Here Comes Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup 2019!

November 4, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup 2019Thanksgiving weekend is just weeks away and that means … Alpine Ski World Cup 2019 time! What, you thought I was going to say turkey? Don’t get me wrong, I love Thanksgiving, but it’s not 100 of skiing’s fastest female athletes racing slalom and giant slalom on Killington’s Superstar trail!

The entire Ski World Cup weekend is like a giant party with fireworks, parades, and more. That includes free concerts from DJ Logic, Grace Potter, Recycled Percussion, and Twiddle. It also includes the premier of two full-length films: TGR’s Winterland and Warren Miller’s Timeless!

The Killington Cup is the East Coast’s biggest ski racing event and general admission is FREE. Since the 2016 return of Alpine Ski World Cup racing to Vermont, the events have seen ever-increasing attendance. Last year’s race drew a record breaking 39,000 spectators! This year’s event is expected to be just as popular, and naturally so. Where else can you have this much fun, in such a beautiful place, and also see 100 of the world’s fastest skiers fighting for fame on the slopes?

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Northern Stage, Lebanon Opera House, and Weston Playhouse

October 28, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Northern Stage curtainThere’s nothing like a little live entertainment to put some zing in your life. Our Woodstock VT inn has some excellent venues within easy reach. Both The Northern Stage and Lebanon Opera House leap immediately to mind. Both of which are within 30 minutes of Deer Brook Inn.

That’s one of the great things about much of Vermont. No matter where you go in our fair state, you’re bound to have both natural beauty and rich culture within reach. That’s certainly true of the Woodstock area. Quechee Gorge and Simon Pearce, Silver Lake State Park and Saint-Gaudens, the list goes on and on.

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Experience a Quechee Hot Air Balloon Adventure!

October 18, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Quechee Hot Air Balloon RidesThere’s nothing quite like the beauty of Vermont’s Woodstock region during autumn, especially when seen from above on a Quechee hot air balloon ride! If you’re an unrepentant leaf-peeper, you’ll adore this new and expansive perspective on Vermont’s fantastic fall foliage.

There’s nothing like a ride aboard a hot air balloon. Floating high and silently like a cloud over the peaceful world below. If you’ve been, then you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, well – you really really should!

The serene, gentle beauty of a hot air balloon voyage is the real secret to its appeal. Planes are noisy, with air rushing past the fuselage and the sound of the engine. Hot air balloons make the occasional noise when the burner is activated but otherwise it’s just you and the clouds.

Also, most planes have enclosed and claustrophobic passenger compartments fully separating you from what what little view you have of the landscape below. Not so during a hot air balloon ride! A balloon’s passenger compartment is a large, sturdy basket suspended below the balloon and open to the air. It’s just you and nothing but a few ropes to get in the way of those eye-popping, expansive views.

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Autumn Events in Woodstock, VT

September 27, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Fall events in Woodstock VTBetween the harvest season, Oktoberfest, and Halloween, early autumn always sees a lot of events in Woodstock, VT. If you’re looking to soak up some fun, local color during your Vermont vacation, fall is a great season to do it in!

Summer is officially over and autumn’s golden paintbrush is busy doing its best to further enhance Vermont’s already gorgeous scenery. The first half of October is peak fall foliage time here in the Woodstock area. Add in local harvest festivals, Oktoberfest, and Halloween and you can see why some say fall is one of the best times to visit Vermont!

Fall Events in Woodstock, VT

VINS Forest Canopy Walk – Grand Opening
October 12, 10am-5pm

Take a walk through the treetops of a wild forest at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science. There’s no need for ladders or stairs. Just walk along the level boardwalk as the ground drops away beneath you and suddenly you’re 65 feet up in the forest canopy, eye-to-eye with birds, squirrels, and more! Celebrate this brand new exhibit’s inaugural day. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 10am.

Annual Billings Farm & Museum Harvest Festival
Oct 12-13, 10am to 5pm

Head out to historic Billings Farm for a traditional Vermont harvest celebration! Come experience a husking bee and barn dance with cider pressing, root vegetable harvesting, “putting food by” and more. Hot spiced cider and doughnuts, too! Read more.

Oktoberfast Weekend at Suicide Six Bike Park
October 12-13, All Day

Oktoberfast Weekend is Suicide Six’s way of closing out their biking season. The event includes a Downhill FUN Race on Saturday, an Enduro Event with 5 timed sections on Sunday, plus an award ceremony with food and drink both days. Learn more.

Life & Death Tour at Billings Farm & Museum
October 26, 2pm-4pm, 5pm-7pm | October 31, 2pm-4pm

on a Billings Farm Life & Death Tour! Billings Farm tour guides will share tales of the people who lived and died on the historic farm and estate. You’ll also learn about Victorian-era superstitions, death, and mourning traditions through artifacts and stories. Have a spooky good time and learn something along the way! Reservations recommended.

Just Outside Woodstock

Vermont Apple Festival and Craft Show 201937th Annual Vermont Apple Festival and Craft Show
October 12, 9am-4pm

Though the Vermont Apple Fest and Craft Show is held in Springfield, not Woodstock, it’s not that far from our Woodstock VT inn. Artisans from all over Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania come with their finest handcrafted items. The festival features live music, pony rides, apple cider making, kids’ races, 50/50 Raffle, a pie baking contest, pie eating contest, and much more.

Still looking for something to do? Make your own fun with a Covered Bridges/Fall Foliage tour!

Fall Foliage Driving Tours

Vermont covered bridges fall foliage drivesOne great way to get out and see the Woodstock area’s amazing fall colors is on a covered bridges driving tour.

Vermont is known for its covered bridges and Deer Brook Inn, our Woodstock VT bed and breakfast, is surrounded by them. There are seven in the immediate area, including two right here in town. Consequently, Deer Brook Inn makes the perfect home base for any Vermont covered bridges or fall foliage tours.

Read more about touring covered bridges in the Woodstock, VT area. If you’re interested in our Vermont inn’s List of Favorite Driving Tours, be sure to check with the Innkeeper.

Mount Ascutney State Park – Views, Trails, and More

August 26, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Mount Ascutney, located southeast of us on the New Hampshire border, is a lone mountain rising up out of nowhere to a surprising peak of 3,144 feet. Views near the summit of this, the second-highest peak in Windsor County, are expansive, breathtaking … and reachable by paved road!

Views from Mount Ascutney State Park

This work, “Views from Mount Ascutney”, is a derivative of two “Mount Ascutney – Vermont” photos by Doug Kerr, used under CC BY SA 2.0

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Explore the Hall Art Foundation in Reading Vermont

July 29, 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 12, 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 24, 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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Vermont Toy Museum, Antique Mall, and More at Quechee Gorge Village

May 27, 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 10, 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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