June 24, 2019

I like to think of myself as a City girl who loves the Country…in doses. 😉 There’s nothing more relaxing to me than overlooking a beautiful landscape, a good/easy meal al fresco, and letting Evie run around. We had the opportunity to have a relaxing weekend in Salem, New York a couple weekends ago and I’m already trying to find a way for us to go back soon.

Our family was kindly invited to spend the weekend at the BEAUTIFUL Blind Buck Valley Farm (thank you, Sarah!) and it was one of those much-needed kinds of weekends. First of all, the drive from Boston (about 3.5-4 hours) is stunning and worth stopping at the scenic spots. Next time, we made a note to stop at The Beer Naked Brewery because it doesn’t get much better than incredible views and a good beer…am I right?

A little bit about the home:

. The original house or “Little House,” which is the area that is now the downstairs guest room/bathroom and the library above it, was built in 1795. The rest of the house or “Big House” was built in 1805 with post and beam construction and a slate foundation.

. The property sits on 150 acres of land and oh my goodness, it’s beautiful.

. There are a variety of chickens, a family of goats, barn cats, and in the Summer and Fall months you can find a few cows and a horse from the OverEast Family Farm.

. The home sleeps 14 guests and is very kid-friendly! There are huge closets with games, foosball, a heated saltwater pool (our favorite activity during our stay), a trampoline, and much more. Since they are a working farm, you can request to get a tour of the farm and feed the goats and collect eggs. Evie LOVED feeding the goats…it was hilarious to hear her scream when they would eat from her hand.

Evie had a blast, to say the least. She was in her country girl element and was obsessed with the barn cats…and they were equally as obsessed with her. She also said, “mama, I want a kitty like that one”. Uh-oh. 🙂

This was me for most of the weekend with a glass of wine in hand.

I have to give a shout out to OverEast Family Farm because they were incredibly generous and gave us some of their high-quality, hormone-free beef and honestly…it was the best burger I’ve ever had. I can’t recommend them enough! Also, thanks to Chef Cody for being the grill master. 😉 We took the steaks home that they gave us and we made a yummy rice bowl that was SOOOO good. So thank you to the OverEast fam…you guys are amazing!


The home is also located about 30 minutes from amazing places like Lake George, Saratoga Springs, Dorset, Bennington, and Manchester. These destinations include golfing, spas, outlet shopping, wineries and brewery tours, lakes with swimming, kayaking, etc.

Local fun things to do:

Dry Brook Sugar House: Family Owned & Operated Offering Nature’s Finest Maple Products. They offer a wonderful pancake breakfast on Saturday mornings.

Battenkill Creamery: Upstate New York family dairy farm & creamery. Delicious farm-fresh milk and homemade ice cream. We spent the majority of the weekend at the BBVF but decided we needed to take an ice cream break and so glad we found ourselves here. 🙂

R.S. Taylors & Sons Brewery: The pride of Hebron, a destination farm brewery founded by Richard and Kelley Taylor. Very family friendly!! We will definitely go here next visit.

The town of Salem: this is such a cute, quaint town. There was a little market we should have taken advantage of on Saturday, we will be making a note of this for our next trip! As we arrived, we went to Brooklyn Marie’s pizzeria and took it back to the house and I highly suggest doing this one night! There’s also Stewart’s Shops right down the street from BBVF and it was super convenient for gathering a few supplies for breakfast and a case of beer to enjoy during our pool day. Next time, I’d love to peruse a few of the shops in town.

All in all, we had a wonderful couple of days in Salem and again, we are excited to make the journey back. It also made me realize that we HAVE to make a trip to Mass MoCA as we drove past on our way to Salem and it reminded me that’s on our bucket list!

Interested in visiting Blind Buck Valley Farm?!

Glad you stayed until the end of the recap! OID readers get $50 off their stay at the Farmstead (2-night minimum, Holidays excluded) using the code “OhIDesign” when you book through Airbnb.

Thank you to Sarah and the entire Blind Buck Valley Farmstead team/family for hosting us for the weekend! We were kindly invited to spend the weekend at their farm in exchange for some love on social – all opinions and thoughts are 100% (as always) my own.