This cramped, disheveled shack is a not-so-secret shelter for skiers and hikers on the Stowe side of Mount Mansfield. The Rabbit’s Nest sits in a hidden pine grove at the end of a short, unmarked trail that begins from the Mount Mansfield Toll Road where the Hasselton and South Link trails meet near the top of the FourRunner quad lift.
In 1965, Kent Brook was dammed to create Kent Pond. It was then stocked with the trout and bass that still flourish today. And it was opened for fishing. It was at this time, that the farm’s owner, Merle Schoenfeld (who had bought the 75 acres remaining of the original farm from a man called George Orech in 1959) decided to turn his venerable New England farmhouse into a small lodge. He called it Mountain Meadows Lodge and it was soon doing so well that he had begun work on converting what remained of the original New England Barn into what is now the main lodge.