August is prime time for “last hurrah” summer vacations. It’s not always easy to pursue the plant-based lifestyle while you’re on the road, but I’m excited to share with you a fantastic little vegan bed and breakfast I discovered not long ago, practically in my backyard.
Located on 85 private acres in New Lebanon, NY, Red Robin Song Guest House is a 100 percent vegan bed and breakfast with the unique distinction of having an onsite animal sanctuary. This cozy retreat is just a short drive from Albany on one side and Pittsfield on the other and is surrounded by popular local attractions such as Jiminy Peak, the Lebanon Valley Speedway and Tanglewood.
I met the owners, Lisa and Jeff at Albany VegFest back in June and had the chance to visit Red Robin Song for myself a couple weeks ago. Setting out in the evening after a very stressful and frustrating day, I was immediately struck by how relaxing the drive was. The road led from a fairly populous area to a quiet, secluded spot in a very short time, and when I pulled in the driveway, I was already feeling better.
Lisa greeted me and gave me a tour of the house and the grounds. Red Robin Song has three comfortable rooms, including the Lily Pad suite with a private bath and Jacuzzi, all with views of the grounds. Guests at this bed and breakfast in New York have access to WiFi, a communal dining area and a beautiful great room/sitting room.
That was easily my favorite spot in the whole place. It’s comfortably arranged with chairs, couches and a collection of plants bathed in sunlight from big windows. There’s a projector for watching movies or streaming your Netflix account while you’re staying. If you prefer quiet leisure time, the bookshelves are stocked with reading material and games.
Outside, there are plenty of animals to visit with. Currently the sanctuary houses:
- 4 dogs
- 6 goats
- 7 cats
- A mini donkey and a mini horse
- A rooster & a hen
- 4 baby beavers that will be released into the wild next year
Guests can sit in an enclosure with the cats for one-on-one time or walk the many trails on the grounds to see the beaver ponds and other natural attractions. All profits from the bed and breakfast go toward caring for the animals.
Of course, I can’t talk about a vegan bed and breakfast without mentioning the well-stocked kitchen where fresh plant-based meals are prepared for guests every morning. A variety of fresh vegan snacks is available throughout the day. For dinner, check out one of the veg-friendly restaurants in the area before heading back to unwind in the sitting room or hang out with the animals for the evening.
Red Robin Song Guest House is vegan bed and breakfast you don’t want to miss. I was so taken by the relaxing atmosphere and inviting accommodations that I called my mom on the drive home and suggested she and my dad head there for their annual fall getaway. I can’t wait to spend a night there myself.
I think so highly of Red Robin Song that I want to spread the word about their unique location to as many vegans, vegetarians, and veg-curious travelers as possible. That’s why Quantum Vegan and Red Robin Song are coming together to offer a special deal to guests booking multiple nights: the chance to experience all the bed and breakfast has to offer and enjoy wellness consulting services during your stay.
Ask about this package deal when reserving two or more nights for pricing info and more details. We’re offering:
- All the amenities of Red Robin Song Guest House
- One hour of personalized consulting
- A one-on-one plant-based cooking class
It’s still in the early stages, but our goal is to expand this deal into a full wellness retreat. What would you want to see in a vegan health retreat? Share your input in the comments — Lisa, Jeff and I are eager for your opinion!
View more photos on the Red Robin Song website!