We took a beautiful fall drive over the weekend to a magical village that resides near Ithaca, NY.
It’s called Karenville…and it’s a village solely built by Karen with almost 100% recycled materials.
We loved everything about it…especially:
- the greenhouse with a dirt floor where roses were blooming
- the two goats Edgar and Joey
- the log cabin where we stayed with it’s glass porch and garden out front
- the sitting room house with it’s potbellied stove and crystal chandelier
- the K-ville cafe and store where your purchase’s were 100% off
- the chapel that houses a library and smells of old books
- the old swing that hangs under the willow arbor
- the silo that’s really a quaint outhouse (as quaint as an outhouse can be!)
- the outdoor room where you could pass hours talking to Karen (she’s fascinating!)
Karen built all these tiny structures because she likes small things and likes to live simply. Robert came to visit and apparently never left…so Karen built him a chapel to house his books…and a sitting room where they could drink tea. Someone mentioned that maybe other people would enjoy visiting her village and she couldn’t imagine people wanting to stay on a farm with no electricity, no indoor plumbing, sometimes no heat…and to pay for it! But they do, and just like us, they love it! Sometimes when she’s fully booked in the summer…she sleeps in the woods of the adjoining national forest…she is one cool lady and we gained a lot of useful knowledge on turning tiny!
We are already planning our return…this time we’ll be snowshoeing in!