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3 Nights Off-Grid in Argyle, NY

For my boyfriend, Angel's, 29th birthday I was on the hunt for place that had a few specific amenities and oozed "chill-vibes". After some serious Airbnb searching I found the Argyle Cabins. I chose this Charming Rustic Cabin, one of three, nestled away on the property of our host, Victoria Cantwell.

This off-grid cabin was quaint in all of its perfectly curated antique decor details and provided an ideal setting for some quiet days away from the city. Just about 3.5 hours away from New York, Argyle is a dry, farm town with not a single stop light and plenty of greenery.

Vintage stained glass church window

Antique stained-glass cathedral window inside the cabin that Victoria bought for $90 at the flea-market!

Charming Rustic Cabin Off grid Argyle NY

Angel hanging outside the Charming Rustic Cabin in Argyle, New York

WHERE: Off-Grid Cabin

Our cabin was "off-grid" and had no electricity or running water, but was equipped with a stocked outdoor kitchen, propane stove, charcoal grill, and jugs of well water for drinking. You should stop for wood at the orange cones after the roundabout nearly 9 miles before reaching the cabin for a great deal ($10/bay) on wood for the wood stove and fire pit. The newly built tree house is tucked a bit further away on the property and has similar amenities to our own cabin with the added deck area for morning coffee and view of the property. The third and a less "rustic" cabin, is closest to Victoria's yurt and was the first of the three to be built. It also has electricity, overlooks the pond, and has a screened in porch for those who would prefer it.

Vintage photography coasters decor

Photo coasters inside the cabin, a small detail that added to the quaint decor

Outdoor kitchen off grid Argyle New York

Michelle in the outdoor kitchen at the Charming Rustic Cabin


We spent most of our time in the outdoor kitchen and around the fire pit at night doing some stargazing, though we could have spent everyday lounging on the hammocks or many benches nearby. We decided that we would take a day trip to Vermont for two things: beer and maple syrup.

On the recommendation of our host and some research on the area (thanks Escape Brooklyn!) we planned to go to Rathbun's Maple Sugar House Restaurant, a local favorite that serves breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays from 7am to 1pm. Unfortunately, we were there on a Friday and stopped in at The Village Cafe in Greenwich, a cute little local eatery that had pies in every flavor from Apple to Peach and Pumpkin. We ordered the Lumberjack Special and the Veggie Omelet which came with local NYS maple syrup (not specifically Vermont, but this'll do). The total for our hefty portions was $23 and we were off to Merck Forest and Farmland Center.

Farm Trail at Merck Forest and Farmland Center Vermont

Swinging on a maple tree near the view point on the Farm Trail at Merck Forest and Farmland Center

Piglets at Merck Forest and Farmland Center

Little piglets piling over one another for some milk!

viewpoint at merck forest and farm vermont

The view from the Farm Trail at Merck Forest and Farmland Center


With over 3,000 acres of forest and a 62 acre farm, this was the perfect place to hike with plenty of view points along the way. The non-profit focuses on sustainable management and offers workshops and camping, but we came for the animals. The self-guided walk brought us to meet some beautiful horses named Fern and Acorn as well as some ridiculously cute piglets.

We took our walk back to the car and ventured up to Lake Saint Catherine for some views of the water and park. Although the park is only officially open after Memorial Day, we parked near the entrance and took the short walk to the lake. There's a beach area, Nature Center and, of course, plenty of trails. If you drive 12 minutes North, you could also take a visit to the Delaware and Hudson Rail-Trail, a converted train track to public trail.

Green hills Vermont outside Lake Saint Catherine

Rolling green hills of Vermont can be seen at the entrance of Lake Saint Catherine

Logs at Lake Saint Catherine State in Vermont

So many stacked logs during our visit to Lake Saint Catherine

The Barn Restaurant and Tavern

The Barn Restaurant and Tavern, go left for tavern and right for dining room


We finished off the night with dinner at The Barn Restaurant and Tavern, previously a working dairy barn built in the 1800s and now has live music on Wednesdays and all the vibes we were craving. We went up to the dining room shortly after they opened and were happily seated near the large window overlooking the rolling green hills of the Mettowee Valley. After the day long adventure, we ordered two Switchbacks on draft (brewed in Burlington, Vermont) before heading back to our cabin just before dark.

Fresh flowers at Whispering Wind Treehouse Argyle NY

Flowers at the picnic table near the Whispering Wind Treehouse on the Airbnb property

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