February 5, 2016
After the hustle and bustle of planning and having your wedding is over, you may find a sense of relief. The next phase of your marriage is your honeymoon, and you want it to be private and special, just for the two of you. It’s finally time to share your life together with your new spouse, and your honeymoon is just the thing that is going to bring you both closer. It’s time to plan a perfect honeymoon in Woodstock, Vermont with the solitude and romance you’re looking for.
Honeymooning in Vermont can offer you the romance and laid-back vacation you deserve. If you want to relax, but also spend some time enjoying the outdoors, consider Vermont as the perfect honeymoon destination. Our Vermont bed and breakfast offers a blend of elegance, distinction, and luxurious touches to pamper the bride and groom. Plus, we truly care about our guests so you will always feel at home.
You may never want to leave your room except to enjoy our fabulous breakfasts. Perhaps the entree of the day will be homemade Belgian waffles, served with Vermont maple syrup and whipped cream. Or you might prefer local eggs prepared to order, savor the choices! After breakfast, if you do decide to venture out into our beautiful village, you won’t be disappointed.
The entire village of Woodstock is rich in beauty and history, and full of charm, all just a short walk from the inn. Go back in time by visiting the nineteenth century Billings Farm and Museum, which can bring you back to what it was like on an old-fashioned farm. Hike Mount Tom and enjoy views all the way to Killington on a clear day. Enjoy the Market on the Green each Wednesday afternoon in the summer and early fall. Grab a sandwich or salad at one of our many great cafes and have a picnic lunch on the Ottaquechee river or on top of Mount Tom.
Put the technology away and go hiking together at the Quechee Gorge, which is one of the most romantic and picturesque natural attractions of the area. This 163-ft. gorge can be viewed by walking or from an easily-accessible bridge that is marked by signs and gentle footpaths. The national park and many other trails are available for hiking or renting mountain bikes. Depending on the time of year, you may see many different types of animals, flowers and plants along the way. While you are in Quechee, be sure to visit Simon Pearce for a delicious lunch.
In the winter, there are ski resorts like the Suicide Six that can be a fun way for two newlyweds to pass the time. This is a gentle mountain, suitable for families and beginners. More advanced skiing can be found at Killington, the beast of the east, just a 30 minute drive from the inn. If you prefer cross country skiing or snow shoeing, you’ll find wonderful trails both here in the Village of Woodstock and also in nearby Quechee.
Another benefit of honeymooning at this Vermont bed and breakfast is that our location is right in the village, making it easy to walk to the wonderful art galleries, boutiques, and individually owned stores to go shopping. You are sure to find treasures and unique items at many of the local retailers; even a few that could become family heirlooms.
Upon arrival, the new bride and groom will be greeted with a glass of wine. Melt the stress of your wedding day away in one of our elegant fireplace rooms. Honeymooning in Vermont offers a perfect blend of peace and excitement, depending on your style and preferences.
Check availability here or call 800-722-4571 to book your stay.
January 30, 2016
Woodstock, VT was named most beautiful town in the US by Condé Nast Traveler, and we couldn’t agree more. Described as being “absurdly quaint,” Woodstock is the perfect place for a cozy bed and breakfast like The Village Inn of Woodstock. We’re blessed to be surrounded by gorgeous, lush trees that are vibrant green in the summer and golden tones in the autumn.
With some of the best local color and charm, Woodstock offers the quintessential New England experience so many B&B enthusiasts look for. The history of Woodstock is evident in its historic and rustic buildings. As Conde Nast Traveler puts it, Woodstock is “just the destination for antique shoppers and B&B fans.” If this is you, consider planning a trip! Don’t worry if antique shopping isn’t your favorite activity, here’s a few more top recommendations to try during your stay in the most beautiful town in America.
- Just as Conde Nast Traveler suggests, we highly recommend you visit FH Gillingham & Sons General Store, Woodstock’s oldest store. operating since 1858, Gillingham’s is the perfect place to pick up some Vermont maple syrup and some authentically local flavor. (Pick up authentic gifts and souvenirs here too!)
- Don’t leave town without eating at Simon Pearce, the 9th most romantic restaurant in the country! Make your trip even more special and treat yourselves to a romantic night out with the Simon Pearce Package.
- Take full advantage of being in the state with the largest number of breweries per capita, and enjoy some craft beer, minutes away from our Woodstock bed and breakfast but hard to find anywhere else. We have too many brewery recommendations to name here so be sure to check out all the Vermont Craft Beer locations and find a new favorite.
- Get a feel for historic Woodstock yourself at the Woodstock Historical Society and get a guided tour of the cultural art, antiques, and more.
- If you’re in the mood for a leisurely day at the Vermont bed and breakfast, enjoy a three course breakfast with the freshest local ingredients. There’s even a champagne option if you’re here to celebrate! When breakfast is over, head out to the gorgeous garden terrace for a relaxing day in the New England sun.
When you’re ready to experience all that Woodstock, VT has to offer, call 802-457-1255 or book a stay.
January 22, 2016
At our Woodstock, VT bed and breakfast, we’ll make sure you start your day off right with a three course breakfast made with the freshest local ingredients. After that, you may decide to explore what else Woodstock has to offer. A romantic night out or a fun lunch excursion can add to the perfect vacation day. Here are five of our top recommendations for local restaurants with the finest food, atmosphere, and overall experience. We’ve even recommended a few specific dishes to get your mouth watering. Enjoy dining at these top restaurants in Woodstock, Vermont!
The Mill at Simon Pearce
Overlooking a classic Vermont covered bridge and beautiful waterfall, The Mill at Simon Pearce offers refined rustic charm, unique to the area. Located in Quechee, VT only 6.5 miles from The Village Inn of Woodstock, this is the perfect place to enjoy lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch. The Mill at Simon Pearce is dedicated to bringing you the freshest, highest quality local produce that is unique to the season, a la carte style. Visit the new bar for local beers and wine. Call 802-295-1470 or book a table here.
A Taste of the Menu: Horseradish Crusted Cod, crispy leeks, herb mashed potatoes, balsamic shallot reduction
The Prince and the Pauper
Not sure what you’re in the mood for or want to try something exotic? Eat at The Prince and the Pauper, a fine dining establishment known for its traditionally delicious food. There are even special Dinner and a Movie nights to attend! Call 802-457-1818 or book a table here.
A Taste of the Menu: Carré d’Agneau Royale, boneless Rack of Lamb, first grilled then wrapped with Mushroom Duxelles, Spinach and Puff Pastry, finished in the oven and offered with Sauce Bordelaise
Located right in Woodstock, VT, Worthy Kitchen is a local favorite Farm Diner, serving delicious comfort food and beer from the best small breweries of Vermont. Worthy Kitchen features outdoor seating and private dining with affordable prices. If authentic farm fresh food is what you’re looking for, Worthy Kitchen is a must try!
A Taste of the Menu: Buttermilk Fried Chicken, sweet potato puree, pesto chevre, fire roasted veggies, and garlic honey syrup
Traditional New England cuisine meets tropical flavors at this casual bistro. Whether you dine in the comfortable dining rooms or outside on the front patio, you will enjoy the freshest ingredients and the best service. There are many gluten free options as well. Call 802-457-7110 to make a reservation.
A Taste of the Menu: Pan Seared Sea Scallops, Gloucester MA “Diver” dry scallops, Saffron risotto, baby spinach, curry coconut sauce, topped with grilled pineapple chutney
Located in the hills of Pomfret, VT, Cloudland Farm offers gorgeous views along a 4 mile road leading up to the restaurant, and that’s just the beginning. You will be delighted to find the most authentic farm dining experience in Vermont with true farm-to-table dining Friday and Saturday evenings. Every dish is made completely from scratch. When you are ready for the most unique and authentic dining experience in the area, eat at Cloudland Farm. Call 802-457-2599 to make a reservation.
A Taste of the Menu: Cloudland Farm grilled bavette steak, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, sautéed cabbage, maple mustard sauce, marrow butter
Each of these terrific dining options is sure to please, and each is only a short drive (or walk) back to your comfortable room at The Village Inn of Woodstock. We hope you fully enjoy every meal and your stay!
December 23, 2012
By Evelyn Brey. One of the advantages of being located in the village is that we have so many wonderful restaurants in walking distance from our Woodstock Inn: The Village Inn of Woodstock Bed and Breakfast. That is also one of the disadvantages. We sometimes don’t get to great restaurants that are really not so far away. We were lucky enough last night to venture out to Keepers Cafe, located in Reading, VT: a favorite among nearby Woodstock VT restaurants!
Caesar salad with Grana Padano crisp
The half portion of the Caesar salad was just the right size to start off my meal.
Crispy lump crab wands with sweet orange chili dipping sauce
Crispy crab wands were delicious.
Rack of lam with beets, baby carrots and fingerling potatoes.
The rack of lamb, veggies and sauce were amazing, all prepared to perfection. Portions were perfect for us, think quality, fresh ingredients over quantity. Chef/Owner Chris and his wife Gosia couldn’t be any nicer, and they clearly have quite a local following. We’re sure that you’ll enjoy Keepers as much as we did, and we hope that you’ll join us at our Bed and Breakfast in Woodstock VT if you are looking for a romantic Vermont getaway.
December 14, 2012
Woodstock, VT Lodging
We would love to welcome you to our beautiful inn this holiday season!
The tavern is the perfect place to gather after a day of shopping in the village. We’ll treat you to a glass of wine each afternoon between 4:30 and 5:30. During the holiday week we’ll have mulled cider and freshly baked cookies each afternoon.
The Christmas tree at one end of the dining room, the wood burning fireplace at the other.
Enjoy your three course candlelit breakfast at your private table, with the real wood burning fireplace lit every morning.
The village all lit up.
Our Woodstock, Vermont bed and breakfast is the perfect place to spend the holidays. You can walk to all that the village has to offer, including many restaurants, cafes, art galleries and beautiful shops. We look forward to being your home away from home!
November 21, 2012
Egg yolks get added to the batter after it has had a leisurely night on the kitchen counter.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Not a bad motto, except that we are always trying to improve even the most tried and true of Village Inn of Woodstock’ s recipes. My old recipe for Belgian Waffles used baking powder & baking soda for leavening. I came across the idea of a yeasted batter some time ago, and decided to give it a try. We haven’t gone back. That’s all I have to say about that.
Egg whites beaten to soft peaks
This is my favorite whisk for incorporating beaten egg whites into batter
All set, ready for Vermont maple syrup.
We serve these most Sundays here at our bed and breakfast and I get asked for the recipe quite often. Almost everything is done ahead of time, so I hope that you’ll give them a try at home.
Belgian Waffle Recipe (Serves 4 to 6)
1/2 teaspoon instant yeast (see note below)
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoon sugar
2 cups milk
8 tablespoons butter (1 stick), melted and cooled
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
Canola or other neutral oil for brushing waffle iron
Before going to bed, combine the dry ingredients and stir in the milk, then the butter and vanilla. The mixture will be loose. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside overnight at room temperature.
Preheat the waffle iron. Separate the eggs and stir the yolks into the batter. Beat the whites until they hold soft peaks. Fold them gently into the batter.
Spray the waffle maker with canola oil spray. Spread batter onto the waffle iron and bake until the waffle is done, about 4 minutes, depending on your iron. (We use the KitchenAid Pro Line waffle maker, and find that it is really superior to the other makers that we’ve tried.) Serve immediately or keep warm for a few minutes in a low oven.
NOTE: This recipe calls for “instant yeast.” Unlike “active dry yeast,” instant yeast does not need to be first dissolved in water or proofed before mixing. It can be added right into to the dry ingredients. At the store, you’ll sometimes see instant yeast sold as “bread machine yeast” or “rapid-rise yeast.”
August 15, 2012
If you find yourself in Woodstock VT on a Wednesday afternoon between 3 and 6 p.m. this summer or fall, make sure to stop by the Market on the Green for fresh produce from the Woodstock farm. This year is the 6th Vermont farmer’s market season, running from June 6th to October 3rd. You’ll see either David or me there each and every week!
Beautiful fresh produce is one of the highlights of the market
The market is an easy walk from our Woodstock, VT bed and breakfast. We have plenty of refrigeration, and we’re happy to help you store your purchases while you are enjoying the farmer’s market.
I just love these heirloom cherry tomatoes. We hope that it is a very long season, they look and taste just amazing. You’ll find them served at breakfast alongside our eggs from Rocky Ridge Farms.
I took this picture at The Taste of Woodstock this past weekend, but this is our friend Mark who is at the Market on the Green every Wednesday.
We met Mark from Plymouth Artisan Cheese last year at the Market on the Green. It is hard to imagine that we missed out on this great cheese for so long, but we’re tickled to have discovered it. Actually, Julia Child was a fan of their cheese. Enough said. The cheese is made from raw cow’s milk that is sourced from a single herd that lives right near the President Calvin Coolidge’s State Historic site in Plymouth, VT, just a 25 minute drive from here. We use East Meadow for recipes that call for Swiss (such as David’s take on Quiche Lorraine), and the Hunter in place of Cheddar. They are both aged, but Hunter is aged for more than a year, so it has a lovely sharpness to it. Mark is happy to tell you about each of the cheeses, which you can sample and buy right at the market.
Here is our very own vegetable and herb garden.
Having my own small garden at our Woodstock bed and breakfast makes me appreciate even more how hard our farmers work. We’re able to grow all of our own herbs for breakfast, including parsley, basil, rosemary, mint, thyme, and oregano. Check out our fabulous crop of Swiss chard this year, plus zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, and bell peppers. We look forward to sharing our bounty with you, and hope to see you soon!
March 14, 2012
Happy days, spring is here!
You know that spring is officially here in Vermont! Today we went to visit Sugarbush Farm, a family run farm just a few miles from our Woodstock, Vermont Bed and Breakfast. If you visit us here in Central Vermont, we highly recommend that you visit the Luce family at their farm, known for excellent waxed cheeses (great to take home with you), and Maple Syrup made right on their hillside farm. They have a new, energy efficient evaporator that makes shorter work of boiling down the 40 gallons of sap that it takes to make just 1 gallon of syrup.
Brand new, very shiny evaporator at Sugarbush Farm
Please make sure to call ahead if you plan to visit them, the back roads can get a bit muddy this time of year, and you’ll want to make sure that they are still boiling.
The boiler hard at work
All of this talk about maple syrup can make you hungry, I know, it happened to me. So, what to do but make a trip to Simon Pearce Restaurant, just down the road from Sugarbush Farm, in Quechee, Vermont. The wonderful folks at Simon Pearce always make you feel special, and lunch today was delicious as always.
Arugula and Bosc pear salad, with almonds, Great Hill Blue cheese and white balsamic vanilla vinaigrette
Grilled Atlantic Salmon, roasted turnip puree, braised chard, Minus 8 lingonberry jus
We look forward to seeing you soon, and hope that you enjoy the many things that there are to see and do near our Woodstock, Vermont boutique Inn!
March 5, 2012
March can be a little bit quiet in the village of Woodstock, Vermont, especially mid week. If you are thinking about coming to visit us at the Village Inn of Woodstock bed and breakfast, there are some really great things to do and see. The kids are being born at Fat Toad Farm, the sap is flowing from the maple trees at Sugarbush Farm, and The Prince and the Pauper Restaurant in Woodstock, VT is offering its bistro menu for sixteen dollars.
House salad with balsamic vinaigrette and Danish blue cheese
The P & P is one of our favorite restaurants anyway, but this deal makes it hard not to eat there every week since it includes a lovely salad, bread and your entree. The $16 bistro menu deal is available throughout the month of March, Sunday through Thursday evenings.
Sesame seared salmon
To make the deal even sweeter, join us for two nights midweek, Sunday through Thursday and we’ll include a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres in our tavern. Just mention that you read this post when you make your reservation.
The Prince and Pauper is just a five to ten minute walk from the Village Inn of Woodstock, both conveniently located in the village of Woodstock, Vermont.
September 19, 2011
If you are reading this, chances are you already know that Simon Pearce Restaurant in Vermont is one of our favorite restaurants. We have recommended them to countless guests over the years, and have sorely missed them since tropical storm Irene caused significant damage to the downstairs of their building. The team at Simon Pearce is nothing short of amazing, working countless hours to restore the impacted areas of the mill. The restaurant opened for lunch the past Saturday, and as of today they are open for lunch and dinner daily. Here is a peek at my wonderful lunch today.
Spinach salad with bacon, pumpkin seeds, cheddar cheese and sherry vinaigrette. (Half-eaten, photographer was hungry!)
Steelhead trout with roasted butternut squash hash, apple maple mustard sauce. This was unbelievably delicious. Not one bit of sauce left by the time that I was finished!
Ok, so I wasn’t hungry by the time I finished my salad and steelhead, but I am a real cheese lover. Three amazing Vermont farmstead cheeses, served with apricot mostarda and house-made crackers. Amazing finish to a delightful lunch.
Please be sure to include Simon Pearce in your plans while you are here visiting our wonderful part of the country. Vermont is open and ready for you to visit, please join us at our Woodstock, VT inn!