Welcome January 2019!
Snow means great skiing in Vermont but it also means great snowmobiling, snowshoeing, x-country skiing, ice skating, snowmen, snowball fights, sleigh rides, tubing, sledding, ice fishing, bonfires, marshmallows and a great cabernet in front of a roaring fire! How can you not love this time of year...
Actually, all four seasons in Vermont are glorious in their own right and Vermonter's are used to sharing every season with thousands of visitors from around the world. There are many ways to enjoy the beauty of this state: take a scenic drive along our picturesque back roads, visit our quaint towns, shop in our unique country stores, chat with our friendly villagers, hike or bicycle our mountain trails. But whatever your preferences may be and no matter which road you travel, you will witness year-round spectacular scenery!
Here's a quick look at just some of the past, present, future events and happenings in our area:
SLEIGH BELLS RING, ARE YOU LISTENING? IN THE LANE SNOW IS GLISTENING. A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT, WE'RE HAPPY TONIGHT, WALKING IN A "WINTER WONDERLAND"
All of Vermont = Serious Skiing, X-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Ice Fishing, Ice Skating, Dog-Sledding, Horse-drawn Sleigh Rides, Over 5000 miles of Snowmobiling Trails!
EXPERIENCE A THRILLING WINTER ADVENTURE
It’s a special time to be in Vermont. With 20 alpine ski resorts, 30 cross-country touring centers and 7,300 acres of alpine terrain, this is a skier’s paradise. Even if you don’t ski or ride, there’s plenty to do to keep the family together and having fun.
Snowshoeing is a perfect substitute for enjoying the outdoors while getting in a good work-out. Find a Vermont State Park that meets your needs. For you thrillseekers, try snowmobiling. For those that are new to this recreational form of transportation, there is nothing like the adrenaline you get from maneuvering a 600-pound machine through turns, around trees, and over the terrain.
Ice fishing is another hot activity during the cold months. Fishing over frozen bodies of water gives the angler a unique advantage of fishing off-shore without a boat. With many of Vermont's waters open for ice fishing season, the choices are abundant.
If winter is not your favorite season for being outside, that’s ok. You’re not alone. Add some warmth to your winter with music, theater, and dance performances or treat yourself at one of Vermont’s award-winning spas. You deserve this.
No matter which activity you choose to take part in this winter, warm your soul and clear your thoughts by connecting with the natural world around you in Vermont.
Can't decide what to choose? Give us a call or send us an email and we'll help out!
802-295-0606 or firstname.lastname@example.org
COME ON, IT'S LOVELY WEATHER FOR A "SLEIGH RIDE" TOGETHER WITH YOU...
Winter At The Farm - Billings Farm - Woodstock, Vermont
Visit the farmhouse and the dairy farm for interactive programs. Don’t miss a winter visit to the farm
Horse-drawn sleigh or Wagon rides
69 Old River Road, Woodstock
Sleigh rides also available through Kedron Valley Stables and Sugarbush Farm
Vermont Flurry: Woodstock Snow Sculpture Festival
February 15, 16, 17 2019 - Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Presented by Pentangle Arts & ArtisTree Community Arts Center
Woodstock Village Green
Presidents Day Weekend
This event is weather-dependent and may be rescheduled on short notice.
Over Presidents Day Weekend, the Woodstock Village Green is transformed into a celebration of winter and the visual arts. Cheer on professional snow sculpting teams as they compete to create large, stunning sculptures, and be amazed as these works of art come to life over a three-day period. You can even vote for your favorite “Peoples’ Choice” pick, to be announced Sunday, February 17th at 12:30 pm! Voting ends on Sunday, February 17th at 12:15 pm.
Free and open to the public.
This event is part of Vermont Arts 2019, a celebration of the stunning array of arts events — concerts, festivals, exhibits, and openings — that take place all across the state
C'MON BABY, "LIGHT MY FIRE"...
The Torchlight Parade and Fireworks!
Suicide Six Ski Mountain - Pomfret, VT - Saturday, February 16, 2019 - Presidents' Day Weekend - and should you miss this one, there's another one the following night at...
The Quechee Club - Quechee, VT - Sunday, February 17, 2019
BRIGHT ARE THE STARS THAT SHINE - DARK IS THE SKY - I KNOW THIS LOVE OF MINE - WILL NEVER DIE "AND I LOVE HER" (or HIM)
JOIN US FOR VALENTINE'S DAY AND PRESIDENTS' DAY at our INN
We will be celebrating February 13-18
This Valentine’s Day you will probably either send or receive a valentine from someone. More than a billion are expected to be given away in the United States alone. But just like many of our holidays, there’s a lot more behind it than just cards and gifts. There’s a true-life story. It’s a story that teaches us a lot about love, sacrifice, and commitment—the true meaning of Valentine’s Day.
In the third century, the Roman Empire was ruled by Emperor Claudius II Gothicus. He was nicknamed Claudius the Cruel because of his harsh leadership and his tendency for getting into wars and abusing his people. In fact, he was getting into so many wars during the third century that he was having a difficult time recruiting enough soldiers.
Claudius believed that recruitment for the army was down because Roman men did not want to leave their loves or families behind, so he canceled all marriages and engagements in Rome. Thousands of couples saw their hopes of matrimony dashed by the single act of a tyrant. And no one seemed interested in standing up to the emperor.
But a simple Christian priest named Valentine did come forward and stood up for love. He began to secretly marry soldiers before they went off to war, despite the emperor’s orders. In 269 A.D., Emperor Claudius found out about the secret ceremonies. He had Valentine thrown into prison and deemed that he would be put to death.
As Valentine was awaiting execution, he fell in love with a blind girl who happened to be the jailer’s daughter. On the eve of his execution, with no writing instruments available, Valentine is said to have written her a sonnet in ink that he squeezed from violets. Legend has it that his words made the blind woman see again. It was a brief romance because the next day Valentine was clubbed to death by Roman executioners.
St. Valentine gave his life so that young couples could be bonded together in holy matrimony. They may have killed the man, but not his spirit. Even centuries after his death, the story of Valentine’s self-sacrificing commitment to love was legendary in Rome. Eventually, he was granted sainthood and the Catholic Church decided to create a feast in his honor. They picked February 14 as the day of celebration because of the ancient belief that birds (particularly lovebirds, but also owls and doves) began to mate on that very day.
And so, on this coming Valentine’s Day 2019, what are you doing to keep the love-light burning? Well - The Inn at Clearwater Pond is just the place to celebrate and we know how to do it up just right. Think ROMANCE and give us a call or send us an email.
The Covered Bridges Half-Marathon will take place on June 2, 2019. Registration is now closed for the 2019 race but we still have a few rooms left at the inn. Our inn is located only 2 miles from the pick-up location in Quechee and only 2 miles from the finish line, also in Quechee. Our location is perfect for runners and spectators. Remember that no one is permitted to park at the starting point at Suicide Six Mountain in Promfret. Please give us a call at 802-295-0606 with questions.
The Inn at Clearwater Pond hosted 4 runners this year: Kirk Brungard of Washington, DC and Joseph Suazo of Espanola, NM. Also Deepak Raghavan of Atlanta, GA who finished at #373, time 1:48 and Julie Brungard of Washington, DC, who finished at #719, time 1:57. Congratulations to all 1,895 runners and especially to our special 4 - well done!
Also, congratulations to Ben Szuhaj of Hanover, NH who finished #1, time 1:10:09 - Prescott Leach of Waltham, MA who finished #2, time 1:14:15 - Keith Drake of Brookline, MA who finished #3, time 1:14:56
- FLY ME TO THE MOON
A Backyard Lift-Off with Balloons of Vermont
Several of our guests recently enjoyed an exciting and scenic balloon flight over and down into the Quechee Gorge. With the Gorge located directly behind our property, it provides the ultimate location for a spectacular flight. Under the supervision of our pilot, Darrek, ground spectators and passengers helped inflate the envelope (fabric). Once fully inflated with passengers onboard, spectators watched in amazement as the massive balloon gracefully ascended and floated skybound. The balloon soared above the Gorge and then slowly descended to its bottom. Darrek maneuvered the basket onto some rocks as the river gently trickled underneath. It then popped up and continued its journey over green pastures, ponds, streams and more rivers before gently setting down amongst a beautiful field of wildflowers. The chase crew arrived soon thereafter and passengers enjoyed a "celebration" with pilot and crew. All were treated to delicious hors d'oeuvres and champagne, followed by the Balloonist's Prayer. Recommendation: put this thrilling experience on the top of your bucket-list - you'll be talking about this and reliving memories for a long, long time...and remember, our pilot flies year round - yes, even in winter...
SHE THINKS MY TRACTOR'S SEXY
Gateway To Vermont’s Rural Heritage - Billings Farm
Billings Farm & Museum is just a scenic stroll from the village center of Woodstock, Vermont, and is regarded as one of the finest outdoor history museums in the country. Combining a fully-operating Jersey dairy farm with educational exhibitsand interactive programs and events, Billings Farm & Museum is committed to providing education and enjoyment to visitors of all ages.
From meeting our award-winning Jersey dairy cows, draft horses, and sheep, to exploring the carefully restored 1890 Farm House, sampling Billings Farm cheddar, and taking part in hands-on activities, there really is something for everyone.
Billings Farm was established in 1871 by Frederick Billings, a native Vermonter known for his work as a lawyer, railroad builder, and pioneer in scientific farm management and reforestation. Billings set out to make his 270-acre farm a model dairy operation for farmers in the region, founded on the principles of efficiency, sustainability, and responsible land use.
In 1884 Frederick Billings hired George Aitken, an innovative and successful professional farm manager to oversee his Woodstock operation. Aitken imported cows from the Isle of Jersey, hundreds of Southdown sheep, Berkshire hogs, and other livestock. By 1890, the year that Frederick Billings died, the Billings Farm had grown to nearly 1,000 acres and was widely acknowledged for the superior genetics of its premier Jersey herd as well as an extensive butter-making operation that produced 5,000 pounds of high-quality butter annually. Three years later, at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, cows from the Billings herd took top honors in the dairy division, with Lily Garfield designated “Champion Heifer of the World.”
The herd’s performance in Chicago was the victorious culmination of Billings Farm’s early years. Following George Aitken’s sudden death in 1910, the farm experienced several periods of change, including a successful commercial dairy operation beginning in the 1948. In the mid-1970s, the farm resumed breeding championship-caliber Jersey cows. A string of regional show winnings throughout the 1970s and ’80s culminated when Billings Top Rosanne won top honors in both American and Canadian competitions, designating her the finest Jersey in North America.
Owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc., a non-profit educational institution founded by Laurance and Mary Rockefeller in 1968, the Billings Farm & Museum was established in 1983 to preserve the historic Billings Farm as well as the character and heritage of rural Vermont.
WHEN I WAS A YOUNG MAN I'D NEVER BEEN KISSED; I GOT TO THINKING ABOUT WHAT I HAD MISSED. I FOUND A GIRL. I KISSED HER AND THEN...OH LORD, I KISSED HER AGAIN BECAUSE SHE HAD "KISSES SWEETER THAN WINE"
A Dining Experience In The Quechee/Woodstock Area
The objective at Mangalitsa is to offer a complete dining experience where hospitality and cuisine work hand in hand. Their standard for sourcing the many ingredients that find their home on their menu is simple: local. By relying on their extensive network of small producers in the Upper Valley and cultivating relationships, they can offer an ever-changing, seasonal variety of small plates and shared entrees, served a la carte or prefix and accompanied by a unique wine and beer list and house cocktails.
The Daily Catch Woodstock
Woodstock's newest restaurant opened up in September 2018. This restaurant offers New England's finest seafood and pasta and we welcome them to our town. This smaller 35 seat restaurant offers diners the same great flavors and quality as its Boston-based counterparts. Welcome, The Daily Catch, to Woodstock!
THE LONELY NIGHT DISCLOSES JUST A PASSING BREEZE FILLED WITH MEMORIES OF THE GOLDEN SMILE THAT INTRODUCED ME TO
"THE DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES" AND YOU
The Killington Wine Festival has earned a reputation for being one of the Killington region’s signature summer events. Over the years, the festival has grown immensely and now features more than 500 wines from a collection of over 40 vineyards around the world. Guests enjoyed a nice July weekend tasting fine wines with Killington Peak and the Green Mountains of Vermont serving as a scenic backdrop.
SWEET SOUL MUSIC
MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS
CLASSICAL CONCERT SERIES
For 36 years, internationally renowned musicians have performed in the Music in the Mountains chamber music series with the beauty of the Green Mountains as a backdrop. These distinguished artists also spend the summer at Killington teaching and mentoring young musicians who perform in the Young Artist Concerts Series. Be sure to plan a visit next July 2019!
UP, UP AND AWAY...
Once again, the skies over Quechee and the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire were filled with hot air balloons, ushering in the annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music Festival, the longest running hot air balloon festival in New England. With 5 scheduled flights over the course of the weekend, our perfectly beautiful weather allowed all 5 flights to lift-off , much to the delight of all spectators. Our festival grounds welcomed many, many guests, some who travelled great distances to attend. All enjoyed continuous music and entertainment for all ages and over 60 craft artisans and commercial vendors. There were activities for children and of course, festival food with local healthy options, a beer and wine garden and much more.
The Inn at Clearwater Pond backs up to the Quechee Gorge. All balloon pilots navigate towards the gorge. And when air currents cooperate, they fly over and descend into the gorge - truly a spectacular flight! We are located only 1-1/2 miles from the festival grounds. If you missed this fun weekend this year, be sure to mark your calendars for 2019. And remember - this fun and very colorful weekend takes place here in Quechee every Fathers' Day Weekend. If you would like to book for next year or if you have questions, please email or give us a call
COME ON DOWN TO MY BOAT, BABY....
Once again the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce partnered with The Woodstock Rotary Club for the annual "Lobsters on The Green". There was live music, cash bar and of course, lobster! The town green was packed with locals and visitors and everyone ate, drank, listened to music, danced and enjoyed a wonderful evening under the stars. Be sure to mark this event on your calendar for next year!
IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND
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