By Donna M. Owens
More than 150 years ago, famed philosopher Henry David Thoreau published his iconic book “Walden,” which chronicled his two years living as one with nature in a cabin set on Walden Pond in Massachusetts.
Today, some travelers who seek a Walden-esque experience still want 21st-century amenities and perks. At Blue Moon Rising, a new eco-friendly vacation village nestled in the mountains of Western Maryland, they’ll find the best of both worlds. Following a soft opening in fall 2013, the retreat officially opened to guests June 27.
Tucked away on 15 wooded acres replete with towering oak, hickory and hemlock trees, various flora, fauna and a quiet stream, the property boasts 14 environmentally conscious, compact and energy-efficient cabins (ranging from 300 to 450 square feet) inspired by the tiny-home movement generating buzz across the country.
Dubbed “Waldens” by the staff, each structure was built using repurposed, recycled and local materials, and each one-of-a-kind cabin is filled with a veritable treasure trove of unique architectural features and finds. There’s flooring made of heart yellow pine from Andrew Carnegie’s former locomotive factory in Pittsburgh, for example, and there are intricate doors and windows that were once part of a historic Baltimore-area home.
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