At the conference last week, most people stayed on campus at Slippery Rock University. But Marie and I chose a less expensive option. It's one of my favorite places. The North Country Trail Association has two buildings along its length. NCTA doesn't really want to be in the business of dealing with buildings but the two are pretty special.
One of them you've seen at Great Lakes Hikes Gathering.
The other is in Pennsylvania, and the NCTA leases it from the state for a dollar a year. In return, we restored/renovated it and run it as a hostel/rental.
I'm talking about the Davis Hollow Cabin. The log portion was built in the late 1700s and the stone addition in 1901.
The upstairs has two bunkrooms. There are bathrooms and a kitchen, but you do have to walk down to the marina on Lake Arthur to shower. Consequently, it's very reasonable to stay there. Plenty of amenities for us!
I love the living room. It's the full two stories high. I didn't manage to take a nice overview picture this time, but I did get a shot the chilliest night when the guys lit a fire.
We really had it made out there. It was far enough off campus that we had to allow for a bit under 30 minutes of driving time to get the the day's activities, but it was worth it. We had taken our own food (choosing only to pay for the two dinners that had attached programs on Friday and Saturday). But we were fed several nights by people who were there and pooling food resources. We chipped in, but we definitely got the better deal.
The cabin is about a minute's walk off the main North Country Trail, so it's close enough that even backpackers are willing to leave the trail to stay there.
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