Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm (mid-May to mid-October)
Email: info (at) eastcoastvillage.org
The East Coast Village, the Village or ECV, is located at 246 Bly Hollow Road, Cherry Plain, NY 12040, about 40 miles east of Albany. Find us on the map (for GPS, try 246 Bly Hollow Rd, Berlin, NY ). Yes, we are in rural New York!
Situated in a rustic, natural setting with a protected stream and plenty of woodlands, the Village is a three-season camp-like facility, with few indoor accommodations for sleeping and no running water. Except for July and August, it stays cool and often temperatures drop at night, even during summer months, requiring warm clothing and warm sleeping gear. Please come prepared for the cold !
Drinking water is provided from nearby Lebanon Springs or local well during events.
As you gear up to attend an event at the Village, please read the information below to make your experience as smooth as possible.
If you are new to the Village, be mindful that it is a three-season facility providing rustic accommodations. You are responsible for bringing your own bedding including sleeping bags, pillow cases and blankets. There are a limited supply of sleeping bags/blankets available on a first come, first served basis. Please call ahead to reserve.
If staying on the land – sleeping in a cabin, lodge or tenting – be sure to pack accordingly. See the gear list below. It’s a good idea to check the weather report for zip code 12040 prior to packing for your trip.
Sleeping options available on the Land:
Cabins: unheated and undressed (no bedding). Space available for up to 10 people with double-occupancy.
Rental fee for a cabin: $25/night/person (does not include meals).
Tenting: you can pitch a tent anywhere on the land. A few tents and tent platforms are available a first-come-first-use basis.
Tenting fee: $10/night/person) does not include meals). Tent platforms on a first come, first use basis
Meeting Hall/Lodge: This is our primary meeting space and is available for sleeping before and after an event. In case of inclement weather, it is also available for sleeping during an event. It is heated, and allows sleeping up to 6 people. There are couches and a few sleeping pads available on a first-come-first-use basis.
Rental fee for the Lodge: $20/night /person) does not include meals).
There are nice B&Bs in the area (see below). A Land use fee (to cover utilities) of $10/day/person will be charged while staying off -site.
During residential events, we offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. We provide omnivore (meat, fish, chicken) and in some cases, there are lacto-ovo vegetarian meals (eggs, dairy, soy). We can also accommodate gluten-free requests. Please discuss other dietary needs before registering. Additionally, you may opt to bring and prepare your own meals.
Meal cost: $35/day/person. Special diets including gluten-free, vegan: $40/day
ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES
The East Coast Village is located at 246 Bly Hollow Rd., Cherry Plain, NY, about 45 minutes from the Albany airport, Amtrak and Trailways/Greyhound bus stations.
By Air: Albany International [ALB]
By Rail: Amtrak to Albany-Rensselaer, NY [ALB]
By Bus: Greyhound/Trailways to Albany, NY (Hamilton Street Station) or Pittsfield, MA
Driving? Find directions here.
If you need transporting to/from the station/airport, there are taxis at the rail/bus/airport. The fare to Cherry Plain is about $60-70. Therefore we suggest carpooling with other participants. As a last resort, we can make arrangements with local residents to shuttle participants from Albany to Cherry Plain at a dramatically discounted rate of $20 each way. This is generally paid directly to the pick-up person. This option is not always available, so please contact us to make arrangements.
This discounted rate is based on carpooling as much as possible. Therefore, please schedule your arrival by 2 pm. Also schedule your departure after 2 pm on the last day of the session. Alternatively, you may stay overnight and depart the next day. No earlier than a 5 a.m. departure from the Land, please!!!
Schedule of activities vary based on the event, however a general outline for residential training is as follows:
Registration & Orientation, including visiting the Shrines: 4 pm
Supper: 6 pm – 7 pm
First Evening Activity: 8 pm
Breakfast: 9 am
Lunch: 1 pm
Supper: 6 pm
For single day events, start time is generally around 10 am (some at 9 am – check details under the event). Plan to arrive early to get settled prior to start times.
AMENITIES & THINGS TO BRING
If this is your first time to the village, please be aware that amenities are very minimal including portable toilets, outdoor shower stalls and a fully stocked outdoor kitchen. Being prepared and having the necessary supplies will make a difference in your overall enjoyment and experience. Checklists are a great tool to help with your organization, so here’s a general list of things you need to bring :
Tent (for 30-40 degree temperatures temperatures during spring and fall)**
Mat for tent entrance
Sleeping bag (for 30-40 degree temperatures during spring and fall)**
Pillow case ( we have extra pillows)
Air mattress or sleeping pad/cot/tarp (only if tenting, cabins already have cots)
Air pump and repair kit for air mattress
**We have a few extra tents/tarps and sleeping bags available on a first-come-first-use basis. You may request that we reserve one for you on the registration form.
Warm clothing (even during summer, it’s a good idea to bring something warm)
Sneakers or boots
Water shoes/flip flops
Soap in plastic case/shampoo
Camping shower/shower pump
Other personal items
Personal medications – bring extra!
Lantern with fuel/mantles
Flashlight (a headlamp is ideal)
Work gloves to protect your hand when foraging in the woods
Utility bags/bins for storage (critter proof ideal !!)
We provide rustic accommodations at the Village including unheated cabins, couches for sleeping in our heated Lodge and tent camping. Depending on the type of event, you may prefer to stay in one of the local B&B’s or hotels in the area. If you wish to stay in the local area, we’ve made arrangements with the Inn at the Shaker Mill Farm to offer a generous 20% discount. Please call them directly to book your stay. 203.439.0777.
If you chose to stay offsite, you are responsible for getting back and forth to the Village daily. We do not provide transport during events.
For your convenience, local B&B’s are listed below – please contact them directly to make arrangements:
Bed and Breakfasts/Country Inns
- Berkshire Mountain House, Berkshire Way, Stephentown, NY 518-733-6923
- Hitchcock House, Rt. 22, New Lebanon, NY 518-794-8826
- Shaker Meadows, Rt. 22, New Lebanon, NY 518-794-9385
Motels & Hotels
- Berkshire Valley Inn, Williamstown, MA, 800-537-4246
- Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, 37 Corey Road, Hancock, MA 413-738-5500
- Valley Rest Motel, 776 Rt. 20, New Lebanon, NY 518-794-7551