We recently spent a long charming weekend exploring Woodstock, VT. This 4.5 hour drive from NYC transported us to another way of life. Rolling hills, covered bridges, picture perfect barns and fresh air seduced us into a weekend of relaxation and wholesome entertainment.
First of all, we stayed at a Bed & Breakfast, which I’m normally not a fan of (I feel like I’m being watched). However, we decided to give Applebutter Inn a try and I now have a different opinion of B&B’s. Don & Jill, the owners were welcoming hosts and had a wonderful balance of hospitality and ‘ok, I’ll leave you alone now’ sensibility. The food was incredible and they were very kind to our daughter as well as everyone else staying there. The rooms were clean and the grounds were well manicured. Rates were also reasonable. There was nothing I could ask to be done better, it was really a great stay.
While in Woodstock, VT we checked out a real working dairy farm. Billings Farm & Museum, is not just a dairy farm, it also is a museum dedicated to preserving the history and values of rural Vermont. It boasts artifacts dating back to 1871. My daughter and I didn’t do the tour here. We opted just to see the farm as her four year old attention span didn’t seem interested in farm life from the 1800’s. We found our way to the dairy farm and I was able to teach her where our milk comes from. We were also able to pet sheep, cows and horses which we both really enjoyed. Beyond that there wasn’t much to do for little kids so our visit was a short one at about 45 minutes. It was a bit sad to see all the dairy cows in their little stalls. But that’s the truth about life in a dairy farm.
My favorite stop was our visit to Sugarbush Farm. This is a family owned cheese and maple syrup business. During our visit my daughter was smitten by the small petting zoo right by the parking lot. There were a lot of animals you could engage with and even feed. Once inside we saw how they hand packaged cheese with melted wax. We also toured the maple sugar house which was fascinating and quite impressive in the process of making Maple syrup! We were so charmed by the experience we went home with a couple hundred dollars worth of cheese and syrup. If you find yourself in this area be sure to stop by. You won’t be disappointed.
To top off this relaxing escape from NYC, we visited the Quechee hot air balloon festival, which was pretty incredible. To see a hot air balloon firing up, filling with air and floating into the sky is like watching magic happen. The sky was filled with colorful balloons and my daughter excitedly made sure I saw each and every one. Although we didn’t have the chance to float up in one of these balloons this visit, we’re hoping to do soon.
Woodstock,VT is really a special place. I’m hoping my next visit is in the fall so I can enjoy the leaf peeping season. This slice of geography is tucked along the banks of the Ottauquechee River in the Green Mountains of Windsor County. Beyond it’s charming covered bridges and rolling hills, it has fabulous restaurants, unique b&b’s, cute boutiques and views for days!
Here’s a couple videos of our trip: