I had the pleasure of spending a few days in the Mad River Valley of central Vermont this week for some R&R. In my search for a place to stay, I found a beautiful log cabin B&B tucked into a hillside on 86 acres just 3 miles from the hamlet of Waterbury. Moose Meadow Lodge described their B&B as “Adirondack style”, but for me it invoked the feeling of a mountain lodge in Montana or the Pacific Northwest. The interior is cozy and the great rooms and kitchen are available for their guests to use. I could have spent a week just enjoying the cabin art and craft furnishings. The huge north east facing covered deck is the place for their delicious breakfast with views of the mountains to the north. Moose Meadow Lodge is a special place I hope to visit every season of the year. I already miss Greg and Willie, the wonderful innkeepers who made my getaway so special.
The lodge exterior:
There are many outdoor activities to partake in, but this is one of my favorites:
Don’t sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me:
Greg Trulson, one of the Innkeepers, grew up on a dairy farm in Minnesota, had a successful career in the corporate world, and now is living his dream with his partner Willie Docto, an accomplished violinist. I was sorry that Willie wasn’t there to say good bye to and thank for his warm hospitality as I was leaving to head on my next adventure.
If you’re interested in exploring the local mountain trails and meadows, a great way to do that is on horseback. Twenty minutes south of the Moose Meadow Lodge near the town of Waitsfield is the Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm. They have many options to choose from, from a one hour trail ride to multi day treks. Icelandic horses and small, sturdy, well mannered, and super comfortable to ride thanks to their “5th gait” called the tölt. Their website has a lot of great information about this breed for you to read about. The farm is nestled in the Green Mountains and is incredibly picturesque:
This is Karen and her Mother. Karen leads trail rides and her mother lives at their farm. Hard working women, for sure!
Icelandic horses come in all colors and have full manes and tails.
I can’t wait to go back!