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IMPORTANT UPDATE July 2, 2020 (Changes from previous update outlined in red)

Travel to Vermont: “Vermont Governor Phil Scott announced that the state of emergency has been extended to July 15th, 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.

  • Please do not come to Rock River 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 and stay safe!

First of all, we want to extend our 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 August 1, 2020. We are now allowed by the State of Vermont to accept reservations after June 15, 2020 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 August 1.
  3. Spring Workshops have been cancelled and rescheduled for fall (details below) and we have coordinated ways to for you to connect virtually with some of our facilitators in the interim.
  4. Spring 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.

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Guest Reviews

Like Our Personal Vacation Home!

As a couple of New Yorkers, we find the need to flee the concrete every few weeks, and Frog Meadow has become one of our favorite escapes. The owners, Scott and Dave, have created a property for gay men that perfectly balances rustic simplicity with high-end accommodations.

The B&B sits on a beautifully landscaped plot tucked away in the woods. When you’re on the property, the rest of world disappears. You can hike the secluded trails, take a swim in the pond, relax in the wood-fired hot tub, or just sit on the patio and watch the hummingbirds and chipmunks. And be sure to take advantage of the outdoor shower–it offers a spectacular view at sunrise!

We’ve stayed in both the Main House and the converted Barn Suite, and both were excellent. The Barn Suite–our favorite room–offers a private bath, kitchenette, and a private deck with access to a BBQ grill. We’ve had a lot of fun hitting the little food markets in the area and then coming back to Frog Meadow for a BBQ. If you’re not a chef, Scott & Dave have lots of recommendations for places to eat nearby.

Each morning Dave will make a big breakfast that incorporates many locally-sourced ingredients. We’ve had omelets made with asparagus harvested from the garden, honey from their apiary, and apple cider made with fruit from their little orchard. Everything feels very special and deliberate.

While it is a hike from NYC–about 4 hours each way–we always come back so relaxed that it’s worth the trip. You won’t be disappointed!

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