Experience Vermont Maple Open House Weekend 2018

February 16th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Vermont Maple Open House Weekend 2018March is the month of maple and Vermont is celebrating it this year with the Maple Open House Weekend – March 24th and 25th, 2018. Visit Vermont’s sugarhouses, learn the maple harvest process, and enjoy snacks and samples of pure, delicious, Vermont maple.

Every year, as we move towards spring and the days get warmer, the sap of the sugar maples begins to flow. Maple sugaring time! Taps driven into the trees begin to fill the buckets that hang from them. After that, it is only a matter of time before the sugar houses begin processing the sap and the delectable scent of maple fills the air. Mmmmmmmmmmm.

Vermont is the country’s leading producer of maple syrup, producing 40% of the nation’s supply. Our maple sugaring season typically runs from late February to April. Vermont celebrates the harvest every year with various events. Many local farms and communities have their own traditions and festivals throughout the season.

One of the bigger events, held statewide, is the Vermont Maple Open House Weekend.

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Don’t Miss The 2018 Vermont Brewers Festival At Killington

February 9th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

2018 Vermont Brewers Festival at KillingtonIf you’re a craft beer fan, you do not want to miss the Vermont Brewers Festival at Killington. This special, outdoor festival will feature over 30 exclusive collaboration beers. March 24th, 2018.

The Vermont Brewers Association has been producing the annual Vermont Brewers Festival at Burlington Waterfront Park for 25 years, now. The 26th annual return of the event is scheduled for July 20th and 21st, 2018.

This new event, the Vermont Brewers Festival At Killington is a second, smaller, more intimate event held at the base of Killington’s K-1 Lodge. The one-day event has two sessions – 12-3pm and 4-7pm – featuring more than 30 unique collaboration beers.

While the festival will also offer more than 70 other Vermont craft beers to sample, these exclusive collaboration beers will definitely be the focus. Collaboration beers are when two or more brewers come together to create a brew made unique by the blend of method and vision.

Exclusive, small batch beers like these are a rare treat and offer a unique one-time experience. Many craft beer enthusiasts see festivals like like these as peak beer tasting experiences.

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Have The Time Of Your Life On A Vermont Dog Sledding Tour!

January 26th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Vermont Dog Sledding TourLooking for something to new to do this winter that’s a little out of the ordinary? How about a Vermont dog sledding adventure!

Our recent post about all the great winter sports opportunities in the Woodstock area focused primarily on skiing. Down near the bottom, however, we mentioned a less-typical winter pastime: dog sledding!

Dog sledding is an iconic mode of travel for most of us. Something from the past, located in history and the great white wilderness to the North. We’ve heard of the Iditarod and maybe even follow it each year. But how many of us can say we’ve experienced a dog sled ride or even realize we could?

The good news is that you don’t have to go all the way to Nome, Alaska to experience the thrill of dog sledding. Vermont is home to a number of dog sled tour providers but the one closest to us is Braeburn Siberians. Braeburn Siberians is located just 35 minutes away, in Windsor, VT.

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Treat That Special Someone To A Romantic Woodstock Getaway!

January 12th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Treat That Special Someone To A Romantic Woodstock Getaway!Woodstock, VT has all the elements you need for the perfect, North Country romantic escape. Covered bridges, wintry woods, sleigh rides, skiing, dining, and more. Plan your romantic Woodstock getaway now!

Woodstock is the quintessential Vermont village. The 18th and 19th-century buildings clustered around our village green, covered bridge in the distance, is picture postcard perfect. You could hardly imagine a more picturesque place to share your affection.

It’s not all just pleasant scenery, either. Downtown Woodstock offers plenty to do, with galleries and fascinating shops like the historic F. H. Gillingham & Sons.

Woodstock also offers a number of excellent dining options. Melaza Bistro‘s Caribbean-meets-Vermont cuisine will spice up any evening and The Prince & The Pauper has long been considered one of Vermont’s finest restaurants. Bentley’s offers drinks and dancing after dark.

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Explore the ShackletonThomas Showroom At Bridgewater Mill

December 22nd, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

ShackletonThomas Showroom At Bridgewater MillShackletonThomas is a Vermont based company specializing in artisanal home furnishings collected by such luminaries as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kofi Annan. Their Workshop Store, located at the historic Bridgewater Mill in Bridgewater, VT, is always worth a visit!

We’ve told you about The Mill at Simon Pearce – but that’s not the only iconic showroom in the Woodstock area.

The ShackletonThomas Workshop Store in Bridgewater, VT is housed in the picturesque, 180-year-old Bridgewater Mill. Inside, you will find showroom, Furniture Workshop, and Pottery Studio. Visitors can peruse the exquisite offerings in the showroom as well as watch pieces being handcrafted to life through the windows of the workshop.

ShackletonThomas specializes in making fine handmade furniture, pottery, and accessories the old fashioned way: one by one and with extensive handcrafting. They are one of the few companies of this size in the country that still manufactures goods this way. ShackletonThomas has committed itself to preserving handcrafting traditions out of love and a fear that we are losing our ability to work with our hands.

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Deer Brook Inn – Your Vermont Ski Vacation Headquarters

December 15th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Deer Brook Inn - Your Vermont Ski Vacation HeadquartersNow is the time to plan that first Vermont ski vacation of the New Year! Ring in 2018 on some of Vermont’s best slopes, all easily accessible from our Woodstock, VT B&B.

Woodstock, Vermont is the perfect solution for anyone looking for a Vermont ski vacation home base. Suicide Six, Killington, Okemo, and more are just minutes away. Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and fatbiking are all on the menu. You can even go ice-fishing and dog-sledding!

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Kick Off The Holidays at Woodstock Wassail Weekend 2017!

November 17th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Woodstock Wassail Weekend 2017Kick off the holiday season at Woodstock Wassail Weekend 2017! The 33rd annual return of this beloved event promises a weekend of twinkling lights, historic home tours, a parade, Santa, and so much more! December 8th through the 10th, 2017.

Woodstock, Vermont’s 33rd annual Wassail Weekend is a jam-packed, 3-day event of festive, holiday events and activities. Visitors come from all over to enjoy the festive, old-time atmosphere of Wassail Weekend. In fact it’s one of the area’s most popular seasonal events!

From the Wassail Parade and Christmas at Billings Farm to the annual Holiday House Tour and Messiah Sing, Wassail Weekend has something for everyone. If you love the holiday season – and who doesn’t? – you do not want to miss Woodstock’s Wassail Weekend 2017!

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Celebrate Christmas Past at Coolidge Holiday Open House 2017

November 10th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Coolidge Holiday Open House 2017Come to Plymouth Notch, Saturday, December 2nd, 2017, and celebrate the holiday season 1800’s-style at the 2017 Coolidge Holiday Open House.

Plymouth Notch is a Vermont village that is so picturesque it looks like it fell out of a history book. The village, which is also the birthplace and boyhood home of President Calvin Coolidge has remained virtually unchanged since the early 1900s. Consequently, it’s is an absolutely wonderful place to visit for the holidays!

President Coolidge’s Birthplace will be decorated as it would have been in the 1870’s, when Coolidge was born. In fact winter exhibits and Christmas decorations will be up all over this historic village. The Aldrich House, Plymouth Cheese Factory, and the 1924 Summer White House office will all be gussied up for the holidays.

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Don’t Miss the 2017 Alpine Ski World Cup at Killington!

October 20th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Don't Miss the 2017 Alpine Ski World Cup at Killington!The excitement returns to Killington this Thanksgiving when they once again host the Alpine Ski World Cup. After the the rousing success of the 2016 event, which attracted some 30,000 spectators, everyone is very excited to see what this year brings. November 24th through the 26th, 2017.

Some of the best ski racers in the world will again be carving turns down Superstar at Killington Resort and the area is bracing for all the crowds and excitement. The Audi FIS Women’s Ski World Cup will include the women’s giant slalom and slalom races.

Events like this are a great way to see the very best female, technical alpine skiers in the world in action. U.S. Ski Team superstars Julia Mancuso, Mikaela Shiffrin, and Lindsey Vonn are all expected to compete.

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Step Back In Time with Thanksgiving at Billings Farm and Museum

October 16th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Step Back In Time with Thanksgiving at Billings Farm and MuseumAre you going to be in the Woodstock area this Thanksgiving? If so, you should take the opportunity to experience an 1890’s Thanksgiving at Billings Farm and Museum. Thanksgiving weekend, November 25th through the 27th, 2017, 10am to 4pm.

The Billings Farm and Museum, in Woodstock, Vermont, is both a working dairy farm and a historic house museum. The farm is surrounded by more than 200 acres of cropland and the Mount Tom forest, yet is just a short stroll from Woodstock village center. The historic farm, established in 1871, continues a century-long tradition of agricultural excellence.

Billings Farm is known for its prize-winning Jersey cows, draft horses, Southdown sheep, and delicious, 100% raw-milk cheddar cheese. The facility focuses on rural life, work, and land stewardship based on the traditions and values of the 19th century. A visit is the ideal way to experience both the spirit of rural Vermont and what life was like in the 1890’s.

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