Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival 2019

August 13th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival 2019Come out for Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival 2019! The Labor Day weekend festival features both regional and nationally known musicians at the Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth, VT. August 31st and September 1st, 2019.

Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival is a free, Labor Day weekend celebration of American roots music. This year’s lineup includes such nationally known stars as Dan Weber, Jay Psaros, and The Whispering Tree. You’ll also be treated to regional favorites like The Milkhouse Heaters, Zack Dupont, and The Kennedys.

The festival is spread over two days, with a Saturday night Jam session hosted by Jay Ottaway at its center. This Jam Session is easily the festival highlight as anyone with an instrument and some inspiration can join. You never know who will appear on stage – maybe even you!

Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival 2019 Lineup

Saturday, August 31st – 2pm to 5pm
Dan Weber – 2pm
Jay Psaros – 3pm
The Whispering Tree – 4pm

Saturday Night Jam Session – 8pm

Sunday, September 1st – 2pm to 5pm
The Milkhouse Heaters – 2pm
Zack Dupont – 3pm
The Kennedys – 4pm

Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival 2019

Labor Day Weekend: August 31st and September 1st – 2pm to 5pm both days

Entry is free but the organizers are requesting that attendees bring non-perishable food items to help support the Vermont Food Bank food drive. The concert rain venue is Plymouth Notch’s historic 1840 Union Christian Church.

Visit www.plymouthfolk.com for more Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival details. You can also follow the festival on Facebook.

Exploring Plymouth

One of the best parts of the Folk and Blues Festival, beyond all the great music, is its location. Plymouth, VT is home to Plymouth Notch and The President Calvin Coolidge Homestead.

Calvin Coolidge, our nation’s 30th president, was born right here in Plymouth Notch in 1872. The village was the site of his 1923 presidential swearing-in ceremony, and also home to his 1924 Summer White House.

The festival’s sensible afternoon hours provide a perfect opportunity for exploring the area and all it has to offer. Highly recommended.

This historic Vermont village and presidential birthplace, with 13 original buildings on over 600 acres, is one of the best preserved in the nation. Visitors to Plymouth Notch will see Calvin Coolidge’s birthplace much as it was during his life. The Coolidge homestead is here, along with the homes of their neighbors, a general store, one-room schoolhouse, church, Summer White House, and more. You can even visit the President’s grave, located in the Plymouth cemetery.

The Plymouth Cheese Factory

One of the most popular attractions in Plymouth is the Plymouth Cheese Factory.

John Coolidge, Calvin Coolidge’s father, started the Plymouth Cheese Factory in 1890. The factory is still in operation today, making it the country’s second oldest cheese producer!

Visitors to the factory can enjoy a tour, onsite museum, and delicious samples of some of the country’s finest cheese.

Plymouth Lodging

Plymouth, with all its wonderful history and the festival, is only 9 miles from Deer Brook Inn – less than 15 minutes away. Our charmingly restored, historic, 1820’s farmhouse offers spacious guest rooms and suites with en suite bathrooms, delicious breakfasts, and a local’s knowledge of the Woodstock area. Book your stay at Deer Brook Inn today!

Explore the Hall Art Foundation in Reading Vermont

July 29th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Hall Art FoundationThe Hall Art Foundation operates two internationally known museums of postwar and contemporary art. The first is located in an ancient fortified castle in Germany. The second? It’s just 30 minutes away from our Woodstock VT bed and breakfast, on a former dairy farm in Reading Vermont.

The Hall Art Foundation (HAF) exhibits art from the collection of Andrew and Christine Hall. The foundation was established in 2007 for this very purpose, with a museum in the historic Schloss Durneberg castle in Hannover, Germany. The Foundation has partnerships with the
Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England and Mass MoCA in North Adams, MA.

More exciting, however, was the 2012 opening of another HAF gallery right here in Vermont. And just a short drive away from Woodstock!

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Discover Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

July 12th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

“Robert Gould Shaw Memorial detail” by Jarek Tuszyński is licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0

Augustus Saint-Gaudens created some of America’s most iconic and quintessentially American sculptures. The Shaw Memorial, the Sherman Monument, the Double Eagle $20 gold piece, Standing Lincoln, and more. Come see his work and home up close and in detail at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, in Cornish, is New Hampshire’s only national park – and also one of the country’s least-visited.

This fact is both a real shame and also a bit of a plus.

It’s a shame because many of the pieces Saint-Gaudens created during his lifetime are on display in the park. On the other hand, lower attendance means a more pleasant, less crowded visit!

So Close By

Saint-Gaudens’ is located in Cornish, NH – just a half hour’s drive from our Woodstock VT bed and breakfast, Deer Brook Inn.

The drive is a lovely one, too. It takes you through Windsor, VT and one of the world’s longest covered bridges: the Cornish–Windsor Covered Bridge.

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The Best Places To Eat in Woodstock VT

June 24th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Best Places To Eat in Woodstock VTOur guests often ask us about places to eat in Woodstock VT. Luckily, the Woodstock area is home to a number of truly excellent restaurants.

Many of the best focus on locally and sustainably-sourced, seasonal, farm-to-table fare. This careful attention to detail helps to provides not just fresh food but a true taste of the region.

Instead of putting together a full list of all the places to eat in Woodstock VT, we decided to focus on some of our and our guests’ local favorites.

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Bookstock 2019 – The Green Mountain Festival of Words

June 14th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Bookstock 2019 The Green Mountain Festival of WordsBookstock, “The Green Mountain Festival of Words,” is the Woodstock, VT’s annual, summer literary festival. The event serves up features more than forty authors and poets of all genres – not to mention book fairs, workshops, and other special events in and around Woodstock village. July 26, 27, & 28, 2019.

Bibliophiles, wordsmiths, poets, and artists alike will find plenty to love at the 11th annual Bookstock Literary Festival. The annual three-day event swells the village with thousands of visitors and special guests. Including lots of best-selling and beloved authors.

Special Guests

A host of nationally and regionally celebrated authors are on the schedule for presentations, workshops, and readings on all three days of the festival.

Like who, you ask?

How about poet laureate of Vermont Chard deNiord, author and Former Governor of Vermont Madeleine Kunin, and “In The Wild” cartoonist Ed Koren, for a start? That’s just 3 of the more than 40 authors, poets, and other literary luminaries who will be in attendance at Bookstock 2019.

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Vermont Toy Museum, Antique Mall, and More at Quechee Gorge Village

May 27th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Vermont Toy Museum at Quechee Gorge VillageIf you enjoy browsing antiques and curiosities, you’ll be happy to know there are a number of opportunities near our Woodstock VT bed and breakfast. The Vermont Antique Mall and Vermont Toy Museum at Quechee Gorge Village are two excellent examples.

Fans of antiques and collectibles know how exciting it is to hunt for rare finds in a new area and Vermont has plenty to offer the antique seeker. The Vermont Antique Trail bears this out, with a list of shops up and down the state.

One of the stops on the trail, The Vermont Antique Mall, is just down the road from us at Quechee Gorge Village.

The Vermont Antique Mall

The Vermont Antique Mall offers some 17,000 square feet of antiques, jewelry, and other curiosities.

With over 450 booths of vintage collectibles to peruse, you could be excused for feeling overwhelmed – but worry not! The mall is staffed with knowledgeable, friendly folks who are happy to help locate the treasures you seek.

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Covered Bridges Half Marathon 2019

May 10th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Covered Bridges Half Marathon 2019June is just around the corner (if you can believe it) and that means it’s almost time for Covered Bridges Half Marathon 2019! This year’s event is set to kick off from the Suicide Six Ski Area at 8:15 am, on June 2nd, 2019.

The Covered Bridges Half Marathon is a popular, annual race that takes runners through open farmland, along the Ottauquechee River. The point-to-point, 13.1 mile, USATF-certified course runs eastward from Suicide Six Ski Area to the Quechee Polo Field.

The race gets its name from three covered bridges that make up part of the course: Middle Covered Bridge, Taftsville Covered Bridge, and Quechee Covered Bridge. (learn more about the area’s 7 covered bridges)

The Woodstock area sees some of its best weather of the year in June. Covered Bridges race day, which is always the first Sunday of June, sees an average high of 73ºF – beautiful!

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Vermont Snowmobile Tours & Woodstock Snow Sculpture Festival 2019

January 19th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Vermont Snowmobiling ToursAh, winter in Vermont: a great time to visit with plenty to do and see. Vermont snowmobile tours offer a fun and exciting – or even relaxing – way to get out and experience our lovely state’s winter woods!

Snowmobiling is often thought of as a high-speed adventure through deep drifts and over lumpy moguls. While that can certainly be a lot of fun, not all snowmobile experiences have to be that way.

If you’ve never ridden on a snowmobile, you really should. They’re a bit like a cross between a sled and a motorcycle. Now how can that not be a good time?

Luckily, Vermont snowmobile tours are available just ten minutes away from Deer Brook Inn, our Woodstock, Vermont B&B!

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February Means Fun at Suicide Six Ski Area

January 7th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Suicide Six Ski AreaFebruary is a great time to visit Woodstock, VT – especially if you’re looking to ski. Suicide Six Ski Area is putting on a host of special events in February, including the longest running ski race in North America: The FISK Trophy Race!

It wasn’t too long ago that we wrote about all the great skiing opportunities near our Woodstock, VT B&B. Each has it’s own draw – but did you know that one of them has the distinction of being home to the very first ski lift in the country? It’s also one of the country’s oldest ski resorts: Suicide Six Ski Area!

Suicide Six opened in 1936 … two years after installing America’s first rope tow, which was powered by a Model T Ford engine. A year later, in 1937, they held the first FISK Trophy Race, which has gone on to become North America’s longest running ski race.

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Get Out On A Vermont Dog Sled Adventure!

December 21st, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Vermont Dog Sled AdventureIf you love dogs, snow, and the great outdoors, then you’ll have the experience of a lifetime on a Vermont dog sled adventure!

Last post, we talked about the all the amazing Vermont skiing opportunities. This time around, we’re here to tell you that skiing isn’t the only way to get out into Vermont’s winter wonderland. Not by a long shot!

Along with skiing, Vermont also offers many opportunities for snowshoeing, ice skating, sledding, sleigh rides, and fatbiking. One last winter sport that you don’t hear a lot about – but that is an amazing experience – is dog sledding.

Hearing “dog sled,” one’s mind tends to go to Alaska’s legendary Iditarod race. That, or perhaps to an abstract vision of some lone trapper mushing dogs through a blizzard in the frozen north. Wouldn’t it be great if, from now on when you hear “dog sled,” you could think of your own experience aboard one?

What many folks don’t realize is, you don’t have to go to Alaska or back in time to enjoy a dog sledding experience. In fact, Vermont is home to a number of dog sled tour companies, including one quite near our Woodstock VT B&B!

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