Nearby, there is tubing/kyaking in the Battenkill river, plenty of little shops to buy fresh Vermont products (local maple syrup, yummy), and go exploring. Drives through the area beautiful, with plenty of photo opps. The covered bridge is (one of the last in the NE) just 5 minutes away. While it is always a good idea to support the local economy when you visit somewhere, you can stock up up on food before you go and use the two refrigerators and plenty of cabinets for food storage.
Bromely mounain should be worth a day trip for an Alpine slide/zip line adventure the kids (and adults) won't soon forget. There were plenty of places we did not stop to visit, many sights left unseen, mainly because the property is so wonderful that you want to just stay on it. Being from the city, we were worried about the wild animals, ticks and mosquitoes. We saw a few deer, a few rabbits, and chipmunks. At night we heard, but never saw coyotes, and did not see any bear. After frequent and daily "tick checks" we did not find even one all week. We had plenty of repellant for the mosquitoes, but there were practically none. The bug spray was applied only when hiking and the insects seemed to keep to themselves; a pleasant surprise indeed! The tiki torches workes their magic at night, but there are more insects, ticks, deer and bear in Northern NJ, Eastern Long Island, and Norhtwest CT from my experience.
Some advice: bring walkie talkies. The property is huge and there is no cell service so walkie talkies were an item i would have liked to have had with us.
This was a perfect place for us. If you want to really get away for a while, this is the place. You do not have to be a mountain climber, a cowboy, or a farmer. You just have to love the trees, the mountains and a great big old house stuffed in the middle. You need to enjoy eating and spending time with your family, sitting by the fire pit at night while someone strums a guitar, and enjoying unorganized talent shows. Hiking through fairly easy trails, exploring the woods, taking a dip in the cool pool. Quiet early morning drive to the country store for some more eggs, and a starlit sky at night that makes you feel like you are in a planetarium. It is amazing that this property has not been broken into peices and sold off, and i for one enjoyed what is truly a rare getaway. The only hesitancy in posting this review is that i felt i would be giving away a secret hiding place. We loved it.