Our Off-Grid Thanksgivings


Tamara WilmA few years ago, my husband and I started a new tradition for Thanksgiving: going to an off-grid cabin on the side of a mountain in the southern Adirondacks. After years of spending the holiday the old-fashioned way, we decided that we wanted to do our own thing. We already had the spot—a cabin we frequented the rest of the year.

Our off-grid "home"

This cabin is an old Sears Home. With a faded blue paint job on the outside, and six cozy rooms inside, all kept warm by a cast iron wood burning stove, the cabin is the place we consider our real home. The kitchen, where we cook our Thanksgiving meal if there’s snow on the ground, has a small apartment-sized stove, refrigerator, microwave, and a wooden table.

While the cabin has power, and baseboard heat if we really need it, there is no phone, TV, radio, or other modern amenities. Hence, we are off-grid, in the woods, in the middle of our own Adirondack dream. What more could we possibly need?


Well, food.

11/22/2019 3:54:37 PM

That sounds lovely. We are up in the Daks as well. We also have electricity and “heat” but we really heat only with wood and raise much of our veggies and fruits and as much as we can “live off the land”. Once when we had dinner at our first home in NJ, we lost power and ended up grilling an 18 pound turkey!! Darn near collapsed the grill with that one LOL. It’s beautiful in the Daks, and you are fortunate to have someone to share the dream. Thanks for sharing!

11/22/2019 11:46:54 AM

It has power and baseboard heat? You're not off the grid.

11/22/2019 7:21:55 AM

I grill year-round, whether there is snow or not.

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