|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
This mountain retreat is nestled inside the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area of Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest. It sits down in a hollow on 10 private, densely wooded acres at the end of a narrow, canopied gravel road one mile from the closest public thoroughfare.
When here, you will find yourself in the heart of wilderness surrounded by a forest of ash, cherry, sugar maple, beech, birch, hemlock, hickory, northern red oak, spruce, balsam fir and white pine. You may also be visited by the occasional squatter such as black bear, moose, deer or flock of wild turkeys.
The property is strategically built on granite ledge on land that slopes toward a babbling brook and an old overgrown logging road (great for hiking and spotting wildlife).
It is a crossroads for wildlife and extensive bird activity not only because there are no nearby roads or neighborly activity, but because of its extensive granite ledges all along the brook's ravine walls where animals search for forage and take shelter.
The house will comfortably sleep 6-8 people. It consists of 2 BR each with a queen bed, and an additional spacious sun-filled loft leading out to a cedar deck with breathtaking foliage views. Loft includes a convertible full-size lounger and queen-sized air mattress with additional floor space for sleeping bags. It has 1.5 baths, plus a refreshing outdoor shower.
The entire kitchen was just renovated and includes new stainless steel appliances as well as all kitchen utensils and dishware, such as a cuisinart grind & brew coffeemaker, mini food processor, blender and toaster oven.
Enjoy sitting on the new front and back cedar decks or around the fire pit absorbing the beauty and sounds (many wild birds) of the tree canopy rising from the babbling brook.
Included in the rental are all amenities such as high speed wireless internet, DISH network, local and domestic long distance calling, DVD player, ipod docking stereo, bedding and towels. There are board games and some lawn games available, as well as the use of two adult and one children's bicycle.
Ducks and dogs always stay free. However, please keep them off the furniture.
With roots in CT and CA and as Middlebury College graduates, central VT was an annual excursion. When looking for a retreat, we discovered this remote lodge and immediately knew it was the place for us. The ‘duck and dog’ offers tranquility and isolation yet is within a short scenic drive to “civilization” – the well-known Waybury Inn; Middlebury’s Breadloaf Campus and Snowbowl; Robert Frost Country; Brandon’s quaint, picturesque downtown; Branbury State Park and the Falls of Lana; and Silver Lake which can only be accessed by foot or bike, thereby preserving its peaceful surroundings. It’s the perfect combination of access and isolation – one that fits our lifestyle to a tee.
Renata Hron Gomez purchased this lodge in 2009
We searched within the Ripton (East Middlebury), Hancock, Rochester and Goshen quadrant and found the duck and dog. It's exclusive location inside the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area and proximity to Robert Frost country and other area towns and attractions was very attractive.
This is outdoors at its finest. Because of its isolated location, when you are here, no one will find you or see you. There is no need to drive anywhere to enjoy the wilderness as you can simply walk out your door to enjoy any activity. The area is dense with trees, shrubs and glacier rock formations that exude a serene and tranquil environment.
We were four retired teachers looking for a retreat to watch the fall color. The Duck and Dog did not disappoint! The home is just as it looks in the photos! Everything is provided, and the owners were so accommodating. They sent us detailed directions to the house, as well as, an information list about the home and where grocery stores were located. We found our beds fresh and the bathrooms and kitchen sparkling and exceptionally well equipped. There was never a wait for showers with the instant hot water. We have stayed in VRBOs before where we have had to clean the house and wash all the dishes and utensils before feeling like we could enjoy our stay! Definitely not the case here...not even a dog hair or duck feather!
We spent a wonderful week in Sept/Oct watching the trees change from our first day to our last. What beauty! We had gorgeous weather during the days for our forays into the surrounding towns and cool evenings when we enjoyed the outdoor fire pit and the indoor pellet stoves...nice and cozy.
We hiked, photographed, discovered lovely shops in friendly towns, took panoramic drives through the Green Mountains, and took in a performance at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. More than anything, the relaxing, peaceful setting of this home among the trees, made our Vermont get-away an awesome a success.
We (a couple with a 4 year old boy) spent a wonderful september week in the duck and dog. The house is indeed very secluded "in the woods", but there are some houses in the vicinity. Without a car getting there is not possible.
We went to Lake Dunmore and walked to the Falls of Lana and Silver Lake, saw Fort Ticonderoga or the maple syrup museum - or we just relaxed in and around the house.
Every day the leaves were turning more yellow and red and we enjoyed looking at them from the bedroom window or from the lodge. It was already too cold to stay outdoor in the evening, using the terrace and garden pit fire would be great in summer though. Our son felt at home from the first moment and liked the garden very much.
The house itself is very clean and tastefully decorated and has every amenitiy you can think of (except perhaps a hairdryer). Renata was a very generous host and very nice and helpful in various email-contacts.
We would really like to come back some time! Thank you for a great vermont experience.
We rented the Duck and Dog Lodge, sight unseen. We had no experience with the local environment or what to expect. The property is absolutely charming. Very comfortable for the 4 adults in our group... with every amenity available. One of our group was homebound and there was comfortable outdoor/indoor seating for naps and long sessions of reading. Others hiked and shopped. The home was spotlessly clean, the beds comfortable, the systems in place for water, showers, trash, electricity everything was functioning and easy to work. The owners welcomed us with a charming note and were a phone call away. A car is a must as in order to reach the dead end haven where the Duck and Dog is tucked away... one needs transport. A perfect visit to Vermont.
My husband and I stayed at the Duck and Dog in Goshen (near Brandon), Vermont for a week. The house is ideally located right in Moosalamoo Recreation area with lots of beautiful hiking and mountain scenes galore right at the doorstep. The house is "cabiny" without being kitche and overdone (which matters to me!). The owners have really done an excellent modern cabin renovation. Everything was very clean and completely ready for guests. The owners were also very responsive to any questions we had during our stay. Loved it and would definitely stay here again for a future Vermont retreat!
Free blueberry picking at two blueberry management areas maintained by U.S. Forest Service within walking distance. Raspberry and blackberry picking on property as well.
Blaze your own trail to Silver Lake, Falls of Lana and Lake Dunmore or simply hike around the property and surrounds identifying trees and wildlife tracks.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$240|
|Notes||Check-in time is 4pm, while check-out time is noon. Should you need to check in early or check out late, prior notice is required and will depend on other reservations. Should guests fail to check out by noon without prior approval, we reserve the right to use all or a portion of the security deposit to compensate the housekeeper and incoming guests for infringing on their schedules.|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.