Very private home with a bedroom on each floor as well as extra space for sleeping on futons or air mattresses. There is an extra room behind the master bedroom, an extra bedroom or to have younger children stay close to their parents while maintaining some privacy.
There is a game room in the basement, a converted ping pong table, air-hockey, huge bin of Legos, a cupboard of games and puzzles, aYamaha electric keyboard as well as books. In the main room there is a stereo with a record player with plenty of vintage vinyl - You may need to teach the younger folks what it its!
We have decided to NOT have internet access or cable TV in the house, though it sometimes takes more work, we feel it's important to enjoy the people and real environment around you, especially when in a special place. We hope though, that folks will be encouraged to pull away from facebook, youtube, instagram, reddit, twitter, snapchat, to close their laptops, put down their phones and tablets, look up and enjoy life. There IS fairly good network reception for cellphones and if you go through severe media withdrawal, there IS free internet access just two blocks away at the resort.
The house is nestled up against the downhill ski slope allowing for ski in and ski out on the Timberline part of Bolton Valley Resort. You can always ski back to the house even when Timberline is closed. Though we don't recommend it, we even ski the closed ski trails back to our house at night after night-skiing. When the Timberline lift is closed, you can have the "Sure Shot" trail above our house to yourself [great sledding]. The Nordic and Back-country trail system comes up to the road right across from our driveway, this is the only piece of property that borders both. We have skied the Picnic Loop Nordic trail, from the Recreation Center back down to our house at night- not too bad if the night-skiing lights are on for the ski-area, but definitely headlamps required if those lights are off or it's a very clear night. Beginners can rent Alpine, Nordic equipment or snowshoes at the resort. The resort offers adult and child ski lessons.
Bolton Valley resort has allowed use of the Nordic Center with purchase of a lift ticket -or for a small fee for access to the Recreation Center. The center has a pool, hot tub, sauna, pool table, games and basketball courts. The Recreation Center is open late into the evening on nights when there is Night Skiing at the area, which has increased to 4 nights a week.
In early 2016 several ski resorts were bought by large ski-corporations, Aspen bought Stratton and Vail bought Stowe, and Jay Peak when into receivership because of a huge financial scandal. Bolton Valley Ski Resort however finds itself back in the hands of the family that started it! A local family from Bolton started the ski area in the '60's with money that had from when the interstate highway was built through a large portion of their farmland. Bolton has always been a smaller, quieter more family orented ski area. Recently a large amount of local land, comprising most of the non-ski area upper valley was conserved, local hiking trails re-routed and hiking shelters renovated, all making the valley more attractive to summer use. The new ownership at Bolton intends to bring back summertime Nature Walks, Youth Programs, Tennis, and maintained Mountain Biking Trails, all to make the area more of a year-round attraction.
When the winter's snow melts, the sound of the two small mountain streams and their waterfalls, one on either side of the house, come back. One can relax next to one of these waterfall pools, or explore hiking along the local hiking trails which include a section of the Long Trail which runs across the ridge that forms most of our skyline to the west. There is some rugged mountain biking for the intrepid to be found on the mountain and there are often people hiking the main trails to the top of the lifts for sunset. When hiking out in the Nordic back country - the moose, deer and bear tracks often outnumber those of people.
Our Uphill Neighbor is the Lotus Mountain Retreat. Previously a classic ski-lodge called the Black Bear Inn, now re-opened as a Vegan New-Age Healing Retreat Establishment. They have plans for geodesic dome meeting spaces and sensory deprivation tanks to add to their offering of yoga, massage, vegan food and frequent progressive spiritual healing events.
We are quite close to "The Ponds at Bolton Valley" a popular wedding/event venue run by The Essex Culinary Resort and Spa. The Ponds center is just one minute's drive down the road.
There is a cafeteria, bar/restaurant and pizza place at the resort, the Recreation Center has a bar and also sells pizza. The resort will have live music and children's programs around holidays and weekends.
We have a guide of the surrounding area but here are some highlights
Bolton is centrally located to Burlington, Shelburne, Waterbury, Stowe and Montpelier.
All wonderful towns where you can find great food and attractions including Shelburne Museum, Shelburne Farms and the Teddy Bear Factory. 45 minute drive
Plenty of shopping in Burlington with Lake Champlain and the bike path. 30 minute drive.
Stowe shopping, hiking, resorts... 30 minutes
Montpelier the State Capitol 30 minutes
Waterbury has Ben and Jerry's as well as excellent restaurants 15 minutes+ More