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Christmas in Vermont – Part 4: A Day in Woodstock

We have reached the last post of our Christmas season trip to Vermont, and today I want to share with you a bit of the beautiful town of Woodstock. (You’re going to love it! 🙂 )

The snow storm we had driven through to get there moved on during the night.  So we spent the next day exploring the town (in the freezing cold!)

It truly looked like a scene out of a Currier and Ives work of art.

And every shop and restaurant seemed to be decorated for Christmas.

The Woodstock Flannel Company shop even had their stockings hung by the mantel with care. 🙂

Vermont seems to have quite a few general stores.  Gillingham’s consisted of several rooms, and it was a lot of fun to wander through it.

But one of my favorite shops in Woodstock was Clover.

Just take a look at all those pillows!

Even these gorgeous buildings were businesses! 🙂

Check out the snowman below. 🙂

We also made our way down a number of streets to look at some of the gorgeous old houses. (And yes, there were a lot of white ones!)

The snow was like frosting spread atop all the architectural details.

What a beautiful church we found down one of the streets!

And then there were the covered bridges.
Sooo charming!

Jackie Greaney had recommended that we not miss an opportunity to dine at the Simon Pearce restaurant at the mill in the nearby village of Quechee, VT.  So we drove the few miles there and found this wonderfully decorated building.

We parked in the lot by the edge of the river and entered through these double doors.

Inside was a fabulous gallery of Simon Pearce glassware…dishes…

and also wooden pieces.

And they even had a gingerbread house replica of their gallery, restaurant, and nearby covered bridge!

The restaurant is on the river side of the building and has a wonderful view.

Here is a look at just a part of their menu from that day.

Bread and butter before our meals…

All the glassware and dishes in the restaurant are from the Simon Pearce collection.  I couldn’t resist a mug of their delicious hot cider on such a cold day. 🙂

After lunch we continued exploring the area a little more, and then it was time to head back to New Haven, Connecticut. (By car…not by sleigh. 🙂 )

Our son had to go back to finish up his exams at law school, and we had to catch a flight home the next morning.  We were so thrilled that he was able to join us on this trip (even if he did have to hang out in coffee shops and study.)

It was such a fun and memorable trip.  Thank you for following along with me as I have shared it with all of you!  I hope you get to enjoy Vermont during the holidays one year, and I also hope that we get to visit there again…hopefully to experience it in the fall.  Have a great week!

Until next time…

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Lynda - February 11, 2018 - 9:40 am

I thoroughly enjoyed your posts of the trip to Vermont. It is definitely on my bucket list. I have been to Vermont but it was in the summer (hot!).

Thank you!!

Frances in England - February 11, 2018 - 6:07 am

Oh wow. Yes, definitely do Woodstock in the autumn/fall! We did in 2013 and it was beyond gorgeous. I would so love to live there – I was/am perfectly smitten. So fabulous to see your take on the place and remember our trip. I would have loved to have eaten at Simon Pearce – alas we just drove past – but maybe someday…

Debbie Brown - February 8, 2018 - 10:21 pm

Such beautiful pictures – looks like the perfect time to visit! I love general stores and could shop in them for hours! I have enjoyed all your posts about the Vermont trip and can’t wait to follow some of your footsteps one day soon. Thanks for sharing!

Cindy - February 8, 2018 - 1:22 pm

Again; another great entry!
I have been to Simon Pearce a couple of times…always in the winter and have never been disappointed with our meal. I’m happy that you got to visit the shop and restaurant.

Nita - February 6, 2018 - 8:18 pm

What an absolutely beautiful place to see from your photos and it makes me want to go that much more! So beautiful with the snow but it’s probably gorgeous in the fall. Thank you for sharing your lovely visit with us.

Donnamae - February 6, 2018 - 9:55 am

What a picturesque place! It would be just as I would have imagined had I been there. Thanks for the tour! 😉

Peggy Z - February 5, 2018 - 4:32 pm

What a beautiful town. Looking just like a Christmas card. Thank you for sharing the little glimpses into the shops. Wonderful merchandising! And the churches! Makes me think of my Mom-in-loves Dept 56 collection. Thank you for a cozy little arm chair trip.

Kristy - February 5, 2018 - 3:17 pm

Looks like you had a lovely visit. I’ve had my share of snow already – but the pictures are beautiful, as you said, like frosting. I loved the names of the stores & businesses. I would especially like to visit the Simon Pearce Glass; and Clover, I’m intrigued! Not a winter trip for me, but maybe summer or fall.

Dawn - February 5, 2018 - 2:08 pm


Thank you for sharing your trip with us! It was enchanting.
Take care.


kathy - February 5, 2018 - 1:40 pm

Oh, how beautiful!!! My favorite things were “snow like frosting” and the Simon Pierce restaurant! Such pretty homes and interesting buildings! Thank you for sharing!

Cheri - February 5, 2018 - 12:49 pm

Oh my word…I just love this trip you went on and would love to move there. I am from the north (PA) but since we have been in GA 11 years I don’t know that I can do snow again. When we visit in the winter that takes care of any snow fix I might need. I think the Fall would be a wonderful time to Vermont.

Gina - February 5, 2018 - 10:09 am

What a beautiful picturesque place. The snow made it even more so!! What a treat to spend some time there during the holiday season. Perfect in every way! 🙂

Sandy - February 5, 2018 - 9:33 am

You know what I have loved about all of the pictures you have shared from this trip? …It isn’t the snow. I am not a fan of snow! IT is the classic decorations. The greenery and the ribbons. I think that is what I love about your home at Christmas as well. Just a reminder that the traditional decorations like that make a home beautiful at Christmas, not the novelty items that abound these days. I love a few novelty items as well, but the pictures that draw me in are those with the greenery and bows. I have enjoyed your photos.

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - February 5, 2018 - 9:30 am

You really visited at the perfect time – so picturesque! We are in Killington, VT right now. In fact, we got snowed in last night. We were up here to ski this weekend and when the snow came in yesterday, we decided to stay the extra night. My kids were thrilled to miss school today. I didn’t get to Woodstock this visit but hopefully next time! You got to see so many beautiful areas and I was so excited to follow along on your wonderful Vermont vacation! Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

Marianne in Mo. - February 5, 2018 - 9:25 am

Just as I’d pictured it! And wonderful with a fresh snow. I’ve not heard of Simon Pearce, so I will be checking that out. Thanks for always thinking of us when you are out and about!

bev - February 5, 2018 - 9:09 am

ohhhhhhh what a lovely post. It was just beautiful. I loved the shops and the houses. thank you for sharing. Where are we going next?

Katrina - February 5, 2018 - 8:09 am

Oh Kelly, this is one of my favorite posts! Your pictures are just gorgeous! I love your “frosting spread on top of the architectural details” description. Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve added Vermont in the snow to my bucket list!

Rosemary - February 5, 2018 - 5:14 am

So many of my favourite things here … Snow, New. England, with it’s gorgeous style buildings, walking, great food, cute shops … all wrapped up in red ribbon and dusted with snow! Thank you Kelly! I’ve loved every moment of our wonderful trip and as always, I’m grateful that you take the time to share these beautiful places.
ps love the unique gingerbread restaurant and covered bridge as well!

Christmas in Vermont: Part 3 – Where to Stay in Woodstock

Welcome back for part 3 of our December trip to Vermont!  After some time in Stowe, we left on a “winter storm warning” day to travel to Woodstock.  The weather service had warned of the possibility of 14 inches of snow, and we were driving a car with no snow tires. At least one lane of the highway had been cleared by snowplows!

It was still unnerving for us though.  The 77 mile stretch took 3 hours to get there, and we had to change our route a few times because there were either roads that had not been cleared, or our car could not make a turn without sliding into a ditch.

But we did eventually make it to the beautiful town of Woodstock…beautiful even in a snowstorm!

Our first stop was at the renowned Woodstock Inn.  We were not staying there, but we did want to try out their restaurant and look around the building. (Plus it looked like everything else in town was closed up due to the storm!)

It is really a grand building standing in the center of town.

And I was soooo happy to see that warm fireplace when we entered the lobby!

Christmas decorations were everywhere in the building…

And there was even a playhouse sized gingerbread house!

I’m not sure how Santa’s sleigh got parked inside. 🙂

We wandered around a bit to take in all of the decorations.

And this was a view of the winter wonderland right outside one of the windows.

Here is their lunch menu.  It was the perfect day to have a cup of soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. 🙂

As I said, we were not staying at the Woodstock Inn.  After doing some research, I had chosen a relatively new place (about 2 years old) for us to stay – 506 On the River Inn.  So after lunch, we carefully drove a mile or two out of town to reach it.

The rooms were nice and clean with comfortable beds.  I knew the rooms themselves were not going to be extraordinary there (but they were perfectly fine.)

The reason I chose this inn was because of all their “extra” spaces.  They have an indoor pool, a game room, and the room below called their “library” (where my husband and son enjoyed their pool table and our son later spent time studying for his semester exams.)

506 On the River Inn also has an in house restaurant called 506 Bistro and Bar. Again I loved the fireplace in there!  (The windchill in Woodstock was in the single digits with the winter storm.)

We were basically snowed in that day once we arrived, so it was nice to have accommodations that offered a variety of things to do and spaces to enjoy.  And it was nice to be able to dine there for a wonderful meal that evening without having to leave the inn.

If you visit during warmer seasons, you can enjoy your meal outside overlooking the river that is not far from the building.

The Bistro has this precious kitchen area where breakfast is served each morning (included with your stay.)

Isn’t it cute?! It certainly has a feeling of “make yourself at home” with coffee, tea, and other things available for guests throughout the day.

And here it is all set up for breakfast – and the breakfast meals were quite hearty and delicious!

The storm finally passed the next day. The snow stopped, and we had blue skies once more (but it was f-f-f-f-f r e e z i n g cold!!) This was the view from the window of our room.

Once the sun came out we headed back to the little village of Woodstock to explore it.  That will be the topic for the final part of our trip.  I hope you will return for it. You won’t want to miss the wonderful shops and charming houses!

Thank you so much for reading!
See you next time…


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Rosemary - February 3, 2018 - 5:33 am

Thanks for sharing this Kelly … I’ve enjoyed it soooo much, travelling vicariously is such a fun thing to do, especially in all that snow! Although, maybe not the driving so much!! Glad you had such a wonderful time. I’d love to visit Woodstock one Winter… or Summer. We didn’t make it there when we visited Stowe… I’m regretting that now! Looking forward to Part 4.
Have a great weekend Kelly …

Kerry S. N.H. - January 31, 2018 - 10:56 pm

Omg Kelly I can’t believe it took 3 hrs to get from Stowe to Woodstock. You must’ve been on the edge ofyour seat! I’ve seen rte. 89 like that many a time! That’s why we all have four wheel drive up here! Lol..So glad you got to experience yet another beautiful N E town. For the future when you return which I know you will, you must stop in Queechee and check out the beautiful gorge and antiques mall. Can’t wait to see part three!

Margaret - January 31, 2018 - 11:30 am

Beautiful pictures….Thank you for sharing your trip.

Debbie Brown - January 30, 2018 - 9:30 pm

Such beautiful pictures of what had to be a wonderful trip! Making me want to get busy planning our trip soon! Thanks for sharing!

Peggy Z - January 30, 2018 - 8:46 pm

I love these trips. And truly enjoying the Christmas decorations.

DiAnne - January 30, 2018 - 8:06 pm

You are a gem to be taking us along on this adventure! I can’t wait to see all the shops!

Tricia - January 30, 2018 - 7:25 pm

Kelly, what great timing, to be able to experience a white, Christmassy vacation in Vermont. New snow makes everything so magical. I have been to Woodstock and I think it is such a quintessential New England town. Apart from the scary road conditions it sounds like a happy time, lovely memories for you all. Thanks for sharing!

Kristy - January 30, 2018 - 1:15 pm

What a wonderful travel guide you are. I hope you were able to get some snow boots somewhere along the way! Both of these inns look like wonderful cozy places to stay. I’m sure you’re going to “wow” us with the town of Woodstock, as well. Looking forward to it.

Gina - January 30, 2018 - 11:58 am

I’m sure you Georgians thoroughly enjoyed the snow!! Ha, minus the driving in it. 😛 The inn you chose seemed perfect for being snowed in. Cutest little beverage and breakfast area. 🙂

Sherry Myers - January 30, 2018 - 11:20 am

Wow! Your trip and visit to Woodstock put a whole new spin on the Winter Wonderland image didn’t it? Absolutely beautiful though! What a Christmas treat! Thank you for sharing all of this. You are our virtual travel guide, and I can’t wait to see more.

Louvina - January 30, 2018 - 10:41 am

Oh, how I enjoyed seeing these pictures and taking it all in—especially the snow scenes. I really liked the playhouse gingebread house, the washtub plant holder and the tricycle up top on the cabinet. Reminded me of your classroom with the tiny bike up high!! The breakfast area was wonderful in the inn you stayed – reminded me a bit of Elizabeth Pointe in Amelia Island. I don’t imagine I will ever get to New England in this lifetime— but will always dream! Love your travels and the places you go and share with us your readers and friends!! ❄️❄️❄️

Leslie Anne Tarabella - January 30, 2018 - 10:35 am

What a snuggly get-away! This is a great reminder there are beautiful things to see and do outside the normal summertime vacation days. I’m not accustomed to the snow, but it looks so beautiful. The gingerbread house was amazing and I loved the leather Chesterfield sitting area!

Dawn - January 30, 2018 - 10:23 am


I just love seeing your travels. What nice places you visited. I can’t wait to see what else you guys did! Thanks for sharing. Take Care.


Anne Barr - January 30, 2018 - 10:01 am

Next time you are in the Woodstock area be sure to visit Simon Pearce Glass Studio. Stunning glass and a fabulous restaurant. Also up the road in Norwich is King Arthur Bakery and Store, huge amazing place!

Marianne in Mo. - January 30, 2018 - 9:49 am

Oh my, that drive must have been a nail biter! But the destination hopefully made you quickly forget! I bet you slept well that night. I’m sure the frigid temps were a shocker for you, although I would have been saying ” just like home!” Can’t wait for the tour of Woodstock.

Ermetta - January 30, 2018 - 9:08 am

Wish we would have met you that day!! We were staying at the Woodstock Inn that week!!!!! IT was wonderful with all that snow!! It’s our favorite place to stay!!

cindy hattersley - January 30, 2018 - 8:54 am

Hi Kelly

What a storybook town. Both of the inns looked so charming. I miss New England. We will be able to travel again soon. Can’t wait for the final installment!

Karen B. - January 30, 2018 - 8:54 am

This little town looks like something created for a movie. How charming and warm and welcoming the inns are. I guess they have to be considering the snow you encountered! 🙂
This trip seems magical and one of the best memory making trips one could take during the holiday season.
Thanks for sharing.

Sandy - January 30, 2018 - 8:45 am

Lovely photos. I would have been scared out of my mind on the drive though.

Kathy - January 30, 2018 - 7:58 am

Beautiful photos! What a pretty place to be snowed in! I hope you had a good book! My favorite area was the breakfast spot. I can’t wait for the “shops and charming houses” post!

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - January 30, 2018 - 7:30 am

I am so excited you got to spend some time in Woodstock! We have a townhouse in Killington just 20 minutes south of there. In the winter, we are up there about every other weekend and try to get into Woodstock when we can. Isn’t it the most precious town? Even though you were there during a snowstorm, I am glad you had some time to enjoy it. I am not familiar with the hotel you stayed in but it looked so cozy and inviting. The Woodstock Inn is such a landmark and I keep meaning to have lunch or dinner there. I am looking forward to your next post of the town! Enjoy your week!

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