CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: awbf_com@eastcoastvillage.org
Phone: (518) 212-7605
Mail: East Coast Village, P O Box 82, Cherry Plain, NY 12040

OUR LOCATION

The East Coast Village, the Land or ECV, is located at 246 Bly Hollow Road, Cherry Plain, NY 12040, about 40 minutes from Albany, NY;  3 hours from NYC; 30 minutes from Pittsfield, MA; 3 hours from Boston, MA.

Find us on the map  For GPS, try 246 Bly Hollow Rd, Berlin, NY 12040 or Petersburg NY 12138. 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.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

The East Coast Village strives to protect the health and well-being of our participants during in person events. Therefore, we request that you adhere and acknowledge the following protocols when visiting the Land (which will be updated based on current CDC and state of New York guidelines).

Masks optional for outdoors. Some events allow for adequate social distancing where masks will not be required. However, events where close contact may occur, or other participants present symptoms, we recommend wearing a mask.

Masks required indoors. While inside the meeting Lodge, shared community spaces such as kitchen, cabins and tents, masks are required.

Negative PCR test required at least 72 hours prior to visiting the Land. Upon entrance to a community event, you will be asked to present a negative PCR test result within the last 72 hours.

Symptomatic Actions. If showing symptoms prior or during a community event, you may be asked to complete a rapid test on site or at a local facility. Positive test result will require limited contact with other participants, or you may opt to leave the Land. No refunds for paid events will be issued upon early departure.

LODGING OPTIONS ON THE LAND

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.

cabin

Cabins: unheated and undressed (no bedding).  Double occupancy, with space available for up to 10 people.

Tenting: you can pitch a tent anywhere on the land. A few tents and tent platforms are available a first-come-first-use basis.

Meeting Hall/Lodge: This is our primary meeting space and may be 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. 

LODGING OPTIONS NEAR THE LAND

We provide rustic accommodations at the Village including unheated cabins 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 chose to stay offsite, you are responsible for getting back and forth to the Village daily. We do not provide transport during events. A Land use fee (to cover utilities) will be charged while staying off -site.

For your convenience, local B&B’s are listed below – please contact them directly to make arrangements. Reminder that you are responsible for getting back and forth the the ECV daily. Click the links to go to the websites.

B&B/Country Inns/Motels

Don’t forget to search  AirBnB,  HipCamp  and  Cherry Plain State Park

MEALS

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 and dairy-free requests. Please discuss other dietary needs before registering. Additionally, you may opt to bring and prepare your own meals.

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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 $30-$35 each way (depending on capacity). 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 between 2 -4 pm.  You may have to wait for other participants for the carpool. No ride-share will be available once the event begins. Also schedule your departure after the scheduled ending on the last day of the session. Alternatively, you may stay overnight and depart the next day. 

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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 :

Tenting

Tent (for 30-40 degree temperatures temperatures during spring and fall)**
Ground cloth/tarp**
Extra stakes
Shade tarp/poles/rope/stakes
Mat for tent entrance

Bedding

Sleeping bag (for 30-40 degree temperatures during spring and fall)**
Sheets/blankets
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.

Clothing

Warm clothing (even during summer, it’s a good idea to bring something warm)
Sneakers or boots
Socks/extra socks!
Hat
Bandana
Sweatshirt/jacket
Rain poncho
Swim suit/towel
Laundry bag

Personal

Water shoes/flip flops
Towels/washcloth
Soap in plastic case/shampoo
Camping shower/shower pump
Other personal items
Personal medications – bring extra!

Miscellaneous

Sunscreen/Chapstick
Lantern with fuel/mantles
Flashlight (a headlamp is ideal)
Extra batteries/bulbs
Bug/Tick repellent
Work gloves to protect your hand when foraging in the woods
Utility bags/bins for storage (critter proof ideal !!)
Extra snacks

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