Vermont's Most Beautiful Address - The Woodstock Inn & Resort
If we could could think of one town that embodies the culture of Vermont it would be Woodstock. From a quaint town center, to rolling hills, parks, and farms--Woodstock has an aura that will delight almost anyone. Nestled in the center of town is the Woodstock Inn & Resort, where we recently enjoyed a fantastic weekend.
The property is rich with history dating back to the late 1700's, exchanging owners many times before eventually getting a full remodel by Laurence Rockefeller in the late 1960's. In 2018, all 142 guest rooms and suites were renovated. When you enter the main doors into the lobby you are greeted with a charming and elegant atmosphere. There is a giant fireplace and many different common rooms throughout the main floor and lobby area. Many of them feature photos and stories of the people who helped create the property.
The newly renovated guest rooms were stunning. Ours was equipped with a king bed, separate seating area with a couch and chair, and a huge bathroom with high-end finishings. The resort features a number of on-site dining options. We had the pleasure of having dinner at Richarson's Tavern and also enjoyed breakfast and dinner at The Red Rooster. Richardson's offers more of a casual setting with the cozy tavern feel, while the Red Rooster has a more modern ambiance. Both restaurants were fantastic and source many of their ingredients from local farms.
For activities, we started our weekend off with something we'd never done before, falconry. New England Falconry is located just a few minutes down the road from the resort. They give you an overview about the birds and history behind the sport. Then we even got the opportunity to see the bird fly out and land on our arm. It was a really unique and exciting experience. Following the falconry experience, we took advantage of the beautiful afternoon by walking through the town center and visiting some of the shops.
The other highlight of the trip for us was going to see the Billings Farm & Museum. You get free admittance if you are staying with the resort. Just a few minutes down the road, the farm is the perfect activity for families. There were a number of different buildings you can go into that serve different purposes on the farm. You can see adult and baby cows and get up close to feed and pet them. They also had a small animal barn where we saw baby goats and sheep. Other buildings are more historical and educational as we learned about making butter and how the Billings family went about their day-to-day lives.
Just 3 hours from Boston, Woodstock makes for the perfect New England getaway and we hope to be back soon!