Welcome Mid-March and Spring!
March has been described as a "tomboy with tossed hair, a mischievous smile, mud on her shoes and a laugh in her voice." Will March come in like a lion and out like a lamb? Your guess is as good as mine. We could experience bizarre winter weather or be teased with warmer days. Possibly the best thing about March is that on the 10th, we went back on daylight savings time. So, as the amount of daylight slowly increases with each day and our winter birds hungrily fly back and forth to the feeder, we know that spring is a-comin'. When you visit us in March, come prepared for whatever the snow gods decide. Just remember - it's all good...
March offers great skiing in Vermont but it also offers 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:
"100 BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL" 100 bottles of beer. Take one down and pass it around, 99 bottles of beer....
THE VERMONT BREWERS FESTIVAL
KILLINGTON, VT - MARCH 23, 2019
Our Vermont brewers are getting together to create a very special festival at the picturesque mountain setting of Killington Resort. This all outdoor festival features 32 Vermont brewers and 2 invited guests from Canada, creating special collaboration beers made exclusively for this one day event. There are two sessions, 12-3pm and 4-7pm. Tickets are $44 or for $123 you can get a lift ticket and access to the festival. Attendees will sample special beers in varying pour sizes, meet the brewers and enjoy food trucks and fire pits at this all outdoor event. The Vermont Brewers Festival was established in 1990. It's the only festival created and hosted by the brewers. All proceeds from the event will support the Vermont Brewers Association, a nonprofit founded in 1995 to promote and strengthen the culture of craft brewing in Vermont through marketing, education, and advocacy for Vermont made beer.
MAPLE OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND 2019
Vermont's sugar makers welcome you
Maple Open House Weekend is Vermont’s most anticipated spring event and a celebration of the current season’s crop. When visiting sugar houses on March 23rd and 24th, visitors can expect warm welcomes from their sugar maker hosts, eager to educate and share with the public the process of making maple syrup from sap – an inside look at the hard work that goes into producing each jug of syrup. Traditional Open House activities include sampling syrup; tours of the woods; pancake breakfasts; horse-drawn sleigh rides; sugar-on-snow parties; and plenty of maple products to taste including maple donuts, maple cotton candy and maple creemees.
Event weekend visitors can also expect to be impressed by the diversity of maple as an ingredient as showcased by our Maple Partner businesses. Each Partner capitalizes on the flavor qualities of maple as a key component of recipes and menu items appearing throughout the weekend. As visitors tour the state, they'll be treated to unique maple experiences around every corner, including a hard cider, the "Tree Tapper", made with maple syrup; a distillery featuring a full line-up of distilled spirits, all made using local Vermont maple syrup; a brewery serving up their Ale Maple Ice Cream Floats made with Lake Champlain Chocolate's vanilla ice cream and a maple syrup drizzle; and a Vermont brewery that always has their Maple Breakfast Stout on tap. For a full menu of maple, visitors can dine at partner restaurants who are featuring special maple appetizers, entrees, desserts and beverages.
Visitors are encouraged to travel the state to see how widely maple is produced and discover how maple has expanded its traditional uses as a breakfast topper to become the natural sweetener and flavor of choice as demonstrated by partnering businesses. To ensure visitors make the most of the weekend, check out our partnering lodging options that are uniquely Vermont listed on the map and listings below. *Check out our Facebook and Instagram accounts for daily updated featured listings on participating locations!
With a corncob pipe and a button nose
And two eyes made out of coal
During winter storm Harper, The Weather Channel's, Meteorologist Jim Cantore, spent two days with us here in Woodstock. Jim is originally from our area and along with his brother, owns our best local pizza restaurant; named, of course, Cantore's. It was obvious that Jim holds a special place in his heart for our beautiful town. His camera man followed him to several places in Woodstock while Jim shared some of his fondest boyhood memories for all local Weather Channel viewers to enjoy. Our resident hot-air balloon pilot, Darrek, is not only an excellent pilot but also a clown at heart. It didn't take Darrek long to figure out that a visit to Woodstock and Jim would be just the thing to do during the snowy weather. Never owning up to an ounce of shyness, Darrek drove into Woodstock and introduced himself to Jim and the two became "buds" - just gotta love our local boys.....
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
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 in 2018: 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 frozen ice as the river trickled beneath. It then popped up and continued its journey over frozen ponds, fields, pastures, finally setting down near the ski trails at Killington Mountain. The chase crew arrived soon thereafter and passengers enjoyed a "celebration" with pilot and crew. All were treated to delicious hors d'oeuvres and their choice of champagne or hot-chocolate, 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. Enjoy a nice July weekend tasting fine wines with Killington Peak and the Green Mountains of Vermont serving as a scenic backdrop.
Killington, Vermont - July 2019
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 July 2019!
UP, UP AND AWAY...
Once again, the skies over Quechee and the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire will be 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 last year 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 in 2018, 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. We suggest you book as soon as possible as we fill up quickly. 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 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
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