7 Reasons to Make Woodstock, Vermont Your Summer Vacation Destination
Discover the charm, history, and adventure of one of New England's most beautiful places.
It’s that time of year when planning summer trips is all people can think about. Some may be dreaming of jetting off to Europe while others muse about a road trip through the National Parks out west. But, have you thought about stealing away to picturesque Vermont?
If exploring New England as the sun shines and the greenery flourishes around you sounds enticing, don’t miss the chance to experience this in one of the region’s most beautiful places. The town of Woodstock, Vermont—home to the illustrious Woodstock Inn & Resort—is a sublime spot for your next summer vacation, and here are 7 reasons why.
1. The Historic Stewardship it Represents
Embracing the vision of Laurance and Mary Rockefeller, who established today’s Inn, the resort has a legacy that’s deeply rooted in the Woodstock community. The property itself is cherished for its preservation of New England history, heritage, and elegance.
This can be seen in its exquisite 10,000 square feet of interiors. Each of the 142 guest rooms features unique décor that exudes the essence of Vermont, while spaces like the retro game room or library encourage guests to mingle and unwind within the various nooks and crannies. Get lost in the grandeur and magic of it all, imagining those who have stylishly summered here in past decades or centuries.
2. Farm-to-Table Culinary Excellence
Vermont is known for its farming and sustainability efforts, so it’s only right that the Woodstock Inn & Resort makes this a part of its DNA. Produce from the resort’s certified organic Kelly Way Gardens is harvested daily to serve the culinary teams who craft fresh, seasonal plates for the resort’s many restaurants.
Kelly Way Gardens is only open to visitors during the summer, allowing for tastings, gardening lessons, guided tours, and more. Across three acres, it’s a gardener or chef’s utopia with 200 varieties of vegetables, 50 varieties of herbs and edible flowers, 75 varieties of berries and orchard plantings, a mushroom glen, and 200 varieties of cut flowers. The Red Barns at Kelly Way Gardens even offers wonderful event spaces for private parties with a culinary studio where chefs prepare specialty garden-to-table dinners right in front of you.
3. The Legendary Golfing
If you’re a golfer who prides yourself on playing different venues all over the country and the world, the historic golf course at the Woodstock Country Club must be on your list. Surrounded by the lush Kedron Valley and inspiring views of Mount Peg, the 18-hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. is named as one of the top 100 golf resorts by Golf Magazine.
However, it’s certainly not just for experienced golfers. All can enjoy the game and natural splendor on this par 70 layout, whether playing a tee time, hitting the driving range, or taking a pro lesson. Afterward, lunch at the Fairway Grill restaurant and bar is always a good idea.
4. Orvis© Fly Fishing at Your Fingertips
Summer vacation is all about relaxation. For some, that could mean indulging in the Woodstock Inn & Resort’s Forbes-rated four-star spa through treatments that capture the essence of Vermont. However, nothing beats immersing oneself in the great outdoors when you come to this majestic landscape. So, don’t be afraid to try fly fishing.
The resort will outfit you in Orvis gear for fly fishing day trips or lessons. You’ll first learn to cast on the lawn, then wade in or stay afloat in a river raft or drift boat while gaining skills from Orvis-endorsed guides. By the end of the day, you can check fishing in Vermont’s most pristine waters off your bucket list, and maybe even have a catch to prove it.
5. Stunning Places to Get Active, Indoors and Out
More comfortable on solid land but still seeking adventure? There are plenty of trails to trek or bike upon. Go for a hike on the carriage paths and trails of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, for example. There, you can also tour Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Mansion, the former home of conservationist George Perkins Marsh and later, Frederick H. Billings, the co-founder of the Northern Pacific Railroad.
Of course, you can always get active at the resort’s very own facilities. The 41,000-square-foot Woodstock Athletic Club boasts 10 outdoor and 2 indoor tennis courts, a spin studio, an indoor pool and hot tub, a steam and sauna room, a movement room for a variety of class offerings, a Pilates studio, and a dedicated workout space with Technogym equipment. Guests don’t have to go far to get a top-notch workout.
6. Encounters with Agriculture Kids Will Love
Speaking of Billings, the historic figure is also honored in name at the Billings Farm & Museum. Fun for adults and kids, step back into Vermont’s rural heritage at this working dairy farm with an award-winning herd of Jersey cows. The sprawling pastures and friendly farm animals provide an idyllic backdrop to learn about Vermont’s agricultural history while watching the farmers in action.
7. A Quintessential New England Walking Village
Embodying the New England fairytale, Woodstock has that Gilmore Girls-esque charm that simply makes visitors fall in love. You won’t find chain restaurants or generic shops here and local shops, art galleries, and historic monuments are all within steps of the Inn. Family-owned boutiques and unique cafes line the main street of Woodstock, ready to welcome you with bites or finds special to the area.
When you experience Woodstock, Vermont in the summer, you may be tempted to make the sojourn each season. Family-friendly ski slopes await you here in winter and, of course, spring and fall bring breathtaking displays of nature’s transformation.
A true New England paradise, the Woodstock Inn & Resort blends luxurious, historic, and outdoorsy elements to give you a blissful Vermont vacation. Soon, you’ll be recommending it to everyone you know. Or, perhaps attempting to keep it your own hidden gem. Visit www.woodstockinn.com to learn more about the property and book your summer stay.