Nestled in the quaint New England setting of Woodstock, Vermont, The Woodstock Inn & Resort harkens back to a time when life was slower – thanks to its traditional design and decor, rustic details, and furnishings made from natural materials. Overlooking the Woodstock Green on a hotel site that dates back to the early 1800s, The Inn was rebuilt in 1969 by then-owner Laurance Rockefeller, who was devoted to preserving and enhancing Woodstock’s historic, small-town charm. Today, the Inn is considered one of Vermont’s best full-scale resorts and stays true to Rockefeller’s vision, fitting seamlessly into the village and surrounding countryside.
Dining at The Inn
There are two quite wonderful restaurants at The Inn. The Red Rooster, the new AAA Four Diamond award-winning restaurant, captures the essence of Vermont with its relaxed atmosphere and menu that draws from the best purveyors in New England, including specialty cheeses, shellfish, and heirloom fruits and vegetables. I had an unforgettable dinner here courtesy of its remarkable Chef Christopher Lavinger. Richardson’s Tavern is a tribute to Captain Israel Richardson, owner of the original tavern that stood on the very site of The Inn. It offers an old-world atmosphere, regional fare and a full bar.
The Inn has The Spa at The Woodstock Inn & Resort which embraces the natural tranquility of this state’s most beautiful address. The Spa’s simple yet beautiful design expresses values that are fundamental to personal well-being and offers an experience authentic to Vermont.
Let it Snow
Perhaps one of the most appealing and memorable feature of The Inn is encountered the moment you step through its doors: you’re greeted by an enormous stone fireplace and a roaring fire. Having visited at Christmas time, the spectacular fireplace and the joyful holiday decorations were highlights of my visit. Cozy, sink-in-and-stay-awhile chairs, as well as a long wooden bench surrounding the fireplace, invite you to leave all cares and stress at the door, and bask in The Inn’s gracious warmth.
Suicide Six Ski Area
One of Vermont’s most family-friendly ski areas, Suicide Six, dates back to when Wallace “Bunny” Bertram opened the fist ski lift on Hill No.6 (hence the name) back in 1936. Despite being one of the earliest ski areas in the U.S., advanced trail grooming and snowmaking capabilities have made it a very modern hill today. Sowboarders are also welcome on the same slopes that proudly hosted the first National Snow Surfing (an early term for snowboarding) Competition in 1982. After a day of charging the hill, the slope-side Out of Bounds restaurant offers savory fare with a full bar, making this the perfect place to kick back.
Area Activities and Attractions
The village of Woodstock and surrounding areas offer a host of unique and interesting activities and attractions. Visit the village’s array of boutique apparel shops, traditional country stores, art galleries, antique shops, and restaurants. Also, just a short walk through the village is the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Nearby is the Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences, Simon Pearce hand-blown glass and pottery, King Arthur Flour’s Baker’s Store and Baking Education Center, and Dartmouth College
Closer to Home
There are many ski resorts in New York state, and here are two of the best:
Gore Mountain, www.goreskitrips.com
and Windham Mountain, www.windhammountain.com.
And as for a quaint, lovely, atmospheric resort, this in New Paltz, NY, look no further than The Mohonk Mountain House, the most spectacular Hudson Valley resort, www.mohonk.com.
The Woodstock Inn & Resort
Photos courtesy of Sloane Travel Photography using Nikon D-3100 SLR