In the heart of the Lake Willoughby National Recreation Area, we are where Vermonters go to get away and play.
Bald Mountain Retreat features world-class recreational activities. We are a gateway to thousands of acres of wilderness in Vermont's spectacular Northeast Kingdom. The natural wonders begin right on the retreat's 160 acre property, including magnificent cliffs, ledges, boulder fields and outlooks all along our undulating, horseshoe-shaped ridge. Nestled at the base of the ridge, stretching out before the Lodge is our meadow with apple trees, wild berries and three ponds along its edge. There are brooks, boulder fields, lots of forest, trails, wildlife (deer, moose, big birds...,) mushrooms and more.
(Many more photos of these sites are available on our Photos page.)
The wonders continue from Bald Mountain Retreat in every direction in the greatest variety of forms, animal, vegetable and mineral. These are all crowned by awe-inspiring Lake Willoughby and our big sky with its story-book clouds, stunning sunsets and, at night, filled with more stars than you've ever imagined.
Bald Mountain Retreat is on a New England mountaintop. Our horseshoe ridge, which is the crest of the mountain, forms a magnificent bowl, a protective nest which shelters and defines the balance of the property. Walk our ridge-top trail. Drink in the panoramic view from our main cliff (eighty feet high with a forty-foot cave-climb emerging from a hobbit hole half way up the cliff.) Climb Bald Mountain and experience the breath-taking vistas of Vermont and beyond from its fire-tower; "Like the Empire State Building without New York." Then return to nature on a more human scale with the comforts of the Lodge.
The land is magical. It is an acupuncture point on the Earth's meridians, a power spot. You can feel the healing energy. Call it feng shui or chi or biomagnetism or a sense of peacefulness. Physically and energetically the property of Bald Mountain Retreat is very unique. It is the site where the Abanake Native Americans made their last stand. It has understandably been called "the sweetest piece of land in Vermont." Ours is a jewel in the crown of the beauty of Vermont. Think idyllic.
There is something for every inclination. Whether it's looking out the window, sitting in the meadow, floating in the pond or hiking Bald Mountain, nature surrounds, comforts and heals.
Morning, afternoon or all day excursions to captivating sites are experiences you'll never forget:
canoeing out to a secluded island to witness the nesting of the loons;
playing in the swirling waters of a large, stone-lined, bowl-shaped pool where the lake empties;
paddling through the twilight to the far side of Lake Willoughby to a campfire cookout;
performances at Bread And Puppet Theater and their museum/barn;
sunset from the Big Rock;
kayaking the Clyde River or the Passumpsic;
climbing majestic Mount Pisgah;
hiking through the woods to Jobs Pond to fish and camp for the night;
exploring the back roads and the quaint towns along the way
We are a secluded, gated facility. We are located past the dead end of a well-maintained dirt road, which is itself off of another dirt road, also surprisingly well-maintained. Our private road extends one half mile up from the gate. That's where Bald Mountain Retreat begins.
The Northeast Kingdom's world-class natural beauty attracts visitors from across the globe, not only for the autumn leaves. Bald Mountain Retreat provides the ideal gateway to immerse in this at once spectacular and quaint New England country, so full of summertime cultural events and activities year-round.
Bald Mountain itself is a friendly twenty-minute hike up the trail and another forty minutes to the top. It is the highest summit within a thirty mile radius. Breathtaking views, including Canada's Laurentian Mountains and the Presidential Mountains of New Hampshire, extend in 360 degrees from the fire-tower on its peak.
Nearby Lake Willoughby (2 hour hike or 4 mile drive,) the fourth largest and "most spectacular" lake in Vermont has pure water and excellent beaches on its north and south ends. The cliffs of Mounts Pisgah and Hor plummet stupendously down to form its east and west shores, providing in the winter excellent ice-climbing. Short hikes or pleasant paddles lead to delightful sites. Underwater caves bring scuba divers from around the world to our corner of New England.
Many other ponds, lakes, rivers and mountains lie within a hike or short drive.
Outdoor activities include;
golf (a unique, nine-hole course, Willoughby Golf is right next door,)
communing with nature,
apple cider making,
exploring the back roads,
Winter activities include;
cross country skiing, also
ice climbing and
downhill skiing at one of three nearby centers,
Jay Peak and
Please note: Vermont's Northeast Kingdom has no deer ticks, poison ivy, poison oak or poisonous snakes.
Come share the rustic comfort of country living.
Come share our bit of paradise.
Come share the wonder.
Notice: Ours is a wilderness area.
Use reasonable caution to avoid injury.
Participate at your own risk.