The SpaceGOOD COMMONS is dedicated to providing an essential resource: space--a space to create, a space to empower the body and soul, a space to heal, and a space to be fed. Add private in-house chefs for your weekend or yoga/health/wellness classes to your rental!
Recent improvements include complete weatherization and conversion to solar power for electricity. Good Commons is now a property that only relies upon fossil fuels for 10% of all electrical, heating and cooling needs. Central air has been added to the sleeping areas.
We do require a rental agreement that we will send in the message thread before you book. You will need to agree to this before we finish the booking process.
If you are looking for a smaller rental for 4-6 people, consider joining us at The Good Farm: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/877371?checkin=04%2F11%2F2016&checkout=04%2F14%2F2016&s=j7f2fq1G Enjoy the beautifully renovated 2 bedroom apartment on 100 acres close to Buttermilk Falls and Okemo Mountain! Guest AccessYou have access to the entire house, side yard, back porch, fire pit, hot tub and walking path to the sitting spots on the hill looking over the town. Staff are housed off-site. Interaction with GuestsYou can rent Good Commons like a turn key vacation home where the house guide tells you all you need to know. Or choose chef services and classes and have our small staff support your beautiful time in the Green Mountains. The NeighborhoodGOOD COMMONS is located in the village of Plymouth Union, Vermont, at the crossroads between Killington and Okemo ski resorts and the beautiful lakes of the Okemo Valley.
The house is located right off of Route 100 in the heart of Plymouth, VT. This is halfway between Killington and Okemo — about 9 miles to each mountain or 6 miles to the Killington Skyeship gondola. Pico is about 17 miles away.
Consider Good Commons for a unique Vermont vacation rental. Reenergize from a hectic week in the city with a steaming cup of tea and a peaceful night’s rest in a corner of the world where city lights don’t block out the stars and where the sounds of nature take the place of the din of traffic. If you want to keep your distance from the resort hub-bub, but still want easy access to skiing and hiking - Good Commons is perfect for your group.
At the turn of the 20th century, Good Commons was a busy country store with a booming business selling groceries, household items and light fare to the village and many travelers making their way through the region. The Brown family took over the store in the 1930s, added an ice cream parlor and sandwich shop, and raised their six children in the home over the next several decades.
Purchased by the current owner in 2006, Good Commons is now a 4700 square foot home that has undergone a COMPLETE renovation, combining modern amenities with the country tradition of rest and revitalization that has characterized this house for over 150 years. It is the perfect getaway for city slickers who want to have comfort and elegance within their country retreat while enjoying everything a unique Vermont vacation rental has to offer. Getting AroundThe Amtrak from NYC is a great choice to get to Rutland or the Dartmouth Coach bus service from Boston to West Lebanon, NH - but you will want to rent a car from there to truly enjoy all that Vermont has to offer. Other Things to NoteThe Killington and Okemo Valley Regions of Vermont enjoy an international reputation as winter destinations but are just as exciting in the spring, summer and fall seasons. Sun strewn, shimmering streams and reservoirs attract anglers, swimmers, and paddlers. Bikers and hikers will delight in the Long Trail and miles of challenging mountain biking terrain, or road biking along our Scenic Route 100 Byway. The region’s golf courses are among the best in the country and offer challenges for newcomers and old pros alike. Good Commons is the perfect base camp for any and all of your activities.
Things to do:
Plymouth Artisan Cheese at the Calvin Coolidge Estate--from GC drive one mile up Route 100A, the steep hill out of the GC lot, and turn left at the two toned brown house across from Lynds Hill Road. Drive to the center of the Estate and take your first left. Cheese factory will be on your right.
Hike at the Coolidge State Park: From GC drive up Route 100A, the steel hill, about 3.5 miles. The park will be on your right. Drive up a steep hill to the ranger station to pay your $4pp fee, then continue driving up the hill till you come out upon a large parking lot. Park in the back left hand corner which is at the trail head. The hike is about 2ish miles to a choice point where you can either go to the ranger station or stay left towards the road. Stay left towards the road. Once you are at the road, you will turn left to walk back up the hill to the parking lot, about a 1/4 mile.
Woodward Reservoir: From GC go to the stop sign and take a right onto Route 100 North. You will drive about 3.5 miles and you will see the reservoir with parking on your right hand side. No roped off swimming but it is free. This is also a great place to canoe or kayak IF you bring your own.
Camp Plymouth at Echo Lake: From GC go to the stop sign and take a left onto Route 100 South. Drive about 5 miles to the Echo Lake Inn and take a Left. Drive about 1 mile and take a left onto Scout Camp Road. You will pass a one lane bridge and soon after is the park on your left. It is $4pp to enter. It is carry in/carry out, so bring a garbage bag. Please be discrete about bringing alcohol. No pets. You can rent peddle boats, canoes and kayaks for under a $10/hr. Bring your drivers license with you because they hold your ID while you are out on the lake.
Hike at the Inn at Long Trail to Deer Leap Overlook: From GC go to the stop sign and take a right onto Route 100 North. Drive 6 miles to a T and take a Left onto Route 4. Drive about 8 miles past the town of Killington. Just as you pass Killington you will go up another steep hill and at the top of the hill will be the Inn at Long Trail. If you park across from the Inn, return to the side of the road where the Inn is located. As you look at the Inn, there is a trail head in the far right hand corner of the parking lot. You will see the sign for Deer Leap Overlook. There are two choice points on the trail and you will want to stay Left both times to reach the summit. It takes about 30/40 min to get up and about 25min to come down.
Route 4 Shopping Trip to Quechee--it takes about 45/50 min to drive all the way to Quechee, so plan your travel to your stops accordingly!
Plymouth Artisan Cheese at the Calvin Coolidge Estate--from GC drive one mile up from Good Commons along Route 100A on your left side
Long Trail Brewery: continue from up Route 100A away from GC till the road T's in about 6 miles. Take a Left and the brewery will be the first driveway on your left. Good food, beer sampler holds 2 pints of beer, dip your feet in the river☺
The Mill in Bridgewater for Shackleton Thomas pottery and furniture, plus rug store upstairs (very reasonable and you will see how they make rugs), thrift store on 3rd floor along with other shops that come and go. From Long Trail, pass Route 100A and continue towards Woodstock for about 2 miles. Mill is on your right.
Woodstock, VT--many shops and stores plus the Billings Farm, and Mt. Tom for hiking. From the Mill continue along Route 4 towards Woodstock, away from 100A
Simon Pearce for glass blowing, lunch/dinner, afternoon glass of very good wine, shopping and art gallery across the street. Continue along Route 4 away from Woodstock towards Quechee. You will see a flashing red light. Turn Left at the light and pass under a covered bridge. You will come to a T and take a Left. Simon Pearce is the first driveway on your Left after the T.
Quechee Gorge Village for Cabot cheese tasting, antique mall, train museum, Vermont Spirits for vodka/whiskey and other shops. From Simon Pearce, return to Route 4 heading towards the Quechee Gorge, which is Left and away from Woodstock. You will pass a bridge in about 3 miles, which is the Gorge. You can stop at the first rest stop after the bridge on your right for a trail down to the Gorge. Continue past the Gorge a half mile and you will see the Quechee Gorge Village on your left. To return to GC out of the Village, go right towards Woodstock. Drive about 16 miles till you pass Bridgewater and turn left onto Route 100A at the Bridgewater Country Store.
Bridgewater Country Store—for a maple crème—maple soft serve ice cream, or grab libations for the night! Turn left out of the back side of the store onto Route 100A and drive 6 miles till you are home at GC!
Town of Ludlow VT:
Buttermilk Falls: From GC, go to stop sign and take a left on Route 100 South. Drive about 9 miles till the road T's and take a right. Go 1/4 mile and take a right onto Buttermilk Falls Road. About 1.5 miles down the road you will see a state park sign which indicates the closest and lowest fall. Park there and take the trail into the lowest fall and swimming hole. There is a path in-between the falls and the road to go from fall #1 to fall #2, but from fall #2 to fall #3, you will want to go back up to the road and back down to fall #3 unless hopping rocks suits your fancy. More swimming at top fall.
Okemo Mountain Resort for skiing/riding, tubing, ice skating in the winter. In the summer enjoy the ropes course, zip lining, mountain coaster, the big jump, disc golfing and more! From GC go to the stop sign and take a left. Drive 9 miles till the road T's and take a right to visit Jackson Gore at Okemo for family fun about 1/4 mile in on your left. Turn left to go to golf course which is about a 1/2 mile along Route 103 on your left. Continue into the town of Ludlow and take a right at the large Okemo sign just before Killarney Pub for base lodge side skiing/riding and The Loft Tavern.
Town of Ludlow—For excellent cheese and wine go to the Wine and Cheese Depot. In the center of town is one stop light. If you came from GC into town, take a right at the light and drive one half block and you will see the shop on your left. Other cute shops along the main street in town. Nice Mexican at Mojo’s for a snack/beer/wine/cocktail. Also along Main street is Homestyle Hostel for excellent cocktails and typically snacks too.
On the way home from Ludlow, stop at the Green Mountain Sugar House along Route 100. On your right if you are headed North.
For a full list of shops and restaurants in Ludlow and the HOURS (some are strange) visit the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of (EMAIL HIDDEN)
Vermont Farmstead Cheese Tour
From the GC parking lot, go up the steep hill along Route 100A till the road T’s in 6 miles. Take a right at the T, which is Route 4. Drive till you hit the green in Woodstock. About half way along the green is Route 106 and take a right here. You will drive about 6 miles till you come to South Woodstock. Turn Right at the Kedron Valley Inn onto Churchill Road. Drive approximately 1 mile up the road till you see VT Farmstead Cheese on your Left.
One Chicken at a Time
From VT Farmstead Cheese, go back down the hill on Churchill towards the Kedron Valley Inn and take a right onto Fletcher Hill Road. Address is 234 Fletcher Hill Road, about 2.8 miles from Farmstead.
Mt Tom Farmers Market Sat 9 – 12pm
From the GC parking lot, go up the steep hill along Route 100A till the road T’s in 6 miles. Take a right at the T, which is Route 4. Just past the green in Woodstock, at Bentley’s restaurant, you will turn Left onto Route 12. Drive about 1 mile till you see the market on your Right.
Rutland Farmers Market and The Salt Cave at Pyramid Wellness Center
From GC go to the stop sign and take a right onto Route 100 North. Drive 6 miles to a T and take a Left onto Route 4. Drive about 16/17 miles until the road T’s in Rutland at the Pharmacy. Take a left onto Route 4/7 and immediately get into the right lane. Drive to Evelyn Street, one block past Merchants row and take a left. Veer right at the first choice point into the large shopping plaza with train station parking. Farmers Market is in this plaza and you will see Pyramid Wellness across from Walmart.
Hall Art Foundation and Coger’s Greenhouses
Go to the stop sign and take a left. Drive about 5 miles and take a left at the Echo Lake Inn. Drive about 9 miles till the Road comes to a T. Take a right at the T onto Route 106. Just before the edge of town you will see the sign for the Hall Art Foundation. After the tour, continue along 106 towards Springfield. The road will T in about 6 miles. Take a right at the T and take your first right into Coger’s.