Ski Vermont: Vaughn's Room

House - Private room · Mowrey Rd, Jamaica, VT 05343, United States

The Space

This country Vermont home is located at the dead end of a dirt road. Surrounded by field, forest, the house is situated in a little hamlet of rustic farm-y houses. We have a big house that has held up to 25 guests in the nooks and crannies in the past.

You will stay in Vaughn's Room, the recently created bedroom on the ground floor. This bedroom has a queen sized bed with a memory foam liner. Everyone seems to think it is very comfy. There is an optional blow-up queeen-sized bed that can handle two more people wanting their own space on the floor. There is also another listing for the Reading Room if you want separate rooms altogether.

Upstairs is a roomy shower clad with tumbled marble tiles. Downstairs is a deep claw foot tub. It is an old tub that has had several past lives, including a stint as a watering basin in a cow field! We kind of like Its old demeanor and its contrast to our new marble floors gives a great shabby-chic impression, so we forgive the basin for its water stains. Almost every guest has taken advantage of this deep tub so I think it is a winner! We'll try to keep a good supply of bath salts or bubble bath nearby for steamy soaks.

We live in the house with our cat, dog, and young child so be prepared for the family atmosphere. Outside is filled with flower gardens, gardens, and more gardens. We have a little glass breakfast table that sits amongst the flowers. Don't mind the chickens, they will peck around but they are harmless. We have an impressive supply of berry bushes (raspberries and blueberries) and will likely share some fruits if you come during the productive season. There are miles and miles of trails for walking, biking, and riding whatever it is that you ride. We ourselves own about 50 acres and there are many more acres of unbuilt land that surround it. We are in close driving distance to Stratton and Mount Snow as well. Wanderlust people and other yogi types are especially welcome.

Vermont is a place of distinct seasonal interests. Come in the spring and you can visit our sugarbush and if my neighbor is boiling you are likely to get a taste of real Vermont maple syrup fresh from the evaporator (if you ask). He also sells it any time of year. Summertime is a time of swimming, hiking, biking, kayaking, and eventing (horse and other). We have many trails on the property and there are swimming holes nearby, not to mention several very nice state parks and miles and miles of mountains if you are the Long Trail sort. Autumn is for leaf peeping, apple picking, pumpkin carving, and cozy campfire parties. Winter, of course is time for skiing. Here at Evernest we are avid skiiers and can direct you in the finest places to cross-country, downhill, and even sled or snow shoe.

We have a very unique piece of architecture on our road. The neighboring church, Our Lady of Ephesus, House of Prayer has constructed an exact replica of the Virgin Mary's last known home (in what is now known as Turkey). All are welcome to visit. It is free, open 24 hours and located at the South Hill road end of Mowrey road. There are occasional open masses. If you are interested in knowing more about this, I would look it up on the web under the Church's name.

There are some repeating events worth noting. Every first Friday night of the month there is an open studio art walk down in Brattleboro (40 min) with live street music and art everywhere. Sometimes they even close down the road. The neighboring town of Bellows Falls (50 min) also has these art walks on the third Fridays of the month. Stratton mountain often has free music on Saturday nights in the summer (25 min).

This is a place that is famous for its outdoor activity (skiing, hiking, biking, kayaking), but if you are here when it is both rainy and cold, there are still a few things to see. You might want to go to Grafton and visit their cheese factory and galleries. Check out the downtown Jamaica and find a nice art gallery, gift shop, glass shop, historical society, library (and cheap book sale), and coffee shop. Take the gondola up AND down at Stratton. Go to see historic and quaint Wilmington (even after the flood.) Go to Manchester and shop in the outlets, go to the Northshire (a really great bookstore), or visit the Southern Vermont Arts Center. Go to Brattleboro and visit the art galleries, whether or not it is an art walk night. Do a GEOCACHE (there are quite a few in the area). Check out the local newspaper for indoor events. Find a pumpkin patch and carve a pumpkin. Find a yoga class. Pay for a day pass at the Stratton Sports center, get a massage, play tennis, work out, soak in the hot tub, or go swimming. Get a facial in Manchester or up at Stratton. Go to a movie in Brattleboro's historic Latchis theater. Go to the Montshire science museum in Norwich, VT (1.5 hrs north). Go see a play at the Weston Playhouse. Check out the local cheap antique store (Twitchell House in Townshend) to see a whole (seriously) creaky and barn house filled with dusty steals from auctions, etc. Go to the West Townshend market when they are firing the outdoor community pizza oven. Go early to the thrift shop, called The Thrifty Attic in Londonderry on Wednesdays or Saturdays. Or you can just snuggle up at the house by the woodstove with a warm mug of tea and a book, or maybe even a game of chess.

If you have young children, we can recommend several play groups and indoor play places that are fun and funky. One is in Brattleboro and is called the Play Playce. The other is in Chester and is a Montesori inspired, sunny, wonderful, teacher led place called the Song Yard.

As for nightlife, it is what you make of it. Our place is a nice place to settle down with a beer and some friends. In the winter time we have a cozy woodstove in the living room to liven up the atmosphere. If you really must go out, we recommend the Red Fox in Winhall which has live bands and plenty of live locals as well. The Fat Spy, also in Bondville, has been known to have occasional live music. A place called the Perfect Wife in Manchester also has frequent bands.

Breakfast: We don't include breakfast in the price of your lodging. This is to keep the price down. Most people want to go out to eat. We will provide tea and coffee and sometimes offer snacks if they are available. If you would like us to include breakfast options, please tell us ahead of time and we will provide it. We will make a "special offer" that includes the cost of the breakfast. For $3 per person per day, we will provide a cold selection that may include cold cereal, milk, fruit, yogurt, juice, and toasts. For $6 per person per day, we will make you a warm cheese omelet with toast, french toast, pancakes, OR hot oatmeal with fruit and also choices from the cold selection. We do not have meat.

If you want to go out for breakfast, we recommend the following places. The Fox Stop is a new restaurant in Winhall (right near the base of Stratton Access Road) that has outdoor seating on the brook in the summer. The Jamaica Coffee Shop serves some sort of breakfast. The Dam Diner is a very popular, full-on diner in Townshend which will be sure to fill you up. Ask about the restaurant in Wardsboro. It is currently undergoing an owner change, but when it reopens is probably the closest full-service breakfast place.

NOTE:

In terms of pricing, we include a $25 one time cleaning fee. This pays for (some of) the time it takes to prepare and clean the room for the guests. This is separate from the nightly fee and is only charged once no matter the amount of people or length of stay. Some people have been confused by this, so I want to try and explain it here. If you look at the pricing details, it should lay it all out clearly, I think,

Also note: We rent Vaughn's room and the Reading Room separately. This means that there may be two sets of guests at any given time. This has rarely happened, but please inquire if this makes you feel uncomfortable in any way. We try not to have anyone here that makes US feel uncomfortable, and so far have succeeded!

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 2
Extra people: $20 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $420 /week
Cleaning Fee: $25
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Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)

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  • I was really welcome at Erica's house. Very easy going and nice family.
    Very beautiful and clean bedroom and really nice bathroom.
    Look forward to come back :) !
    Thank you so much!

    March 2014
  • Absolutely amazing. Rob was incredible. My car could not make it up to the house on the icy roads, Rob not only picked me up but drove me to the mountain every day. The bed in Vaughn's room was beyond comfortable, and the chi tea in the morning is to die for. Will be back!

    February 2014
  • My wife, myself, and our friend Keri came up for the Tubbs Romp to Stomp event at Stratton, and stayed at Erica and Rob's lovely home. We couldn't have been happier with our stay! We had a great time going to have dinner and see some live music on our first night with them! There was some snow the morning of the race, and our car couldn't make it back up to the house. Miraculously, Rob had stopped in the local general store right when we arrived and gave us a ride back, which was really nice. They were extremely gracious, and by the time we left we felt as though we'd known them for a long time. We will definitely be back, and look forward to seeing them again!

    January 2014
  • Great experience! Erica and Rob are two of the kindest, coolest, and welcoming people I have met. Clean room and bathrooms. Cozy home away from it all. Would definitely go back!

    December 2013
  • Erica and her family were absolutely wonderful hosts. Evernest is a beautiful, idyllic slice of land, and Erica, Rob, and Juniper are three great folks. Sitting and chatting with Erica and Rob could not have been more pleasant or more natural -- always refreshing to find great people like this who are in tune and have built a great lifestyle for themselves.

    We stayed in Vaughn's room one night -- great, super comfortable queen bed, with wonderful natural light, especially in the morning, Very cool to have a rooster substituted for the usual alarm clock!

    Erica and her family also have some wonderful and friendly beasts living with them -- their dog, Lemony, was an absolute sweetheart. A great cat (Ziggity) and a flock of chickens also have their home at Evernest, and it makes for a wonderful atmosphere. The chickens are particularly amusing.

    Evernest is quite close to Londonderry, meaning it's a short drive to places like Stratton and Bromley, which means a return trip during ski season is definitely in the cards.

    October 2013
  • My friend and I stayed at this amazing house while we were at the Wanderlust festival. The area couldn't be more beautiful; Erica and her family were just lovely; we can't wait to return! Their chickens provide some great entertainment too!

    June 2013
  • We had a wonderful 2-night stay in Erica and Rob's comfortable, bright, and clean Vermont home. Vaughn's Room was perfect for us -- generously sized with a comfy, warm bed. Rob kindly offered us a ride to Stratton on a very snowy Saturday, and, once we realized we lost our Thule box key in a deep snow drift along the highway, Erica made phone calls until she had tracked down a duplicate key. We so enjoyed our conversations with them and loved meeting their family, including their adorable (well-behaved) pets. We would recommend them highly and would absolutely stay there again.

    February 2013
  • We really had a great time at Erica's place. The countryside around the house is really beautiful, and if you are looking for a quiet place, you will be happy there.
    Erica is really warm with her guests, and will give you a lot of tips about the area.

    October 2012
  • First of all, we have to talk about the view from their gorgeous home. It is absolutely breathtaking, and we felt that we were as close to heaven as we will ever get ! The room was a great size, bed very comfortable and adjacent bathroom was perfect. As for our new friends, Rob, Erica and little Juniper - they were the best hosts! There home is certainly a labor of love, and Juniper put a little life into our stay :-) We WILL be back, as the area has a lot to offer which we want to discover !!!

    September 2012
    Erica
    Response from Erica:

    Nancy, thanks for the private feedback on putting the distances into the directions. I will try and get that together when I can get to it. In case anyone is reading this in the meantime, Brattleboro (where you get off of 91) is about 35 to 40 minutes from our house and I think about 25 miles in total. Don't be fooled into thinking it would be faster going through Wilmington and then up. That will probably add about 15 minutes or so - though it goes through some beautiful territory indeed!

  • I was wonderfully surprised to find Erica's listing for camping on her and Rob's beautiful property . . . so happy I went for it! I arrived late and Erica was kind enough to already have the tent set up for me and everything laid out inside. You can bring your own equipment or, as in my case, rent theirs. I slept in the spacious backyard but the woods looked inviting too. Their home is lovely and it is easy access to the bathroom. They have a room available in the house, too. I encourage anyone planning a trip to the area to stay with Erica and Rob. The surrounding landscape is breathtaking.

    August 2012
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I live from Jamaica, Vermont and am a garden designer/landscape architect and my husband is a painter/ski instructor. My daughter is a vivacious toddler with a zest for life. We are all country folk. We like nature and wild activity, bluegrass music and contra dancing. When not working we are likely to be found climbing mountains, biking, swimming, and gardening. Our house is a house in progress. We are its architects and builders. We are doing Air BnB because we love the idea behind it. It is so simple and pure. Plus is helps us fund our constant house improvement projects. We are not subsistence farmers by any means, but we definitely have what some are calling the modern homestead. That is we produce a lot of our food at our house. We have a huge garden and ranging chickens. We own a sugarbush from which our neighbor produces syrup. We chop our own firewood and tend our own trails. We do a lot of things for ourselves like this, This land is perfect for that sort of living. We like all sorts of people who are relaxed and real. We will try, ourselves, to be relaxed are real around guests and hosts. What other way is there to be? We look forward to meeting you.
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