The SpaceBetter Farm is a sustainability campus, artist colony, and organic farm set on 65 acres in rural New York State. Just 10 miles from the St. Lawrence Seaway, Canadian border, and Thousand Islands, Redwood is nestled in the foothills of the Adirondacks and is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise.
The main farm house offers lodging to an ever-changing cast of artists-in-residence, sustainability students, and tourists. Because it is a communal living situation, the house's upkeep is left largely up to its guests. Cleaning up after oneself and pitching in are part of the atmosphere here! The staff does its very best to ensure a clean space by changing linens before new arrivals, sweeping and mopping rooms, scrubbing down bathrooms, and dusting.
This is an old farmhouse, complete with two dogs, dozens of chickens on the property, and even (gasp!) the occasional fly or spider finding its way inside. We hope guests will have realistic expectations when they arrive, and not be surprised that this 19th-century farmhouse doesn't feel to them like a hotel. That being said, the art on the walls, in-house wall-to-wall library, impressive gardens, and loving people and animals are sure to impress. Just about everyone who visits Better Farm falls in love with the place! Guest AccessFree WiFi, two kitchens a library, three shared bathrooms, wraparound deck on first floor, second-story deck with seating, 24/7 use of the Art Barn and gallery space, bonfire pit, flatscreen TV hooked up to DVD player (no cable, sorry!), bike and kayak rental. A farm-fresh breakfast is included in your stay; however we do additionally offer home-cooked dinners for $12/person. Interaction with GuestsAs much or as little as you like! Because summer is our busiest season, you can expect a steady stream of different people to talk to, with frequent events, workshops, and field trips going on that you're welcome to participate in. We always respect a guest's interest in privacy, however, so there's no pressure to jump in and socialize. The NeighborhoodRedwood is surrounded by 11 lakes perfect for swimming, kayaking, fishing (or ice fishing), or hiking nearby. Horse and hiking trails abound; as do dusty old dirt roads and paved roadways that are any cyclist's dream. There is a very small "downtown" strip in Redwood consisting of two convenience stores, two gas stations, pavilion, playground, two bars, and an upholstery shop. Getting AroundThe closest public transportation hub is 24 miles away in Watertown, NY. Better Farm has kayaks and bicycles for rent; and offers shuttle service to and from Watertown for $15 each way. Other Things to NoteThis is the kind of place where no one needs to lock their doors! The farm is a rustic, country kind of place with two dogs and lots of free-range chickens wandering about, and lots of visitors passing through all year long. You can expect it to be clean—but you can also expect it to be lived in, with certain elements reminiscent of any big, old farmhouse: Most bedrooms have two-prong outlets instead of three, bathrooms are clean but a few faucets show have hard water marks and rust, the floorboards are old (and creak upstairs) and if you look for them you can find corners of the house where a cobweb or errant fly has escaped the reach of a broom. This is a 19th century farmhouse that has gone through several incarnations; from working farm to commune to sustainability campus. It is eclectic, filled with art and stories, and cozy. It is not a Hilton!