You can stay all day on the farm…
Just step out your door, pets in tow (or is it peeps in tow of pets?) With 200 acres there are plenty of unique areas to explore: Blueberry Hill, Turkey Trot Trail, Rhododendron Run, Beer Can Gulch, the Pine Tree Place, Peterson Pond and Buzzard’s Roost to name a few. Wooded, marked hiking trails with maps will lead you to these destinations.
This family stayed on the farm the first 3 days of their week long vacation without leaving (except to get groceries). They said they wanted to avoid the “herding cats” events off the farm and instead opted to just enjoy each other. Of course, the kids were the center of attention and the Peterson pond got plenty of use.
Our favorite hike takes you through twists and turns of trail (1 mile) up the mountain to 2800′ elevation which we have named “Buzzard’s Roost.” At a leisurely pace, plan on 1 1/2 hrs. Bring a picnic lunch and field glasses. Sitting Rocks will relax you as you look at the panoramic view. Oh, and don’t forget to read and sign the journal in the mailbox at the top.
A Working Farm
Cloud 9 is located on a working family farm in the valley. That means WE work and YOU relax. It’s a curious part of our human personality; watching people work. It gives one a certain satisfaction… that can be yours!
You might even witness a calf being born!
We have U-Pick blueberries and raspberries in season so be sure to book for June, July through August. Renters pick for free and wouldn’t blueberry pancakes sound good for an eat-on-the-deck breakfast?
You could spend the whole afternoon at Peterson Pond, reading a good book, having a picnic under the shelter, fishing or swimming.
Even weddings and family reunions can be held here.
You might even catch a fish!
Peterson Pond is stocked with brim and striped bass. We provide the fishing pole, tackle and earth worms in the compost pile for the digging. Here’s a photo of the largest bass ever caught alongside the average size. Catch and Release or Eat it for Supper!
Plenty to explore!
You are welcome to tag along with the farm chores (that may sound strange but picking beans, stacking firewood or drilling holes in logs for Shitake mushroom spores CAN be fun!) or make use of the mountain bikes to explore the farm valley and hike the wooded trails yourself. You could enjoy the farm for days without any other excursions and your hosts are always available nearby to “jaw” about the history of the area or life experiences.