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Get Set for the 2017 Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival!

August 11th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival 2017The lively, two-day, Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival returns to Plymouth Notch and the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site this Labor Day Weekend – September 2nd and 3rd, 2017.

The Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival is one of the top ten fall events here in the Woodstock area. The festival, which celebrates its 13th year in 2017, has become a local Labor Day Weekend tradition.

Plymouth’s annual folk and blues festival always attracts some of the best regional and even national talent. This year’s festival line-up includes Hungrytown, Dupont Brothers, Bow Thayer, Eric French, Alastair Moock, Danielle Miraglia, and Jay Ottaway. People come from all around every year to enjoy live roots music in the pure country air of historic Plymouth Notch. You should, too!

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Guided Hikes In Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park

July 28th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National ParkDid you know that Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park has 600 acres of forest trails to hike and explore? June through October of every year, the park also offers a variety of free, fun, and informative guided hikes.

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park, northwest of Woodstock village, is the oldest professionally-managed forest in the country. It’s also the only national park to focus on conservation history and the evolving nature of land stewardship in America (you can learn more about the park’s history here).

The park is crisscrossed with over 20 miles of trails and carriage roads, which are open year-round, dawn to dusk, for hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing. A good portion of the trails are also open to horseback riding. Throughout the summer, the park service spices things up with a number of guided hikes and rambles.

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Woodstock Vermont’s 9th Annual Bookstock Literary Festival!

July 8th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Bookstock Literary Festival 2017Bookstock Literary Festival is three days of workshops, readings, book sales, live entertainment, and much more! July 28 – 30, 2017 in Woodstock, Vermont.

The 9th annual Bookstock Literary Festival once again brings a host of poets, novelists, historians, journalists, memoirists, and other writers to our historic village for a weekend of literary appreciation. Nationally recognized authors will give presentations, workshops, and readings throughout the event.

The list of participating writers for 2017 reads like a who’s who of the literary world. Poets Benjamin Aleshire, Laura Foley, Pamela Harrison, April Ossmann, and Elizabeth Powell will be on hand. So, too will fiction writers Jean Hanff Korenlitz and Roland Merullo. Nonfiction writers Jabari Asim, Bruce Coffin, and Sarah Prager will also be in attendance – but that’s hardly the full compliment!

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The 2017 Cooler in the Mountains Summer Concert Series

June 19th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Cooler in the Mountains 2017 The Cooler in the Mountains Concert Series is 8 free outdoor concerts held throughout the summer at the Killington Resort Snowshed Base Area. The series regularly features big names from the national music scene and this year is no exception. July 15th through September 2nd, 2017.

Nothing says summer in the Woodstock, VT area like the Cooler In the Mountains concert series. 8 summer Saturdays of free top national acts on an outdoor stage at beautiful Killington Resort. Who could ask for more?

Concerts are scheduled to begin at 3:30pm and often run concurrently with other major events. The first concert, for example, occurs on July 16 in conjunction with the Killington Wine Festival.

Cooler in the Mountains concerts are free, festive, family-friendly events that draw thousands to the area. People come from all over to enjoy the festive atmosphere, great music, great weather, and happy crowds. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs to enjoy the show.

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Don’t Miss the 2017 Killington Wine Festival Weekend!

June 5th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Killington Wine Festival Weekend 2017The 16th annual Killington Wine Festival Weekend is just weeks away. If you enjoy fine wine and the beautiful scenery of Vermont’s Green Mountains, you won’t want to miss it! Wine tastings, pairing dinners, concerts, and more: July 14th through the 16th, 2017.

The Killington Wine Festival Weekend has become one of the Woodstock region’s annual traditions. The event is held each year atop Killington Peak, one of Vermont’s tallest mountains. It’s also home to Killington Ski Resort, the largest ski and mountain bike resort on the east coast.

Attendees to the event enjoy fine wines from around the world, as well as Vermont-made spirits and specialty foods. 30+ wineries and wine suppliers will be on hand with wines ranging from crisp, light whites to deep, full-bodied reds – and everything in between!

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Step Back In Time With A Visit To Skunk Hollow Tavern!

May 22nd, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland Four Corners, VTA visit to Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland Four Corners, VT is a bit like traveling back in time, complete with excellent pub fare!

Skunk Hollow Tavern, built circa 1790, is an authentic, country tavern. This popular destination is a diverse venue offering both pub and restaurant settings. You would be hard-pressed to find a more authentic, less touristy place to drink or dine than Skunk Hollow Tavern.

The tavern’s building is one of the oldest in the area, with construction that reflects early methods used by the area’s first settlers. Skunk Hollow Tavern is built into the hillside, its face towards the day’s best sun. This method of construction helps to insulate the building from the worst of the weather.

Sometime after the building was first built, an English basement was added. An “English basement” is one partially buried and having a separate entrance from the rest of the structure. At Skunk Hollow Tavern, this basement is the Tavern Room. Upstairs is the more formal dining area. The modern kitchen offers both a full menu and a pub menu that can be enjoyed in either space.

Skunk Hollow Tavern has been feeding folks since 1985 but the building has been a lot more than that over the last 200 years. Since 1790, it has been home to a butcher shop, a cobbler, a milliner, and a tea room. There are even rumors that it was once a car wash and, on dark, moonlit nights, you can sometimes still hear the ghostly gurgle of the drains.

The tiny, 200-year-old, crossroads tavern is probably eligible for the State Historical Registry. The worn wooden floors, crude bricks, and narrow construction simply ooze history and atmosphere. The surroundings elevate the experience, making your burger or a pint of one of the many regional craft beers they have on tap that much better.

Skunk Hollow Tavern

12 Brownsville Road, Hartland Four Corners, VT
(802) 436-2139
Visit www.skunkhollowtavernvt.com for hours and a peep at the menu.

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Deer Brook Inn in Woodstock, VT is less than 30 minutes away from Skunk Hollow Tavern and much of the rest of what brought you here in the first place! Our stylish, 1820’s farmhouse inn offers distinctive yet Vermont casual lodging. Allow us to provide you with the most comfortable and relaxing accommodations you’ll find outside your own home! Book your getaway today at Deer Brook Farm!

Bike Vermont For A Good Cause: Long Trail Century Ride 2017

May 12th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

The Long Trail Century Ride 2017The Long Trail Century Ride is a recreational bike ride starting and ending at Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater Corners, VT. Saturday, June 24th, 2017.

The purpose of the annual ride is two-fold. First and foremost, getting out into the quiet beauty of Vermont as a celebration of the start of summer. The Vermont countryside, with its quaint barns, rolling hills, cow-specked fields, and covered bridges is so lovely this time of year. Getting out in it, first hand on a bicycle can be especially rewarding.

The Long Trail Century Ride also raises funds for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports. In fact, one of the registration requirements is a minimum fundraising amount of $100. Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is Vermont’s largest nonprofit organization committed to providing sports and recreation to people with disabilities. Long Trail Century Ride’s goal is to raise $225,000 or more for this wonderful organization.

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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!