Authentic 18 foot Sioux Tipi, handmade and painted by the artists at Nomadics Tipi Makers in Oregon. It is set up on the edge of the Sawkill Creek, a trout stream, overlooking a waterfall, with a 75 acre park on the other side of the river. The center of Woodstock Village is a half mile walk. There is a circular stone fire place in the center of the tipi and another stone fireplace outside by the waterfall.
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October 27, 2014 update: Originally we planned to end the season November 8th. since we realized some guests may have experience 'winter camping,' and, that we have greatly enjoyed staying in the tipi in winter, we have opened the calendar until December 1st. While you can be perfectly comfortable in the coldest weather with the fire going and proper clothing, if you are not experienced with campfires and winter camping, we don't recommend that you book the tipi until warmer weather next year.
The 24 photos show many details. Almost everything is custom made to the highest standards: the tipi and liner, the bed and folding futon, the solar reverse painted lamps, the book matched walnut counter tops, the dream catcher over the bed, the stone fire places and the firescreen.
On the estate there is an outside shower, outside kitchen sink, and a laundry room for your use. There is an outhouse about 100 feet from the tipi for tipi guests' use. We have a 'Tipi Room' with its own entrance set up exclusively for use by the Tipi guests. [See Map] Nothing fancy, it has a desk, and chair, refrigerator, electric, and wireless internet access. There is are solar electric panels setup for the tipi that power two small CFL lamps, and an inverter that provides enough AC power for a laptop and cell phone charger.
Firewood, matches and kindling, plus basic cooking pots, pans, plates and utensils, plus salt, pepper, cooking oil, matches, soap, paper towels, bathroom tissue, dish detergent, trash bags,scrubbies, candles, a complimentary bottle of our favorite chardonnay [in the fridge] and a flashlight are provided. There is a 2 burner Coleman propane camping cook stove in case you wish to cook without making a fire. Outside, there is a propane barbeque grill. There is an outdoor table and bench in front of the fireplace by the stream [see photos]. The mattress in the tipi is a double, plus there is a futon couch that folds down to make a 42' X 75' bed, if you have more than 2 people.
Towels and washcloths are provided. If you don't have sleeping bags, there will be bed linens and quilts in the tipi room you can use.
When we first set up the tipi in May 2013, we stayed there 2 nights to check it out. The second night, the fire sent a shower of sparks that put burn marks in the rug. So we have custom made a hexagonal fire screen to prevent that in future. [see photos]. In our study and use of tipis over the last 45 years, this is unique in our experience, and a great improvement in safety.
Near the road are trash cans for your use. We expect guests to leave everything as clean and orderly as they find it.
The tipi is available mid April until November. In winter it is taken down and stored.
Finally, a word of caution - the rocks by the river can be extremely slippery, especially when wet, be careful.
Discounts for 2014
5% discount for mid-week bookings of 2 nights or more [that don't include Friday or Saturday]
10% for past guests at any of our 7 retreats.
Caveat for spring and fall camping:
If you have no experience with making and maintaining campfires, we suggest your first stay in the tipi be when the overnight temperatures are unlikely to be cold, mid-May to late September. As we say in the attachments we send to all guests, so long as the fire is kept going well, you can be comfortable inside the tipi with a sweater or light jacket - or under the quilts at night - even when the temperature is in the 20's or lower. Last fall  and this spring, so far as we know, all guests but one were fine, but one guest not warm enough is one too many. They left at night when they got cold, and the next day it was clear they hadn't read our detailed fire building instructions, they had tried to start a fire with newspaper under large logs without kindling. We are happy to provide a hands-on demonstration of fire building on request - just check with us ahead of time to make sure we will be in town the dates you are considering.