Seasonal Splendor

So much of Buck Hill is about natural beauty, revealed here in fall like few other places in the world: shifts and changes in the crisp air, greens into auburn and gold, paces quicken, yet ever more peaceful.

– created by Brian Fowler, October 2016

From potlucks at Paiste Pond, to trick-or-treating and the fabulous Mountainhome Halloween parade, there are plenty of opportunities for fun. Many classes and clubs – such as bridge, Mah Jongg, and yoga – are active year-round.


The Conservation Foundation sponsors weekly hikes during the summer season, and continues less frequent hikes throughout the year. Local naturalists, experts in flora and fauna, and accomplished birders lead these hikes, adding an educational element to the joy of walking in the woods, connecting us more closely to our natural environment. Buck Hill’s hiking trails are marked, with maps available at the office, and are beautiful when the bright hues of autumn leaves carpet the paths, and in the quiet winter, when magnificent ice sculptures form around our waterfalls.

The Fall And Winter Social Scene

The “off” season is also a great time to spend inside your Buck Hill cottage – fire blazing, book in hand, children gathered around board games or puzzles.

Many families are in residence for weekends; even more arrive for the Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year’s holiday weeks, with house parties and group dinners taking place across the community. The younger set, home from school, are eager to catch up with their friends, and can find get-togethers nearly every night.

The Lot & Cot Association sponsors community events throughout the winter season, including a wine tasting, casino night, and chili cook-off, as well as the always-packed Holiday party. The annual New Year’s Eve Dinner and Women’s Holiday Luncheon are other popular traditions, and there is an active dining club that meets once a month at local restaurants.

A Winter Sports Wonderland

Our beloved tobogganing hill starts at the historic stone Swarthmore pavilion – with a fireplace for warming numb toes – and ends at Paiste Pond, our all-weather clubhouse with snack bar, fireplace, and gaming area. With flat-screen TVs, arcade games, Xbox and Wii, wireless internet, pool table, and foosball, Paiste Pond has plenty to offer the après-snow crowd.

  • Cross-country skiers and snowshoers
    The open fields of the golf course are your playground.
  • Ice Skating/Hockey
    As soon as the temperature drops sufficiently, our maintenance staff constructs a skating rink, used for recreation and for hockey.
  • Platform Tennis
    Two regulation platform tennis courts see heavy action even into the night, with lights and heated decks.
  • Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding
    A variety of ski resorts are each an easy day’s outing from Buck Hill:

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