Places to Go: Woodstock, Vermont
In the beautiful Green Mountain State of Vermont, on the banks of the Ottauquechee river, sits the quaint town of Woodstock. People from all over New England repeatedly return to this picturesque town for a number of reasons. I personally enjoy the fare, small town feel, and boutiques, however, the national park, covered bridges, hiking, biking, and skiing are other attractions that draw a crowd. Here is a list of my personal favorites and why I consistently revisit Woodstock.
- 506 Bistro & Bar: Located at On the River Inn. This farmhouse venue greets you with open arms and plush leather couches. The atmosphere is classic and inviting and their menu boasts local fare that is delicious and not exhausting. The libations are my favorite, and with winter here to stay I would highly recommend their Maple Hot Toddy. The price is average for the quality. Also, the staff is very helpful and welcoming so feel free to drop in just for dinner!
- Ruth's Table: Located in downtown Woodstock. Looking for moderately priced farm to table and local fare? Ruth's Table has you covered. Many people thoroughly enjoy their dinner menu, the crispy chicken schnitzel being a fan favorite, I however prefer the lunch menu because I have discovered the junie bee. The junie bee is the most scrumptious sandwich I have had in awhile, it consists of local smoked turkey, crispy hickory bacon, thinly sliced granny smith apple, Vermont cheddar, and honey mustard, toasted on white. The sandwich is perfection and Ruth's Table is a hit every time I visit.
- Cloudland Farm: Located down a long scenic road outside of Pomfret, Vermont (located just north of Woodstock.) 1) This place is only open on Friday and Saturday. 2) This place offers LEGIT farm to table in its finest form. 3) You must make a reservation. 4) It’s BYOB. 5) You must try this place, it’s most definitely worth it!
The Pogue Loop: This hike is about 3 miles long and explores the scenic western slopes of Mt. Tom. You can access this trail via prosper Rd. This hike is moderate in difficulty and can be used for snowshoeing, trail running, and hiking. This trail is beautiful in all seasons AND it is dog friendly! Directions for this trail can be found here.
Mount Peg: This trail is located very close to the heart of Woodstock and is easily accessible for travelers. The hike is estimated to be 2 miles long. The hike is moderate in difficulty and offers a glorious view from the top. Directions for this trail can be found here.
Faulkner Trail Mt. Tom: This beautiful trail is known for its wildflowers in the spring and summer months. The trail is 2.5 miles long and offers a stellar view of Woodstock. The hike is moderate in difficulty. Leashed dogs are welcome. Directions for this trail can be found here.
Clover Gift Shop: Located on Elm street in Woodstock Vermont. This cute and cozy shop offers Vermont made and New England made gifts and home decor. My personal favorites are their hooked pillows and coffee mugs! You can shop them online here, however, for the full effect I highly recommend a trip into this cute gift shop.
Farmhouse Pottery: located on West Woodstock Road in Woodstock Vermont. For those with farmhouse taste and an elevated budget Farmhouse Pottery is for you! Favorites from this shop are their Madison Louis Marie perfume oil line and their silo mug gift set. For more information click here.
F.H. Gillingham and Sons: located on elm street in the heart of Woodstock Vermont. Take a step back in time and check out this family owned general store. They offer a variety of gifts and Vermont made items that will definitely peak your curiosity. Check them out here for more information.
The Surrounding Beauty
Taftsville Covered Bridge: This historic covered bridge is bright red and a must see when traveling to Woodstock. Located right off of RTE 4, this picture worthy stop is convenient for travelers to get to. This bridge is more than a pretty picture, it was built in 1836 and is one of the oldest remaining covered bridges in the country. For location info click here.
Ottaquechee River: The Ottaquechee River is a 41.4 Mile long river that runs right through the heart of Woodstock Vermont. A beautifully maintained bridge allows for great views of the gorge below. This is an ideal place to get in some great pictures. This is also an ideal place to relax and unwind after a busy day. For location info click here.
Sugarbush Farm: For a true sample of Vermont farm life check out Sugarbush Farm. This farm is stunning and the location is picturesque. The family is kind and welcoming and love giving tours! Learn about maple syrup production and try some of their amazing cheese! Also feel free to take in the area, walk on the trail through the maple sugar woods and visit the farm chapel. For more information on the farm, click here.