Better Farm is one of the most unique places a traveler can stay. Officially, it’s an artist’s retreat center and a sustainability education center that offers shared living quarters to guests. In reality, it’s a funky farm house in the middle of nowhere that is more reminiscent of a commune than a hostel. It’s great.
“Middle of nowhere” is the only way to describe where this hostel is located. Outdoors enthusiasts will love the area because it is home to lakes and forests where one may enjoy activities such as hunting, fishing, boating, kayaking, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling, depending on the season. If untouched wilderness sounds like an appealing vacation destination, then this is the place for you. As far as the accommodations go, it’s a farmhouse. It isn’t a slick, spotless, brand new, ultra-modern high rise. It’s a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, and visitors will either love it or hate it. A lot of care goes into maintaining the property, but guests should be prepared to encounter the drafty rooms, cobwebs, and creaky floors that old farmhouses are known to have.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Despite their rustic appearance, the bedrooms are quite cozy. The beds are comfortable and guests are given as many pillows and blankets as they want. Guests may be inconvenienced by the absence of three prong electrical outlets, but they are available elsewhere in the house. Environmentally conscious travelers will be pleased to know that the spacious bathroom contains many water saving fixtures. Everything is as clean as a farmhouse can be.
The common areas are decked out in funky, arty decor. One could spend a day just walking around looking at all the cool stuff on the walls and shelves. There is a large library with hundreds of books and movies for guests to enjoy. In the kitchen there is a long, communal dining table, perfect for bringing people together in conversation. The atmosphere is fun, laid back, and relaxed. Staying at Better Farm makes you feel free. Everyone staying on the farm is kind and open-minded -- they love to listen to other people’s ideas and stories, and have no problem expressing themselves as well. A lot can be learned here.
In the summer, Better Farm puts on special events like festivals, concerts, workshops, and art openings. The rest of the time, it is a functioning farm that hosts artists, writers, interns, and people who just want to get away from it all. It’s an interesting place for interesting people, and is definitely worth visiting.
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