Christmas in Woodstock, Vermont – Part One

This Christmas season we took a trip to Woodstock, Vermont.

We had not been to Woodstock at Christmas since 2013 and I was eager to travel there again.

Before I start to share our trip, I want to thank all of you who prayed that my insurance company would approve my double dose of medication. While on this trip, we learned that I received approval for 90 days for my medication. An answered prayer!

Christmas in Woodstock, Vermont

I have a lot to share, so I’ll document our trip in several blog posts during this 2020 Christmas season.

Christmas in Woodstock, Vermont 2020

Traveling to Woodstock, Vermont

To up the Christmas vacation fun, my sweet Mama joined us for this trip. She was Sherman’s travel buddy!

Dog on a long road trip, travelling on his dog bed

Like we did on our fall Vermont trip, we stopped in Williamsport, MD to walk Sherman.

If you ever need a travel break while traveling Route 81, visit Byron Memorial Park in Williamsport. Within the park is Springfield Farm, a lovely spot to enjoy.

Springfield Farm, Williamsport, MD

This barn at Springfield Farm is circa 1755 and is one of the largest barns in the state of Maryland.

Sherman definitely loves his Mama!

Springfield Farm, Williamsport, MD

This post is going to be picture heavy because I love preserving my memories on my blog.

Springfield Farm, Williamsport, MD

This spot was too pretty not to do a Christmas selfie.

Springfield Farm, Williamsport, MD

The barn was beautifully decorated for Christmas and I’ll bet that in a normal year there are numerous weddings and events held here.

Springfield Farm, Williamsport, MD

On the way to Woodstock, we drove through the town of Bennington so that Mama could see this beautiful church.

Church in Bennington, Vermont

Our next stop was Manchester, Vermont, a fun place to visit and a great spot to walk Sherman.

We love visiting Orvis there!

Family photo in front of a bear at Orvis in Manchester, Vermont

As we walked around Manchester, it got dark which was great because we got to enjoy the Christmas lights.

Outdoor Christmas tree in Manchester, Vermont

The Woodstock Inn at Christmas

Our destination was the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vermont. The outdoor lights were so pretty!

Christmas 2020 Outdoor Decorations at the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vermont

Little did we know that in just a few days, Woodstock would receive over two feet of snow.

Christmas 2020 Outdoor Decorations at the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vermont

I will share the snow pictures in an upcoming post!

Christmas 2020 Outdoor Decorations at the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vermont

Christmas Decorations at The Woodstock Inn

The inn was beautifully decorated for Christmas.

Christmas tree in the Woodstock Inn, Woodstock, Vermont

The Christmas tree in the lobby was decorated with mostly natural elements, all grown at Kelly Way Gardens.

Christmas tree in the Woodstock Inn, Woodstock, Vermont

Other than pinecone lights and pinecone ornaments, most of the tree decorations were dried florals and pinecones found in nature.

Christmas tree in the Woodstock Inn, Woodstock, Vermont

I loved the look of the dried florals decorating the tree. It also reminded me of my grandmother who dried flowers like these to use in her dried flower arrangements.

Christmas tree in the Woodstock Inn, Woodstock, Vermont

Handmade garlands decorated the foyer.

Christmas 2020 decorations in the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vermont

Every morning I headed straight for the lobby to enjoy coffee in front of the fire. You can see more of the garland behind me.

Relaxing in the Lobby of the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vermont

After a quick Sherman walk, Mr. SP joined me. Not shown is Mama who was enjoying her coffee on a sofa.

Relaxing in the Lobby of the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vermont

Back to the decorations! Pinecones decorated the entrance to the inn and also many other spots.

Christmas 2020 decorations in the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vermont

This room’s ceiling was decorated with pinecones.

Christmas 2020 decorations in the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vermont

This staircase leads to the downstairs area of the inn where the ballrooms are located.

Christmas 2020 decorations in the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vermont

Mama and I both loved the grapevine lighted trees.

Christmas 2020 decorations in the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vermont

The frames are made of rebar welded together. I noticed in my 2013 Christmas vacation pictures that the same trees were in use then.

Christmas 2020 decorations in the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vermont

One of the lobby decorations was a gingerbread village. If you want to see more fabulous gingerbread houses, check out this post from Ashville, NC.

Gingerbread Village at the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vermont

The chefs did a great job decorating these gingerbread houses.

Gingerbread Village at the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vermont

I’m sure that any child looking at this village would love to take a big bite!

Gingerbread Village at the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vermont

I particularly loved this tree decorated with spun sugar.

Gingerbread Village at the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vermont

One reason that we love the Woodstock Inn is because of the staff.

Here Sheman is greeting his buddy, Chris, who works the overnight shift at the front desk.

Christmas in Woodstock, Vermont

We really appreciate how the staff loves on our Sherman.

Now let’s look at the huge wreath seen below.

Christmas in the lobby of the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vermont

The wreath is decorated with dried florals.

Christmas 2020 decorations in the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vermont

The wreath doesn’t scream Christmas, so perhaps it will stay in this area long past the Christmas season.

Christmas 2020 decorations in the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vermont

The Town of Woodstock

Visiting Woodstock at Christmas is like visiting a town in a Hallmark movie.

Christmas decorations in the town of Woodstock, Vermont

There are lights everywhere and many charming shops to visit.

Christmas decorations in the town of Woodstock, Vermont

Our favorite store in town is F. H. Gillingham & Sons.

F. H Gillingham & Sons in Woodstock, Vermont

I have so much more to share and will do so in future posts.

Update: Visit these posts to enjoy more of our wonderful Vermont trip:

Merry Christmas to all!

35 Comments

  1. These pictures are beautiful – would love to visit Woodstock some day. Thank you for sharing. But most of all, I am so very HAPPY about your insurance company’s approval for 90 days! It’s a start – and I won’t stop praying for you!

    Merry Christmas, Paula, and I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

  2. The pictures are beautiful glad your had a great time. Glad to hear about your insurance company approval great news. Have a wonderful Christmas and Happy And Healthy New Year.

  3. What a wonderful answer to prayer! And a lovely trip as well. The Woodstock Inn is beautiful. Thanks for the virtual trip! I’m glad your Mama got to join you.

    Merry Christmas!

  4. Thank you for the beautiful post! I have always wanted to visit there. I am new to your blog and I enjoy it so much. I shall be praying for you, Paula.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family,
    Suzanne

    1. I am so happy that you found my blog, Suzanne! I appreciate your prayers so much. I hope that your Christmas was a good one.

  5. First of all, YAAAY! for the insurance approval for 90 days!! Following your posts have been such a good thing in my life and to hear that YOU got this news, makes me feel like a family member received it!!! So, I guess what I’m saying is that you are now family!! The Woodstock Inn is so beautiful and I, too, certainly would have my coffee every morning in that lobby to enjoy all those gorgeous decorations!! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family!!

  6. Thank you for sharing your wonderful trip to Woodstock with us. Being able to have your mother along was such a treat for her and you a like. Great memories being remembered and made. I lift you up in prayer for healing. Have a blessed Christmas season💕

  7. Thank the Lord that your insurance company finally approved your treatment for 90 more days .praying for you. So happy that you and your husband and Mother got to go to Woodstock. Enjoying seeing all your pictures .what a beautiful village. Look forward to seeing more. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Sherman seems to love all the attention. He is such a beautiful dog.

    1. Sherman defintely loves all of the attention! He had a great time on our trip.

      Getting that approval was such a blessing. I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas.

  8. First off-Thank you God for answered prayer for Paula’s specific need of the insurance coverage!!!
    Love the pictures and my husband and I have a new “need to see” on our list!
    Merry Christmas to all of you🙏❤️🎄

  9. Thank you for sharing this glorious Inn, it really put me in the holiday spirit! Wishing you the best in 2021.

  10. Paula…I am new at this so hope my comment gets to you. I am so glad I discovered your blog last year. I so enjoyed the many postings of your home and decorating with antiques, especially the family heirlooms. I think one of my favorites blogs was the journey of your Mom buying an old home and restoring it. She and I are about the same age, and I so admire her determination and abilities to tackle such a challenge. I have been praying for you, as well as for your “help mate”, as you are dealing with the many health issues. It is obvious that your faith in the Lord is strong and that every day you are feeling his presence and comfort. Already many answers to prayers. Looking forward to the wonderful things you will be sharing in 2021….and with anticipation to your healing. Linda from Forest, VA

  11. Hi Paula…
    What Stunningly Beautiful Pictures. I’d love to be able to visit like that…reminds me of trips to Alberta with my Grandmother in the 70’s …I’m awaiting four Major Operations and lost my Soulmate of 25 years in September so staying with my 81 year old Father who too is Batteling Cancer and recently had another stent placed…Your pics let me travel too so Thank you Paula…I’m so happy your treatments are gonna continue… I loved your Lake House renovation…Sherman is a peach… My dad’s dog is a pup and won’t let you cuddle with him so I miss the affection…
    Love from Salt Lake City… Cathryn

  12. It’s absolutely enchanting and I love how welcome Sherman is at the Inn. Thrilled that our prayers were answered and your insurance company saw the light. I know this news must have made your Christmas celebrations all the more merry! xo

  13. I’m catching up on some reading! This was so fun to see and read about! Love those garlands and that big wreath! I keep thinking, you and I would have SO much fun shopping and traveling to Vermont together!

  14. Your trip to Vermont was beautiful. I have never been east but have always wanted to
    Sounds like a retirement trip! Thank you do it sharing. Hope you had a Merry Christmas and will
    Have a Happy New Year. I hope 2022 will be better for all of us.

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