A Green Family Getaway In Vermont

Looking for a place to host an eco-retreat or family reunion this winter in Vermont? The Common Ground Center in Starksboro would like you to know that its new Eco-Lodge features solar heat, was built with wood harvested on its own land, can house over 30 people “in sustainable comfort” and is now open for booking.

Located on a 700-acre site in a mountain valley ideal for snow shoeing (on farm fields and mountain trails) or skating (on the facility’s two-acre pond), the Eco-Lodge also offers its visitors access to the nearby Sugarbush and Mad River Glen skiing areas. All of the rooms have radiant floor heat with solar tubes, and a large common room features a locally harvested maple floor and soapstone wood-burning stove, as well as a full kitchen.

Common Ground Center Eco-Lodge

image via Common Ground Center

Book your retreat for this winter and you may wind up sandwiched between a Burton Snowboards shindig and a Zen retreat. Book for next spring, summer, or fall and you may come hot on the heels of a wedding, as nine such celebrations have already been celebrated since the facility opened this spring. (Parents and grandparents of the newlyweds can apparently lodge here in style and comfort, while “the younger folk enjoy the lovely rustic cabins in the maple grove on the hill nearby.”)

The Common Ground Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to “celebrating families in all their diversity” that runs the Common Ground Camp each summer featuring music, art, dance, sports, healing arts, nature exploration, and outdoor adventures. The Eco-Lodge was designed to allow more multi-generational families to enjoy the camp in comfort.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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