Meadow House Collective
Come alive in the backcountry
Meadow-House pond and bonfire gathering space. Full composition here Photo courtesy Andrew Wyatt
The Mission at the Meadow House is simple:
To provide inspired spaces for gatherings of friends, colleagues, families, and Collective members seeking a basecamp in the central Vermont mountains.
Originally built in 1976 as a ski cabin at the Waterbury trailhead access into the Worcester Mountain Range, Meadow-House has fused over the years creating a uniquely modern backcountry experience.
Easy access to Interstate 89.
Within 30-45 minutes to the Statehouse in Montpelier and the Burlington waterfront and/or BTV airport.
Local Downtown Villages:
Morrissville Airport 21 miles
Ski Resorts & Backcountry Riding:
North: Stowe Mountain Resort & Cady Hill Forest- 12 miles
South: Mad River Glen & Sugarbush Resorts - 27 miles
West: Bolton Valley Resort – 18 miles
East: 5,000 acres of VT State Forests in the Worcester Range including immediate access up into: mt. hunger, the hunger ravines, skyline trail, burnt mt., white rocks, hogback, buffalo soldier, stowe pinnacle, skyline north to worcester or south to perry hill trails via world class trail systems for: hiking, biking, x-country skiing/running, split-boarding / tele / AT / and snowshoeing out the back door
Many excellent restaurants, breweries, and activities are in the area:
Ben & Jerry's
Cold Hollow Cider Mill.
Why we do what we do #1 of 4: providing spaces for the next generation of stewards, caretakers, and defender's of ecological balance to connect with nature.
Worcester Range Collective
Part of the MH mission includes supporting a collectively-funded mechanism throughout the range to help deliver inspired spaces throughout the surrounding lands. These trails and recreational experiences are open to anyone and partially funded through Collective membership. Our donation of artist residencies and event space is only part of the equation. The other part involves working towards protecting backcountry access through local alignment of values. The Hunger Ravines Neighborhood Association consists of members of the first farmhouse dwellers of the original hillside farms in these parts and we at Meadow House are equally aware of our impact locally and upon the Worcester Range we live in.
As the neighborhood association can attest, changes in the high-country have happened over the last half decade exponentially more than the last 25 years that we have been here at Meadow House.
And going back over the last half-century is a semester's worth of Wildlife & Fish Biology lessons just waiting to be taught. But human activity is increasingly changing the habitat we coexist with wildlife in. This is not suburbia. This is truly backcountry and when you can trace the contents of the bear scat to specific food sources they ate from... well the thrill is gone and the outrage of habitat mis-management and lack of planning begins.
Our activity up here has wholly been a volunteer initiative to increase recreational opportunities in partnership with the VT DFPR and others that actually play in these mountains and work towards their protection. Membership in the WRC helps open up possibilities in backcountry engagement beyond just keeping trails open and maintained.
As a result, over the years, we have:
Planted, nurtured, and harvested trees for artisanal furniture.
Grown trail based recreation in the Worcester Range.
Managed glades and skin lines.
Boiled sap, played music, and made organic maple syrup on-site.
Innovated techniques for low-impact and sustainable mountain living.
Had fun with great people.
We welcome anyone to join us and look forward to sharing Meadow-House with you somewhere along this journey.
Why we do what we do #2 of 4: foster responsibility for the actions we take both culturally and within the natural world we live.