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I'm Danielle Lindblom, an adventure-seeking dog loving Minnesotan who discovered a deep love of the outdoors. I travel all over with my two Border Collies in my pursuit of freedom and purpose, and I can't wait to share these adventures with you!

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The Perfect Cozy Cabin in the Woods: Sterling Ridge Resort in Jeffersonville, VT


One of my most memorable vacations was a three-day weekend in April 2014. It was taking a long time for Vermont to break into spring, so it was cold, wet, and perfect weather for cozying up in a cabin in the woods. I desperately wanted a retreat, so I threw Mica and my mud boots in the car and headed up to Jeffersonville for a weekend getaway in one of their romantic cabins.

My tiny studio cabin was beyond perfect for me. I absolutely loved its charm, wee gas fireplace, and just-right sized kitchen. There was also a porch for sitting outside and a fire ring. The cabin faced the woods, not the road, so I always felt like I had privacy. Plus, I had a great view out of my front door. Guess what? They even have cabins with a Jacuzzi! Swoooon.

After meeting the wonderful staff at the main lodge and chatting amiably about the amenities, I headed up to my cabin to get settled. It was so easy to get checked in, and everyone was really helpful. I unpacked, then headed back into town to get some supplies.

There was a really tiny but unique and quaint natural foods store (I found it on Facebook and they are still open!) where I got fresh foods for my stay. Loved everything about that little place. The Farm Store in Jeffersonville, VT. Back at the cabin, Mica and I (ok, just me) built a fire in the outdoor fire ring and relaxed in the Adirondack chairs as we watched the flames.

Dogs are welcome at Sterling Ridge Resort! Mica made some friends and enjoyed a swim with a friendly Golden Retriever. He even found some tennis balls. So, heaven. For the next three days, we hiked on the property, spent time at the lake, and just enjoyed our downtime relaxing. Here’s Mica resting in front of the gas fireplace. Can you say toasty?

I really liked the trails they had created on the grounds. They take you through the trees, around the lake, and you can even explore a more extensive trail system that links up just outside the resort. It was wet, cold, and misty during our stay, but I put on my rain boots and we still had a great time.

They have cabins of all different sizes, and I can only imagine how magical this place is as a wedding venue. There’s even a huge cabin near the lake that you can rent for large parties. It’s great for all seasons, too. In the winter, they will rent you a snowmobile or you can go skiing at the nearby killer ski resorts. In the spring, summer, and fall, you can enjoy all that the Vermont outdoors have to offer.

On Saturday, we went antiquing. Ok, Mica stayed in the car while I perused, but he still had a fun time. I think I stopped at 4 different places all within 10 miles of Sterling Ridge Resort, and there were lots of unique finds. My favorite place was a giant old barn, and you could go inside and explore multiple levels. Really cool! The history in that place was incredible. I’m a sucker for old barns, though.

All of the exploring aside, my favorite part of staying here was being in my cabin. It was so cozy and homey. I often curled upon the couch with a blanket and a good book and warmed my toes by the fireplace. The bed was really comfortable, and I slept great. There’s even wifi if you need to stay connected during your stay.

Sterling Ridge Resort often showcases specials, so it’s a good idea to sign up for emails. My stay was during the off season, and I got a discount on my cabin. I really want to go back, not only because it’s amazing, but also because I broke my wine glass souvenir and want another one!

Sadly, I no longer live in Vermont so I’d have quite a ways to travel to make it back. If you live locally, bring your dog and plan your getaway. If you’re a Minnesotan like me, maybe leave Fido at home and take a vacation just for yourself. The resort is only about an hour from the Burlington airport.

For more information, check out their website: www.sterlingridgeresort.com .

I really loved my stay and wanted to share with all of you. I hope you can visit and have a great escape, too.

Adventure On!

Danielle

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