Picture the ideal New England landscape. There are rolling hills, cloaked in the golds and ruby reds of changing foliage or blanketed with thick coats of undisturbed snow, and dotted with the occasional idyllic red farmhouse - the stuff of an N.C. Wyeth painting. Nestled in a sleepy valley, the downtown area is quaint and placid, characterized by red brick buildings and patches of cobblestone in the streets where people mill about (with a purpose, of course - this is New England after all!). Here, the street lamps glow warmer and brighter, the air feels crisper, and the night sky, unpolluted by artificial light, boasts more celestial freckles than seemingly possible. Luckily, the rustic charm and holiday-card imagery of this scene is no fantasy and the lovely reality of Woodstock, Vermont is even better than what you imagined! Book one of our cozy Woodstock vacation rentals today to see for yourself why everyone is talking about beautiful New England.
New England prides itself on its maple syrup and a visit to Woodstock certainly warrants a taste of the stuff right from the source! Tour the sugar house at Sugarbush Farm in the fall and see how maple syrup is made while savoring samples of nature's nectar. Work up an appetite and meet the farmers and animals as you walk around the grounds. Tease your tastebuds by transitioning from sweet to savory when you try one (or two or ten!) of the fourteen varieties of homemade cheeses. The farm, a microcosm of the tastes and sights of classic New England, scintillates in golds and red in the fiery glory of autumn and is irresistible for leaf peepers and amateur photographers alike!
A visit to the Billings Farm and Museum is essential to a well-rounded Woodstock experience. Take a trip in time through traditional Vermont culture and history, tour the working dairy farm, marvel at the changes in farm technology, and develop an appreciation for the way family farms operated in the late 1800's! The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park charms visitors with its emerald beauty, ancient hemlocks, and placid pastures of the Green Mountains. Guests of all ages will be captivated by the intriguing anecdotes, movies, and facts about the Marsh, Billings, and Rockefeller families and their respective historical roles in the area. Round out your Green Mountain history lesson with a visit to the Woodstock History Center or attend one of their sponsored classes or events, ranging from old-timey musical acts to stonewall building classes to ice cream socials. Spend an afternoon experiencing the essence of Woodstock with a perusal through its quaint downtown area.
When it comes to winter weather, New England does it best and Woodstock certainly makes snow days fun! The well-maintained, family friendly trails of Woodstock's Suicide Six resort hosted the first National "Snow Surfing" (more commonly known today as snowboarding) competition in 1982 and has been providing downhill thrills to skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities ever since! The mountain boasts 24 trails (30% of which are rated as beginner, 40% as intermediate, and 30% as advanced), cozy outdoor fireplaces, and an inviting lodge for ski groupies to hang with snow bunny friends between runs. It's a great place to share your passion for skiing and snowboarding with your kids and friends before retiring for hot chocolate by the fire for a quintessential New England winter evening in one of our Woodstock vacation homes!
With its authentic red wooden bridges and picturesque views, the Ottauquechee River is wondrous and pristine in the ice and snow of winter and lush and glittering in the spring and summer. A stroll along the riverbank and across the rustic bridges will evoke pastoral reverberations of that Robert Frost poem you memorized for seventh grade English. Kayak the placid waters or appreciate the natural beauty through the lens of your camera and let the panacean effects of the pure New England air melt away your worries and woes!
If you're in the market for breathtaking views at a higher elevation, plan a sunrise hike up Mt. Tom for a bird's eye perspective of Woodstock.
Woodstock is only about 19 miles from even more skiing and fantastic powder action in Killington and 77 miles from the slopes of Mount Snow in West Dover. Eclectic boutiques and exquisite dining await in the groovy town of Burlington, about 90 miles northwest on the majestic Lake Champlain.
Perhaps you've been longing to escape to the clean mountain air on snowy ski slopes or maybe you've been pining for the incomparably picturesque beauty of a quintessential New England landscape ablaze in the captivating colors of the fall foliage. Whatever it is that you're looking for, you'll find exactly what you need during your stay in a beautiful New England vacation rental.
When two roads converge in a yellow wood, take the one that leads you to cozy comfort with traditional, small-town Vermont flair in one of our lovely Woodstock vacation rentals - even if its not necessarily the one less traveled, we're sure Robert Frost wouldn't mind!
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