Visiting someone who lives on a homestead is not like visiting someone in a neighborhood with a garden. Read more about our lifestyle in Mountain Folk Part 1. Homesteading chores on the land, in the gardens, or in the kitchen must go on whether we have company or not. So, we thought we'd offer a checklist to help you prepare:
What To Expect
- 7 Acres of Land - Gardens, trees, pond, forest flanked by a lovely lawn with a deck and covered porch in pristine mountain air where you always need a sweater at night. The bugs aren't bad if you leave the synthetic perfume and body products at home and keep refined sugar out of your diet.
- Organic, Delicious, Fresh, Natural Food - We make most food from scratch (much of it we grow or it comes from nearby) and we stay away from processed food. Be prepared for some mouthwatering tastiness. We rarely eat out because what we make it better than most restaurants under $30/plate.
- A 2-Night Weekend Stay Works Best - We have to work during the week, so a Friday-Sunday is ideal.
- Chores - The invitation is as equally open to help out with chores as it is to soak up the land on your own terms. We don't expect you to help, but we do ask that you respect we may have to weed, plant, water, compost, harvest, cook, or bake while you are here. We love the company, so feel free to relax in a lounge chair while we weed the garden.
- Hiking - We maintain our own trails and are near a few good walks and a mountain hike. Exploring the woods is always in season!
- Music - We watch little TV and always have music on. At night we either play or listen to music and you never know when Mitch will get inspired to turn on a light show for a dance party.
What Not To Expect
- Vacation Lodging - We prefer not to serve as a home-base for a Vermont vacation and we're not really able to play tour guide. We are happy to recommend lodging and offer ideas for other aspects of your visit to Vermont.
- Shopping - We live on a mountain and shopping isn't the most convenient activity, so we ask for guests to come prepared.
- Technology - We do have WiFi, but cell service is rare.
- Pets - We have a dog and two cats and ask that if you bring a pooch, it can get along with our family.
What To Bring
- Warmer clothes than you think you might need.
- Sturdy walking/hiking shoes and shoes that can get dirty and muddy.
- Hippie flair!
- Snacks you like for breakfast and lunch. We usually eat one or the other and may not have food that you like. We find it easier for everyone if folks eat as they wish and be independent so we don't get bogged down in the kitchen we when want to be outside.
- Dinner is the big event. We'll cook something awesome and always love when folks bring something to share that is local where you live.
- We always have beer and wine, but more can be fun.
- Journal, books, art, yoga mat - the homestead is a natural retreat and we invite you to take time to yourself and relax.