Renovations at Village Inn of Woodstock

The Village Inn of Woodstock has undergone some beautiful renovations that make it one of the destination inns for Vermont travel.

Photo Credit: Business Vermont

Village Inn of Woodstock has been busy lately as it has undergone some major improvements. Evelyn Brey, co-owner of the inn (along with husband David) talked with Business Vermont all about the renovations in a recent article, “The Village Inn wraps up major project“.

The exterior of the inn now features three porches, one on each story. After finding original drawings of the exterior in the basement of the property, Brey decided to remodel to bring the inn back to its original look. Now this cozy Vermont bed and breakfast is easy to recognize – “it’s the pink one with three porches,” Brey told Business Vermont.

If you are looking for a summer getaway and a unique place to stay, you should stay at this newly renovated and unique inn. Come and see these stunning new improvements for yourself!

Choose your favorite room and book now for an enjoyable and unique stay in the beautiful state of Vermont.

 

Top Three Romantic Activities in Vermont

The beautiful days of summer are finally here.  Summer is the perfect time to enjoy some outside activities unique to our beautiful area.  Here are three of our favorite ways to enjoy a romantic afternoon together.

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One

Hike Mount Tom in the center of the village of Woodstock.  The views from the south summit are breathtaking.  On a clear day you can see all the way to Killington mountain.  Take a picnic lunch from Mon Vert Cafe just a few blocks from our centrally located Woodstock VT bed and breakfast.

Canoe in VT

Two

Prefer to be on the water?  Canoeing and kayaking on the famous Connecticut River is just a short drive away from the inn.   If you’re lucky you might get to view an eagle soaring over the river.  Make sure to pack your bathing suits, there are lots of opportunities to cool off in the river.  Make sure to visit Artisan Park in Windsor Vermont where you can walk through the Path of Life sculpture garden, have lunch at Harpoon Brewery.  Afterwards visit The Cheese Board, purveyors of great local specialty foods and cheeses.  You can also visit Simon Pearce’s factory and watch glass blowing.

Simon Pearce Waterfall

Three

For something that will warm your soul why not take a walk with Alpacas in Quechee.  Living the Dream Alpaca Farm offers the opportunity to get up close personal with their beautiful girls.  After your walk be sure to visit all of the great retailers in Quechee Gorge Village.    To top off a wonderful day, enjoy a romantic lunch at Simon Pearce Restaurant.  Cantilevered over a waterfall looking at a covered bridge, the restaurant is a true delight.

Plan a Perfect Honeymoon in Woodstock, Vermont

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.

Couple in Snow

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.

Village Inn

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.

Picnic Couple

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.

Outdoor Couple

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.

Hiking Feet

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.

Happy Couple Hugging

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.

Shopping Couple

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.

Woodstock, VT Named Most Beautiful Town in US by Condé Nast

A panorama of the lush green countryside of the State of Vermont

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.

Vermont farmland in autum.

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.

  1.  Romantic Dining in Woodstock, VermontJust 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!)
  2.  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.
  3. Beer in VTTake 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.
  4. Get a feel for historic Woodstock yourself at the Woodstock Historical Society and get a guided tour of the cultural art, antiques, and more.
  5. 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.

Woodstock Vermont Bed and Breakfast - Waffles

When you’re ready to experience all that Woodstock, VT has to offer, call 802-457-1255 or book a stay.

Top Restaurants in Woodstock, Vermont

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!

Menu Couple

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.

Price: $31-$50

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.

Price: $19-$25

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

Pouring Wine

Worthy Kitchen

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

Wine Couple

Melaza Bistro

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.

Price: $16-$26

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

Dining Couple

Cloudland Farm

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.

Price: $31-$47

A Taste of the Menu: Cloudland Farm grilled bavette steak, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, sautéed cabbage, maple mustard sauce, marrow butter

Fresh Eggs in Small Wooden Crate with Canvas on Aged Wooden Table. Fresh Organic Cage Free Chicken Eggs.

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!

 

A Keeper among nearby Woodstock VT Restaurants!

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!

Keeper 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.

Keeper Among Nearby Woodstock VT Restaurants

Crispy lump crab wands with sweet orange chili dipping sauce

Crispy crab wands were delicious.

Keeper Among Nearby Woodstock VT Restaurants

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.

Bring on the Merriment!

Ready for the holidays at our Woodstock, VT Lodging!

Woodstock, VT Lodging

 

We would love to welcome you to our beautiful inn this holiday season!

Woodstock, Vermont Lodging

Cheers!

 

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.

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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.

Lodging in Woodstock, VT

Happy holidays!

Woodstock, VT Village

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!

Best Belgian Waffle Recipe

belgian waffle recipe

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.

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Egg whites beaten to soft peaks

 

belgian waffle recipe

This is my favorite whisk for incorporating beaten egg whites into batter

 

belgian waffle recipe

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)

Ingredients:

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

2 eggs

Instructions:

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.”

From the Woodstock Farm to the Market on the Green!

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!

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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.

Woodstock farm

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.

 

Woodstock farm

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.

 

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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!

When smoke is in the air….

Sugarbush Farm in Woodstock

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.

Sugarbush Farm Woodstock Vermont

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.

Sugarbush Farm in Woodstock, VT

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.

Simon Pearce Restaurant in Vermont

Arugula and Bosc pear salad, with almonds, Great Hill Blue cheese and white balsamic vanilla vinaigrette

 

Simon Pearce Restaurant in VT

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!

 
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The Village Inn of Woodstock, a Woodstock Vermont Bed and Breakfast, 41 Pleasant St., Woodstock, Vermont 05091

Phone: 802-457-1255 | Email: stay@villageinnofwoodstock.com

 
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