Vermont Float Trips Down The Connecticut River

June 23rd, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Vermont Float Trips - couple in kayaks on the waterSummer is here and the weather is gorgeous. If you’re looking for a way to get out into the great outdoors then you’ll enjoy one of the variety of Vermont float trips offered by Great River Outfitters in Windsor, VT!

Vermont float trips are a wonderful way to get outside and soak up all that fresh air and sun. There’s just something truly magical about being out on the water. All the natural beauty, wildlife, and picturesque scenery. Float trips allow you the option of a good workout or sitting back and letting the current do all the work. Plus, since you’re on the water, it’s easy to keep from overheating even during the hottest summer day.

Great River Outfitters is a local outdoor adventure outfitting company out of Windsor, VT. They offer a variety of both guided and self-guided Vermont float trips for all ages and skill levels. Canoeing, kayaking, rafting, river tubing, and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) are all on the menu.

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Killington Music Festival Classical Concert Series 2018

June 4th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Killington Music Festival Classical Concert Series 2018Killington Music Festival 2018 marks the 36th year of internationally renowned musicians performing in the annual Classical Concert Series. This year’s performances are scheduled to take place Saturdays, 7pm, between June 30th and July 28th, 2018.

Killington Music Festival is the only resident professional classical music organization in central Vermont. Every summer, musicians come to the area to play a series of chamber music concerts at Killington’s Ramshead Lodge.

Listening to these amazingly talented classical musicians before a sweeping backdrop of the Green Mountains is a sublime experience.

The Killington Music Festival is not just concerts but also a five-week residency program. Aspiring young musicians from places like the Juilliard School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and the Eastman School of Music come for an intensive combination of study, practice, rehearsal, and performance.

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Reach New Heights at Quechee Hot Air Balloon Festival 2018!

May 18th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Quechee Hot Air Balloon Festival 2018It’s up, up, and away at the 39th Annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon Festival! June 15th, 16th, and 17th at the Quechee Village Green in Quechee, Vermont!

It’s almost Quechee Hot Air Balloon Festival time again! If you’ve never been, this annual festival fills the skies over Quechee with colorful hot air balloons. We’ve all seen the occasional hot air balloon up in the air but there’s a BIG difference between seeing one or two hot air balloons up in the air versus 20!

That’s right – up to 20 hot air balloons will be at the festival! The balloons have five flights scheduled to occur throughout the festival weekend, including daily morning and evening ascensions. Further, each evening is set to feature a Balloon Glow (weather permitting).

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On Your Marks For the 2018 Covered Bridges Half Marathon!

May 5th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Covered Bridges Half Marathon 2018The 27th annual Covered Bridges Half Marathon, Vermont’s premier half marathon, is just around the corner: June 3rd, 2018.

Vermont’s popular, annual Covered Bridges Half Marathon, “the best 13.1 miles in New England,” is held every year on the first Sunday in June. The race course starts at the Suicide Six Ski Area and follows a point-to-point course eastward through open farmland, along the Ottauquechee River. The finish line is at the Quechee Polo Field. The Covered Bridges Half Marathon is a USATF-certified course.

The race’s course takes runners through three of the area’s 7 covered bridges: Middle Covered Bridge, Taftsville Covered Bridge, and Quechee Covered Bridge.

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Explore Woodstock Vermont Antiques!

April 27th, 2018 by insideout

Woodstock Vermont Antiques SignSpend the afternoon exploring lovely Woodstock Vermont Antiques. There are several great antique shops right in downtown, and many others within a short drive.  The selection of shops in the Woodstock, Vermont area can keep you happily shopping and looking for treasures for days.

 

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Come Shop the Woodstock Market On The Green

April 20th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Woodstock Market On The GreenEnjoy a quintessential, New England village experience with a visit to the Woodstock Market On The Green. Farm-to-Table produce, handcrafted goods, ice-cream, live music, and a small-town, festival atmosphere. Wednesdays, May 30th through-October 10th, 3pm to 6pm, in downtown Woodstock, VT.

Woodstock, VT is a classic New England village with a charming central square, known as the Village Green. Village greens were once very common. These central grassy spaces were kept open for gatherings, celebrations, as well as grazing and watering livestock. The basic concept of the village green is still with us, we just call them “parks,” now.

The picturesque Woodstock Village Green is a lush, green space surrounded by historic buildings. Centrally located, the Green is just steps away from downtown Woodstock shops and galleries.

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Acres of Sculpture – Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

March 26th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

The Shaw Memorial at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

The Shaw Memorial at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
photo: Beth Stiner

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site is is New Hampshire’s only national park and, as one of the least-visited parks in the country, apparently somewhat of a secret. Come see what you’ve been missing!

You may not recognize the name of Augustus Saint-Gaudens – but you’ll undoubtedly recognize his work. Saint-Gaudens created over 150 works of art in his lifetime, many of which remain iconic: The Shaw Memorial, Standing Lincoln, the Sherman Monument, the $20 Double Eagle gold piece. The list goes on and on.

Most of these famous pieces can be found in galleries and public spaces around the world … or just a short drive from our Woodstock B&B, in Cornish, NH.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848 – 1907) was an American sculptor primarily known for his Civil War hero monuments. Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site preserves the sculptor’s home, gardens, and studios. The estate was just his summer home from 1885 to 1897, but became his residence from 1900 until his death in 1907.

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Discover the Vermont Craft Beer Breweries Near Woodstock

March 16th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Vermont craft beer breweries near WoodstockThe Vermont craft beer scene just keeps growing and evolving. Even though we don’t have any in town just yet, there are plenty of excellent craft breweries near Woodstock, VT.

Last month’s post on the 2018 Vermont Brewers Festival At Killington made us realize we hadn’t checked in on the Woodstock craft beer scene in over a year. A lot can happen in a year, especially when you’re talking about Vermont craft breweries.

One new development was the opening of a new brewery in Killington, VT – the Killington Beer Company. Having a new craft brewery near Woodstock is exciting – especially one so close!

Killington Beer Company, like Killington Ski Area, is less than half an hour from the door of our Woodstock B&B, Deer Brook Inn. The only brewery closer is Long Trail Brewing, 5 minutes up the road in Bridgewater Corners.

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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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