Immerse yourself in nature for a few days to rejuvenate your body and mind, especially if you work in one of the big cities on the East Coast. Breathe in the fresh air, go hiking, mountain biking and swim in clear mountain lakes.
Maine and New Hampshire offer several beautiful spots where couples and families can go on a quick and affordable adventure vacation. These unique lodges are operated by the Appalachian Mountain Club which offers over 8,000 activities each year. See more great weekend trips: from NYC, Boston, Vermont and the Finger Lakes. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Little Lyford Lodge & Cabins
2.Gorman Chairback Lodge & Cabins
3.Joe Dodge Lodge
4.Highland Center Lodge
5 Affordable New England Wilderness Lodges
- Little Lyford Lodge & Cabins, Photo: Dennis Welsh, Courtesy of AMC
- Gorman Chairback Lodge & Cabins, Photo: Dennis Welsh, Courtesy of AMC
- Joe Dodge Lodge, Photo: Herb Swanson, Courtesy of AMC
- Highland Center Lodge, Photo: Jerry & Marcy Monkman, Courtesy of AMC
- Cardigan Lodge, Photo: Herb Swanson, Courtesy of AMC
- Cover Photo: Herb Swanson, Courtesy of AMC
More Ideas: Shacksbury Cider
There are lots of things we take for granted each and every day, and a big reason for this is that we get used to these elements being a part of our daily lives. They seem so normal and common that people find it hard to see them in a special light or truly appreciate how important and interesting they are.
Apples are a great example. One of the most common fruits around, apples seem pretty simple and standard compared to more exotic alternatives, but they’re actually a truly miraculous fruit that we should never ever take for granted. Apples can be used in a million different ways, from being baked into cakes and pies to be smashed up into sauce or used to make cider.
Plus, there are countless varieties of apples out there, each with its own color, flavor, and merits. When it comes to cider production, there are lots of different varieties that really work well to make delicious, top quality ciders, but many of these varieties aren't actually grown at any big scale on American soil.
Fortunately, some American cider companies are daring to think outside the box. Making use of whatever they can find, experimenting with different varieties from New England and international locations like Spain and England, and even adding new elements like grape skins to create revolutionary cider-wine fusions, Shacksbury is one of those companies.
Shacksbury - a New England Cidery
Shacksbury is an innovative cider based out of Vermont. Founded on the belief that cider can have the same complexities and varieties as other alcoholic drinks, Shacksbury works with lots of different apple varieties from around the world to craft truly unique ciders, adding new and fresh products to the market and showing a different side to cider.
- Quality Cider - Shacksbury specializes in producing high quality ciders with a mixture of apples grown in New England, as well as apples sourced internationally from locations like England and Spain. The core trio of ciders offered by Shacksbury are Rosé, Arlo, and Dry. Rosé, as the name implies, is made to resemble a rosé wine and actually features Syrah and Zinfandel grape skins which help to add structure and flavor to the finished product. Dry is a light, crisp cider that can work just as well on a summer day as it does on a cool and frosty evening, being made with a mixture of New England and English apples. Finally, Arlo is a Basque-style cider produced in conjunction with a Spanish orchard and making use of exclusive European varieties.
- Tastings - If you're looking for quality cider tastings in Vermont, you can stop off at the Shacksbury Cidery and Tasting Room in Vergennes. The tasting room is located at 11 Main Street and is very easy to access, being open from Wednesdays through to Saturdays from 12pm to 6pm and Sundays from 12pm to 4pm for most of the year (please confirm the hours before you go). In winter (January to April), the tasting room is only open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. There's also a secondary tasting room for Shacksbury Cider which is shared with Zafa Wines and located at 266 Pine Street, Burlington, Vermont. This tasting room opens up at 2pm and stays open until the evening from Wednesdays through to Sundays of each week.
- The Cider Club - Shacksbury ciders can be ordered online and purchased direct from the tasting room, but one of the best ways to enjoy these amazing New England ciders is to sign up with the Cider Club. Just like with other clubs, the Shacksbury Cider Club provides regular shipments of quality cider right to your door for a quarterly fee. All members of the club also get additional benefits like a 10% discount on all other ciders, custom recipes, exclusive invitations to special events, and early access to the Cellar Sale, in which vintage ciders are released for public consumption.
- The Lost Apples Project - Fully committed to bringing something new to the cider scene and making use of different apple varieties in bold new ways and combinations, Shacksbury Cider also organizes the Lost Apple Project. Since 2013, workers from this cidery have been setting out all around Vermont to try and find rare and unique apple trees and varieties that were believed to have been lost over the years. By finding these apples, planting the seeds, and bringing them back to life, Shacksbury Cider is honoring the history and heritage of New England apples and preserving treasured varieties for generations to come.
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