Christmas in Woodstock

There’s something magical about Vermont at Christmas.  We spent a most enjoyable weekend at one of our favorite inns in the world, The Woodstock Inn.  Isn’t it lovely?
Woodstock Inn

A gingerbread house crafted by the inn’s chef helps to decorate the lobby.
Gingerbread House

Across the green from the inn is this pretty covered bridge.
Covered Bridge

We spent a lot of time walking around the town shopping and admiring houses like this beauty.
Woodstock home

Just about every outdoor decoration that I saw on a home in Woodstock was live. 
Berries with ice

A favorite destination just outside of Woodstock is Sugarbush Farm for cheese, syrup and maple candy.  The cheese is outstanding and we purchased quite a bit for ourselves and for gifts.  Sampling the cheese and syrup is so much fun!

The horses at Sugarbush wanted to take us for a sleigh ride but there was not enough snow.  We had to settle for petting them instead.
Horses 

We hadn’t visited King Arthur Flour in a few years and decided that it was time for another visit.  Looking at the goodies in the store is pure fun if you like to bake.
King Arthur2

A gingerbread house kit would be a fun Christmas activity for kids of all ages.
King Arthur

We took a very cold hike up Mount Tom, a mountain just across from the inn.
Cold hike3

This trail is part of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park.  I would guess that a Rockefeller had this bridge along the trail constructed at some point.
Cold Hike

Even on a cloudy day, the view from the top was pretty. 
Cold Hike2

Instead of hiking back down the same trail, we walked down the mountain on a carriage road constructed by the Rockefellers.  Isn’t this a serene setting?
Carriage Road

I’d want to walk or run here every chance I got if I were a Woodstock resident.
Carriage Road2

A very large dog took a walk along the trail earlier in the day.  My shoe is a 10.5, so this gives you an idea of just how big this dog’s paws would be.
Big Dog Print

A roaring fire greets guests in the lobby of The Woodstock Inn.  It was a cold weekend in VT and we enjoyed warming up here each time we returned to the inn from an adventure.  After the hike, we were both about frozen; my lips were numb!
Woodstock Inn Fire

Our VT adventure for the rest of the week is skiing, but there’s not a lot of snow on the slopes.  Good skiing or bad skiing, we always have a good time in VT!

Comments

  1. Cottage and Broome says:

    So nice you have snow! Oh how I would like to visit the King Arthur store, I love to bake. Have a wonderful holiday, Laura

  2. How beautiful! I’ve always wanted to visit Vermont, and imagine to be alot like my Blue Ridge Mountains. It looks like the perfect way to spend a holiday weekend.

  3. Paula, this looks like a wonderful way to spend a weekend before Christmas. I’ve been there a few times but never in the winter, I’m sure it was magical for y’all. Were they serving anything in the test kitchen at King Arthur that day?

  4. Beautiful! I would love to go here!

  5. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Jealous!!! The first shot is just beautiful. What a fun trip…even the hike looks neat, and I am soooo not a hiker. Hope you guys have had a blast!

  6. What was that old Bing Crosby movie-something like Christmas in Vermont. Oh, maybe it was White Christmas!
    Everything looks like a picture postcard!
    Merry Christmas to you and Mr. P!

  7. It looks like a gorgeous, gorgeous place! Can’t wait to hear all about the rest of the adventure.

  8. Wow, so many beautiful pictures. That’s a lovely area. I love that bridge and the one photo you say is very serene is beautiful as well.

    Not sure I could handle that weather though. Having been born and raised in Arizona and now living in Sunny Southern California I’m just not used to cold weather like that, so it’s nice to be able to visit via your photos.

  9. FrouFrouBritches says:

    It looks BEAUTIFUL there. They inn is lovely and the bridge as well. Someday I hope o visit Vermont. It looks just lovely.

  10. I wanna go there!!

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