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. Hiking in vermont woodstock

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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

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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

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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. A couple embrace in the 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. A room at the Village Inn of Woodstock 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. A picnicking 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. A couple outdoors 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. The feet of hikers on a trail 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. A happy couple embrace 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. A couple shopping smiling at each other 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 802-457-1255 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!  

Best Belgian Waffle Recipe

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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.
belgian waffle recipe

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."
 
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