Must-Stay Summer Vacation Retreats

At last summer is officially here! Have you hammered down your vacation plans? Or do you prefer to wing it and escape for spur-of-the-moment adventures? Either way, you’ll love this round-up of old stone vacation homes and cottages. If your travels take you to New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia or Ohio this summer, you’re in luck!

French Huguenot-Style Farmhouse

Location: New Paltz, New York
Age: 1796
Best feature: The historic four-bedroom home is bordered by 6,400 acres of the forests, streams and lakes of the Mohonk Preserve, designated by the Nature Conservancy as one of the “Earth’s Last Great Places.”

Horse Farm in Lancaster County Amish Country

Location: Providence, Pennsylvania
Age: Circa 1850
Best feature:  This expansive farmhouse is situated on a immaculate 50-acre working horse farm.

Vacation Stay in the Shenandoah Valley

Location: Lexington, Virginia
Age: 1780
Best feature: This stately home’s two-foot-thick walls and period furnishings make you feel far away from life’s hustle and bustle.

Stone Schoolhouse Near a Scenic River

stone schoolhouse in Ohio
Location: Delaware, Ohio
Age: Circa 1800s
Best Feature: This cozy cabin is situated in the Olentangy Scenic River corridor and is surrounded by the Seymour Woods Nature Preserve. A picture-perfect romantic getaway!

Take an Old Stone Home for a Test Drive

Think you’d love to live in an old stone home? Before you take the plunge, why not book a stay in a vacation rental? There are options – from cozy cottages to mansions — up and down the East Coast. Take your pick this summer and see if the stone home way of life suits your style.


Name: Stone House on Bayberry Lane
Location: Boothbay Harbor region
Best Feature: Proximity to ocean, 75 feet from cottage


Name: Old Stone School Cottage
Location: In the heart of the Berkshires
Best Features: Cozy charm and pastoral views

Rhode Island

Name: Gen. Isaac Peace Rodman House
Location: Minutes to Narragansett beaches
Best Features: Beautiful gardens and pastural Italianate style of circa-1855 mansion

New York

Name: The Stone House 1807
Location: New Paltz
Best Features: 12-acre property with biking/hiking trails and organic farm just down the road.


Name: The Alexander Currens Farmhouse
Location: Southern end of the Gettysburg Battlefield
Best Features: Proximity to attractions (you’re staying on hallowed ground!) and patio with expansive views


Name: Atglen Cottage
Location: Easy drive to local tourist attractions in Lancaster and Chester Counties
Best Feature: Sits on the edge of woodlands with a creek and hiking trails

West Virginia

Name: Oldeststone Farm
Location: Situated on 46 acres of Shenandoah Valley farmland
Best Features: Views and beautiful interior design provided by innkeeper (a former DC designer!)