Thursday, August 3, 2017

Boothby's Orchard Get-away

Well,  it's been a long time since blabbing here.   Lots going on at the home front - some good, some nuts, and all exceeding the limits of my medication.   The Captain is justifiably concerned about how close I am to going down the rabbit hole, so decided we needed to get away.   He joined Harvest Hosts- a network of wineries, farms, and attraction that invite people with self-contained RVs to visit and stay overnight.   The yearly membership is only $40, and there are participating hosts all over the country as seen in this map:

The rules for guests are simple and just common sense like - only self-contained RVs ( code for "Bring your own bathroom")  , stay only one night, treat the site with respect,  ask before assuming fires/barbecue grills, etc.  are OK,  and if possible,  buy something as a token of your thanks .

We stayed at Boothby's Orchard and Winery in  Livermore, Maine. Not only was this our first overnight in our RV,  we were also the Orchard's first Harvest Host visitors.   YIKES - we wanted to be sure to give a good impression of HH members.  The owners, Rob and Denise, couldn't have been more helpful.   Rob gave us a golf-cart tour of the property and showed us several site options.   He and Denise were so friendly and welcoming - offering us firewood and even told us to call them if we needed anything.   They clearly are proud of their lovely farm and are serious about the  responsibility of caring for land that has been in the family since 1856.

In addition to the apple orchard, they also grow grapes and operate a winery, making both apple and grape wines.   Add several cows,  haying,  a pumpkin patch , lots of corn, and a farm stand - these folks are busy!   They also have a lovely setting for barn weddings and a B&B.

All of the sites were great, but we selected one over-looking a pond and near a log cabin Rob built .

We were a bit too early for apple season, but did enjoy some great apple wine!

Our Wee Beastie settled in nicely.

The view from our bed:

We were invited to wander around the farm and were impressed with the care and work Rob and Denise have put into their property.   So pretty and so well-kept.

 Take a peek at their Facebook page,  and if you get to Maine, check out Boothby's.

Thank you, Rob and Denise,  for being such delightful hosts.

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