Lodging and Dining FAQs
What styles of accommodations are available?
We offer a wide array of lodging styles. Cedar Lodge offers traditional dormitory style rooms with a mixture of twin and full sized beds. We also have two suites and one private bath available. The Lakeside Cottages offer rustic private accommodations and are only a stone’s throw from both Hosmer Pond and the dining hall. The newly built Hillside Cabins have flexible sleeping arrangements and mini kitchens in each unit. Learn more about the new cabins here - and check out availability and tons of lodging info using our new online reservation portal.
I hear the Outdoor Center has great food. Are meals included in my lodging fee?
Yes! The price of your room includes three wholesome all-you can-eat meals. Meals are served buffet style and include fresh local produce, some of which is from our own gardens. The dining hall is a member of the Vermont Fresh Network program, which means we are part of a consortium of farmers, chefs, and consumers dedicated to eating more locally grown food. In our dining hall, breakfast consists of several hot options, as well as toast, granola, cereals, and fresh fruit. Lunch and dinner include an entrée, a vegetarian entrée, several side dishes and a fully stocked salad bar. A delicious dessert is always available.
How do I reserve?
Is the kitchen accommodating of food preferences or dietary restrictions?
Yes. A hearty vegetarian option is offered at each meal. With advance notice, the kitchen can accommodate the following dietary needs: lactose intolerance, vegan, gluten free and Celiac disease. Guests with food allergies need to be aware that we cannot guarantee the complete absence of any food ingredient in our kitchen. That being said, we will do our best to accommodate non-life threatening food allergies. Please notify the office any dietary needs and allergies prior to your arrival.
How can I stay in touch with others while in Craftsbury? Is there cell service?
Though cell service is spotty in the Northeast Kingdom and virtually nonexistent at the Center, a landline is available for guest use (with a calling card for long- distance calls) and all accommodations have wifi. Additionally, most communal buildings have wifi too, except the dining hall, which provides an excellent place to relax and unplug.
What can I do at Craftsbury during the summer months?
Nearly anything you can imagine! Run, scull, walk, bike, stand up paddleboard. Play volleyball, badminton, disc golf. Swim. Paddle canoes or kayaks. Join in on the Tuesday Night 5k trail running and mountain biking series. Instructional (and relaxing) camps are offered throughout the summer and fall for running and sculling. For new and experienced bikers alike, Cannondale mountain bikes are available to rent, for all levels of singletrack riding and quiet dirt road rides. The Center has about 20k of single track to explore.
What about in the winter?
We offer cross-country ski rentals or you can bring your own skinny skis to explore our 100k trail system, groomed for both classical and skate skiing. All houseguests receive a day pass for trail use, summer or winter, as part of your lodging. Learn how to ski or brush up on your skills with lessons from our highly qualified ski instructors. Put your speed and endurance to the test with weekly races. Snowshoe rentals are also available and offer a relaxed pace for expeditions. A pond is also maintained for pickup hockey and skating when weather allows. Sticks and skate are available to borrow.
What if I choose to exercise indoors?
In 2014, the Outdoor Center built the Activity Center, which houses a gym/ fitness center. The gym has weights and lifting platforms for Olympic lifting, ample floor space for core exercises, and other gym accessories. Additionally, the gym has an assortment of Concept2 skiergs and rowing ergs. Several yoga classes are offered each week, as well as a wide variety of fitness options - read all about them here.
What else is there to do around Craftsbury?
Craftsbury and the surrounding areas offer plenty of activities and entertainment to supplement your stay at the Center. Less than ten minutes from the Outdoor Center is Craftsbury Village, which has many local shopping opportunities, including two small stores: the C Village Store which has gas, excellent creemees, grocery items, a deli, and many other essentials and the General Store which has local food, crafts, a small selection of clothing, and a deli among other useful and delicious options. Pete’s Greens is a four season organic vegetable farm that operates under the motto of "Vermont Can Feed Itself." The Pete’s farmstand is right on the edge of the Village, about a two minute walk from both stores. The Art House Gallery and School is a fine arts gallery and artisan gift shop and venue for art classes and public events. Sterling College is located on the Craftsbury Common, and is a liberal arts school focused on environmental stewardship. They frequently host public lectures with an environmental focus. A little farther from the Outdoor Center are other local attractions, such as Bread and Puppet Theater in Glover, a politically radical theater and puppet museum. The Museum of Everyday Life is also in Glover. If you want to continue your athletic endeavors, Kingdom Trails in East Burke offers extensive mountain biking, Alpine skiing is an option at Burke Mountain Resort, Jay Peak, Smugglers Notch, and Stowe Mountain Resort. For more information, see our local attractions page.
Part of the mission of the Craftsbury Outdoor Center is about sustainability and land management, how does lodging fit in to the mission?
An important part of our non-profit mission is to implement and model sustainable practices in our day-to-day operations. Our hope is to reduce our organization’s environmental impact and operate as an educational institution for all users of the Center. This is evidenced in our lodging, which is largely heated by a system fueled by wood, solar hot water, and waste heat from the snow-making generator. Our new Hillside Cabins are designed with environmentally focused design principles in mind, including a dedication to incorporating renewable energy systems. Much of the food served in the dining room is locally sourced, minimizing fossil fuel emission because of minimal transportation as well as supporting local farmers and businesses. The Center is part of the Green Hotels in the Green Mountain State program; this designation reflects a commitment to pollution prevention and environmental management through a set of standards participants must adhere to.