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Visit the Simon Pearce Flagship Store and Restaurant!

April 28th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Visit the Mill at Simon Pearce in Quechee, VTSimon Pearce’s flagship store in Quechee, VT boasts a magical setting. The restored mill overlooking the Quechee Covered Bridge from the Ottauquechee River falls offers a showroom, glassblowing demonstrations, and a renowned bar and restaurant.

In our last post, we detailed a driving tour of covered bridges near our Woodstock area B&B. In the post, we mentioned visiting The Mill at Simon Pearce, which is directly adjacent to the Quechee Covered Bridge.

Now, you’re likely familiar Simon Pearce stores. They dot the east coast with offerings of stylish glassware and home decor, all handcrafted by American artisans. If not, Simon Pearce is an Irish-American artisan and entrepreneur who learned his trade in Kilkenny, Ireland. After running a highly successful glass business in Ireland, he relocated to the United States in the late 1970’s and established the Simon Pearce company.

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Get Out and About On a Vermont Covered Bridges Driving Tour!

April 14th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Enjoy a Vermont Covered Bridges Driving TourVermont is known for its covered bridges, boasting more than 100 of them, big and small. The Woodstock area is no exception. Consequently, it’s very easy to plan out and enjoy a covered bridges driving tour with our Woodstock B&B as your home base!

The covered bridges of Vermont are picturesque and often historic masterpieces of Yankee ingenuity. Their beauty naturally draws the eye – and the curious! Getting out on a covered bridges driving tour in Vermont is a wonderful way to spend the day and, in many parts of the state, incredibly easy, too.

Woodstock, VT is not only surrounded by covered bridges, we even have a couple right here in town! As a result, we’ve created a list of covered bridges within an hour of our Vermont B&B. A list that includes the longest two-span covered bridge in the world: the Windsor-Cornish Bridge!

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F. H. Gillingham & Sons – One Of Vermont’s Oldest General Stores

March 24th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

F. H. Gillingham & Sons Vermont's Oldest General StoreWoodstock, VT’s F. H. Gillingham & Sons celebrates their 131st anniversary this year. This makes them one of Vermont’s oldest general stores still under management by the same family! Take a step back in time with a visit to this wonderful, historic store!

Vermont is lucky in that it has a number of contenders for “oldest general store in Vermont,” many still managed by descendants of the original owner. That’s certainly the case here in Woodstock. F. H. Gillingham & Sons has been operating downtown since it opened in 1886! The family that started the business still owns it. Best of all, the store still retains much of its late 19th/early 20th century feel.

F. H. Gillingham & Sons is located in its original building at 16 Elm Street, here in Woodstock, VT. The business is part general store, part history museum. Entering the store is like stepping back in time, complete with creaking, wooden floorboards worn smooth and dark by over 100 years of customers and clerks.

Gillingham’s, as they’re referred to locally, carries a wide variety of products, both traditional merchandise and modern. “Everything from caviar to cow manure,” as their website says. Fresh produce, hardware, clothes, toys, wine, and more can be had here. The store was a supporter of local farmers long before it was fashionable, partnering with local cheesemakers and others to help advertise and distribute their products. Fine, local and regional goods and products are another big part of the store’s continued draw.

Gillingham & Sons maintains strong ties to their rich history. Beyond offering a traditional, general store environment with good service and high-quality products, they also still deliver groceries! The store’s archives, too, hold more than just store transactions. The vast collection of artifacts and documents is an illuminating treasure trove detailing the social history of Woodstock as well as that of the business.

Today, F. H. Gillingham & Sons is owned and operated by Frank and Jireh Billings, great grandsons of F.H. Gillingham. They still back everything they sell with his guarantee: “Your money’s worth or your money back.”

Any visit to Woodstock, VT is incomplete without stopping by Gillingham’s!

F. H. Gillingham & Sons

16 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT
You can even visit and purchase goods from Gillingham’s online: www.gillinghams.com.

Lodging in Woodstock, VT
Deer Brook Inn is just 10 minutes away from Gillingham’s and the rest of Woodstock’s historic downtown. Our comfortable 1820’s farmhouse inn offers distinctive yet casual lodging with spacious rooms and ensuite bathrooms. Book your Vermont getaway today at Deer Brook Inn!

Sample Maple On A Tour Of Woodstock, Vermont’s Sugarbush Farm!

March 10th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Woodstock Vermont's Sugarbush FarmSugarbush Farm, in Woodstock, VT, is famous for its delicious, locally made cheeses, maple syrup, preserves, and more. Come take a tour and enjoy samples of their farm-fresh fare!

Last post we discussed maple sugaring time and the Maple Madness event that takes place in Woodstock near the end of March. Another great way to celebrate spring’s sweet harvest is with a visit to a family farm known for its pure Vermont maple syrup?

Sugarbush Farm is a 550-acre, fourth-generation family farm located right here in Woodstock, VT. The farm has been run by the same family since 1945. In 1995, they were honored by the American Cheese Society with a blue ribbon for the best smoked cheese in the country.

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Celebrate Vermont’s “Sweet Season” At Maple Madness In Woodstock

February 20th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Celebrate Vermont maple sugaring time at Maple Madness in Woodstock!It’s maple sugaring time! Come celebrate everything maple in Woodstock, VT during the annual Maple Madness event. March 25th and 26th, 2017.

Vermont’s maple sugaring season typically runs from late February to April. Soon the days will begin to warm and the sap of the sugar maples will begin to flow. Sugaring time!

Once that sap begins to run, it slowly drips out of the taps that have been driven into the trunks of sugar maple trees. Out of the taps the sap flows, down into the buckets that hang so patiently from the taps. The buckets are regularly checked by their sugarmakers and, when they’ve gathered enough sap, collected and taken to a sugarhouse.

At the sugarhouse, this sap is cooked down, creating a lot of steam that rolls out of the houses. Consequently, the air of the countryside around a sugarhouse is laden with the delicious smell of pure, Vermont maple syrup! Heavenly.

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Get Out Into It With Vermont Snowmobile Tours!

February 10th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Vermont Snowmobile ToursLooking for a fun, exciting way to get out into the great outdoors during your winter Vermont getaway? Snowmobile Vermont’s snowmobile tours are all that and more!

If you’ve never ridden a snowmobile, you really should add it to your bucket list. If you have, you already know how thrilling and fun they can be! Riding one is like a cross between sledding and motorcycling. How can that not be a blast!

Luckily, there’s a snowmobile touring company right near our Vermont B&B – Snowmobile Vermont!

Snowmobile Vermont is one of Vermont’s oldest snowmobile tour operators, offering tours in the area for over 20 years. They have a large fleet of the newest, high-tech Polaris snowmobiles and offer a range of tours and rentals.

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A Vermont Craft Beer Trail – Breweries Near Woodstock

January 23rd, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Investigate the craft breweries near Woodstock, Vermont Woodstock, Vermont has not been left out the craft beer craze that has swept the nation over the last ten years. In fact, there are a number of craft beer breweries near Woodstock, enough to create your own craft beer trail!

Quaint shops, great restaurants, and attractions like Billings Farm and the Simon Pearce glassworks make Woodstock a quintessential New England town. The lovely scenery alone makes us the ideal getaway for those looking for a respite from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

Perhaps best of all, at least for the craft beer enthusiast, there are a number of great beer stores and breweries near Woodstock. Enough for a weekend’s diversion as you follow along on your own Vermont Craft Beer Trail!

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Discover Northern Stage At The Barrette Center for the Arts

January 9th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Northern Stage At The Barrette Center for the Arts 2017 SeasonCome see what’s in store for the 2017 season on the Northern Stage At The Barrette Center for the Arts in White River Junction, VT!

We’re very lucky to be in such a beautiful part of Vermont. There’s always so much to do and see in the the Woodstock area, no matter the time of year. Skiing, hiking, shopping, dining, sight-seeing, and more are at your fingertips when you visit.

One attraction that’s been drawing crowds to the area is the Northern Stage at The Barrette Center for the Arts in White River Junction. The new facility opened in October, 2015 and the 2016/2017 season marks the company’s 20th anniversary.

If you’ve not had an opportunity to see their new digs or are just a fan of excellent stage productions, you owe it to yourself to check them out.

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Come Out To Woodstock For Your Vermont Ski Vacation!

December 19th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Enjoy a Woodstock, Vermont Ski Vacation!Hoping to get out on the slopes in the New Year? Great idea!

In Woodstock, Vermont winter sports opportunities abound! We’re the perfect destination for anyone hoping to enjoy a Vermont ski vacation!

There’s always something to do and see in Woodstock, VT, no matter the time of year. In this season, when the days grow short and the snow flies, the slopes come to life!

You’ll find plenty of opportunities to for alpine and cross-country skiing, as well as snowboarding, snowshoeing, fatbiking, and even ice-fishing!

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Celebrate A 19th Century Christmas at Billings Farm & Museum

December 5th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Celebrate a 19th Century Christmas at Billings Farm & MuseumCelebrate Vermont’s rural heritage and step back in time to a 19th century Christmas at Billings Farm & Museum. December weekends and December 24th through January 1st, 2017.

Christmas at Billings Farm & Museum demonstrates how our winter holidays were celebrated in the rural communities of the 1800’s.

What many people today may not realize is that the United States did not universally celebrate Christmas until well into the 1800’s. Our country’s Puritan background had many feeling that such overt celebration was simply unchristian.

Christmas celebrations of the 1800’s were much simpler than they are now, even after the day was declared a federal holiday.

Families celebrated with a few gifts and a gathering for a special meal but that was about it. There was too much to do each day that could not wait for a full day of eating, presents, and lounging about.

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