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Woodstock, Vermont

Woodstock, Vermont: A Perfect New England Holiday

By Jody Sidle Short

A trip to Vermont should be on everyone’s bucket list, and in particular, the charming and delightful New England town of Woodstock is a must-visit. Surrounded by tranquil green mountains and babbling streams and rivers, Woodstock is among the prettiest towns I’ve ever seen. The clean village streets are lined with galleries, boutiques, cafes and antique shops, as well as an old-time General Store, where I find artisan foods, wines, local beers, kitchen items and even hardware. As I stroll the quaint village streets, everyone I pass looks happy and calm. After just one day here, I am stress-free and completely understand why many people choose to live here – it’s lovely!

The Woodstock Inn and Resort

Having never been here before I decide to treat myself to a night at the Woodstock Inn and Resort. The elegant hotel is furnished with authentic New England décor and has a quiet ambiance that’s graceful and serene. After I check in to my glorious room, the only plan I have for the day is relaxing and enjoying the resort. I visit the spa first which is just what I expect, exquisite and rejuvenating, followed by a dip in the heated, salt water outdoor pool, which is sparkling and inviting. I have lunch at one of the restaurants and then take in the beautiful grounds. I make my way to the immaculate golf course enjoying the fresh summer air.

A Day with the Rockefellers and Mount Tom

After a wonderful night’s sleep, I head to the Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park, Vermont’s only national park, which was dedicated to the public by benefactors Laurance and Mary Rockefeller with a vision to preserve the 550 acres of delicate woodlands surrounding Woodstock. I take a fascinating tour of the glorious mansion and grounds and then follow the crowd to the adjacent Billings Farm and Museum. I watch the cows being milked, pet the horses and learn how life was back in the 19th century. I end up staying here for quite some time; like everything in Woodstock, it is peaceful and surrounded by beauty.

I decide that before I dine tonight, I will hike up to the top of Mount Tom which is just a couple of miles long. I am blown away by the panoramic view of Woodstock and the surrounding green mountains that meets my eyes when I reach the top. It is truly breath taking, so I sit and soak in the splendour for a while.

506 On the River Inn

I get to talking to some fellow visitors and they tell me that they are staying at a fabulous hotel called 506 On the River Inn, so when I finally force myself to leave the mountain, I decide to go and see what it’s like. What I find is a charming boutique hotel with wonderfully eclectic décor that will definitely be worth extending my stay a night or two. I ask to take a look at a room and see immediately why they have so many repeat guests: All of the rooms have a view of the river with balconies to enjoy the fresh air and magnificent scenery. I especially love the quirky antiques and vintage furniture, so I decide to stick around for dinner at The 506 Bistro, where I try a variety of delicious seasonal dishes and a cocktail or two from the vintage bar.

Between these two incredible properties and all the charms of Woodstock, I could see myself coming back to holiday here again and again.

For more information, please visit us:

Official Woodstock Travel Information

When you go

Things to Do in Woodstock

Hiking trails around Woodstock
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
Billings Farm and Museum

Where to Stay

Woodstock Inn and Resort
506 On the River Inn

For More Information

Woodstock Chamber of Commerce

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