time at Tara and Nick’s Quarry Brook camp. Tara is very good at communication which is a key asset for a Hip-Camp host. She messaged us regularly with details on the site and to check in. She also provided potable water and camp chairs at the site which was thoughtful. There is a private, clean quarry nearby for swimming which was ideal given the heat wave of the weekend, and a waterfall not far away too. We found the site to be flat and comfortable and enjoyed the sounds of animals such as owls and a rooster. We also enjoyed the town diner and general store, and a took a trip to Brattleboro to visit the food co-op and bookstores. Highly recommended.
The Hive was an interesting camping experience for us. Upon arrival we met Josh and Billy who were always available and gave us a tour of the space including the buildings, veggie garden, compost, fields, and firepits. Josh allowed us to drive our car down the newly mowed paths in the fields which made it easy to reach with our gear. Then we went for a swim at a nearby pond and returned to enjoy the sunset including dragonflies in the meadow. The sites were clean, and peaceful, in the woods near a wetland, which muffles the sounds of Route 101, so we slept well.
I booked a quick getaway to the Mackintosh Homestead. They are located far enough off of Route 31 that there was only minimal traffic noise and yet is still fairly close to Boston. Upon arrival, our host provided a tour of some of the features of the property including a tiny house which they are building. My campsite was in a hemlock grove above their field which was very peaceful and private. I also took a swim in the pond which, while a bit low due to a period of minimal rainfall, was still refreshing. For those seeking a break from technology, the property is also just out of reach of cellular towers, though the host still managed to mostly respond in a timely manner to emails. Upon my departure, I purchased a carton of eggs and then headed to breakfast at the Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough and for a short hike on my way back to the city. Overall a good experience.
Great campsite. Beautiful fields on a quiet hillside with star filled skies. Friendly chickens. Nearby river for swimming. Cute town with general store and restaurant with local organic food. Skip the hotels and camp!