Bring no sleeping bags; pack no coolers, this yurt has everything you need. You will sleep in a four poster bed and awaken to birdsong. Glamourous camping, nestled in a shady spot near babbling brooks, on a working farm. Cross the hanging bridge to visit the farm animals.
The yurt is a lovely place to sleep with a four poster bed. It has cooking facilities and water. There is no electricity, however, there are gas lights. It is highly recommended you bring at least one head lamp. For wifi, the quaint library in the village offers free service and computers to the public.
Bikes and canoes available to borrow, but you need roof racks for your car.
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There are many things to see and do in our area. Lovely hikes to waterfalls, bikes rides, canoeing, farmer's markets, flea markets and more.
You can visit the whole farm.
Here is a list of things to do in and around Newfane
Great places to eat close by:
The Four Columns: right down in the village, with both a bar menu and a regular menu. Slightly fancy, but you can sit at the bar for a relaxed meal. Closed either Monday or Tuesday, so check before you go on those days.
The Eatery: the cool place to eat, they are only open Thursday-Sunday. There is often a line particularly at around 7. Thursday and Sunday are pizza nights, Friday and Saturday are taco nights. To go to Williamsville, take Route 30 south, just past Newbrook Elementary, turn right on Grime’s Hill Road. Go straight for about 2-3 miles to stop sign, go straight, Eatery is on your right.
Rick’s Tavern: basic bar food and bar. Route 30 just south of Newfane. Creemies for sale at window. Not great food, but if you are in a pinch, it is easy to get to.
Damn Diner: great Sunday brunch spot, old Vermont greasy spoon kind of place. Take Route 30, to just north of Townshend Dam in West Townshend, on the left.
West Townshend Country Store: Friday farmer’s market and music venue. Make it yourself pizza. Very cool event, pass the Damn Diner about one mile on Route 30, on the left.
Places to eat in Brattleboro:
Hazel or Duo’s both have great food. Duo’s is more expensive, daring food, with jazz on Friday evenings. Hazel has some of the best pizza around. Duo’s is on the corner of Main and High while Hazel is on Eliot Street off Main.
Three Stone has great natural Mayan food, it is a small restaurant though so best to reserve. On Canal Street.
Thai Bamboo, on Main Street, has somewhat Americanized Thai food, but is pretty good.
Peter Haven and TJ Buckley are great restaurants if somewhat pricey. Very good food. Both are on Elliot Street.
Vermont Country Deli is a favorite for out of staters. It is near highway exit 2 on Western Ave.
Close to home:
River Bend Food Market: for basic shopping close to home: take Route 30 north to just south of Townshend, about 6 miles from the yurt. Has most necessary food stuffs.
Duttons Farm Stand: just south of Newfane on Route 30, we do most of our shopping here. Great berries and homegrown veggies. Maple Syrup, cheeses, and yummy maple creemies. Basic groceries.
Brattleboro Food coop at the bottom of Main Street in Brattleboro is a great store and people always love the wide variety of homeopathic products and wines and beers.
Hannafords and Price Chopper are also in town, one on Putney Road, and the other on Canal Street.
West River Valley Farmer’s Market: beautiful drive and I often sell crepes at this market. Take route 30 north about 20 minutes, turn right on 100 in Bondville. Look for Equipe Sport, that is where you turn. Go about 4 miles, take a left in South Londonderry. Go another 4 miles or so, and take a right in Londonderry, and after a quarter mile, you will see the market on the right. Open 9-1, Saturday.
Brattleboro Farmer’s Market: Saturday also 9-2. Drive to Bratt, take first right near the Retreat Meadows (a big body of water on left just before you enter Bratt.) onto Cedar Street. Follow Cedar til you hit Western Avenue, turn right. Go about a mile and you will see the market on the left. It is a busy place.
Places to shop, explore:
Big time shoppers with lots of money go to Manchester to the outlets. There are many clothing stores, Gap, Ralph Lauren etc. I never really go there, but you might like to!
You can visit the Vermont Country Store, a throw back to old time foods and crafts. It is in Weston, north of Londonderry. Look for directions to the West River Farmer’s Market below, these would be good activities to do together, along with going to Manchester Outlets also towards the north.
In Brattleboro, Vermont Artisans has local arts and crafts. Delectable Mountain has the most amazing fabric selection. In the Moment has vinyl, Sam’s Outdoor has outdoor gear.
Theater, bars, and music:
Theater goers might like to catch a show at the Playhouse in Weston, where NYC actors come up to perform in the summer as a way of getting out of the city. See directions for Vermont Country store above.
New England Youth Theater has shows of various types usually with young actors.
Hooker Dunham has music, they are on Main Street in Brattleboro.
Next Stage in Putney has lots of great music. To get to Putney, drive south on Route 30, take the covered bridge that is about 5 miles from Newfane. Go over the hill straight through the intersection and when you come to Route 5 by the Dummerston School turn left. Go north to Putney and turn left on Kimball Hill, park anywhere.
The Whetstone, bottom of Main Street in Brattleboro, is probably the best local brewpub, with live music on Thursday evenings, and a good menu.
Newfane Flea Market: used to be great, not so good any more, Sunday 8-2.
Wilmington Flea Market: both Saturday and Sunday, not sure of hours. Go to Brattleboro. Take a right on Cedar Street just before you get into town, turn right up a steep hill. Go to the end of Cedar, at the “t” turn right on Western Ave. Drive on Route 9 for about 10 miles, and watch for the market on the left before Wilmington. There are many cute shops in Wilmington to explore too.
Real Vermonters hit the thrift shops.
Second Chance, in Townshend Village, take a right on route 35, and the shop is just across from the hospital.
Experienced Goods: great store, in Brattleboro on Flat street. Go straight on to Main Street, to the bottom of the hill and turn right onto Flat. You will see EG on the right just a couple blocks down.
Twice Upon a Time: amazing selection of household goods, furniture and junk in general, some clothing too. It is like a museum and don’t be afraid to bargain especially for things in the basement.
Hiking, swimming, biking, and outdoors activities
Hikes: There are a number of beautiful natural places to visit in our area. To our north is one of the biggest reservoirs in Vermont. It is called Sommerset Reservoir. There is a smaller body of water (Grout Pond), just north of it, surrounded by hiking trails, some of which will lead you to Sommerset Reservoir. If you like to hike, I highly recommend visiting this place, in the small town of Stratton. If you don’t have a GPS, I can help you figure out how to get there.
There is also Townshend State Forest, which has a lovely trail that climbs up to an overlook. The hike is probably 1-2 hours up and the same back of course. Turn north on Route 30, and just after Kindle Farm watch for a dirt road on the left. It should be indicated for the park. Take this road, at the fork bear right. You will see the park about two to three miles along on the left.
Putney mountain has a very easy hike that is maybe a half hour up and provides one of the best views in the area. Drive to Newfane and turn left. Jog about a mile up and then turn right headed to Brookline. At the fork in the road, turn right and head up up up til you get to the summit. Just as you begin to go down, watch for a turn on the left, this is the Putney mountain trail.
For something closer, there is a lovely pond 1 mile up the road, also called Grout or Kenney Pond (a little confusing, not the same Grout as above), in the summer this is really lovely, because you can walk up there, work up a good sweat, and then go for a swim. To swim, walk to the far side, where you will see signage telling you this is the place for swimmers. If there are people fishing, politely ask them to allow you in the water, as they can fish from numerous spots around the lake, while swimmers have only one option.
For a shorter, sunnier, walking loop head out the yurt drive and go up Clark Farm Road (opposite the yurt drive). At the “t”, turn right, and once you hit pavement, take a right again. Totaling about 1 mile, you will soon find yourself back at the yurt driveway.
Grout or Kenney Pond up the road one mile. Go to far side until you see a lawn area to swim. No boats or fires allowed.
Indian Love Call, Route 30, just south of Newfane. You will see tons of cars parked along the road. Park and walk back up the small road (Depot Road), and look for pathway through first driveway on right. We don’t usually go here because there are too many people, but it is a beautiful spot.
Stickney Brook: south on Route 30, half way to Brattleboro, just after green iron bridge on right. Amazing flat rocks, beautiful brook. Great for photography.
Our brooks: while not good for swimming, if you are really hot, lying down in the brook will really cool you off. Feel free to spend time working on the damn, there are two, one near the greenhouse and the other straight back from the yurt where there are plastic chairs by the water. We used to spend hours doing this when we were kids.
Biking: here are our two most used loops.
Uphill first and down after:
Take a left out of the yurt, go straight on South Wardsboro Rd. Go about three miles. Look for a road on the right called Cushing’s Flats. Turn onto that road. Go to the fork (at least a half mile) and take a left. About a quarter of a mile along there is a small pond. If you want to do some off road biking, there is a nice trail just keep going straight past the little cottage and you will be on it. I don’t actually know how far it goes.
Downhill first and up after:
Turn right out of the yurt. Go down to the village, take your first left….careful this street is one way and you will be going the wrong way. If you want to be legal, go down and turn left at the next intersection.
Turn left onto Route 30. Go about one mile and turn right at the Flea Market, onto Grassy Brook (no sign).
Bike down the curve and take the first right onto a gravel road. Bike along the river til the end, about two miles. Turn a hard right up a short nasty hill, and take a right again at the top. Soon you will be out on Route 30 again, turn right and head back to Newfane. And I assume you can find your way home, up the hill.
Grace Cottage Hospital: Route 35, Townshend. Phone: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Brattleboro Memorial Hospital: 17 Belmont Ave, phone: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Library and internet access: the Moore Free Library in Newfane is lovely, with an art gallery at the back. Chess sets, magazines, computer access and comfy chairs are part of the offerings. Open afternoons during the week, late on Thursday and Saturday mornings. Special events on some weekends.
Другие важные подробности
You will be staying on a working farm. There are sheep and pigs not far off, so some mornings you may hear ba-a-ing or other farm sounds.
We do not allow smoking, but will consider pets.
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French teacher at small private school, farmer of sheep and pigs, mother of three children, all college age. Love the outdoors, my family, friends, languages and travel.