Simplicity, Sustainability, Sanity
Bald Mountain Retreat is a natural refuge from the modern world and a human refuge in the the wilds of nature. We believe we have struck a good balance between the comforts of home and the rawness of nature. Experiencing a thunderstorm on our mountainside is truly awe-inspiring. Coming back to your cozy cabin after an adventure in the big woods is reassuring. The warmth of the campfire complements the vast starry sky.
Still some folks get spooked. We call it "latent agoraphobia." They might be okay outside in the suburbs, but up here where nature dominates they get uneasy; the quiet gets to them. We're just a half a mile from the end of the road, but people have exclaimed, "I've never been somewhere so remote." It's not the distance; it's the energy, what the Chinese call feng shui. Nature bursts in great waves from the wooded slopes, rolls across the meadow and breaks grandly right up against the windows. It's like looking through a glass-bottomed boat into another world. (For more on getting spooked please see some quotes from Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron.)
Then, there aren't all the comforts of home. We've traded luxury for a natural simplicity. The knotty grain of our cedar paneling more than makes up for our spotty cellphone coverage. The view out the window is better than anything on TV. One guest said she wanted to get on line, "to see what's happening in my life." We accommodated of course (our high speed internet connection is usually great), but we believe that the best in life is off line.
Also, we're not quite done. Most every building in the Northeast Kingdom is, as someone said, "a work in process." The cabins need some finishing touches inside and out, but the place is very habitable, especially when you realize how deep woods we are. What we lack in "spit and polish" we make up for in rustic authenticity. If it's a simpler life you want, we've got it.
The kitchen is clean, but there may be a few blades of grass on the floor. The lawn is cut, but the meadow may need mowing. We are Vermont; the yard has some piles of lumber and a table full of pots where Alyssa plants. If you want a manicured, luxurious vacation, please look elsewhere. If you'd like an original adventure, come on up... and if you're lucky Alyssa will play her violin.
Bald Mountain Retreat is the home of Dr David and staff. We have four cabins and 160 acres of mountaintop land. In the prettiest region of a state known for it's natural beauty, we get a lot of compliments about our property; when the UPS driver tells you you have a nice piece of land that says something.
Up here we're what folks call a "camp." Half a mile up past the end of the town-maintained road we are off in the woods, secluded off-road and off-grid. We make our own electricity (for now) with a "whisper quiet" Honda generator, but generally we get by with oil lamps and candles. We cook with propane and heat with wood and propane. Were blessed with abundant, delicious spring water. We offer a rustic comfort, simple, cozy, essential, authentic, lasting... the kind you can take home with you.
We don't have a lot of frills. We are extremely accommodating (the food is delicious,) but we don't pamper or spoil (...well, we pamper a little.) If you want chocolates on your pillow you'd better bring them yourself. We do have high speed internet and your cell phone might not have service. (Our Skype plan gives us, and you, unlimited calls.) It's best if you can leave the pressures and ways of the "flatland" behind and just be in the mountains. We offer you the opportunity to get away from the madness of the modern world and back to a saner, more natural being. More...
Bald Mountain Retreat promotes natural living through immersion in nature.
We are committed to a happier, healthier self, society and planet.
Personal well-being depends on a compassionate relationship with others and with the planet as a whole.
This, the unity of existence is most easily realized in a natural setting.
Individual, social and environmental health are inseparable.
The small self must expand to include the entire web of life.
Fragmented parts is disease. ***
Health is wholeness.
We are a human nest in the wilderness where you can find perspective, peace, belonging, healing, fun...
naturally in nature.
Ours is a rustic comfort, simple and delicious. ***
We do not pamper or spoil, but we offer the best treat of all, an authentic experience of essential being.
Dedicated to community, we welcome professional inquiries and participation.
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