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Stay a night in the Innermost Cabin on the beautiful property of Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield, Massachusetts. The secluded, rustic cabin has a wood stove, cozy bunks, and lots of charm. After visitors leave the property at dusk, you’ll have the place to yourselves for birdwatching, nighttime walks and sitting by the fire.

Mass Audubon is a leader in conservation and environmental education, and an advocate for environmental protection. They work to make nature accessible to all through land conservation and stewardship of a statewide wildlife sanctuary system.

Check-in is 2 pm, so you'll have plenty of time to lounge at the picnic table between hikes on the well-maintained twelve miles of trails. Watch for hundreds of species of birds, and bring your own portable grill for cooking dinner and breakfast in the morning. The wood-burning stove inside makes for a cozy evening. The sanctuary provides wood for the stove.

Members of Mass Audubon can rent canoes from the property May 1 through October 31 to be used within the Ipswich River within sanctuary boundaries. You can become a Mass Audubon member here.

Climb the observation tower at sunset for amazing views and then stargaze after dark. Take a nighttime walk to the gazebo and look out over the Great Wenham Swamp.

After exploring the dark, peaceful sanctuary, warm up by the wood stove inside the cabin. You'll find a small table for reading or playing cards. This was one of the most unique, secluded and cozy nights we've ever had. You can find more information about booking the cabin here.


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