Maybe you want to do something other than ride your bike and eat while you’re here. Coupla things real quick:
The Deane Nature Preserve is a semi-steep hike up the ridge to a lovely overlook of Lake St. Catherine. Accessing the trailhead can feel a little weird. You walk through the private property of a cool cottage, cross a bridge over a pond (where you’ll scope some interesting sculptures). You’ll find raspberries in the field at the bottom and wild blueberries at the top if you happen to be around in the right season. It’s owned by Green Mountain College which, at the time of this writing, is on track to close at the end of the current semester. We don’t know what that’ll mean for the Deane Preserve so before you head over just check in and figure out if it’s still open to the public.
Our friends Luke and Courtney run a tiny cabin that can fit two adults in one bed, plus tent camping right outside the cabin. The cabin is cute as heck, perched over a little pond, and it's a 2 minute pedal to the mountain bike trails. It's also on a great dirt road. You can find out more and book the cabin here.
The Lake Saint Catherine State Park entrance is about 5 miles south from the shop down Route 30. It’s a fine place to camp, family friendly, with showers and real toilets (oh my!). You’ll have access to the lake, which has a nice beach for swimming, and kayaks you can rent. The Lake itself if about 7 miles long, so you could easily spend a couple days paddling around at a gentle pace. In the winter, the park closes for camping, but you can still get in to XC ski, and when the lake freezes up in the winter you’ll find ice fisherpeople driving around and drilling fishing holes near their shanties. We recommend taking out fat bikes with studded tires on the frozen water, it’s pretty surreal (and mostly not terrifying, just don’t think about it too hard!).
Friends Palmer and Alex have a lux 'cabin' in Middletown Springs that's worth checking out if you wanna hang in luxury. The cabin is right on a great dirt road, and is just a few minutes easy pedal to the trails. Note there is a 2 night min stay. Sleeps up to six folks. More on their cabin here.
Lastly, you can camp at the old Analog HQ, at 181 Hillside Rd. It's 10 bucks PER PERSON PER NIGHT payable via Venmo (@analogcyclesVT). There's a dozen or so camp sites there. It's not ultra remote, ultra scenic, ultra anything really. It's some nice maple trees, blackberry bushes and a wetland. But it's safe, and it's close to town and trails. Please no RV's, Vans, car camping. You gotta walk into the sites. There's a porta pot from mid June till mid October. No water, no other amenities, but it's an easy walk to the general store and a 5 minute pedal to town. Basic rules: Leave no trace. No trash facilities, pretend like you are back country camping. Quiet hours from 10pm to 7:30 am. No portable music speakers. James (me) lives in the yurt, private residence, please be respectful. If you use firewood, fine, but Venmo us 5 bucks an arm load. If you're burning a fire for 5 hours, that's at least 3 arm loads of wood. A cord of wood is 275 bucks plus hours of work to stack it! Email us if you wanna come camp there, so we know who's in the driveway.
This is just a short list of the resources in our neck of the woods, we’d love to tell you more, so don’t be afraid to ask!