Woodstock & Quechee Vermont
About Woodstock & Quechee Vermont: Located in the central part of the state along the eastern border, this area is home to two major destinations.. Billings Farm & Museum and the Vermont Institute of Natural Science [VINS]... both a must-visit. It is also home to the famed Quechee Gorge. All within minutes of I-91. Current Weather Conditions Click On Photos For Larger Images
Woodstock: A national magazine named Woodstock "The Prettiest Small Town in America," and who are we to argue. A lot of effort (and Rockefeller money) has gone into making sure the village keeps its pristine historic image. For instance, no utility wires appear overhead on downtown streets. And the road you take to enter Woodstock will either cross a covered bridge, pass a picturesque horse farm or country store, or wind along the Ottauquechee River. Check out Area Attractions
A stroll through the town is a must. Start at the Woodstock Inn opposite the green, and be sure to investigate the side streets and alleys. Burgeoning flower boxes, sparkling windows and quaint street lamps enhance specialty shops and galleries offering a striking array of upscale merchandise. Area restaurants offer everything from hearty breakfasts to truly elegant dining.
Allow plenty of time to visit the Billings Farm & Museum, a working dairy farm that depicts farm life in the 1890s and provides hands-on activities for children. Adjacent to the farm is the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Vermont's only national park and the only national park to focus on conservation history. Guided tours of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Mansion and the surrounding grounds and gardens are available. The park and Billings Farm share a parking lot and information center and are located a half mile from the Woodstock village green. Both are open to the public daily May 1 through October 31.
The Vermont Raptor Center [VINS] The Vermont Institute of Natural Science is a must-see! It is a clinic and educational center devoted to birds of prey. The center treats injured birds so they can return to the wild. Tours will allow you to see and learn about Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Snowy Owls and more than 20 other raptor species.
There's much else to see and do here, as well as in nearby Quechee and the surrounding area. And don't make the common mistake of thinking of Woodstock as strictly a summer area; it's not. You'll not find a more charming place to be in winter. Its family oriented Suicide Six Ski Area, cross-country trails and horsedrawn sleigh rides make it a very popular winter get-away.
In short, you'll find it difficult to find a more beautiful town in Vermont or elsewhere - include it in your itinerary . However, when in Woodstock make certain to drive within the speed limit, history dictates it can be costly otherwise.
Quechee & Quechee Gorge: These are two destinations you don't want to miss! The Village of Quechee, just east of Woodstock off of Route 4, a picturebook village if there ever was one. You enter the village by crossing a covered bridge immediately below cascading white water. When exit the bridge you're there.... in "downtown" Quechee Village. There is no downtown! However, you're right at the door of nationally renowned Simon Pearce Glass, and its legendary restaurant overhanging the falls. This also the place of the wildly famous Quechee Hot Air Balloon Festival which takes place every Father's Day Weekend. This tiny village accommodates thousands during the Festival. So if you're planning an overnight in the area there is no such thing as booking accommodations too early.
Quechee Gorge, commonly referred to as Vermont's Grand Canyon is a few miles further east via Route 4. You can park and view it from the bridge spanning the gorge... or, you can take a foot trail down to the base of the gorge. Just remember that you need to make it back up. There are a number of lodging establishments in the immediate area. And Quechee State Park has some great camp sites. In short, whether you spend an hour or the day here, you'll be glad you stopped at the Gorge.
Barnard, East Barnard, Pomfret, North Pomfret, South Promfret: These small towns and villages are located immediately north of Woodstock. It is here that you will find the popular Suicide Six Ski Area, access to the Appalachian Trail on Route 12, and Silver Lake State Park in nearby Barnard.
Bridgewater, Bridgewater Center, Briggs, Bridgewater Corners: Although almost everything of interest to the visitor will be found in Woodstock, the exception is in Bridgewater and The Calvin Coolidge Homestead, just a few minutes drive-time west via Route 4. Both are a MUST VISIT! The Charles Shackleton Woodworking Shops in the mill are nothing less than fascinating. We also very much recommend a visit to the Calvin Coolidge Homestead in nearby Plymouth Notch - it's not in any way your typical historic homestead; it is comprised of an entire village. Directions? Take 100A south from Bridgewater Corners a few short miles and you're there. Coolidge State Park is also located here off of 100A - and you can still pan for gold here. Really!
Local Attractions & Places of Interest
Listings Are In Alphabetical Order
Billings Farm (Central Vermont)
Description: Working Farm, Exhibits, Events
Location: Route 12 & River Road
Long Trail Brewing Company (Central Vermont)
Description: Brewers Of Long Trail Ale, Tours
Location: Routes 4 & 100A
Town: Bridgewater Corners
Quechee Gorge (Central Vermont)
Description: Not-To-Be-Missed 165' Chasm, Trails,Picnicking, Camping
Location: Route 4
Simon Pearce Glass (Central Vermont)
Description: View Glassblowing, Gift Shop, Magnificent Setting
Location: Main Street
Town: Quechee Village
Sugarbush Farms (Central Vermont)
Description: A working maple syrup and cheese farm.
Location: 591 Sugarbush Farm Road
VINS Nature Center
Description: See live birds of prey; nature trails; educational programs; Open year-round.
Location: 1/4 mile west of Quechee Gorge on Rt 4
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