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As November arrives and shorter days quietly dim, we recognize that our sunflowers are long gone and leaves have fallen from the trees, carpeting the grass.  Our geese, heading towards their southern winter homes, are framed by evening skies and pearly dusks.  I step outside onto the porch and gaze east towards the Quechee Gorge.  Everywhere I look, my eyes feast upon beautiful views of the hillside from across the Gorge.  I do miss the autumn colors but no matter what season, our back roads and pristine villages will always delight and impress.  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:



Woodstock, Vermont's 34th Annual Wassail Weekend!

Filled with twinkling lights, Historic decorated homes, Breakfast with Santa, Billings Farm Decorated in 19th century holiday spirit and Sleigh bells, our annual Wassail Weekend is not to be missed!  The horse parade through the village of Woodstock is a weekend highlight.  This weekend appeals to all ages.  It's festive and fun and a great way to kick off the holiday season.  Be sure to make your bed and breakfast reservations early.  The Inn at Clearwater Pond will be geared up and ready to welcome guests to our home.  We will be brewing our own recipe for Wassail - and it is delicious and perfect for this festive holiday weekend.  We are conveniently located under 15 minutes from the village center so make your reservations soon.

DATES ARE DECEMBER 7, 8, 9, 2018


A Backyard 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...and remember, our pilot flies year round!




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 cowsdraft 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 History

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.


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.  It is temporarily closed for renovations but will re-open in January 2019.  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.  We are all anxiously awaiting its re-opening!


JUNE 2019 (registration opens Dec. 3, 2018 at 7 pm ET & you'll have approximately 14 minutes.......

The 26th Annual Covered Bridges Half Marathon - The Best 13.1 Miles in New England -  Took Place on Sunday, June 3, 2018

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


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.

Killington, Vermont





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!


Quechee Hot Air Balloon Festival - Father's Day Weekend - June 15, 16, 17, 2018 - Quechee, Vermont

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





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!


Bookstock Literary Festival

Woodstock's annual literary festival celebrated its 10th consecutive year July 27 to 29 with a superlative array of prominent authors, artists, performers, and teachers.

Headliners of this 10th edition included Richard RussoRobert PinskyAlexander Chee, and Ezzedine Choukri Fishere.

Besides its 30+ presenters, Bookstock included a huge used book sale and a vintage book sale. Publishers and authors gathered in a spacious and displayed their publications and spoke with participants about their work.

The Artistree Gallery in nearby South Pomfret staged UNBOUND, an exhibit of artist creations inspired by books. At different venues, workshops were led by talented authors dealing with writing and poetry. Also on the program was a poetry slam and a literary brunch at a local restaurant.


2018 Scottish Festival and Competition in Quechee, Vermont...took place this past August 25th at the Quechee Polo Field (only 3 miles from the Inn at Clearwater Pond)

Activities and Events included Open Stone Throw (similar to the Shot Put) - Caber Toss - Sheaf Toss - Weight Over The Bar - Pipe Band - Solo Piping - Solo Drumming - Highland Dance - Scottish/Celtic Vendors - Clan Village - Sheepdog Trials - Food Vendors and a Beer and Wine Tent

Be sure to mark your calendars for August 2019 - this is an entertaining and fun event!




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 filled the center of Woodstock Village with favorite Vermont provisions, wine, beer, spirits, music, entertainment, arts, crafts and an activity tent for children.


The Barnard Inn Wine Series

Tasting Location:  The Barnard Inn Barn, Route 12, Barnard, VT

Dates:  May 31, June 28, July 26 and August 30

Join us again in 2019 for the next Wine Tasting Series


26th Annual

“Glory Days Festival”

Saturday, 9/8 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, 9/9 –  10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Downtown historic White River Junction, Vermont

Glory Days Festival celebrated its 26th year as a family oriented, fun-filled, two day festival of the railroading and transportation modes of the past, present & future.  Free Admission.

Festival events included: excursion train rides($15), model train show admission ($), Saturday evening photo shoot($10), children games and activities ($), mini stream engine, a roaming train($), live musical entertainment, food vendors, street vendors and engine displays.

Saturday excursions offered a 45 minute ride departing on the hour beginning at 10:30AM and Sunday a 90 minute ride departing at 10:30AM and 1:30PM.

Excursion tickets: Purchase tickets the day of at the festival or you can purchase tickets online by visiting – www.hartfordrec.com

This event is produced by the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department.

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14th Annual Plymouth Folk & Blues Festival

September 1 - September 2, 2018

Plymouth's favorite fall tradition continued with music and fun from across Vermont. The 2018 lineup included Jay Ottaway, Julia Mark, Seth Adam, Cricket Blue, Alice Howe, and Dan Weber. Wagon rides on Saturday; children's crafts and face painting both days. Selected as a "Top 10 Fall Event" by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site  |  Plymouth Notch, VT


Green Mountain Horse Association - GMHA - FALL HUNTER JUMPER SHOW
SEPTEMBER 8-9, 2018

Join us in 2019 for 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



Pumpkin and Apple Celebration at Billings Farm

Woodstock, VT - September 29 and 30

Hands-on programs highlights two essential fall crops - pumpkins and apples.  Activities and events included apple tasting, cider pressing, pumpkin bowling, apples-on-a-string, making pumpkin and apple ice cream and cooking apple butter in the farmhouse.  This is a fun event for adults and children.  Horse drawn wagon rides through the field were offered, as well.  Mark this on your calendar for 2019!



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 

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 - make your plans for October 2019!


As she climbed the staircase, "it" was no more than a chill in the air. Then a shadowy form appeared above her..........Was this just a figment of her imagination? She closed her eyes;  then quickly opened them, hoping the eerie apparition was gone.  The shadow remained.  Could this really be some mischievous spirit that was quietly floating above her now-trembling body?  It appeared to be a man, wearing torn overalls and large, dirty work boots.  And now this phantom seemed to be drifting closer.  She could feel his presence and tightly closed her eyes once again.  When she had the courage to open them, it appeared that the spirit had simply slithered into the walls.  The ghost haunts our hallways, roams our kitchen, stalks our backyard and drifts into rooms as people lie sleeping - do you dare to meet him?

Listen, my friends, and you shall hear - our chilling tales of ghosts to fear!!!


born in the 1800's, died in one of our rooms, haunts our hallways, guest rooms, sitting areas and backyard.   Can you handle a tap on your shoulder in the middle of the night or feel his presence while you lie in bed?  He can be male or female.  He may knock on your door or bang on your wall.  You may hear voices in the middle of the night or heavy footsteps outside your door when no one is around.  Visit us around Halloween 2019 and listen to true and chilling tales of his antics and ghostly apparitions. 



Keep checking back with us as we continue to post upcoming local events...and there will be plenty







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Inn at Clearwater Pond
984 Quechee-Hartland Road
Quechee, Vermont

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