A CHARMING WEEKEND IN WOODSTOCK, VERMONT It’s hard to imagine a place more picture-book New England than the charming shire town of Woodstock, Vermont. Brooke and I had the privilege of spending four beautiful July days here for a most memorable family wedding. Whether you are the skiing-hiking-kayaking outdoorsy type, an avid antiquer, foodie, or wine/ beer connoisseur, Woodstock will fulfill all of your New England fantasies.
I have personally not been to Vermont since I was a child. We used to spend winter weekends skiing at Killington Mountain, a quick and scenic 25 minute drive from Woodstock. Visiting Woodstock, one can certainly ski in the vicinity at Suicide Six. Although the ski area name is intimidating, 30% of their trails are beginner level.
While Woodstock was currently bursting with charming country gardens planted along white picket fences, I could not help but fantasize about the arboreal kaleidoscope that exists during the Autumnal months, or the cozy cup of cocoa in hand while strolling down sparkling snow-covered streets, trees adorned with twinkle lights during winter. No matter the time of year, a trip to Woodstock, Vermont will fill your heart and soul with pure New England charm. National Geographic actually described Woodstock as one of the most beautiful small towns in America.
A stroll around the town begins by walking right out of our front door. No matter where you stay, you will feel like you’ve traveled into the past, yet this historic quaintness was paired with a contemporary feel–the perfect balance for an east coast weekend getaway. A leisurely morning took us to one of many outdoor cafes for a delicious breakfast.
After breakfast, it was so much fun browsing the shops and galleries, and walking across the covered bridge that spans the Ottauquechee River. An invigorating hike with the bridal party filled our lungs with fresh morning Vermont air.
In the center of town is the village green surrounded by beautiful architecture, from Federal mansions to a Greek-Revival courthouse and a Romanesque-style library. Quaint restaurants, ice cream shops and breweries also line the charming streets.
The majestic mountains and gurgling rivers balanced with New England elegance and history, make Woodstock, Vermont, the ideal escape for an East Coast summer retreat, festive fall excursion or a crackling fireside winter ski lodge getaway.
ABOUT THE BLOGGERS Naperville mom and teacher, Kristen Kainrath and her teen daughter, Brooke, are a mother-daughter travel-blogging team who have always shared an incurable case of wanderlust. Their goal is to inspire girls to follow their passions and appreciate the diversity of our global community. Follow them on their journeys at www.pedisnpassports.com and watch for their monthly article inside Glancer Magazine in 2017.