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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Go Green Acres in Central Vermont

Shear sheep, bake bread, and sleep in a working farmhouse -- chores optional.


1. Where to Stay

A room at Vermont Grand View Farm.  

Feed the lambs or collect eggs from the chicken coop at Shepherd’s Hill Farm (from $135), right outside Woodstock. (Helping with morning and afternoon chores is optional.) Two loft-like bedrooms share a bathroom and panoramic views of the farm. A locally sourced breakfast is included, and you can pick up some fresh lamb, honey, or eggs from the farm's store on the way out.

Dinner and breakfast are family-style and included at Liberty Hill Farm ($90), outside of Rochester. Ask for a room in the extension of the 1825 farmhouse for more privacy; the two rooms in the main house share a floor with the owners. The working dairy farm has 125 Holstein cows to visit, but you can also go tubing or trout fishing on the adjacent river.

Hide away at the Vermont Grand View Farm (from $110), where you can stay in an eighteenth-century farmhouse with a separate entrance. Twenty minutes outside of Barre, the farm raises sheep for fiber and offers classes on felting, spinning, and dyeing.

Published on Apr 9, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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