01 Dec 48 Hours in Woodstock, Vermont
Woodstock, Vermont is as quintessential Vermont as you can get. If you enjoy red barns, covered bridges, farms, country stores and award winning local cheeses then you will love Woodstock.
Matt and I had the pleasure of spending 48 hours with The Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vermont at the end of August. Having visited once before during winter (which was equally wonderful), visiting during the warmer months was a real treat!
Located in the mid-section of the state the drive from Greenwich, CT was only three and a half hours. If you are coming from Boston or other points in New England or upstate New York it is even shorter.
We arrived and checked-in to the beautifully classic Woodstock Inn. The Inn sits right in the heart of downtown Woodstock, across from the iconic covered Middle-Bridge. Dubbed “ Vermonts Most Beautiful Address“, you will easily see why.
This trip we stayed in a gorgeously appointed ‘Collection King’ room. The Collection rooms feature a collection of local curated art & photography and possess a very Vermont feel and warmth. We have also stayed in a Tavern King with a Fireplace which are also very nice.
Since we arrived late afternoon, we explored the grounds and then decided to relax in our beautiful room before dinner that night. The Woodstock Inn has two restaurants at the hotel. The Red Rooster offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. I very much enjoyed the Vermont Grilled Cheese and a cup of Tomato Soup from the Red Rooster for lunch. For dinner, we cozied up at a dark table next to the fire in Richardon’s Tavern and nibbled on some Fish & Chips, a delicious local burger and sipped a local brew.
We spent the first morning lounging around our beautiful room enjoying room service breakfast from the Red Rooster before venturing out. Does anyone else have to order room service breakfast when. traveling? There is just something about eating breakfast in bed!
It was a gorgeous late August day, so we decided to head out exploring. We ventured out and visited one of my favorite New England Artisans, Farmhouse Pottery. Matt & I are huge fans of this handcrafted rustic chic kitchenware & home décor. From the stoneware clay products to the crafted wooden bowls we love the modern, minimistic aesthetic. Even more we love the old world techniques & authenticity used to create each product. We have yet to book a private pottery making session but they do offer private sessions to make your own and offer wheel workshops. I have heard it is wonderful!
We spent the next morning exploring Woodstock by bike. The Inn has a new fleet of Brooklyn cruisers with the convenient basket in the front for carrying all of your local finds. Pedal over the Billings Farm & Museumand then head into town and pick up some local goodies from FH Gillingham & Sons country store.
I arranged to spend the remainder of the afternoon at the Spa at the Inn. If you have not been, you must! When you arrange a spa treatment you will be granted access to the Spa for the day to enjoy all of the wonderful amenities including the sauna, steam room and outdoor whirlpool. In 2016 when we had visited, I booked a prenatal massage when I was pregnant with Pippa. This time I opted for the 80- minute Balance Blended Massage. It was heavenly. After visiting the spa, I ventured down to the in-season outdoor pool with a book and enjoyed some quiet time.
We saved dining at the The Mill at Simon Pearce for our last night. Simon Pearce is located in neighboring Quechee. The ride to Quechee is nothing short of spectacular as you pass the bright red Taftsville covered bridge on your way.
Be sure to allow yourself some extra time at Simon Pearce to shop the handcrafted glassware all produced with old world techniques. Enjoy a glass blowing workshop or shop the beautiful flagship shop. We were lucky enough to enjoy the corner two top overlooking the waterfalls and covered bridge. This dinner was hands down one of the best meals we have had. Be sure to call ahead for a reservation. They also serve brunch as well.
Finally, one of my favorite amenities of the Woodstock Inn is the Woodstock Athletic Club. A quick two mile drive down the road, the Woodstock Athletic Club is open to all guests. Housed in a red barn the facility offers a variety of fitness classes, equipment, an indoor lap pool and mountain & fat tire bike rentals. There are several mountain bike trails in the area for all levels of riders. We love to get our morning off on the right track with a visit here followed by a good old fashion breakfast at Mountain Creamery right on Central Street in the heart of Woodstock .
We could not leave Woodstock without a stop at the Woodstock Farmers Market Store. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner or to shop their variety of local produce & seafood. We packed up our Yeti with local goodness and headed home.
Summer in Woodstock was better than I expected but we also really enjoy Woodstock in the winter as well. For skiiers, the Inn is 20 miles from Killington Ski Resort and 3.5 miles from the local smaller mountain, Suicide Six. There is just something about being snuggled in a old classic Inn surrounded by mountains during a winter snowfall. I have a feeling you can not really go wrong in any season.