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'the duck & dog' Green Mountain Retreat

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

10 acre property in National Recreation Area of the Green Mountains

This mountain retreat is nestled inside the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area of Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest. It sits down in a hollow on 10 private, densely wooded acres at the end of a narrow, canopied gravel road one mile from the closest public thoroughfare.

When here, you will find yourself in the heart of wilderness surrounded by a forest of ash, cherry, sugar maple, beech, birch, hemlock, hickory, northern red oak, spruce, balsam fir and white pine. You may also be visited by the occasional squatter such as black bear, moose, deer or flock of wild turkeys.

The property is strategically built on granite ledge on land that slopes toward a babbling brook and an old overgrown logging road (great for hiking and spotting wildlife).

It is a crossroads for wildlife and extensive bird activity not only because there are no nearby roads or neighborly activity, but because of its extensive granite ledges all along the brook's ravine walls where animals search for forage and take shelter.

The house will comfortably sleep 6-8 people. It consists of 2 BR each with a queen bed, and an additional spacious sun-filled loft leading out to a cedar deck with breathtaking foliage views. Loft includes a convertible full-size lounger and queen-sized air mattress with additional floor space for sleeping bags. It has 1.5 baths, plus a refreshing outdoor shower.

The entire kitchen was just renovated and includes new stainless steel appliances as well as all kitchen utensils and dishware, such as a cuisinart grind & brew coffeemaker, mini food processor, blender and toaster oven.

Enjoy sitting on the new front and back cedar decks or around the fire pit absorbing the beauty and sounds (many wild birds) of the tree canopy rising from the babbling brook.

Included in the rental are all amenities such as high speed wireless internet, DISH network, local and domestic long distance calling, DVD player, ipod docking stereo, bedding and towels. There are board games and some lawn games available, as well as the use of two adult and one children's bicycle.

Ducks and dogs always stay free. However, please keep them off the furniture.

More Details

Renata Hron Gomez
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2018

About Renata Hron Gomez

With roots in CT and CA and as Middlebury College graduates, central VT was an annual excursion. When looking for a retreat, we discovered this remote lodge and immediately knew it was the place for us. The ‘duck and dog’ offers tranquility and isolation yet is within a short scenic drive to “civilization” – the well-known Waybury Inn; Middlebury’s Breadloaf Campus and Snowbowl; Robert Frost Country; Brandon’s quaint, picturesque downtown; Branbury State Park and the Falls of Lana; and Silver Lake which can only be accessed by foot or bike, thereby preserving its peaceful surroundings. It’s the perfect combination of access and isolation – one that fits our lifestyle to a tee.

Renata Hron Gomez purchased this lodge in 2009

Why Renata Hron Gomez chose Goshen

We searched within the Ripton (East Middlebury), Hancock, Rochester and Goshen quadrant and found the duck and dog. It's exclusive location inside the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area and proximity to Robert Frost country and other area towns and attractions was very attractive.

What makes this lodge unique

This is outdoors at its finest. Because of its isolated location, when you are here, no one will find you or see you. There is no need to drive anywhere to enjoy the wilderness as you can simply walk out your door to enjoy any activity. The area is dense with trees, shrubs and glacier rock formations that exude a serene and tranquil environment.


Goshen Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1.5 and refreshing outdoor shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , This bedroom is a spacious loft with door
  • Queen size Beds (2) Each bedroom includes a queen size bed., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Euro lounger in loft converts into a double bed. There is also a double high queen size air bed.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Refreshing outdoor shower; Large outdoor campfire pit ; Storage of guests' bikes and other 'toys' in shed; board games and lawn games available


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'the duck & dog' Green Mountain Retreat
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 18 reviews


  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our fall trip to "The Duck & Dog" so much. It's a perfect spot for families and friends. My son enjoyed the large yard & tree swings - perfect to play and run - and we all enjoyed the fire pit and lovely views. The pictures here don't do the property justice. It's secluded and cozy, and large enough for 4 adults and children. We appreciated and utilized the fully equipped kitchen. While the spot is secluded, it is close to Brandon and Middlebury and we enjoyed exploring those towns as well as a great hike just a couple miles away, within the National Forest. Thanks so much for your generous hospitality!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Marvelous rural cabin

  • 5 of 5

This property far exceeded all of our expectations. The description and pictures provided on the website did not adequately describe how absolutely lovely the property is. My wife and I will happily stay here again on our next trip to Vermont.

Nature was kind to us, i.e. the changing of leaf colors were astounding.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A welcoming surprise hidden near Blueberry Hill

  • 5 of 5

The Duck and Dog is a comfortable retreat that my entire family enjoyed. Thoughtfully appointed and cared for, this haven offers forested seclusion with nearby access to quaint villages and beautiful towns. Unique surprises and a beautiful setting await all who book an escape to the Duck and Dog.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stone Mountain, Georgia

Fantastic home in the mountains

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Duck & Dog! It had everything we reached for and more and was a perfect center of our family vacation exploring Vermont and around Lake Champlain. The hosts checked in via email (wi-fi was fast and reliable) and answered any questions we had. The books, games, and puzzles were an added treat and we enjoyed exploring nearby hiking trails on the mountain. Definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely and quiet

  • 4 of 5

The house is very comfortable and clean. Has charming in the kitchen area. All we needed is here!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeded expectations

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at the Duck & Dog. Renata was great at communicating, providing directions, and letting us know how to contact her if we had any questions or needs before arriving. The property is well-maintained and clean. The kids enjoyed the puzzles, swings, and outdoor games, as well as the outdoor shower...they thought that was a real treat! Sleeping and seating was plentiful for our large family. Renata checked in during our stay to make sure we had everything we needed. Our kids liked the property so much, they asked if we could go again next year. Definitely a hit! The downsides were few. A fan or two might have been useful on the hottest nights and one of the bike pumps did not work. But, the positives far exceeded these minor negatives. The property was even nicer in person than in the pictures. A nice, quiet getaway!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Train
23 Miles
Amtrak in Rutland
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
The Waybury Inn
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Branbury State Park at Lake Dunmore
Car: necessary

Free blueberry picking at two blueberry management areas maintained by U.S. Forest Service within walking distance. Raspberry and blackberry picking on property as well.

Blaze your own trail to Silver Lake, Falls of Lana and Lake Dunmore or simply hike around the property and surrounds identifying trees and wildlife tracks.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $240

Check-in time is 4pm, while check-out time is noon. Should you need to check in early or check out late, prior notice is required and will depend on other reservations. Should guests fail to check out by noon without prior approval, we reserve the right to use all or a portion of the security deposit to compensate the housekeeper and incoming guests for infringing on their schedules.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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