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Submitted by on October 4, 2010 – 8:46 am2 Comments

Photo courtesy of Taylor Mathis PhotographyLooking for a slightly more intimate Oktoberfest experience?

You might want to consider a long weekend at a private vacation home in the mountains of Central Vermont, filled with gourmet food and craft beer tastings.

The artisanal beer weekend Oct. 8-11 at Good Commons includes all this, as well as photography workshops, optional exercise sessions with a certified Pilates instructor, a home brewing workshop and, of course, beautiful fall foliage.

Here’s what the organizers have to say about it:

Good Commons, a private vacation home located in the stunning mountains of central Vermont, presents an all-inclusive getaway that draws upon the fall bounty of the Northeast. This affordably indulgent weekend package includes round-trip transportation for New Yorkers on a private jitney stocked with gourmet snacks and beer, three nights lodging at Good Commons, full culinary services by private chef, food and foliage photography workshops with professional photographer Anthony Bianciella and in-house Pilates classes courtesy of Core Pilates NYC. And of course … the beer!

Brew highlights for this artisanal gathering include a private tour and tasting at Harpoon Brewery; a home brew workshop with Long Trail Brewer Steve Babler; and a beer-inspired dinner and guided tasting of Otter Creek and Wolaver’s beers with Master Brewer Mike Gerhart.

“Vermont is the place for American craft beer and we’re thrilled to be opening our doors to some of the best brewers in the country,” said Good Commons owner/creator Tesha Buss. “This isn’t your average brewfest—we’ve created a weekend that truly honors the beer-making process and combined it with some of our favorite seasonal recreational activities. It’s a must-do weekend for anyone that needs a refreshing fall getaway.”

Chef Matthew Wexler adds, “One of the highlights of the weekend will also be the cuisine. Good Commons sources as much locally as possible, including W.A.A.W.W.E Farms Market, Jersey Girls Dairy, Huckleberry Hill Farm, and others. It’s going to be a true farm-to-table menu, complementing the incredible beers featured throughout the weekend.”

Weekend includes:

  • Round-trip transportation* on the Good bus, a private 24-passenger jitney stocked with gourmet snacks and beverages
  • 3 nights lodging at Good Commons
  • All meals and beverages as outlined in itinerary
  • Homebrew workshop and guided beer tastings
  • Photography workshops with professional photographer Anthony Bianciella
  • Pilates classes with certified instructor from Core Pilates NYC

*RT transportation provided to/from New York City. Pick-up/drop-off from local train station/airport near Good Commons is also available. Alternate pricing is available that does not include transportation.

For the full itinerary, visit www.goodcommons.com/oktoberfest.html.

The cost ordinarily ranges from $475 to $600 per person, based on package, but Good Commons is offering a limited time two-for-one special, which knocks the price down to $237.50 to $300 per person.

Photo by Logan LiptonBuss, a choreographer and Broadway actor, recently completed a complete restoration and renovation of the 4,700-square-foot historical property, which was built in the 1840s in the village of Plymouth Union, Vermont.

Amenities include six bedrooms and a sleeping loft, two living rooms,  a 450-square-foot multipurpose studio, an outdoor hot tub and fire pit, Wi-Fi and a house-wide stereo system.


  • Matthew says:

    We’re excited for the inaugural edition of this event and super lucky to have brewers from both Long Trail and Otter Creek joining us. Not to mention, they’re making an exclusive home brew batch of pumpkin beer for Good Commons! Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the recap and photos!

  • Gerard says:

    Wow, that’s great, Matthew! Thanks for the update.

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