Liberty View Farm

a-yurt-bed-housierLIBERTY VIEW FARM
Highland, Ulster County

Farmer/Activist Billiam van Roestenberg’s 11-acre property is many things. It’s an organic farm. It’s a wedding venue. It’s one of Travel + Leisure’s Best Apple Picking Farms. It’s a historical landmark. It’s a bastion of sustainable food practices and gay rights. It’s also a glamping destination about 90 minutes north of NYC near the hamlet of Highland in eastern Ulster County. Liberty View Farm has a yurt, but it’s not just any yurt. It’s a hand built yurt made locally by Matt Rogers of Clean Air Yurts, and according to at least one enthusiastic commenter on AirBnB, staying there is like “being in a nice hotel.” That’s a big step up from being in a nice tent, since you’re still, well, sleeping in a tent.

The yurt is appointed with a queen-size bed and a set of bunk beds for additional guests, plus a small kitchen area and furnishings. And in typical yurt fashion, it has a skylight opening at the top. Liberty View has weekend bonfires, walks through edible landscapes, goats in the orchard, vegetable picking, organic food, and, in the winter, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on the property. The farm is just outside of the village of New Paltz. Side note: Van Roestenberg was voted America’s Hottest Farmer by the Huffington Post in 2009.

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