Phone: (518) 575-4101 (from May – October)
Mail: East Coast Village, P O Box 82, Cherry Plain, NY 12040
The East Coast Village, the Land or ECV, is located at 246 Bly Hollow Road, Cherry Plain, NY, about 40 minutes from Albany, NY; 3 hours from NYC; 30 minutes from Pittsfield, MA; 3 hours from Boston, MA.
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.
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).
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.
Cabins: unheated and undressed (no bedding). Sleeps two, with separate cots. Please bring your own bedding, sleeping bag, etc.
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.
- Berkshire Mountain House, 150 Berkshire Way, Stephentown, NY. (518) 733-6923
- Berkshire Valley Inn, Williamstown, MA. 800-537-4246
- Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, 37 Corey Road, Hancock, MA. 413-738-550
During residential events, we offer communal meals either locally catered, prepared by on-site cook, or we cook together in the outdoor, community kitchen. We generally prepare omnivore (meat, fish, chicken) and lacto-ovo vegetarian meals (eggs, dairy, soy). Please discuss your dietary requirements before registering. Additionally, you may opt to bring and prepare your own meals.
Note to vegans: we do not have separate vegan pots or utensils, you may want to bring your own to prepare your own meals.
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.
Please note at this time, the ECV does not provide any kind of shuttle service to / from our campus.
By Air to: Albany International [ALB].
By Rail to: Amtrak to Albany-Rensselaer, NY [ALB]
By Bus to: Greyhound/Trailways to Albany, NY (Hamilton Street Station) or Pittsfield, MA
Driving? Find directions here.
Getting to/from the event is your responsibility. If you need transporting to/from the station/airport, there are taxis at the rail/bus/airport. Also there is rideshare with Uber and Lyft. We suggest carpooling with other participants (we will happily make connections for the event).
Also, please know that rideshares like Uber/Lift or taxis are not generally available to depart from ECV and you may need to make other accommodations. In addition, any taxi service should be scheduled in advance.
Limo service is available from all airports and door-to-door from any location in the Northeast.
Transport the People: 800.639.9605. www.ttplimos.com
Abbott’s Limousine: 413.243.1645. www.abbottslimo.com
Note: These are independent service providers. Providing the above contact information is not an endorsement of their services.
As a last resort, we can make arrangements with local residents to pick up/drop of to Albany, at a dramatically discounted rate. Getting a ride from local residents is not always available, please reach out only if you are stranded and unable to get a ride.
For departure, be sure to schedule your departure after the scheduled ending of the event, and consider distance to airport. Alternatively, you may stay overnight and depart the next day free of cost.
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 recommended 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)**
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/tarp/pillows 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
Camping shower/shower pump
Other personal items
Personal medications – bring extra!
Bottled water/water bottle/canister
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 !!)