This NHP focuses on teh relationship between land stewardship and environmental conservation. About 20 miles of trails are free for exploring around Mt. Tom (elevation 700 to 1,300 ft.). In winter they are groomed for cross-country skiing I was told. A map for walking trails is available.The mansion is the boyhood home of George Perkins Marsh, one...more
The Billings Farm was established in 1871 by Frederick Billings. Billings set out to make his 270-acre farm a model dairy operation. In 1884 he hired George Aitken, an innovative and successful professional farm manager.During the last two decades, while continuing to breed cattle and produce milk, the farm has developed an educational mission in...more
I wasn't sure whether to make this a tourist trap tip or not. In the end I decided to put it in the 'to do' category - it is something you should see when in the area. Just don't come here with high expectactions. The Ottauquechee river gorge is not *that* spectacular - it's merely 165 ft. deep.Quite interesting is the iron bridge that spans the...more
This hotel is one of Vermont's finest. The original building from 1892 required modernization in the 1960s and was replaced by a new one, but in traditional style. It is one of the landmarks of Woodstock, right next to the Green.If you're not staying there for obvious reasons (rates!) it is still a pleasure to explore the Inn. It has a charming...more
This typical New England church was built 1806-08. The specialty about this church that on its steeple you find a church bell that was cast by Paul Revere, one of five in Woodstock. Also, the church has seen some Rockefeller weddings, like in 1934 when Laurence Rockefeller was married to Mary Billings French.more
You find these covered bridges everywhere in New England, sure, but Woodstock has three of them. The so called 'Middle Covered Bridge' is located north off the town's Green (pic 2). It was only built in 1969 and thus is the newest all-peg construction covered bridge in Vermont. It was burned by vandals in 1974 but restored again by the...more
While Billings Farm is what a LARGE farm was like many years ago. Sugarbush Farm is a small, family farm of today. The road up is a wonderful trip - mostly dirt but well maintained (except during Vermont's 5th season, Mud Season). And when you get there, you are on top of the world, with a wonderful view of the mountains, the pastures etc. It's...more
Woodstock's quaint downtown contains the anticipated craft and artisan shops, antique stores, and trendy sandwich and breakfast restaurants with a few B&B's adjacent. Often described as one of America's most delightful small towns, it is also a functioning town with hardware stores and druggists and banks and lots of lawyers since it is the shire...more
This award winning hotel offers 142 newly updated rooms in the rustic Vermont style, spacious with...more
I stayed here recently on business and was impressed by how beautiful the building and grounds were....more
Our family wanted to visit New England to see the colors changing. We are from New Jersey and...more
This restaurant is located in the old Mill in Quechee. Nice ambience. From our table we had a great view of the river and waterfalls plus the covered bridge. Service was good.
We had lunch here, were pretty late and happy to find *any* place serving *something*. We had lamb burgers with salad - it was quite good but even for lunch somewhat overpriced. Dinner prices are even higher. Go figure.
Right next to the Quechee Gorge are a few gift shops that sell all the typical stuff you don't need. This store, however, has an excellent selection of typical Vermont products that are really nice. I thought it was fun to explore this store ... not to mention that my mother didn't want to leave, LOL I found the chocolate to be delicious, the...more
This is one of Vermont's oldest general stores, where you can buy (almost) everything you need or don't need from food (maple syrup and maple products, local and importet cheese etc.) over Hardware, Sporting & Fly Fishing supplies to Wine and Beer and everything inbetween. It is fun to explore the shop, sample the typical old-times ambience and...more
When we arrived we were too tired to enjoy a great meal in a restaurant and cancelled our dinner reservation. We decided to stroll around Woodstock to unwind and get a feeling for the town instead. During that walk we discovered this nice food shop. They operate an old style Butcher Shop where meat is selected and cut for the customer while they...more
Now this one is really a tourist trap. Sheesh! It's basically a glass and pottery manufacture. They have demonstrations of glass blowing and pottery manufacturing daily. I've seen that plenty times at home - and way more interesting. The quality of the glass and pottery wasn't very good IMO.
Quite nice is the location of the place - in an old mill overlooking the falls of Ottauquechee River and a covered bridge. The restaurant in the same building is not bad, but I heard from locals the neighbouring Parker House Inn is better at lower prices.
Main St, Quechee
Unique Suggestions: Just watch the glass blowing process; it's free. Walk around the old mill and the shop.
First opened in 1895 in a cow pasture, this short 6000 yard course -18 holes, par 70, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr - is a visual masterpiece set in the Kedron River Valley and extending into the adjacent hills. Short, narrow, and with the aformentioned river plus a few ponds in play on 12 holes, it is demanding. On two holes (the fourth the toughest hole in Vermont), one must tee off across the creek and then cross it again in front of the green. All the expected ancillary facilities are available as one might expect. And once again, we have played this course multiple times - the staff is unfailing friendly and helpful.
Equipment: Bring a ball retriever and plenty of extra balls - the damn creek is everywhere. Trust me on this one.
Everyone's favourite time of year to visit Vermont - and the rest of New England - must be October when foliage is in peak. We were probably a bit too early for that (2-4 Oct) or maybe it wasn't the best year for leaf peeping. Still, seeing the leaves changing their colours was beautiful. There was more red than I was used to in Europe. We usually...more
Book way in advance! Now would not be too soon! You could reserve for a couple of weekends. That way you could keep the weekend with the nice weather and cancel the other one. I used to work in a hotel and things would get so booked up around foliage season that there were NO rooms in the state at all. No kidding, I sent a guy to Montreal for the...more
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