One of my more memorable yurt trips has been to the Maple Wind Farm Yurts in Huntington, VT. I’d invited two local friends for an Easter weekend hike up 4000′ Camel’s Hump mountain, and reached out to a hiking group with the offer to share meals and expenses. I had one taker, whom I’d never met, but who sounded like a wonderful addition to our small band of intrepids.
Imagine a Nor’easter snowstorm in April, complete with blizzard conditions. Now imagine snowshoeing 1/2 mile with full packs after dark, searching for the night’s lodging in Nor’easter conditions. Then picture, if you can, walking into a yurt with a fire lit, beef stew, salad and bread on the table, prepared by a guy you’ve never met. Our first thought was, “He’s a keeper!” And so it was that Rob, Andrea, Lynn, Jean & I began our Easter adventure.
The Maple Wind Farm Yurts are situated perfectly for outdoor adventure. Bordering Camel’s Hump State Park, you can hike, snowshoe or cross-country ski directly from the yurt. Two of Vermont’s finest long distance trails, the Long Trail and the Catamount Trail meander out from your backyard as well.
So snowshoe and cross country ski we did, in 3′ of fresh powder, but not without pining for our backcountry skis. We saw telemarkers all over the mountain as we ascended the trail. Of course there were no views from the top, but that didn’t matter. The perfect snow conditions made for a perfect Easter holiday, and we’ll always remember the gift of Rob’s elegant Nor’easter dinner at Maple Wind Farm Yurt.