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IMPORTANT UPDATE September 17, 2020 (Changes from previous update outlined in red)

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Hello Dear Men!

Here we are, yet another month has gone by and still not much has changed. Vermont’s Governor Scott has extended the state of emergency until October 15. The travel restrictions for those coming to Vermont are still in effect. The vast majority of counties in the northeast are still required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Vermont. All of our October bookings would be affected by this restriction.

So we have made the difficult decision to postpone our reopening until at least January 1, 2021. At this point it seems likely (to us anyway) there will not be any significant improvement of the current situation until at least then.

Detailed information on Travelling to Vermont from out state including a county-by county map can be found above and updates are posted here: Vermont Cross State Travel Information

We remain committed to surviving this and thriving to the future, and are able to do this largely because of the support and understanding of our friends and loyal customers like you! We look forward to reopening as soon as possible and having you with us. We miss you all and appreciate your continued understanding and support! Please stay safe!

Travel to Vermont: “Vermont Governor Phil Scott announced that the state of emergency has been extended to October 15, noting.” We all “must continue to follow guidance on mandatory health and safety practices and the latest travel quarantine requirements.”

Here is the link to the directive regarding cross state travel.

Quarantine and non-quarantine counties throughout the northeastern United States, updated weekly on Fridays. Click on the image for current info. Click here for answers to FAQs about Cross Border Travel.

  • Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the VT Agency of Transportation to close the Rock River swimming hole parking along Route 30.
  • Please do not come to Vermont at this time if you live in a county with higher Covid-19 cases (colored orange and red). 
  • Residents of other states who live in counties that have similar active Covid-19 cases to Vermont may enter the state for leisure travel without quarantining. Click on the map to the right (showing lower Covid-19 counties in blue/green) for current status.
  • If you don’t feel well, you should stay home.
  • If you know someone who is sick or may have been exposed, you should stay home for 14 days or stay home for 7 days and then have a negative Covid-19 test.
  • Please observe social distancing, wear a face mask (mandatory in Vermont effective 8/1/20) and stay safe!

Mid-August Update:

First of all, we want to extend or best wishes for safety and health to everyone on the planet including all our friends and customers past, present and future!

Our hearts go out to those directly affected by the pandemic, those who have lost their lives and their loved ones, and those who have lost their jobs. And of course, huge appreciation and thanks to the brave health care workers and essential services workers who provide the rest of us with the things we need to survive. The Covid-19 pandemic has also hit businesses and workers hard, especially in the hospitality industry. Frog Meadow is no exception.

However, we are not complaining…we are both healthy and doing our bit to isolate ourselves. We are well-stocked with provisions and are prepared to ride this out (figuratively, and literally on our bikes). Our efforts are not just for ourselves but for our local community and health providers. Vermonters are doing a great job at “crushing the curve” We are proud to be part of this very important community effort.

On March 9, 2020 given the mounting evidence of the progression of the pandemic we closed operations at Frog Meadow and cancelled all bookings through April. Because of the uncertainty of how things will develop over the next few weeks and months we have temporarily updated our cancellation policy as outlined on our Policies Page. This was a difficult decision to make but necessary in order to manage our financial exposure. We will restore our previous policies as soon as conditions permit. We appreciate your understanding and support. Please continue reading below for more information on how we are responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.

With gratitude, love and affection,

– Scott, Dave, Jay and Dan

On March 30, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott temporarily suspended lodging operations and reservations in Vermont. The order applies to Hotels, Motels, Bed & Breakfasts, Inns, short-term rentals (for example, VRBO, HomeAway, AirBnB, and similar services), and all public and private camping facilities and RV parks.  Exceptions were made for those supporting Vermont’s response to the COVID-19 emergency as follows:

  1. Housing vulnerable populations (for example, emergency shelter for homeless individuals) as arranged through the state
  2. Providing accommodations for health care workers or other workers deemed necessary to support public health, public safety or critical infrastructure
  3. Use of lodging properties as quarantine facilities as arranged by the state
  4. Limited verifiable extenuating circumstances for the care and safety of Vermonters

What we are doing at Frog Meadow:

  1. We are closed until at least October 1, 2020. We are now allowed by the State of Vermont to accept reservations but only for residents of Vermont, those who have quarantined in the state of Vermont for 14 days or those from regional counties in New England and New York only that meet certain criteria, mainly having less than 400 active Covid-19 cases per million of population in the county of residence. This is a rapidly changing situation and the date we are able to open may change. For details click on the map above to see the latest travel guildelines issued by the state of Vermont, updated weekly every Friday.
  2. Given the severe restrictions on travel to the state of Vermont we will not be opening until a further loosening of restrictions takes place. This has more to do with the situation in neighboring states than in Vermont. This may or may not happen by October 1.
  3. Fall Workshops have been cancelled and we have coordinated ways to for you to connect virtually with some of our facilitators in the interim.
  4. Work Camp and Garden Fellowship programs have been postponed indefinitely until conditions and safety permit.
  5. We have temporarily updated our Cancellation Policy as noted on our Policies Page. Please be sure to review and understand these changes before booking as we will not be able to make any exceptions.
  6. When we re-open we will take every precaution for the safety and health of our lodging and workshop guests in this time of widespread health concerns. In addition to social distancing protocols, Frog Meadow will follow strict state-directed health/cleaning protocols, including the removal of cloth hand towels in all bathrooms and replacing them with disposable paper hand towels; sanitizing wipes in all bathrooms to be used as needed on surfaces; extra cleaning and disinfecting on high touch surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, and kitchen work surfaces in addition to other areas; and advising employees to stay home if they are not feeling well.

How you can help Us:

 

Guest Reviews

“Floating on an inner tube in the pond and watching the stars above was a magical moment I won’t soon forget!”

Words cannot express how much we all enjoyed this past weekend.  You are the consummate hosts…down to every little detail. I think my favorite moment happened Friday night:  Floating on an inner tube in the pond and watching the stars above was a magical moment I won’t soon forget! 

Matthew D, Astoria NY
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