Before the new year gets off to a roaring start, I thought it would be fun to look back on some of the most viewed and most “liked” posts on this blog. I may also throw in a couple of my personal favorites that may have not received that much attention their first time out. For some of these Year in Review stories, I may add other photos or additional notes that have similar subject matter but did not run in the particular post the first time out. I will also provide a link to the original version.
For those of you who missed these posts the first time out, I hope you will enjoy them. For those long timers I hope you will enjoy taking a second look. Over the next week or so I will also be running new posts as warranted so please keep an eye on the ISBAA dailies.
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made this blog a success. Please see more text and photos below.
This post below originally ran Jan. 11, 2014. It not only made the ISBAA Top 10 most viewed list of 2014 but was also one of my personal favorites. I really found the idea of spending a vacation trying out “small” living compelling. Enjoy!
Tired of McMansions? Is living large getting old? Are you longing for a vacation space with a beautiful view that does not require consuming enough electricity to power a small village? Are you thinking about downsizing but would like to sample the eco lifestyle first? Would you like to spend the night in a Hobbitat? Welcome to Blue Moon Rising, a ecotourism retreat at Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland, featuring houses that are built in the spirit of the small house movement. This past summer before Blue Moon Rising opened for overnight guests, I took advantage of free tours being offered at the destination. The photo at left is of the main building at Blue Moon. The structure features distinctive architecture that which you will find throughout the entire grounds.
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All Photos on this site and copyrighted by Rob Paine/Deep Creek Images 2014 and cannot be used without his permission. Thanks! Please see more photos and text below. Please note, the retreat was not completely finished when I toured it, so it you see some rough spots here and there in these photos, they have been smoothed out since.
Want to get quick visual taste of beautiful Deep Creek Lake? Please check out my DCL slide show at Deep Creek Lake.
In the main building of Blue Moon Rising a special viewing window has been built into a wall so you can see the natural substances used in the wall’s insulation. A view of Deep Creek Lake as seen over the roof of Blue Moon’s main building. It is one of the best views of the lake available. A large bed is snug in a bedroom in one of the cottages at Blue Moon Rising in McHenry, Md.