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“Total relaxation in Vermont during the Christmas Holidays”

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Robert Frost Mountain Cabins
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
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“Total relaxation in Vermont during the Christmas Holidays”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

Our family returned here for a second time.

Most of our weekends are full of kid related activities (soccer, soccer, and the occasional soccer) so it makes no sense for us to own a "place in the mountains", however much we dream about it.

So the week between Christmas and New Year is the one time when we go away as a family.

Marty and Carol run a very warm, welcoming destination. Both times when we have turned up late at night after a long drive from Boston they have appeared at the cabin door to check that we have everything we need - and offer whatever we were missing. (Their house is separated from the cabins by woods and a large barn - close enough to get help, far enough away not to notice).

The cabins are a short distance from the road - at night the road appears miles from anywhere, but by day you realize that there are alot of houses and even a school. Middlebury is a 15 to 20 minute winter drive away. The cinema was a hit with the boys, and the 2 Brother's Pub an event bigger hit with the parents (no, Anchorman 2 could not compete with a warm pub and plenty of local draft beer). The Hannaford supermarket is very large and well stocked so there is no need to bring much from home.

The cabins are all a year or two old, and are in very good condition - all the appliances are very new. We cooked alot - the Chicken is currently roasting in the oven. You can borrow pretty much anything from Marty and Carol if you need a roasting pan or whatever.

Our son was so confused by the lack of a dishwasher that he put his dirty dishes in the draining rack after every meal - and was stunned that they were not magically cleaned.

We have just returned from tobogganing down a very long unploughed road - truly scary by the second bend as the speed picks up, and quite exhausting. The boys have retreated to their room to watch Netflix (the Internet is much faster this year).

There is a party in the common area (the barn) tonight - so that should be fun and a good way to meet the other guests (mostly from Canada tonight).

So all in all a really good place to come and relax.

I think the best way to sum it up is "hand crafted with care" - Marty and Carol are slowly building a really beautiful vacation destination, and they are ploughing everything they have into making it both a success and a great experience. Even my totally urban son likes it, and has learnt a new skill (dishwasher).

Room Tip: All the cabins are essentially identical. Marty is building a new cabin every 6 months or so, and no...
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Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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VTCabins, Owner at Robert Frost Mountain Cabins, responded to this review, January 12, 2014
Can't wait to share our new toboggan run with you next year!
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Groton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2013

We have visited twice now and love these cabins. The second time, we visited for my husband's 50th birthday. Marty and Carole (our hosts) were kind enough to put out on the road in a sandwich board wishing Rob a Happy Birthday. They also delivered delicious cinnamon twists with a birthday candle to our door on Saturday morning. We enjoyed long brisk walks through the woods with snow gently falling. Our golden retriever LOVED the walks and wide open spaces to run the trails! The cabins are new, fresh and lovely with great amenities. Lots of fluffy towels and plenty of hot water. Comfortable beds and a cozy nook to watch movies or laze away the day with a book. You are only 15 minutes to Middlebury, which is a great college town and Lincoln Peak Winery as well as Dakin Farm and the Vermont Flannel Store are fun outings. A perfect place if you like a rural, well appointed, weekend away from the business of life! Thank you Marty & carole!

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VTCabins, Owner at Robert Frost Mountain Cabins, responded to this review, January 12, 2014
We loved having you back for a second visit !
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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2013

Our stay at the Robert Frost Mountain cabins was outstanding. The cabins are beautiful, the scenery is breathtaking, the cabin owners Marty and Carol treated us like family (even their dogs guided us through the trails on the property), and we had everything we needed to feel right at home. We were even delivered warm, homemade muffins to our cabin one morning. We enjoyed the seclusion of the cabins while still being only 15-20 minutes away from stores, restaurants, and attractions. The RFMC will be the only place we stay when we travel to Vermont. You cannot stay here and be disappointed!

Room Tip: We stayed in cabin #2 "Sunrise Vista" and we were very happy!
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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VTCabins, Owner at Robert Frost Mountain Cabins, responded to this review, January 12, 2014
It was so great that you took advantage of so many of the opportunities in the area. We love to see folks appreciate it as much as we do.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

Nice cabins that have the feel of being away from it all in a log cabin but having the amenities of a home (the cabins are newly built and not rustic - have full kitchen, tv, bathroom and gas fireplace). Beautiful view of the Vermont landscape from the windows and the outdoor (screened-in) porch.

Owners were exceptionally nice, including dropping by a picnic basket with fresh muffins in the morning. My only complaint is that I would have preferred a real fireplace to a gas one, but Marty makes a bonfire outside on evenings when there are people interested, if you prefer the real deal.

Room Tip: We liked Sunrise Vista, but the others appear to be nice too.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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VTCabins, Owner at Robert Frost Mountain Cabins, responded to this review, January 12, 2014
Thanks so much for your feedback. We, too, prefer a wood fireplace. After much consideration, we chose to install gas fireplaces since they tend to be a more effective means of heating and are easy for everyone to use. We hope that they serve as a good balance between efficiency and ambience in our cabins.
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Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013

We were fortunate to be able to stay at the Robert Frost Cabin for Middlebury’s Family Weekend. We had originally made a reservation to stay in the 5th cabin scheduled to be built and finished by October. Due to poor spring weather, the cabin was not finished. But no worries!! Hosts Marty and Carol graciously offered their loft for my 3 children and I to stay in.
We couldn’t have been more pleased. Marty and Carol were the perfect hosts...warm and friendly, but not over involved as you sometimes find in a B&B. They frequently checked in with us to make sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed. We did! Sunday morning, Carol made fresh hot blueberry muffins which were a welcome surprise. Delicious!! My daughter was in a foot cast and on crutches. Carol showed her how to drive the riding lawn mower so she was able to get around a bit more to enjoy the property’s beautiful surroundings and fall colors. So thoughtful! Marty had good local restaurant suggestions. To the delight of my daughter, they took out their chicken for us to pet, and introduced us to their dogs Tessa and Merlin. Overall they were the perfect hosts!
On the last day, we asked what time we needed to check out. We were surprised by their kind response--they had no one coming in that day to use the loft, so we were welcome to stay all day. How wonderful! We had a beautiful last day on property...reading in the adirondack chairs with a gorgeous view of the mountains.
We had a fantastic weekend and look forward to being able to stay in one of the cabins next time. We can’t wait to go back!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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VTCabins, Owner at Robert Frost Mountain Cabins, responded to this review, January 12, 2014
Can't wait to have you stay in one of the cabins when you return. Our 5th cabin, Owl's Branch will be opening soon.
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

My wife and three of our children lucked out with a reservation for Middlebury Family Weekend 2013. Robert Frost Mountain Cabins offers a hotel experience in the wilderness, and only 15 minutes from Middlebury, Marty and Carol are perfect hosts who clearly love what they do. In addition to a very private and spacious cabin, the property offers spectacular views, and a variety of hiking trails. Morning coffee on the screened porch overlooking the mountains, and a glass of wine by an outdoor bonfire in the evenings. My daughter kept saying everything smelled like Christmas). This is much more than a place to stay. It is a true getaway. we can't wait to come back.

PD, Belmont, MA

Room Tip: All of the Cabins are new and of similar design. we stayed in Peak Perspective, which offered a gre...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

What a hidden gem! The cabin is located near lots of attractions, but is definitely off the beaten path. The cabin itself couldn't have been better - beautifully designed and decorated. With a full kitchen, large bathroom, two bedrooms and a comfortable living room, we had all the space we needed. Plus, the large screened in porch with views of the mountain and fall colors was spectacular. The cabins have wireless internet and TV/DVD for watching movies. If you need to catch up on news or TV shows, the common loft has everything you need - including laundry facilities (very helpful after being on the road for a week) and exercise equipment. We are trying to figure out how we can put a cabin like this in the mountains of Washington State.

Room Tip: There are currently four cabins and they all looked fantastic. We stayed in the Sunrise Cabin and ha...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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VTCabins, Owner at Robert Frost Mountain Cabins, responded to this review, January 12, 2014
Hope you come to see us again the next time you're back on the east coast!
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Property: Robert Frost Mountain Cabins
Address: 2430 North Branch Rd, Ripton, VT 05766
Location: United States > Vermont > Ripton
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Ripton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Robert Frost Mountain Cabins 3.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
2014 and 2015 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award Winner, Robert Frost Mountain Cabins offer spacious, artisan-crafted, timber frame cabins with spectacular mountain views. Each cabin has 2 bedrooms, bath, kitchen, living/dining room and screened back porch. Nestled on 112 acres bordering the Green Mountain National Forest, our charming cabins include all of the contemporary comforts and are conveniently located near Middlebury and a short distance from Middlebury College’s Main and Bread Loaf Campuses. We offer year round short term or extended stay lodging. ... more   less 
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