Blog entry from "The Junk Drunk" for High Pocket and Shelburne Falls...
Cathy & Erika - Brooklyn, NY
We searched and searched for a place to stay for the Thanksgiving holiday until we found this idyllic home. It meant so much to us to be able to have an experience as close to home as possible since we were having our boys stay in the area while at school, instead of making the trek back to California. Mark and Sarah made all of our requests come true. The kitchen was well equipped for the big meal; there was plenty of firewood for the 4 days; the hot tub was awesome, even in the falling snow; the grounds around the home were perfect for light hikes and exploring. My greatest pleasure was being outside and hearing nothing but the sound of the breeze through the trees. In short, it was all that we hoped for.
“Yelp” may have brought you to our attention but your kind return call brought us up the hill. This “high pocket” of the world is a place so serene, one doesn’t want anyone else to know, yet we want to tell everyone we know about it! It is a great “surf spot” dilemma! For all the natural beauty, it is your warm personal touch that transformed it into a respite before our adventure across the ocean to Europe for a month (we were held-over for an extra week on this side while the Icelandic volcano settled down).
Tim & Jan - Palm Desert, CA
Running of the Derby Day! I found High Pocket by chance (web search) but will return by choice! As the Navajo’s say, beauty all around me. Sarah and Mark are extraordinary hosts, a guest quickly feels like family. Truly a place to restore body and spirit.
Marilyn - Woodstock, CT
It is a beautiful breezy day here at High Pocket. This is our 9th year renting the entire house. The pear trees are filled with fruit, the goats have been sorted, Cecelia has returned from a ride on Dozer and boasts of her blister. Michaela has had yoga and fitness overlooking the glacial potholes in Shelburne Falls, and we’ve enjoyed dinner at Café Martin with farm-fresh corn. So the time has come to head home. We treasure our time with the McKusicks and are looking forward to seeing everyone and everything next year again.
The Fendrock Family - Acton, MA
Perfect as always!! Thank you, Mark and Sarah, for the great weekend and good times! We could not have ordered better weather for our anniversary (High Pocket's first wedding in 2002). We will be back next year for more incredible fall riding!
The Stidsens - Oakham, MA
What a find! Thank you Sarah and Mark for welcoming my family on such short notice and making us feel so at home. This place made my 50th birthday unique and peaceful. I especially loved the hot tub with barred owl accompaniment! My brother raved about his horseback ride on “Dozer” – we’ll be back soon!
Matt - Ithaca, NY
A great country home for a beautiful country wedding.
Thank you, for the 4th year, for providing a wonderful place for me to bring my horse, Stratton. Incredible weather and good company, a great way to “get away”!
Donna - Gloucester, MA
This is a very special place with a very special atmosphere—peace, tranquility, good energy. We will always remember the golden sunrise with wild turkeys on the lawn...
Teresa - Stuttgart, Germany & Katherine - Zurich, Switzerland
We conquered “honeymooner” Mark
We watched the goats
We renewed our friendships
We love it here
We expect to come for many more years
Thank you for the memories!
Donna and Wizard - Bethany, CT
We have adored this countryside, especially your warm hospitality and easy warmth. Many thanks
Rosie & Dave - Christchurch, New Zealand
We are so glad we stumbled upon High Pocket as you helped us make our honeymoon memorable. We had such a great time riding the trails on Thunder and Apollo—a real joy! We feel we have a home away from home now, an escape from the daily grind. We have fallen in love with the whole area and hope to buy a place near here someday.
Pete & Becky
Thank you for making the BEST 29th birthday ever!
Melody & Mickey
Your generosity has been incredible. When I crave the open spaces from my Brooklyn apartment, I will think of this beautiful place often.
Alfred - New York
Thank you for sharing High Pocket Farm with us. What a great way to get our Miami kids onto horses, into a freshwater pond, amongst 180 goats, amidst wildflowers, and under the dark night sky with silent stars. We will be back.
The Alsups & Carsons - Miami, FL
What a lovely place to have our special mother/daughter time together. It has been so good for us!
Molly & Theresa - Michigan
Thank you for the use of the snow shoes. We spotted coyote and deer tracks! We de-stressed wonderfully.
Sheila & Stephen
On May 18 we made our first visit here. We had a great relaxing time. In fact, we were so relaxed that our daughter decided at 1:30 AM that it was a good time to be born! We headed to Cooley Dickinson hospital, and she showed up later that morning. Now that rascal, May, is 2 years old. Yesterday we returned with her and her two older brothers. We managed to get through the night without another birth! This place will always be special to us. It’s a great escape for grown ups, and the children loved spreading art and running freely outside…see you next time!
Saito Family - Florence, MA
Este lugar, viviendo en uno ciudad grande como Madrid, es realmente impresinante, sus colores otoñales son marvillosos. Pero también la casa es acogedora y preciosa. Y vosotros habeis sido amables y simpáticas. Por todo, gracias! Y os recodaré por mucho tiempo cuando vuelva a España.
Martín - Madrid, Spain
The McKusick Family
38 Adams Place Road | Colrain, MA 01340 | 413-624-8988