more beautiful than you can imagine....
where to begin?! words and photos cannot express how beautiful and perfect this loft in the woods truly is. I've tried to describe its feeling as part mountain lodge, part spa, part beautifully-restored historic barn with its high timberframes and warm wood and its exquisite attention to detail at every turn. but even that doesn't do it justice, you just have to go and experience it for yourself! my husband and I had an extended winter stay and loved every minute of it: the snowshoe trails starting out the front door, the sound and the view of the river off the back deck, endless acres of adventure or solitude. choosing to stay inside was almost even better. the built-in nook set against the windows and woods is the coziest place ever to spend the afternoon with a book and a cup of tea, the kitchen and bedroom are lovely, comfortable, and spotless, and the fabulous japanese shower is like a day at the spa. perhaps best of all, gretchen and greg are just wonderful: warm and welcoming, incredible hosts AND chefs, plus very knowledgeable about all of vermont's best-kept secrets, like "localvore" restaurants, trails, farmers markets, and day trips. worcester is a classic vermont small town, and very well-located for experiencing all the glories of vermont, in any season. montpelier is just 15 minutes away, and the mad river valley, burlington, and incredible biking, skiing, and hiking easily in less than an hour. we'll definitely be heading back to gretchen and greg's beautiful loft soon, for the backyard swimming hole, the gardens, the mountain biking and hiking, and by far the very best of accommodations and hosts that vermont has to offer.
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