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“Gotta love the dogs!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Eden Dogsledding

Eden Dogsledding
1390 Square Road, Eden Mills, VT 05653
802-635-9070
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Eden Mills
Type: Tours, Adventure
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Owner description: Eden Dogsledding offers educational sledding adventures for families or couples – Snow sledding in Winter, and Dog-Sledding-On-Wheels the rest of the year. For over ten years we’ve provided a healthy, happy home for our dogs while giving guests of all ages a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You can expect a personalized tour with an experienced musher, plenty of hands-on time with the dogs, and sledding along our vast network of trails with spectacular mountain views. Call for details!
Greer, South Carolina
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“Gotta love the dogs!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

We booked this special part of our winter vacation with our Aussie friends six months in advance, because we wanted to be able to take part in this. Obviously, the dogs are the star of the show. We enjoyed the retired alpha couple Luna and her male friend, who were still in charge, but didn't run. Luna and her buddies loved attention and would playfully nudge you or paw you to get a pat or scratch. Luna also walked us out to our car to say goodbye.
Is it worth the near $500/couple price that we paid for about a 2 hour experience from gearing up to helping the dogs get gear off/eat treats? It's hard to say what a fair price should be since this is a unique operation...but it does seem a bit steep. We actually only had about a 40 minute ride and our guide, while friendly, was not as experienced as perhaps the guide our Aussie friends had or Jim would have been. (Unsure of how to get to certain parts of the trail, forgot a radio and had to turn around)
The bottom line is that this is a unique and fun experience...although I don't know we'd do it again at that price.

Visited December 2013
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Hingham, Massachusetts
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“Family winter getaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

wanted to try something different but not too outlandish. Great location. Wonderful instructions and atmosphere to learn and meet dogs and mushers. Spent two nights on site in one of cabins, larkspur. highly recommend, even if youre not a dog lover....but if you are....its worth it....it was really our first time to VT on a family outing and it was so quiet, peaceful and rustic, yet with something very special . Far from the commercial activities in larger ski resorts.

Visited December 2013
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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“Amazing Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

This was the highlight of our VT vacation. The dog sledding was great and the dogs were amazing. We were in VT for a summer vacation and I can't wait to go back for another ride when it is snowing.

Visited July 2013
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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“Dog Lovers Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

My sister, myself and my 9 year old daughter headed to Eden Mills for a girls' weekend. I was personally drawn to Jim's claim of providing an ETHICAL dog sledding experience and he delivered 100 percent. I was also excited to be amongst a 'pack' of well socialized dogs and it was evident how consistently Jim stays 'tuned into' his dogs daily needs and moods. We participated in a dog carting (on wheels) experience and I was impressed how careful Jim was to ensure that the dogs did not overheat. Jim made it clear to me even before booking the experience that the actual dog carting would be significantly shorter in duration for the well being of the dogs then it would be as a winter experience. Even though we did 2 short carting runs approximately 10 minutes each (with a fun trip of dog swimming at the pond in between), we enjoyed 2 solid hours with Jim and his dogs being immersed in an informative hands on session about dog sledding. My daughter loved harnessing all of the dogs and was proud of her accomplishments. All of the dogs appeared to be happy, healthy and loved. We stayed in the Foxglove cabin for 2 nights which was beautiful! The view of the mountains is breathtaking! Jim Blair the owner was always available and accommodating. There was always a dog to greet,pet and enjoy. All three of us were in heaven being dog lovers. We all plan to go back for a winter experience! Thanks JIm!

Visited May 2013
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“Eden Dogsledding in Winter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

For years we have been coming to Smugglers in VT and always saw the brochures for Eden Dogsledding (ED) but could never seem to make it work in our itinerary. This March however, we came to Smuggs for skiing and were able to make it to ED. It was fantastic! To begin with, the location is in a remote part of VT in Eden Mills. Eden Mills is a micro climate snow belt, so there will almost always be more snow there than anywhere else. In fact, being March, we saw very little snow on the way to Eden and were getting a bit nervous. But as we drove up to the ED site, sure enough, an extra foot of snow awaited us and the dogs. The road to ED is quite challenging. For those of you familiar with VT, many of the side roads are a greyish clay substance that can be very slippery when wet. The road to ED is almost certainly impassable for non 4x4's in winter with snow on the road as there are some really steep hills. Jim Blair, the owner of ED asked us to stop at a local deli and call him before traversing off the main road. Jim then drove in his 4x4 and met us at the deli and explained that he was certain that our mini van would be ok to make it. Jim will drive you to ED from the deli if your vehicle cant make it. You have to factor this time in to your trip if you are there during the winter as it can take 10-15 mins to get to the ED site from the deli. Advice - check with Jim first! The ED site looks like a farm. When you go into the lobby, which I think is Jim's living room, you are greeted by a rustic and charming venue with couches all over. On the couches were all the dogs!!! probably 30 or so just lounging and having a great time!! It was really cool to see and a bit shocking. The dogs rule the roost here! It takes about an hour to get the dogs all ready for your trip. During this time, you are trained in how to harness up the dogs and get to know each of the dogs on your team. You then harness up the dogs and accompany the driver out to your sled. Our driver was fantastic!! Our tour package was for 1 hour, which we broke down to 3 20 minute segments of 2 people each on the sled for our party. Not to worry though, the property is 85 beautiful acres, plenty enough for a 1 hour our tour if you are a smaller party. You don't actually drive the sled. You sit in it and are given a blanket. Be wary in the winter of ice chips hitting your face. ED supplies goggles, but a good pair of sunglasses is just fine. The dogs are really fast and the hills are like a living roller coaster. A wonderful and visceral experience. One I would recommend to everyone. The price is a bit steep in the $400 range. However, when you think of the upkeep of the dogs, the land, the equipment, it seems more reasonable in context. We considered this a once in a lifetime experience that all very much want to do again! Perhaps we will do it this summer on the sleds with wheels! PS - My daughter left her hat in the ED lobby. Jim mailed it back to us within a couple of days. This was greatly appreciated from a really class guy and outfit!

Visited March 2013
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