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Top Things to Do in Woodstock

Arrive in the village of Woodstock, recently named one of the most beautiful towns in America by Conde Nast Traveler, and park your car at our Woodstock, Vermont bed and breakfast. Walk to everything that makes Woodstock one of Vermont’s top year round destinations. View the top things to do in Woodstock, Vermont below and join us for a wonderful getaway!

  • Enjoy a day on the water. Take a self-guided canoe, kayak or raft trip on a pristine section of the Connecticut River in Windsor Vermont. Rentals are available through Great River Outfitters and North Star Canoe Rentals.
  • Fly fishing guide services are availalble through Green Mountain Troutfitters.
  • Green Mountain Horse Association is the nation’s oldest continuously operating horse association. It offers competitive, recreational and educational equine activities in five disciplines – combined training, dressage, driving, hunters/jumpers, and trail.
  • Play golf at nearby Woodstock Country Club. Named one of the top 100 golf resorts” by Golf Magazine. The 18-hole course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (802) 457-6674.
  • Hike the local trails – we have an extensive trail system here in the village. From the top of Mt. Tom, right here in the village, take in dramatic views of the village and the surrounding mountains.
  • Experience the fun of snowmobiling with Killington Snowmobile Tours.  (802) 422-2121.
  • Alpine skiing abounds in Vermont. Suicide Six is located 3 miles from the center of Woodstock. Killington is 18 miles, Mt. Ascutney is 17, and Okemo is 25 miles. Check Ski Conditions here.
  • Skiing not for you?  Check out Killington Tubing Park.
  • Imagine yourself dog sledding.  Braeburn Siberians offers 2, 3 and 4 hour excursions, as well as 45 minute rides.
  • Cross country skiing, snow shoeing, fishing, canoeing/kayaking and bike rental are all available in Quechee at Wilderness Trails.
  • Visit nearby Quechee Gorge, “Vermont’s Little Grand Canyon.”
  • Picnic, swim, and canoe at nearby Silver Lake State Park – this is a great place for families. There is a beautiful beach with a diving pier, a large playground, concession stand, clean bathrooms and a large covered space, which can be reserved for group outings.
  • Horseback riding is available at Pond Hill Ranch in Castleton, VT and Open Acre Ranch in Fairlee, VT.
  • Carriage rides and sleigh rides are available from Kedron Valley Stable.
  • Jim Mauchly, photographic artist and owner of Mountain Graphics Photography will capture your special vacation memories.
  • Green Up Your YOGA on a Yoga Hike with Amanda from Inner Lift Yoga.
  • Work on your rock climbing skills at Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center in Quechee.
  • Great River Outfitters – outdoor adventure for all four seasons.
  • Enjoy the terrific shops in the Village, including numerous antique shops, specialty food, craft, clothing and gift shops, new and used book stores, and much more.
  • The Vermont Cheese Trail offers you the opportunity to visit the producers of the many superb cheeses that are made in Vermont. Note: The cheese makers are mostly small producers, and not always open, so advance planning is a most fabulous idea!
  • Visit Simon Pearce and marvel in the works of the renown glass master. Purchase handmade glass pottery and flatware.
  • Visit King Arthur Flour’s headquarters in Norwich.
  • Tour the factory of renown furniture maker Charles Shackleton, and potter Miranda Thomas in nearby Bridgewater
  • Enjoy the spa services available at The Strong House Spa in nearby Quechee. Choose from a large number of skin care treatments, body treatments and therapeutic massage.
  • Visit F. H. Gillingham & Sons, Vermont’s oldest general store, located right in the village.
  • Visit Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater Corners.
  • Artisans Park in Windsor is home to a Harpoon BrewerySilo Distillery,  Great River Outfitters and The Path of Life Garden, Sustainable Farmer Farmers’ Market and glass blowing by Simon Pearce.
  • Check out the Vermont Brewers Association Passport Program.  So many amazing craft breweries are within an easy drive of the inn.
  • Taste award-winning artisanal spirits at Vermont Spirits Distilling, right in nearby Quechee.
  • Sugarbush Farm is the perfect place to learn how maple syrup is made, taste the four grades, and learn why each tastes different. You can also taste many Vermont made products here, including fourteen varieties of cheese.
  • Shop at Anichini, manufacturer of luxury textiles and furnishings.  The company has been featured in New York Magazine and Architectural
  • Visit Hanover, New Hampshire, another charming, small town and home to Dartmouth College.
  • Cider Hill Gardens – offers a unique combination of flower gardens and fine art.
  • Visit Billings Farm and Museum, a modern working dairy farm and a museum of Vermont farm life in the 1890s.
  • Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park, Vermont’s only National Park, focuses on the history and evolution of conservation stewardship in America.
  • The Vermont Institute of Natural Science and Raptor Center is New England’s leading Raptor Care and Educational facility, and offers the opportunity to see over 20 species of birds of prey including owls, hawks, falcons and eagles
  • See our four covered bridges – one in the center of town, one 4 miles east at Taftsville, the third 3 miles west, and the fourth in Queechee – each spanning the Ottauquechee River.
  • Take a guided walking tour of the beautiful homes and buildings here in the village.
  • The Woodstock Historical Society, located right in the village in the 1807 Dana House, has changing exhibits that include paintings, decorative arts pieces, textiles, costumes, antique toys, dolls, doll houses, tools and other local items. Guided tours are available. Pentangle Council on the Arts, a non-profit arts council, presents music, theater, dance and family events in the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, a 400-seat historic theater.
  • Visit President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, the birthplace and boyhood home of Calvin Coolidge, in nearby Plymouth Notch.
  • The Lebanon Opera House and The Claremont Opera House offer live performances. Professional live theatre is available at Northern Stage in White River Junction.

Restaurants within walking distance

  • Melaza Caribbean Bistro.  Two blocks away, Chef David Diaz serves a menu inspired by his Puerto Rican roots.  Think amazing braised pork shank, pan seared scallops with coconut rice, skirt steak with chimichurri sauce, yucca fries & pico de gallo.   Open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday, lunch on weekends in the summer.  71 Central St. (802) 457-7110.
  • Mangalitsa.  Three blocks away, Woodstock’s newest restaurant is an absolute delight.  Warm, gracious hospitality meets fine dining in an intimate bistro setting.  Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m.  Advance reservations are a must, please call or e-mail the restaurant prior to your arrival.  (802) 457-7467, e-mail info@mangalitsavt.com.
  • Ruth’s Table.  Three blocks away, chef owned cozy Vermont bistro.  Open for lunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. , dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, and brunch 10-2:30 on Sunday.  Closed Monday and Tuesday.  (802) 457-4844.
  • The Prince and the Pauper.  5 to 10 minute walk, Chef Chris Balcer mixes classic American fare with International flare.  Try the signature lamb wrapped in puff pastry.  The Prix Fixe Menu is available daily, and the Bistro Menu is available every day except Saturday.  Open daily for dinner.  24 Elm St. (802) 457-1818.
  • Angkor Wat Restaurant.  Two blocks. Cambodian born Chef Chy Tuckerman fuses Cambodian and Thai flavors.  Be sure to try the wonderful spring rolls, Asian salad and braised pork shank.   Open for lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily.   BYOB.   61 Pleasant St. (802) 457-9029.
  • Red Rooster and Richardson Tavern at the Woodstock Inn.  10 minute walk, located in the Woodstock Inn.  The tavern offers more casual fare and ambiance, the Red Rooster is a bit more formal and features new American cuisine.   Open daily for dinner.   On the Green, (802) 457-1100.
  • Mon Vert Cafe.  Two blocks.  French inspired cafe, small menu featuring sandwiches, salads and pastries.  Open for breakfast and lunch daily, outside seating in the summer.  67 Central St. (802) 457-7143.
  • The Village Butcher.  5 to 10 minute walk.  Grab a sandwich to go and have a picnic at one of the tables outside, or on the lawn of the Woodstock Historical society.  18 Elm St. (802) 457-2756.
  • Mountain Creamery.  5 to 10 minute walk.  Casual atmosphere, generous portions, featuring farm raised eggs and beef from Hinterland Farm.  33 Central St.  (802) 457-1715.

Restaurants that are a short drive

  • The Worthy Kitchen.  15 Craft beers on tap,  awesome farm to table comfort food.  You could walk here, it is only about 1/2 mile from the inn, but it is not in the center of town.  Fun, noisy atmosphere, order food at the bar and pick it up when your buzzer buzzes.  Save room for the doughnuts, they’re Worthy.  Reservations not taken, open 7 days for dinner, and lunch on Saturdays and Sundays.  442 Woodstock Rd., Woodstock.  (802) 457-7281.
  • Simon Pearce.  Overlooking the falls in Quechee.  The menu features local ingredients from nearby community farms.  One of our favorite spots for lunch.  Open daily for lunch and dinner, brunch on Sunday.  1760 Quechee Main St., Quechee.  (802) 295-1470.
  • Cloudland Farm.  Amazing farm to table dining.  Everything served in the restaurant is raised at the farm, or a neighbor’s farm.  Open for dinner Friday and Saturday.  BYOB, reservations essential. 1101 Cloudland Road, Woodstock.  (802) 457-2599.
  • The Barnard Inn Restaurant.   Chef Wil Dodson raises his own pigs and chickens and grows much of the produce used in the restaurant.  Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.  5518 Rt. 12, Barnard.  (802) 234-9961.
  • Keeper’s A Country Cafe.   Another wonderful chef owned restaurant.  A small menu with daily blackboard specials.  Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.  Located at the juncture of Rt. 106 and Bailey’s Mills Road in Reading,VT.  (802) 484-9090.
  • Elixir Restaurant.  Creative, approachable food, freshly prepared using local ingredients.  Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.  188 South Main St., White River Junction, VT  (802) 281-7009.
  • Tip Top Cafe.  Upscale casual restaurant in downtown White River Junction.  Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday.  The crispy fries with garlic aioli are very yummy.  85 North Main St.  (802) 295-3312.
  • Pine Tavern.  Located inside the Hanover Inn.  Terrific cocktail list and small plates if you find yourself in need of a little something while shopping in Hanover.  Two East Wheelock St., Hanover, NH.  (603) 646-8000.

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