This fall, I visited the Farm Sanctuary's upstate New York shelter in Watkins Glen. Surrounded by wineries and great opportunities for hiking, the highlight was staying at one of the three cabins on the farm and meeting the "ambassadors" of the farming community, as Gene Baur would refer to them. The cost of the cabin was $65 for members, plus $10 for each additional guest. Bathrooms/showers were a very short walk away at the visitors' center. The shelter and cabins are open May 1 until October 31. Book early, since they fill up quickly. I stayed overnight Sunday and Monday, but found a couple of restaurants closed Monday.
A view of the cabin's interior. There was also a pleasant seating area with wicker furniture. Towels and soap were provided. A vegan continental breakfast was included. This included bagels with Tofutti cream cheese; cherry breakfast pastries; muffins; coffee and tea with Silk creamer; fresh fruit; and apple and cranberry juice. Some were curious... Others strutted their stuff... Some were amorous... Others simply snoozed the day away... An unexpected personal tour guide... Not destined for foie gras... On the drive back home, I crossed paths on the highway with a truck filled with chickens, most likely destined for the slaughterhouse. I took it as a universal wink from the heavens that I have chosen the right path to become a vegan and advocate for animals.
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This blog is for people of all dietary backgrounds. The Vegan Good Life is not The Vegan Perfect Life. I am not a pure vegan all the time (I do eat vegetarian always), and strive to do the best I can at pursuing a vegan lifestyle. Please feel free to come along on this flawed but beautiful journey. Along the way, we'll advocate for a better world for animals, reduce our impact on the Earth, travel, go thrifting, empower ourselves financially, learn, dream, inspire, listen to music, and celebrate one of life's greatest passions - food.