I step outside onto the porch and gaze east towards the quechee gorge - no matter where i look, my eyes feast upon a lush and beautiful forest green - how can you not love this time of year…
Here's a quick look at just some of the past, present, future events and happenings in our area:
FLY ME TO THE MOON
Our Most Recent Lift-off with Balloons of Vermont
Several of our guests 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...
RED, RED WINE
Tasting Location: The Barnard Inn Barn, Route 12, Barnard, VT
Dates: May 31, June 28, July 26 and August 30
KISSES SWEETER THAN WINE
The Quechee/Woodstock Area's Newest Restaurant
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 DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES
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. Come enjoy a nice July weekend tasting fine wines with Killington Peak and the Green Mountains of Vermont serving as a scenic backdrop.
The Weekend of July 20th - Killington, Vermont
12 to 6 pm
CHEESEBURGER IN PARADISE
Located in Woodstock Village, this market features 30 local vendors, cheese, veggies, prepared foods, ice cream, pottery, bread, meats and crafts, live music every week, children's activities
DATES & TIMES
May 30 through October 10
3 pm until 6 pm
SWEET SOUL MUSIC
MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS
CLASSICAL CONCERT SERIES
SATURDAYS: July 7, July 14, July 21 and July 28
For 36 years, internationally renowned musicians have performed in our 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.
A TASTE OF HONEY
9TH ANNUAL TASTE OF WOODSTOCK
Elm Street in Woodstock Village
10 am - 9 pm
AUGUST 11, 2018
Packed with local flavor, Taste of Woodstock is a sample of everything the Woodstock community is known for. In partnership with Artistree and Purple Crayon Productions, over 50 vendors will fill the center of Woodstock Village with favorite Vermont provisions, wine, beer, spirits, music, entertainment, arts, crafts and an activity tent for children.
Green Mountain Horse Association - GMHA - FALL HUNTER JUMPER SHOW
SEPTEMBER 8-9, 2018
Join the Green Mountain Horse Association for a weekend of hunter jumper competitions set among Vermont’s stunning fall foliage. Watch or compete in one of the most exciting disciplines of horseback riding.
NEHC & VHJA Affiliated
Join us for a great weekend of hunter jumper competition in Vermont during our beautiful fall foliage. The Hunter and Equitation Derbies will take place Saturday evening on the Jump Field.
The VHJA Jumper Finals will take place Sunday morning.
Plus regular offerings of hunter, jumper and equitation classes for all ages and abilities. This weekend is not to be missed!
46TH ANNUAL WOODSTOCK APPLES AND CRAFTS ARTISANS FAIR
OCTOBER 6-7, 2018 - COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND
Saturday October 6th 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday October 7th 10 am to 4 pm
Located on Route 4 at Bailey's Meadow, just outside of Woodstock Village - there will be plenty of signs to show you the way
Leaf season gets its own celebration during the Woodstock Apples and Crafts Artisans Fair. Shop with over 100 vendors and purveyors of Vermont crafts and food.
More than 100 juried craftspeople and specialty food producers. Admission $4.00 per person. Children 12 & under are free. Bus groups are welcome.
Don't miss this fun weekend!
BORN TO RUN
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
Entry Fees and Registration for 2019
- Registration for the 2019 Race opens on Monday, December 3, 2018 at 7 p.m. ET. Please note that the 2018 race sold out in 14 minutes!
- Registration is by first-come, first-serve, NOT a lottery system
- Registrants will receive confirmation emails
- Registration is by VISA/MC .
- The entry fee is $75, plus a processing fee
- There is no wait list
- The 2018 race SOLD OUT in 14 minutes.
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
FISH OUT OF WATER
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!
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