Category Archives: Events and Attractions

Discover the Vermont Craft Beer Breweries Near Woodstock

March 16, 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 16, 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 9, 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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Explore the ShackletonThomas Showroom At Bridgewater Mill

December 22, 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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Kick Off The Holidays at Woodstock Wassail Weekend 2017!

November 17, 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 10, 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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Step Back In Time with Thanksgiving at Billings Farm and Museum

October 16, 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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Discover What’s On Stage At The Lebanon Opera House

September 22, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Lebanon Opera House, in Lebanon, NHThe Lebanon Opera House, in Lebanon, NH, is a community-based theater that regularly brings world-class acts to the Woodstock area. The current schedule includes such big names as Stephen Stills and Judy Collins, The Russian Grand Ballet, Rusted Root, and many more!

With our country roads, covered bridges, and quaint towns, one could be excused for thinking a game of checkers might be the height of entertainment for the area – but you’d be wrong.

In fact, one of the best things about our quiet, little corner of Vermont is that we don’t have to go very far to experience world class entertainment. Thanks to wonderful establishments like the Northern Stage, The Weston Playhouse, and Lebanon Opera House, there are always live performances to inspire, educate, and entertain.

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See The Fall Foliage Spectacular at Quechee Gorge!

September 15, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Quechee Gorge Fall FoliageAutumn is just around the corner and with it comes leaf-peeping season. Vermont is known for its gorgeous fall foliage. That’s no truer anywhere in the state than at Quechee Gorge State Park.

Is there anything more gorgeous than autumn In Vermont? Stunning reds, golds, browns, oranges, and every other iteration of tone in between interspersed with green. Add quiet country roads, quaint covered bridges, and good, earnest people and you’ve got a fall foliage lover’s paradise.

There are an endless number of Vermont drives, hikes, and bike trails a person could explore during this (or virtually any) time of year but one of the first that comes to mind is Quechee Gorge.

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Get Set for the 2017 Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival!

August 11, 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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