Green Acres Cabins has been providing overnight and extended lodging for the nature lover, the outdoor enthusiast and for family vacations for well over 75 years. Since the early 1900s our cabins have been a summer destination for travelers in search of serene surroundings and plentiful outdoor activities.
Maurice and Mabel Pickel bought what were then the Doring Tea House and Overnight Cabins in April 1938. In November of 1941 they changed the name to Green Acres and identified them as tourist cabins. Nana Pickel is a legend to the Green Acres “children” who had returned year after year for weekly summer vacations at the lake. There are many fond lifelong memories of popsicles on the porch and carefree days spent exploring, swimming, fishing and hiking at beautiful Lake Willoughby. After Maurice passed away, Mabel continued to run the cabins until she sold them in the early 1970s.
Phyllis and Fred Mueller bought Green Acres in the early 1980s. They lovingly refurbished and modernized the cabins. They enclosed part of the front porch to enlarge the indoor living area allowing for both small dining and seating areas. They kept many of the original features, but allowed for modern conveniences such as running water from a drilled well, a kitchen stove and refrigerator. The business again flourished as families, fisherman, and travelers returned year after year.
Our family came with our six children in 1998, hoping to provide a place where individuals and families could experience the great outdoors and the beauty of Lake Willoughby, as Bill did in his youth. We take pride in providing clean, comfortable and affordable surroundings. We want to keep it simple and allow guests to actually relax and forget their hectic pace back home. We want them to be able to walk barefoot in the grass and swim in the pristine water of Lake Willoughby on a hot day or enjoy the boundless recreational activities the area has to offer.
In 2010 we brought the cabins up to fire code by enlarging the bedroom windows and installing smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. We also recently purchased all new mattresses, and are in the process of updating the cabins one at a time with fresh paint and some new furniture and new refrigerators. In addition we are refurbishing one of the cabins, so will soon have all five cabins available for rental.
Please come join us, we’d love to share the tradition of a classic Vermont vacation at the Lake with you!
Photo courtesy of Ruth K. Emmons