Travel Series: Woodstock, Vermont
Looking for a weekend escape from the city? How does a quaint New England getaway about a 4-hour drive from Manhattan sound? Look no further than Woodstock, Vermont. This small town has everything you need to just wind down, relax, and get some time to enjoy the beauty that nature has to offer. I visited back in the fall, but I’m sure there are a lot of fun winter adventures here as well. Here’s a little guide to exploring Woodstock, Vermont with your loved ones this winter.
Stay: The Woodstock Inn, Woodstock Vermont. This is a bit of a splurge, but if only for a weekend, you’re worth it. As you enter the Inn you’re greeted by a warm and cozy fireplace surrounded by comfy chairs and couches. This is the perfect spot for sipping wine or some cocoa after your drive up. Grab the local newspaper to see what’s going on in town for the weekend or your favorite book to enjoy while you relax.
There are three restaurants on the grounds. Richardson’s Tavern is very cozy, offering lots of local microbrews and a delicious farm to table menu. The ambiance is dimly lit by candles and very laid back. Jeans and sneakers are okay for this spot. The menu changes seasonally and offers a lot of local delicacies. The Red Rooster is a fancier restaurant, but a great place to grab a cocktail and appetizer at the bar should you want a quick snack like oysters or a hummus plate to share.
My favorite part of The Woodstock Inn is the game room. This spacious room has a pool table, a lazy susan scrabble board, shuffleboard, checkers, chess and darts. It’s a fun hangout for kids and adults to enjoy!
Eat: Food is the best part of any trip, right? Simon Pearce is a unique restaurant, bar and gift shop that is also a glass blowing factory fueled by the Ottauquechee river that runs next to it. Drive about 10 minutes outside of Woodstock to Quechee, Vermont for this extra special treat. After dining on a delicious brunch of homemade apple cider cocktails, crispy buttermilk beignets, and local prosciutto, blue cheese and fig plates, take a tour of the glass blowing happening downstairs. You can see the artisans creating their masterpieces and you can even buy some of the most beautiful glassware in their gift shop. This was not just about the food, it was an experience to remember!
Do: Explore nature of course! There are some great walking trails and hikes to do. You can walk down to the river and just sit on a rock to appreciate the trees and the foliage. You can even visit a farm. Billings Farm was filled with fun activities and fall happenings. They were pressing homemade apple cider, and serving local pumpkin and maple walnut ice cream. But if that doesn’t interest you, you can go on a hayride tour of the farm. There is a great museum and different menu of activities happening every day such as “Up Close With a Jersey Cow”, “Churning Butter” and “Introduction to Milking”. Something for everyone! This is just about a half a mile walk from The Woodstock Inn. Walk through some of the very historical covered bridges on your way.
Don’t forget to stop by the local market on your way home to bring back some more yummy treats and snacks for your ride home. We especially loved their local natural Root Beer. My only regret is not getting more! There are also some really great bookstores and a no frills diner in town called Mountain Creamery. This was good for a quick, filling breakfast before you head out for the day.
I hope you enjoyed this guide to Woodstock, Vermont. I plan on going back this winter to enjoy another relaxing weekend. Where have you been in Vermont? Any suggestions of another town to hit up on my next visit?