Welcome to quintessential Vermont! Come stay at my cozy yet spacious, rustic yet modern, much-beloved Red Acre Cottage. Red Acre Cottage is nestled on a scenic ridge in the idyllic town of Rochester, just east of the Green Mountains and right off of Vermont Scenic Byway Route 100, one of the state's prettiest roads. Red Acre Cottage is an easy drive to Killington/Pico, Sugarbush, Mad River Glen, Rikert Nordic Center/Blueberry Hill XC skiing, Suicide Six, and Stowe Mountain.
***I can only accept instant bookings, 1 night bookings, etc. if the cleaning staff is available. This may require one business day to confirm. ***
Red Acre Cottage has an exceptional design. It appears quite compact from the outside, but this little house lives large! It looks like an early 1900s cottage, but it was actually built in 2007, so it has excellent insulation and amenities. The living/dining/kitchen space is open, bright, and spacious. While the house was built to a very high standard, some antique fixtures were used throughout the house, lending to an authentic Vermont feel.
Will is available by phone, text, or email for anything you need. I'll respond quickly and make sure your needs are met and your questions answered. I may meet you in person, or provide you with a code, depending on my availability.
Rochester is right in the heart of Vermont. We think you'll find it to be the epitome of all that people love about the Green Mountain State. It's a short and scenic drive from lots of amazing adventures. 40 minutes from Killington/Pico 45 minutes from Mad River Glen 35 minutes to Sugarbush 90 minutes to Stowe Mountain 20 minutes to Middlebury Snow Bowl/Rikert Nordic Center 35 minutes to Blueberry Hill Inn XCountry ski trails 5 minutes to the White River for world class trout fishing and the best swimming hole in the world!
It's less than 3 hours to Red Acre Cottage from Boston. The shortest route will take you through Bethel and up and over Bethel Mountain Road. If you need provisions, we recommend taking 107E to 100N and heading up through Rochester, where there's a market, gas station, hardware store, and probably anything else you might need. Any excuse to stop at Sandy's for a coffee and whatever wonderfulness you find there that day. From Rochester Center it's just 1.8 miles north on 100 to Quarry Hill Rd. In just a little over two miles turn left on Town Line Rd. Careful! Don't miss it as you're rubber-necking the view out over the Green Mountains!
Other things to note
Attention! It's winter in Vermont! If you wish to have a safe and enjoyable visit to Red Acre Cottage make sure you are prepared for rural life in the mountains of Vermont. There will be periods of freezing and thawing almost every day well into December. Even though we are on a town road that gets plowed right away - you should assume you may encounter snow, ice or a combination. Even our front steps can get slippery so be careful! Please check the weather ahead and drive the appropriate vehicle. With that said... There's a ton to do up here! Stay in: Chill out on the farmers porch, cook up a nice dinner in the simple yet well-outfitted kitchen, curl up on the couch with a book from the library or a dvd from the collection, or play in the cute little yard, complete with brand-new badminton, volleyball, croquet, and cornhole sets. Go out: Sandy's is the best little bookstore/coffee shop/wine bar this side of the mountains. The Rochester Cafe boasts an old-fashioned soda fountain and the best root beer around, and the School Street Bistro is a cozy spot featuring local ingredients. Nightlife consists of Doc's Tavern, and in between all that you can relax on the green lawns of the town square. What else could a country socialite need? Get active: There's a great swimming hole right at the bottom of our road, and the area has more waterfalls than you can shake a stick at. You can rent bikes at the neighborhood bike shop (they will deliver to the house!) and tool around town and country. Hiking, river tubing, and kayaking are all right here! We're not fishermen (yet), but I hear that the White River has some of the best trout fishing around. Get shoppy: Antiquing is a way of life up here. Find something cool for your place. The best things are the things with stories! Embrace winter: The cottage is just a short distance to both Killington (south) and Sugarbush (north): that's some of the best skiing in the east! There's a cross-country/snowshoeing trail right down the road (see the RASTA website for the map - this is one of the most beautiful routes in Vermont!) and of course we have hot chocolate, board games, and a wood-burning fireplace. Mad River Glen, Rikert Nordic Center, Suicide Six, and Stowe Mountain are all easily reachable too. Rochester is less than three hours from Boston, with nice places to eat and plenty of nearby activities: waterfalls, swimming, hiking, biking, antiques, books, beer, and all those good things. And at the end of the day, there's nothing better than watching the sun set over the mountains. Stay sustainable: We are committed to a sustainable, simple, yet comfortable way of life. The house is outfitted with solar panels, which take care of our electricity needs, and a super-efficient wood-burning stove, which is capable of heating the whole house in the winter (though we also have a propane heating system). The walls are highly insulated to maintain reasonable temperatures year-round, and we will continue to make needed adjustments and improvements to ensure that our footprint upon this beautiful landscape is as light as possible!