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

March 10, 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 20, 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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A Vermont Craft Beer Trail – Breweries Near Woodstock

January 23, 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 9, 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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Celebrate A 19th Century Christmas at Billings Farm & Museum

December 5, 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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Visit Woodstock History Center On Wassail Weekend – Or Any Time!

November 28, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Visit the Woodstock History Center!The Woodstock History Center will play an active role during the upcoming Wassail Weekend – but visitors to the area should stop by the center no matter what time of year!

Woodstock, Vermont has a colorful and fascinating history and you can discover it in depth at the Woodstock History Center. The Woodstock History Center includes the Dana House Museum, a research library, a photograph/document archive, and an heirloom perennial garden.

A visit to the Woodstock History Center museum will take you back in time when you step through the front door. The first floor replicates the home of a nineteenth-century village merchant. You’ll marvel at the kitchen’s original bee-hive oven and the furnishings in the Victorian and Federal-style parlors.

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Come Out and Celebrate Woodstock Wassail Weekend 2016!

November 18, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Woodstock Wassail Weekend 2016Come out to Woodstock, Vermont and help celebrate the 33rd annual Woodstock Wassail Weekend! December 9th through the 11th, 2016!

The Woodstock Wassail Weekend is a holiday tradition that sees town come to life with festive holiday events and attractions the second weekend of every December. The weekend’s nonstop schedule includes a parade, concerts, craft fairs, holiday house tour, and much more.

Woodstock’s old-world charm is undeniable, no matter the season. Being in Woodstock for the holidays, however, takes the town’s delightful ambiance to new heights – and that’s the Woodstock Wassail Weekend to a ‘t’!

The weekend has plenty to keep you entertained morning, noon, and night. The highlight, htough, has to be the Equestrian Parade, put together by the High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program. More than fifty horses and riders, dressed up in 19th century period clothing, make up the core of this wonderful parade. Also known as the Wassail Parade, this annual event begins after lunch on Saturday and runs all through downtown Woodstock.

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Discover Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

October 28, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

The George Perkins Marsh Home

Woodstock, Vermont’s Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park offers hiking, skiing, boating, mansion tours, and the history of land conservation in America. The park contains the oldest professionally managed forest in the United States.

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is named after four like-minded people: George Perkins Marsh, Frederick Billings, Mary French Rockefeller, and Laurence Spelman Rockefeller.

George Perkins Marsh is considered to be one of America’s first environmentalists and conservationists, if not the first. His boyhood home is preserved in the park and it is here that the seeds of his environmental concerns first took root.

Frederick Billings was a Vermont lawyer and real estate developer who purchased the Marsh estate in 1869. Billings was a follower of Marsh’s theories on conservation. During his time in Woodstock, he was instrumental in reforesting much of the area. The Billings Farm and Museum across from the park serves as a gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage. You should definitely visit it if you can.

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Visit Plymouth Notch and the President Calvin Coolidge Homestead

October 14, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

President Calvin Coolidge HomesteadThe President Calvin Coolidge Homestead in Plymouth Notch, VT is one of the best preserved presidential birthplaces in the nation. This rural Vermont village has remained virtually unchanged since the early 1900s!

Plymouth Notch is the birthplace and boyhood home of the 30th President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge. The Calvin Coolidge Homestead District encompasses most of Plymouth Notch.

Calvin Coolidge was born in Plymouth Notch in 1872. He was sworn in as President here, too in 1923. The Plymouth Notch Historic District contains Calvin Coolidge’s birthplace and homestead as well as the homes of family and neighbors. The 1924 Summer White House office is here and you can visit the President’s gravesite in the town cemetery.

Other buildings include a church, general store, and a one-room schoolhouse, and the still operating Plymouth Cheese Factory. You can also visit the Aldrich House and the Wilder House and barns.

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Get A Taste of History At The Plymouth Cheese Factory!

September 23, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Plymouth Cheese FactoryVisit the second oldest cheese-maker in the U.S., the Plymouth Cheese Factory in Plymouth Notch, Vermont, for a tour, onsite museum, and – of course! – cheese samples!

The Plymouth Cheese Factory in Plymouth Notch opened over one hundred years ago, in 1890. The factory was started by John Coolidge, the father of Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States, and continues to make cheese to this day.

It is said that Julia Child considered Plymouth Cheese her favorite – and who can blame her! The cheese-making tradition of Plymouth Cheese Factory goes back well over 125 years to a recipe that arrived with the first European settlers to the New World. Of course, the process has changed somewhat over the years but they still craft, cut, and wax their cheeses by hand.

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