Ski Vermont - The Secret Room

House - Private room · Mowrey Rd, Jamaica, VT 05343, United States
Your host, Erica
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The Space

UPDATE! The door is on and works! The walls are plastered. All that remains is the hanging of some trim and the hanging of the gargoyle face that operates the "Secret" door. Now the Secret Room is the darkest (at night), potentially coziest room in the house.

This room is still cheaper than the rest because it is not fully finished. (See above.)

The room is around the corner, behind the door to the basement, so there is some privacy and you couldn't ask for a darker night sky. If there is a negative about this is that a person in the Secret Room can hear someone coming down the stairs (from upstairs) - but we would try to tiptoe if you were in the house. There is a day bed with a pull out trundle that should each fit one person comfortably. The trundle is designed so that it can be raised up to the height of the daybed. I think that a couple that wants to snuggle might find this set up annoying because of the fact that it would essentially be two beds pushed together, though there are those who have successfully done this. We can also put a queen sized memory foam topper over them both to have a better bed for two people. All of the negatives being aired here, I should say that although the room has some work to get to the finished state, we are not animals. The bed in this Secret Room comes equipped with down comforters and feather pillows. After all you do deserve to be as snug as a bug. (No actual bugs please.)

Clearly, this room is good for the budget traveler who doesn't complain much. I think I have been straightforward about all of the possible negatives of the room. So if you are low-key and low-maintenance then this is a good fit. If you have high expectations of perfection, then this may not be the room for you. I expect that with each new visitor, we will be compelled to make one new improvement on this room. Listing this room on Air bnb is helping us fund our work.

The person/people who stay in this room are welcome to use the rest of the house as well. Here is the description.

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.

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. This is a shared bathroom but we usually stick to the upstairs ourselves when guests are around.

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 (not currently open). Wardsboro also have a sometimes-open breakfast restaurant. 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 (email hidden) 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 base 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, or hot oatmeal with fruit and also choices from the cold selection. Apologies, 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.


Also note: We also rent Vaughn's room, the Blue Sky 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: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: $25
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)

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  • Although we never got to meet Erica the stay was perfect! Her directions to the house were extremely helpful and the room was just what we needed for the night! Clean, cozy, and her property is beautiful. Quintessential Vermont!

    June 2014
    Response from Erica:

    I meant to say Julia in my review of you but I mistakenly wrote Juliette. I cannot figure out how to edit it!! Sorry.

    June 2014
  • My husband and I booked the Secret Room this past Columbus Day weekend to visit Vermont and see the changing leaves. Erica and her husband were very hospitable hosts, and we have no complaints from our stay. Warned not to rely on GPS to find their home, we found Erica's written directions easy to follow and had no trouble finding the place. Upon arriving, we were shown to the Secret Room, which is plenty spacious for two people. The pull-out bed was comfortable and we both slept well. Also, even though there is not a standard door on the room (although there is a sort of sliding door that can be pulled closed if you desire more privacy), we had enough privacy because the doorway is around a corner from the main hall, so no one ever walked directly past our door. They have a dog and a cat that are both very docile and friendly. Overall, their home was clean and tidy and we felt very comfortable staying there.

    Erica and her husband gave us beer in the evening, a warm bed to sleep in, homemade chai tea in the morning, and great suggestions on driving routes, towns, places to eat, and sites to see on our short visit to Vermont. What more could you ask for?

    October 2013
  • We arrived at Erica and Rob's gorgeous house, at the end of a rural road, just after dark. They welcomed us and offered us dinner - unfortunately we had just eaten (at the Dam Diner nearby, also recommended), and after hiking all day were ready to shower and sleep. The shower is absolutely beautiful, our room was comfortable, and Rob, Erica, and their daughter Juniper (and dog Lemony) were kind and made us right at home even though we arrived late and left early. A great Airbnb experience.

    October 2013
  • Great first airbnb experience ! The family was very nice, the view was beautiful. We got there at night so the house was a little hard to find in the dark woods. Other than that, everything was great. The bed was comfy and everything wascready for us ! Thanks Erica ! :)

    July 2013
  • The secret room was great! I slept like a baby with the windows wide open and the cool air and night sounds rushing over my shoulders and into my dreams. I will definitely be back!

    June 2013
  • We had an amazing time staying with Erica and Rob. They were so warm and welcoming - gave us tips on things to do in the area, Rob is a sweet ski instructor at Stratton - and Erica even let us borrow her snow shoes woohoo! The property was beautiful. We would go back again in a heartbeat. Erica and Rob - if you ever need a place to stay in NYC keep in touch!

    March 2013
  • We had a pleasant stay at Erica and Rob's home. The living room, filled with plants, doused in warm lighting, and heated by a wood stove was so relaxing after a long day of skiing.

    The Secret Room was great! Cozy and exactly as described. It was comfortable and well worth the price being so close to the mountain.

    We may be biased as animal lovers, but the pets were GREAT! The sweetest dog, and friendliest cat made us feel at home and forget we were guests.

    The stay went smoothly, and was conveniently close to the mountain. I'm sure we'll be staying here again.

    February 2013
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Cornell, UVM, Pennington School, George School, South Hunterdon Regional
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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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