Monday, May 10, 2010

Hot Tip for Travelers: Turkey Hill Farm


Turkey Hill Farm in Randolph Center is one of my favorite places. The view is classic Vermont, and you couldn't ask for better hosts than Stuart and Margaret Osha—that's them in the video. Stuart and I usually talk about books, and Margaret and I usually talk about food. I love to go there for sugaring—they gather sap with a horse-drawn wagon. The 2-minute video was made at their farm by 83-year-old writer Charles Cooley last week on a sunny May morning, as the hills were just beginning to green up.

The Oshas are just finishing off a beautiful apartment so that they can offer farm stays; they will be ready for overnight guests by June 1. If you hurry, you can book their brand-new guest quarters for a summer visit.

And for just $200, a bargain, I will arrange and lead a tour of the area tailored to your interests. (I used to do this for a living in Tanzania, where Patrick and I were walking-safari guides.) Randolph is a beautiful area in central Vermont, and there's lots to do year-round. There are miles and miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and there are all my friends and relatives to visit! If you want, we'll come over to Turkey Hill Farm and sit on the back porch and drink iced tea and swap stories with you. Amtrak stops right in downtown Randolph—you can get here from New York City or Washington, D.C. without a car. Ours is a little town with big appeal. The audience for Chandler Music Hall, for instance, comes from far and wide.

To book a guided tour, go to our Kickstarter Web site. But hurry! The offer is limited to the first 5 donors. And while there are other places to stay in Randolph, I give Turkey Hill my heartiest recommendation. They, too, will be all booked up before you know it.

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