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The Green Mountain State is well known as a winter destination, but absolutely worth a visit outside of ski season as well. We were blown away with how beautiful Vermont is during a recent getaway that lead us to the charming town of Woodstock. The working farms that dot the landscape put a rustic, hardworking feeling to the air. The friendly people strolling past quaint shops and restaurants added to the ambiance and made for a perfect long weekend of exploring and relaxing.
We stayed in a beautifully refurbished barn which included a loft the kids enjoyed climbing up to and playing-in for hours. The “Kingsley Barn” was the perfect spot for our family, complete with a fire pit for nightly s’mores and a gentle stream for wading. It was cozy yet spacious, with all the comforts of home. Taking advantage of the kitchen and grill, we cooked dinner together our first night using local produce from the farmers market, steak from The Village Butcher, and some Longtrail beer from the brewery up the road.
Woodstock is one of our new favorite places and we can’t wait to get back. So, without further ado, here is a round up of the top five things we enjoyed most in Woodstock:
- Sugarbush Farm Free samples of locally made cheese and maple syrup? Yes, please! The staff was so impressed that our children tried every variety of cheese, including the jalapeño (which our youngest found just a little too spicy).
- Mount Tom A gentle zig-zagging walk gets you to the top in about 35 minutes, unless you get impatient to reach it like my kids did. Then there are some more challenging “short cuts” you can access which make the hike a little more vertical but cuts your hiking time down a bit.
- Woodstock Inn A beautiful old inn that is fun to walk around both inside and out. Its elegant lobby and artwork harkens back to days gone by.
- Billings Farm Our timing was perfect, as it was ice-cream tasting time when we arrived. Our girls enjoyed churning the crank to make homemade blueberry ice cream. The museum is worth walking through to learn the history and appreciate all that went into creating such a farm. Our girls especially loved seeing the dairy cows, and getting a peek at the baby calfs in the nursery.
- Worthy Kitchen Ummm, we ate here twice in three days. Enough said. They have the best burgers and beer selection around, hands down. Delicious farm to table food in an unpretentious setting.