Oustanding Long Weekend, Surrounded by Snow
Submitted: January 6, 2013
Stayed: December 2012
We headed up to the Tree Farm a couple days after a big snow storm, and before another was supposed to hit the next day. Roads were well plowed/salted and the cabin address (the cabin was not visible from the road) was easy to find in my Garmin.
There was one big (snow covered) hill that we had to get over in the pathway to the house, which our 2WD (RWD) Jeep could not make it over. We ended up struggling for a bit until just deciding to move the car back to the front of the drive way. No luck. But thankful for us, there was Peter! He tried to pull us up the hill with his truck, then eventually just out of the near-ditch where we had settled with his (new) tractor. We felt terrible (what a way to make a first impression!), but it was great to know how helpful our hosts would be.
Their outgoing nature persisted throughout our 5-day stay. Peter routinely plowed the paths around the cabin, gave us excellent tips on where to go in the area, and even let us take a quick ride around the farm on his snowmobiles. He was always available if we needed him (his house is visible on the opposite side of the road...maybe 1/6th of a mile away from the cabin), but we always felt like we had all of the privacy we needed in the cabin. The first thing Peter said to me (after saving our car) was "This is your house." The house was just what we needed for two couples. We each had a bedroom, and shared a bathroom for showering (only shower is upstairs). There is a laundry area and kitchen, both fully stocked. There were plenty of linens, towels, cleaning supplies, laundry necessities, etc. The only thing we had to provide was food, and even that included a little surprise, as there was a little basket of VT cheese and syrup on the dining area table when we walked in.
Cross-country skiing (from Peter and Claudia's suggestion) was about a 30 minute drive away (vice the nearest downhill skiing about an hour away). The cabin is right off of a frequented snowmobile trail, which we saw go by frequently during the day, and occasionally even when the sun had set.
It was an amazing getaway and we hope to do it again.
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