Our 115 acres of preserved land are home to our majestic Mother Oak tree, a rare stand of hundreds of cedar trees, an old beaver dam, and miles of beautiful trails created by our good friend and forrester, Thom.
The Charlotte Town Trail, which traverses through our forest and meadows, connects to scenic Mount Philo to the east. It is perfect for walking, biking, and snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Snow lovers can enjoy cross-country skiing from their back door. We are less than an hour from Stowe Mountain Resort, Cochran’s Ski Area, Bolton Valley Ski Resort, Smuggler’s Notch, and Mad River Glen. We have a sledding hill, too, if getting in the car isn’t in the cards.
Our “outdoor cafe” under the pergola is a peaceful spot to enjoy meals and conversation under a bit of shade. Several picnic tables beckon groups large and small.
Our woods support a nice variety of forest birds including American robins, black-capped chickadees, goldfinches, white-breasted nuthatch, red-wing blackbirds, a few species of woodpeckers, and even a barred owl, red-tailed hawk, great blue heron or two, and an occasional flock of wild turkeys and families of ruffed grouse. We have a very healthy vole and chipmunk population. There are a few very secretive deer, and we often see tracks and scat of skunks, racoons, opossums, red fox, and coyote, with a rare bobcat sighting. We have some very small and harmless snakes (garter and Dekay’s snakes) with some sightings of small frogs and painted turtles in our fire pond. A family of foxes occasionally makes an appearance and a skunk has been spotted from time to time.
Many members have garden boxes in their private backyards. Raised beds are also available in our community garden. An orchard and approximately 4 acres of agricultural land are available to any community members to garden, grow crops, or raise livestock and poultry.
We are fortunate to live in close proximity to excellent schools, rich cultural offerings, and bountiful natural beauty.