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.
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.
DAY TRIP TO VERMONT
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.
CUTE ANIMALS & A LAKE VISIT
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.
FOOD FOOD FOOD
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.