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The Writers' Retreat

Craftsbury, Vermont, USA

The Writers' Retreat in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom is a sanctuary for writers who want uninterrupted concentration and a reprieve from urban stress. 

Cows and sheep graze open pastures, and friendly chickens
meander the lawn and lush flower and vegetable gardens of this 1850s New England farmhouse located on six acres. A spacious and sunny studio apartment provides the perfect country setting for writers to contemplate and accomplish their work.

The studio features a gas fireplace, a kitchenette, a private bathroom, a four-poster bed, and wireless Internet service. 

The Chickadee Picnic! For writers who don't want to interrupt their "flow" with meal preparation, the Craftsbury Writer's Retreat has teamed up with the Craftsbury General Store to offer localvore simple or deluxe picnics (nestled inside Julia's vintage basket) delivered to your porch. Details available upon request.

Restriction: Smoking outside only.



Julia Shipley has been hosting writers in her Craftsbury Retreat at Chickadee Farm for over five years. As a contributing editor for Yankee Magazine, as well as an independent journalist for local, regional and national publications, she's no stranger to trying to write meaningful content in cars, cafes and hotel rooms. That's why she designed her retreat to serve as the perfect environment for a writer.

Her retreat offers a private, distraction - free atmosphere, complete with great tables, reading lamps, bookshelves, and an inspiring view. Nearby, writers can take advantage of cosmopolitan amenities (New York Times, good coffee, gooey cheeses, art galleries) as well as explore the area's scenic beauty.

To learn more about Julia's work as a micro publisher, instructor, journalist, poet and essayist, please visit:

Also, writers can schedule a two hour consultation with Julia to receive generous feedback and insights about their creative projects for an additional US $150.


Your Host and Retreat Operator:  Julia Shipley.

Region:  The nearby village offers a chance to sample traditional rural life in Vermont. After browsing the shelves of Stardust Bookstore and Café, sit and relax in the Stardust café with a freshly made espresso, latte, cappuccino, coffee, tea or hot chocolate and sample fresh, locally baked goodies. You'll find a library at Sterling College, a few restaurants, three libraries, and The Music Box. You may stop in Hardwick on your way to the retreat at the Buffalo Mountain Food Coop and Café where you'll find a large selection of organic products. Guests can canoe area ponds and lakes in the summer, and can cross-country ski or snowshoe miles of trails in winter.

Location:  The retreat is located three and a half-hour from Boston, and one and one and a half-hour from Burlington, Vermont.

Closest airport:  Burlington International Airport (BTV) is one and a half-hour drive to the Retreat. 

Tourism information:  Vermont's Northeast Kingdom tourism information: Discover the region


Studio Name Description Weekly Rates
Farm House Studio Studio with kitchenette, gas fireplace, queen-size bed, working desk/chair, maid service, private bath, wireless Internet service. The studio is also available at $100/ night for stays of 2-4 nights; $95/ night for stays of 5-9 nights; and $90/night for stays of 10 nights or longer. Plus 9% Vermont rooms tax. To inquire directly, please call 802-586-7733. $665


  • High Speed
  • Wireless
  • Printer
  • Refbook
  • Weekmaid
  • Kitchenette
  • Fireplace
  • Mini fridge
  • Private bathroom
  • Out smoking

Payment terms:  To guarantee your reservation in Craftsbury, VT, you will be confirmed upon receipt of 50% deposit payable by check. Balance is due upon arrival by check or cash; ATMs are available within 10 minutes from the retreat.

Cancellation policy:  If at least 30 days prior, deposit will be refunded less $50 administrative fee. Cancellations under thirty days will not receive a refund.  Trip cancellation insurance is strongly advised and can be obtained through your trave

A sampling of memories from our residents

. Robert, Rhode Island You're a terrific host, and I had a very productive time here.

. Kathy, New Hampshire On the day I arrived I sat with the noise of nature and the newness of solitude feeding me. This place is wonderful.

. Evelyn, New York Your insightful, helpful comments, as well as the pleasure of your company, enriched what I tried to accomplish here. The studio is perfect, with views you don't often get...somehow the beautiful openness of the Northeast Kingdom helps to open spaces interiorly, and made me think less (well, a little less) about the pressures of time.

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