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 reasons why. But just to name a few - have you ever experienced natural beauty from the basket of a hot-air balloon? Lift-off from the backyard of the Inn at Clearwater Pond and gently soar above and then gracefully descend into the bottom of the Quechee Gorge. How about an easy hike to the summit of Mt. Tom where you will enjoy the expansive and scenic overlook? Should you wish to slow down the pace, hop in your vehicle and drive our beautiful back roads, where each bend will surprise you with an amazing view. Visit our quaint towns; each one displaying their unique personalities. Shop for that special treasure in our country stores. Chat with our friendly villagers. Or simply kick back, enjoy a glass of your favorite beverage and relax at our beautiful Inn, where you will have a front-row seat should a hot-air balloon lift-off or land (and this happens quite frequently)...
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:
Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn't see?
The answer, my friend, is "BLOWIN' IN THE WIND"
The answer is blowin' in the wind
(1963 Bob Dylan)
Woodstock Music & Arts Fair brought people together during a time of great social turmoil. This 3 day celebration of peace, love and music proved that it is possible to live together in harmony and with compassion. Live with only our best selves represented. It gave people around the world hope. Their intention holds firm. To deliver a first-class original, once-in-a-lifetime festival to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock. To honor a cultural icon that changed the way we think about music and togetherness - and it's all about to happen again in 2019 - August 16, 17, 18 - Watkins Glen, NY
For Woodstock 50, we are supporting causes that represent the issues of our times…but our call to action is timeless. Stand with us. Make a difference. Help heal the planet and the people living on it. That’s what Woodstock is all about.
The Inn at Clearwater Pond in Quechee is only a 6-hour drive from Watkins Glen, New York and the beautiful Finger Lakes area. After the festival, unwind, relax and reminisce all you just experienced at our peaceful bed and breakfast
"OL' MAN RIVER" that ol' man river, he don't say nothing but he must know something
cause he just keeps rolling, he keeps rolling along...
(1927 Artist Paul Robeson, Composer Oscar Hammerstein II, from the Musical "Showboat")
The Longest Float Trip In Vermont Will Bring Your Summer Tubing Dreams To Life
There’s no better way to spend a lazy summer day than floating down a beautiful river with your friends. If that sounds appealing, you need to check out this amazing tubing trip that will take you all day… in a good way. River tubing in Vermont is an adventurous and fun way to spend a day!
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"
(1957 Artist Jimmie Rogers, Composer The Weavers)
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!
"SWEET SOUL MUSIC"
(1967 Artist and Composer Arthur Conley)
MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS
CLASSICAL CONCERT SERIES
For 36 years, internationally renowned musicians have performed in the Music in the Mountains, a 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. Concerts are every Saturday, beginning June 29 - through July 27, 2019 at the Ramshead Lodge, Killington - 7 p.m.
"COME ON DOWN TO MY BOAT, BABY"...
(1967 Artist Every Mother's Son, Composer Jerry Goldstein, Wes Farrel)
Once again the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce will partner with The Woodstock Rotary Club for the annual "Lobsters on The Green". There will be live music, cash bar and of course, lobster! The town green will be packed with locals and visitors and everyone will eat, drink, listen to music, dance and enjoy a wonderful evening under the stars. Be sure to mark this event on your calendar for this coming July 2019
"IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND"
(1970 Artist and Composer Gordon Lightfoot)
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