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***Updated for 2019 – Stony Pond Farm currently as two listings on Airbnb, but this woodland cabin is no longer available.
The first piece of advice — never trust the weather in Vermont, especially in the spring and fall. A spring camping trip can be sweet and sunny, or it can be a lesson in perseverance, as you suffer through rain, fog, and often snow.
The whimsical weather is an awesome reason to choose a Vermont cabin rental during the spring, fall, and winter, and that’s exactly what my husband, Eric, and I did in May, when we were feeling the camping vibes, but not jiving with the big, fat raindrops that were threatening to consume us. We headed north to Enosburg Falls on a Friday afternoon for a weekend adventure. The fierce rain made it hard to drive, and also made us wonder why the heck we were going camping.
We eased onto the dirt driveway at Stony Pond Farm just as the clouds were breaking up and the sun was going down. Tyler, the Stony Pond farmer, came out to greet us and give us directions to our mountain cabin. We chatted a bit, but the sun was sinking fast, and Tyler had to be up at 4 am the next day for the Burlington Farmers’ Market. Eric hopped back in the car to follow the winding driveway into the woods, and I meandered along on foot with my camera.
Mountain Cabin is one of two Vermont vacation rentals on the property. It is nestled on the side of a forested hillside, away from the hustle and bustle of the farm. Our first views of our retreat were promising, and we were super psyched to catch the sunset as we unpacked our car. We weren’t sure what to expect as far as cabin amenities go, so we brought all of our camping gear just in case. Turns out, all we really needed was food. The cabin came fully stocked with sheets on the bed, dishes, cookware, and firewood. And we were pleasantly surprised by a sink with running water, a stove, a fridge, and electricity.
This Sweet Vermont Cabin Rental isn’t Really Camping
Call it what you will, but we’ll just say it’s an awesome and secluded cabin in the woods of northern Vermont. This cabin rental is the perfect romantic rendezvous spot — probably less exciting for a pack of friends unless you all want to share the king-sized bed in the loft. There is a twin-sized futon downstairs, so a third wheel (or a child) isn’t entirely out of the question.
We settled into the cabin pretty quickly, and once the rain stopped, we opened the windows and let the tree frogs serenade us as we cooked up our camp grub.
Tip: Mountain Cabin is on an organic meat and dairy farm. Be sure to pop over to the barn to pick up some steaks or burgers for your dining pleasure. You can thank me later.
We dedicated the next couple of hours to music, outdoor shenanigans, and late-night snacking. The stars came out to say hello and we found magic on the mountainside — everything we loved about camping with the promise of four sturdy walls and a roof to keep us cozy.
Exploring Stony Pond Farm
We gave up on the idea of watching the sunrise pretty quickly, but we did enjoy a primo cup of coffee outside the cabin before setting off to explore the farm. Stony Pond Farm sits on almost 300 acres of land with incredible views of the surrounding Green Mountains. Visitors are free to explore, as long as they don’t disrupt the livestock. There’s a pond on-site for swimming (too cold for us), trails for meandering, and a whole heap of farm animals to hang out with.
We met a few sweet cows in the field —
The cutest calves we’ve ever seen —
And some goofy farm dogs —
Mountain Cabin at Stony Pond Farm is a pretty magical escape from the rat race, but just in case you drink your fill of mountain views, adorable farm animals, and woodland hikes, you’re only 15 minutes from the bustling little city of St. Albans and Lake Champlain, and just 35 minutes from the Canadian border.
So next time you feel those camping vibes coming on, embrace whatever weather Mother Nature throws your way and indulge in a Vermont cabin rental instead. You can reserve this sweet Mountain Cabin through Airbnb. You won’t regret it for a second.
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Disclosure: As a Hipcamp field scout, I stayed at Stony Pond Farm free of charge. All of our opinions are our own.
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