Sep 042017
 

Lots of activities are in the local area. One of my favorites is Sculpturefest which continues through the Foliage Season and even into Winter (if you want to snowshoe the farms!). It’s an outdoor exhibit of various artists unique sculptures  covering two farms. It’s free and a wonderful place to walk, enjoy and have a picnic in the beautiful countryside. Find directions on their website: www.sculpturefest.org

From Fall until Spring The Billings Farm in Woodstock offers a selection of films – check them out on https://billingsfarm.org/filmfest/

Oct. 14 – Woodstock, VT – Peak to Peak hike to a scenic viewpoint on Mount Peg or Mount Tom from the Woodstock Green, 10-2:30pm

Oct. 14 – Barnard, VT – Annual Oyster Stew Supper, East Barnard Community Club, 5324 Broad Brook Rd., 5-7:30pm

Oct. 14 – Hartland, VT – Turkey Supper, Hartland UU Church on Brownsville-Hartland Road, 4:30 and 6:30 seatings

Oct. 14-15 – Woodstock, VT – Autumn Wagon Ride Weekend, Billings Farm Museum, 10-5pm

Oct. 14 -15 – Vermont – Annual All Day Open Studio Weekend, for more info and a map: www.vermontcrafts.com

Oct. 21 – Woodstock, VT – Farm House/Manor House Tours, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical park, 1pm, meet at the 1890 Farm House

Oct. 21 – Hartland, VT – Turkey Supper, Hartland UU Church on Brownsville-Hartland Road, 4:30 and 6:30 seatings

*Oct. 21-28 – Windsor, VT – Haunted Halloween Maze – Artisans Park (where Harpoon Brewery is) -Wednesday – Friday 12p – 6p and Saturday – Sunday 10a – 6p (Closed Monday and Tuesday)

Oct. 22 – Woodstock, VT – Glad Rags Sale, Masonic Hall, 9-12 and 1-3pm

*Oct. 27-28 – Windsor, VT – Haunted Halloween Maze Evening Event – Artisans Park – 5-8pm

Oct. 28 – Quechee, VT – Hoots and Howls, VINS Nature Center, 10am

Oct. 28 – Woodstock, VT – Bentley’s Restaurant, Halloween Costume Party, until 10pm

Oct. 28 – Hartland, VT – Turkey Supper, Hartland UU Church on Brownsville-Hartland Road, 4:30 and 6:30 seatings

Oct. 29 – Woodstock, VT – A Family Halloween, Billings Farm Museum, fun for all ages, 10-5pm

Oct. 29 – Woodstock, VT – The Fretless performing at the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 4pm, www.pentanglearts.org/music

Nov. 10-12 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Weekend, Billings Farm Museum, 10-4pm

Nov. 12 – Woodstock, VT – Adaskin String Trio, Woodstock UU Church, 2-3pm, www.northchapelvt.org

Nov. 18 – Barnard, VT – 1st Annual Barn Festival, Barnard Inn Restaurant and Max’s Tavern, 2-6pm

Nov. 23 – Woodstock, VT – Turkey Trot. 5K through the village, 8:30am, www.zacksplacevt.org

Nov. 24-26 – Woodstock, VT – Thanksgiving Weekend, Billings Farm Museum, entertainment, activities, horse drawn wagon rides, 10- 4pm

Nov. 24-26 – Killington, VT – Audi FIS Ski World Cup, www.killington.com/worldcup 

December weekends – Woodstock, VT – Christmas at the Farm, Billings Farm Museum, 10-4pm

Dec. 2 – Plymouth, VT – Coolidge Holiday Open House, sleigh rides, old-time music, craft demos, Calvin Coolidge Historic Site, 10-4pm

Dec. 8 – Pomfret, VT – BarnArts Holiday Cabaret at ArtisTree, 7:30-10pm www.artistreevt.org

Dec. 8 – 10 – Woodstock, VT – Wassail Weekend, Billings Farm and Museum, 10 -4pm, horse drawn sleigh/wagon rides (weather permitting) – additional activities in the village of Woodstock detailed below

Dec. 9 – Woodstock, VT – Breakfast with Santa, Little theater, 8-11am

                                               The Ten, Acapella men’s choir, Congregational church

                                                Cello by Candlelight, North Universalist Chapel Society

                                                Holiday House Tour, 9:30 – 2pm, starts at Woodstock Town Hall Theatre

                                                 The Wassail Parade, 2pm, horses, dogs, Victorian era costumes, around the Village Green

                                                 Lighting of the Memory Tree, Bon Fire And Carol Sing on the Village Green, 3pm

                                                 Lighting of the 400 Luminaries on the Village Green, 4pm

                                                  Christmas with Celts concert, Woodstock Town Hall, 8pm

 Dec. 10 – Woodstock, VT – Community Messiah Sing, Our Lady of the Snows Church, 4pm

Dec. 14-16 – Woodstock, VT – A child’s Christmas in Wales, www.artistreevt.org/theatre

Dec. 14-17 – Hanover, NH – The Christmas Revels, a Nordic celebration of the Winter Solstice, www.revelsnorth.org/Christmas-revels/

Dec. 15 – Barnard, VT – BarnArts Annual Winter Carols, First Universalist Church, Barnard, Rt. 12

Dec. 26-Jan. 1 – Woodstock, VT – Horse drawn sleigh/wagon rides (weather permitting), Billings Farm and Museum

Feb. 3 (?) – Hartland, VT. – Tiki Torch Trek – fun event…..more to come

Feb 16-18 – Woodstock, VT – The Vermont Flurry: Woodstock Snow Sculpture, on the Green, 10am-10pm

March 10 – Barnard, VT – Annual Masquerade Jazz & Funk Winter Music Carnival, 5:30-10:30pm, www.barnarts.org

New last year is the Ascutney Outdoors organization. They have worked to make Ascutney Mountain in Brownsville, VT a place for all to enjoy various activities.In addition to all the Winter activities held there the trails are great for biking and hiking. There is no charge to use the trails.  Check out their website for events planned and future improvements. www.ascutneyoutdoors.org/new-events/

Below are places of interest – dining – touristy – entertainment:

Some fairly new restaurants in the area! Check it out:

New in downtown Woodstock are these restaurants: 

Mangalitsa restaurant (for dinner) and Soulfully Good Cafe (for breakfast and lunch).

The Hartland Diner in Jessup’s Plaza at Hartland 3 Corners – open 7 days a week for lunch and breakfast (served all day!).

The owners of the former Stella’s restaurant have opened a restaurant in Windsor at the railroad station (Windsor Station Restaurant and Barroom)serving dinner with lots of music events as well!

Opened in Quechee, Singleton’s Market and Jake’s Market with food items, deli, Vermont products and clothing. It has almost everything you could need from fresh fish, homemade sausages, wine, beer…the list is endless!

Another popular restaurant in Woodstock – The Worthy Kitchen where the Eastender used to be (on the East end of Rt. 4)! Very casual atmosphere, limited menu but the specials change and the food is great (highly recommend the steak!). Draft Beer choices are endless and there is also a token wine selection. The bartenders/wait staff are great fun too!

Another new restaurant on the West end of Woodstock on Rt. 4 is the 506 Bistro in the fancy On the River Inn. In Quechee, The Public House, near the putt-putt golf, offering food and craft beers and they have also just opened the Public House Diner in Quechee. A new restaurant in White River Junction is Piecemeal Pies serving English savory pies.

If you are returning to the area from previous visits please note there are lots of restaurants in the area you may wish to try: Trap Door Bakery and Deli in Quechee, and in Woodstock: Melaza Bistro, Pi Brick Oven Trattoria and Pi Martini Tapas Bar(with Jazz music every Wed. at 7pm), Anchor Wat and Mon Vert Cafe. Of course, many of my “old” favorites are still there: Kedron Valley Inn and Tavern(S. Woodstock)-every Sun. is Burger and Beer night; Keeper’s (Reading), The Black Rock Restaurant (Springfield), Long Trail Brewery(Bridgewater) for lunch, Harpoon Brewery (Windsor), Simon Pearce restaurant and The Parker House Inn(Quechee) and many more!! The Kedron Valley Inn is only 3 mi. from the cabin. Bentley’s restaurant in Woodstock offers dancing to their DJ on Friday and Saturday nights at 10 pm. Harpoon Brewery (at Artisan’s Place in Windsor) is open some evenings for dinner – check first as their schedule changes. In the summer there is often Oven-Fired Pizza offered outside.

Another food “establishment” which has garnered a big following is the “elevated food truck” called Chef Brad’s Crazy Side. The food truck has relocated from Hartland to Rt. 4 near the Fat Hat on the way to Quechee. They now have an actual building which is open after October when they close up the food truck. It will reopen inside Nov. 1 for lunch 11:30-2:30. Brad is a fantastic chef, thus the big following. You can follow the restaurant specials on his Facebook site. People rave over his fish in a basket. I personally like his hamburgers or lamb-burgers and sweet potato fries. When the temperatures are cool I always try one of his homemade soups.

Harpoon Brewery – Windsor – don’t forget live music on Thurs. evenings. And visit Farmstead Cheese (Sustainable Farmer) next door! They offer lots of local products. During the summer they have oven fired pizzas for sale to eat on the picnic tables outside. Also in the same complex there is the Silo making Vermont’s own Vodka/Gin/Whiskey/Moonshine. Often the Silo and Farmstead Cheese team up with some local musical talent and hold a special event at the Silo, serving cocktails and food bites. These places are located in Artisan’s Park in Windsor off Rt. 5 – home to many other interesting places such as Simon Pearce outlet store and Great River Outfitters who feature a lot of Water Activities – check out their calendar as well as an adjacent hiking area called Path of Life Garden http://greatriveroutfitters.com. Sometimes in the winter dog sledding is there – check with www.braeburnsiberians.com

Brown’s Tavern is also open for dinner at the Ascutney Resort in nearby Brownsville, along with their Maple Kitchen restaurant which features Prime Rib on Thursday nights. 

If you stop at Mike’s Mobil just off Rt. 91 on Rt. 12/5 you’ll find some hot foods to choose from as well as deli sandwiches made to order, to keep you from needing to cook that first meal at the cabin! Large selection of beer,wine, and coffee. It’s also the closest place to get diesel and wi-fi.

Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT gets top marks for it’s displays for young and old including the outside grounds www.montshire.org

I recommend a visit to Sugarbush Farm (www.sugarbushfarm.com) where they have a wonderful educational display and video on sugaring, an animal petting area and a wonderful cheese and maple syrup tasting room with of course a gift shop full of goodies to take home or buy for gifts.

The Windsor Station Restaurant(Windsor, VT) has live music every Tuesday and Friday. Harpoon Brewery (Rt. 5 Windsor) has live music every Thursday and first Saturday. Browns Tavern (Ascutney Resort, VT) has Live music every Sunday. Skunk Hollow Tavern (Hartland 4 Corners) has live music every Wednesday and Friday. For details of who is playing check the links below.

For Windsor area entertainment information:
Windsor Station: http://windsorstationvt.com/live-music
Harpoon: http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/breweries/windsor
Brown’s Tavern: http://brownstavern.webs.com/apps/calendar
Skunk Hollow: http://www.skunkhollowtavern.com/Entertainment.aspx

For info on what’s happening at the Woodstock Town Theatre then check out: www.PentangleArts.org

For more cultural activities in the nearby area check out these sites:

http://www.woodstockvt.com/woodstockvt/events

The nearby Billings Farm Museum has an activity going on most of the weekends.

Home

www.hop.dartmouth.edu Hanover, NH

www.TupeloHall.com White River Junction, VT

www.ClaremontOperaHouse.com Claremont, NH

www.OperaNorth.org Lebanon, NH

www.NorthernStage.org White River Junction, VT

www.ArtistreeVT.org Woodstock, VT2016

Apr 082017
 

Summer is in full swing now. Here are some ideas of things to see and do in the area. Note that every Friday night is outdoor movie night with family rated movies in Windsor, VT at Artisans Park home of Harpoon Brewery and The Cheese Board. Wood fired pizza is available. Sunday afternoons at 2 pm is the Saint-Gaudins Concert Series outdoors in Cornish, NH just across the Conn. River from Windsor, VT 

August 17 – Barnard, VT – Americana music, Feast & Field Market, 5:30-8, www.barnarts.org

August 19 – Woodstock, VT – Farm House/Manor House Tours, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical park, 1pm, meet at the 1890 Farm House

August 19 – Quechee, VT – Quechee Highland Games and Celtic Festival, 8-5 pm

Aug. 19 – South Woodstock, VT – GMHA Casino Night fundraiser, food, fun, 7-10pm, www.gmhainc.org

August 19 – Brownsville, VT – “Brownstock  2017” on Mount Ascutney, music, field games and food vendors, 1-6pm, $15 for adults, ascutneyoutdoors.org/new-events/brownstock

Aug. 19-20 – Woodstock, VT – annual Naked Table Project, www.nakedtable.com

Aug. 19-20 – Woodstock, VT – Super Sidewalk Sales Day

August 23 – Woodstock, VT – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Aug. 23 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum, 11-3pm

August 24 – Barnard, VT – Soul Funk music, Feast & Field Market, 5:30-8, www.barnarts.org

Aug. 26 – Quechee, VT – Scottish Festival and Competition, www.quecheegames.com

Aug. 26 – Woodstock, VT – Puppies and Pooches on Parade on the Green, 10:30am

August 26 – Woodstock, VT – Mansion Open House, 10am-4pm, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park

Aug. 27 – Vermont – Vermont Overland Ride, www.vermontoverland.com

Aug. 27 (thru Sept. 17) – Woodstock, Vt – Annual Quilt Exhibition, Billings Farm Museum, 10-5pm

August 30 – Woodstock, VT – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Aug. 30 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum, 11-3pm

August 31 – Barnard, VT – Celtic Traditional music, Feast & Field Market, 5:30-8, www.barnarts.org

Sept-Oct. – Woodstock/Pomfret, VT – Sculpturefest -free – wonderful outdoor sculptures by various artists, directions and info at sculpture fest.org

Sept 1-17 – Woodstock, VT – Quilt Exhibition, Billings Farm Museum, 10-5pm

Sept. 2-3 – Plymouth, VTR – Plymouth Folk & Blues Festival, 2-5pm, free, www.plymouthfolk.com

Sept. 3 – South Woodstock, VT – Green Mountain Horse Association 100 mile ride, 1930’s Garden Party and Open House, 3-5pm

Sept. 6 – Woodstock, VT – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Sept. 6 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum, 11-3pm

Sept. 7 – Barnard, VT – Folk music, Feast & Field Market, 5:30-8, www.barnarts.org

Sept. 9-10 – Woodstock, VT – Fine Art Festival on the Green, food, music, demos, 10-5pm

Sept. 10 – Windsor, VT – 5th Annual Mac & Cheese Challenge, 11-3pm, vermontfarmstead.com

Sept. 10 – Woodstock, VT – Amaranth String Quartet, Woodstock UU Church, 2-3pm, www.northchapelvt.org

Sept. 13 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum, 11-3pm

Sept. 13 – Woodstock, VT – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Sept. 14 – Barnard, VT – Zydeco music, Feast & Field Market, 5:30-8, www.barnarts.org

Spet. 14-17 – Tunbridge, VT – Tunbridge World’s Fair, www.tunbridgeworldsfair.com

Sept. 16 – Woodstock, VT – Farm House/Manor House Tours, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical park, 1pm, meet at the 1890 Farm House

Sept. 20 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum, 11-3pm

Sept. 20 – Woodstock, VT – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Sept. 21 – Barnard, VT – Soulful blues duo, Feast & Field Market, 5:30-8, www.barnarts.org

Sept. 21 – Woodstock, VT – Vermont Symphony Orchestra Made in Vermont Tour, www.pentanglearts.org, 7:30pm

Sept. 22-23 – Woodstock, VT – Pentangle Arts Light Garden on the Green, 6:30-10pm

Sept. 23 – Woodstock, VT – Old Time Fair and Silent Auction, Woodstock History Center, 1-4pm

Sept. 23-24 – Woodstock, VT – Forest Festival Weekend, 10-4pm, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park, horse drawn wagon rides, demos etc.

Sept. 23-24 – Woodstock, VT – Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival, Billings Farm Museum, 10-5pm

Sept. 27 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum, 11-3pm

Sept. 27 – Woodstock, VT – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Sept. 28 – Barnard, VT – Jazz music trio, Feast & Field Market, 5:30-8, www.barnarts.org

Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 – Woodstock, VT – Pumpkin and Apple Celebration, Billings Farm & Museum, 10-5pm, www.billingsfarm.org 

Oct. 1 – Woodstock, VT – Camerata New England Piano Trio, Woodstock’s UU Church, 2-3pm, www.northchapelvt.org

Oct. 4 – Woodstock, Vt – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Oct. 5 – Barnard, VT – Soul music, Feast & Field Market, 5:30-8, www.barnarts.org

Oct. 7 – Plymouths, VT – Plymouth Notch Antique Apple Festival, Pres. Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, 10-4pm

Oct. 7 – Woodstock, VT – Annual Penny Sale, Woodstock Union High School, 7pm

Oct. 7-8 – Woodstock, VT – Apple and Craft Artisan Fair, Rt. 4 Bailey’s Meadow, 10-5pm

Oct. 7-8 – Woodstock, VT – Harvest Weekend, Billings Farm Museum, husking bee, barn dance, cider pressing, 10-5pm

Oct. 11 – Woodstock, Vt – Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Oct. 14 – Woodstock, VT – Peak to Peak hike to a scenic viewpoint on Mount Peg or Mount Tom from the Woodstock Green, 10-2:30pm

Oct. 14 – Barnard, VT – Annual Oyster Stew Supper, East Barnard Community Club, 5324 Broad Brook Rd., 5-7:30pm

Oct. 14-15 – Woodstock, VT – Autumn Wagon Ride Weekend, Billings Farm Museum, 10-5pm

Oct. 21 – Woodstock, VT – Farm House/Manor House Tours, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical park, 1pm, meet at the 1890 Farm House

Oct. 22 – Woodstock, VT – Glad Rags Sale, Masonic Hall, 9-12 and 1-3pm

Oct. 29 – Woodstock, VT – A Family Halloween, Billings Farm Museum, fun for all ages, 10-5pm

Nov. 10-12 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Weekend, Billings Farm Museum, 10-4pm

Nov. 12 – Woodstock, VT – Adaskin String Trio, Woodstock UU Church, 2-3pm, www.northchapelvt.org

Nov. 23 – Woodstock, VT – Turkey Trot. 5K through the village, 8:30am, www.zacksplacevt.org

Nov. 24-26 – Woodstock, VT – Thanksgiving Weekend, Billings Farm Museum, entertainment, activities, horse drawn wagon rides, 10- 4pm

Nov. 25-26 – Killington, VT – Audi FIS Ski World Cup 

December weekends – Woodstock, VT – Christmas at the Farm, Billings Farm Museum, 10-4pm

Dec. 2 – Plymouth, VT – Coolidge Holiday Open House, sleigh rides, old-time music, craft demos, Calvin Coolidge Historic Site, 10-4pm

Dec. 8 – Pomfret, VT – BarnArts Holiday Cabaret at ArtisTree, 7:30-10pm www.artistreevt.org

Dec. 8 – 10 – Woodstock, VT – Wassail Weekend, Billings Farm and Museum, 10 -4pm, horse drawn sleigh/wagon rides (weather permitting) – additional activities in the village of Woodstock detailed below

Dec. 9 – Woodstock, VT – Breakfast with Santa, Little theater, 8-11am

                                               The Ten, Acapella men’s choir, Congregational church

                                                Cello by Candlelight, North Universalist Chapel Society

                                                Holiday House Tour, 9:30 – 2pm, starts at Woodstock Town Hall Theatre

                                                 The Wassail Parade, 2pm, horses, dogs, Victorian era costumes, around the Village Green

                                                 Lighting of the Memory Tree, Bon Fire And Carol Sing on the Village Green, 3pm

                                                 Lighting of the 400 Luminaries on the Village Green, 4pm

                                                  Christmas with Celts concert, Woodstock Town Hall, 8pm

 Dec. 10 – Woodstock, VT – Community Messiah Sing, Our Lady of the Snows Church, 4pm

Dec. 14-16 – Woodstock, VT – A child’s Christmas in Wales, www.artistreevt.org/theatre

Dec. 14-17 – Hanover, NH – The Christmas Revels, a Nordic celebration of the Winter Solstice, www.revelsnorth.org/Christmas-revels/

Dec. 15 – Barnard, VT – BarnArts Annual Winter Carols, First Universalist Church, Barnard, Rt. 12

Dec. 26-Jan. 1 – Woodstock, VT – Horse drawn sleigh/wagon rides (weather permitting), Billings Farm and Museum

Feb. 3 (?) – Hartland, VT. – Tiki Torch Trek – fun event…..more to come

Feb 16-18 – Woodstock, VT – The Vermont Flurry: Woodstock Snow Sculpture, on the Green, 10am-10pm

March 10 – Barnard, VT – Annual Masquerade Jazz & Funk Winter Music Carnival, 5:30-10:30pm, www.barnarts.org

During the Summer (June 1 – Oct. 12) on Thursdays, Barn Arts presents Music on the Farm at Feast & Field in Barnard, VT, www.barnarts.org

New last year is the Ascutney Outdoors organization. They have worked to make Ascutney Mountain in Brownsville, VT a place for all to enjoy various activities.In addition to all the Winter activities held there the trails are great for biking and hiking. There is no charge to use the trails.  Check out their website for events planned and future improvements. www.ascutneyoutdoors.org/new-events/

Below are places of interest – dining – touristy – entertainment:

Some fairly new restaurants in the area! Check it out:

The Hartland Diner in Jessup’s Plaza at Hartland 3 Corners – open 7 days a week for lunch and breakfast (served all day!).

The owners of the former Stella’s restaurant have opened a restaurant in Windsor at the railroad station (Windsor Station Restaurant and Barroom)serving dinner with lots of music events as well!

Opened in Quechee, Singleton’s Market and Jake’s Market with food items, deli, Vermont products and clothing. It has almost everything you could need from fresh fish, homemade sausages, wine, beer…the list is endless!

Another restaurant in Woodstock – The Worthy Kitchen where the Eastender used to be (on the East end of Rt. 4)! Very casual atmosphere, limited menu but the specials change and the food is great (highly recommend the steak!). Draft Beer choices are endless and there is also a token wine selection. The bartenders/wait staff are great fun too!

Another new restaurant on the West end of Woodstock is On the River Inn (506 Bistro) and in Quechee, The Public House, near the putt-putt golf, offering food and craft beers. A new restaurant in White River Junction is Piecemeal Pies serving English savory pies.

If you are returning to the area from previous visits please note there are lots of restaurants in the area you may wish to try: Trap Door Bakery and Deli in Quechee, and in Woodstock: Melaza Bistro, Pi Brick Oven Trattoria and Pi Martini Tapas Bar(with Jazz music every Wed. at 7pm), Anchor Wat and Mon Vert Cafe. Of course, many of my “old” favorites are still there: Kedron Valley Inn and Tavern(S. Woodstock)-every Sun. is Burger and Beer night; Keeper’s (Reading), The Black Rock Restaurant (Springfield), Long Trail Brewery(Bridgewater) for lunch, Harpoon Brewery (Windsor), Simon Pearce restaurant and The Parker House Inn(Quechee) and many more!! The Kedron Valley Inn is only 3 mi. from the cabin. Bentley’s restaurant in Woodstock offers dancing to their DJ on Friday and Saturday nights at 10 pm. Harpoon Brewery (at Artisan’s Place in Windsor) is open some evenings for dinner – check first as their schedule changes. In the summer there is often Oven-Fired Pizza offered outside.

Another food “establishment” which has garnered a big following is the “elevated food truck” called Chef Brad’s Crazy Side. The food truck has relocated from Hartland to Rt. 4 near the Fat Hat on the way to Quechee. They now have an actual building which is usually open for breakfast and lunch. They do change when they’re open based on the seasons. I think now they are opening the truck for dinner and closing the lunch hours. However, check it out on their Facebook site. Brad is a fantastic chef, thus the big following. You can follow the restaurant specials on his Facebook site. People rave over his chicken in a basket. I personally like his hamburgers or lamb-burgers and sweet potato fries. When the temperatures are cool I always try one of his homemade soups.

I recommend a visit to Sugarbush Farm (www.sugarbushfarm.com) where they have a wonderful educational display and video on sugaring, an animal petting area and a wonderful cheese and maple syrup tasting room with of course a gift shop full of goodies to take home or buy for gifts.

Harpoon Brewery – Windsor – don’t forget live music on Thurs. evenings. And visit Farmstead Cheese (Sustainable Farmer) next door! They offer lots of local products. During the summer they have oven fired pizzas for sale to eat on the picnic tables outside. Also in the same complex there is the Silo making Vermont’s own Vodka/Gin/Whiskey/Moonshine. Often the Silo and Farmstead Cheese team up with some local musical talent and hold a special event at the Silo, serving cocktails and food bites. These places are located in Artisan’s Park in Windsor off Rt. 5 – home to many other interesting places such as Simon Pearce outlet store and Great River Outfitters who feature a lot of Water Activities – check out their calendar http://greatriveroutfitters.com. Sometimes in the winter dog sledding is there – check with www.braeburnsiberians.com

Brown’s Tavern is also open for dinner at the Ascutney Resort in nearby Brownsville, along with their Maple Kitchen restaurant which features Prime Rib on Thursday nights. 

If you stop at Mike’s Mobil just off Rt. 91 on Rt. 12/5 you’ll find some hot foods to choose from as well as deli sandwiches made to order, to keep you from needing to cook that first meal at the cabin! Large selection of beer,wine, and coffee. It’s also the closest place to get diesel and wi-fi.

Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT gets top marks for it’s displays for young and old including the outside grounds www.montshire.org

The Windsor Station Restaurant(Windsor, VT) has live music every Tuesday and Friday. Harpoon Brewery (Rt. 5 Windsor) has live music every Thursday and first Saturday as well as brick oven-fired pizzas on the weekends(Summer and Fall). Browns Tavern (Ascutney Resort, VT) has Live music every Sunday Skunk Hollow Tavern (Hartland 4 Corners) has live music every Wednesday and Friday. For details of who is playing check the links below.

For Windsor area entertainment information:
Windsor Station: http://windsorstationvt.com/live-music
Harpoon: http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/breweries/windsor
Brown’s Tavern: http://brownstavern.webs.com/apps/calendar
Skunk Hollow: http://www.skunkhollowtavern.com/Entertainment.aspx

For info on what’s happening at the Woodstock Town Theatre then check out: www.PentangleArts.org

For more cultural activities in the nearby area check out these sites:

http://www.woodstockvt.com/woodstockvt/events

The nearby Billings Farm Museum has an activity going on most of the weekends.

Home

www.hop.dartmouth.edu Hanover, NH

www.TupeloHall.com White River Junction, VT

www.ClaremontOperaHouse.com Claremont, NH

www.OperaNorth.org Lebanon, NH

www.NorthernStage.org White River Junction, VT

www.ArtistreeVT.org Woodstock, VT2016

Jan 282016
 

February and March in Vermont often offers a wide variety of activities – some snow related and some not. Of course, you can always just chill out in the cabin in front of a wood stove!

NEW: Dog-sledding on Fridays and Sundays (12-4pm) – check it out at the Artisan Way in Windsor (where Great River Outfitters, Harpoon Brewery and the Silo are located) or contact Braeburn Sledding www.braeburnsiberians.com Pre-booked 2 hour excursions are available on Tues.,Thurs., and Sat.

There is a free outdoor ice skate rink in West Windsor (Brownsville) at the Albert Bridge School on the Brownsville-Hartland Road. It’s open to the public on Fridays 3-4:30pm.

There is also free rope tow skiing on Mt. Ascutney in Brownsville, snow permitting!

Note: Hartland Diner in Hartland 3 Corners will be closed on Tues. & Wed. for the months of Feb. and Mar. Back to open 7 days a week April 1st.

What to do on a Saturday afternoon? Woodstock Vermont Film Series is hosted at Billings Farm & Museum – list of movies is posted at the cabin in the Current Events folder.

The Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT always has a multitude of interesting activities going on!

Windsor Winter Farmer’s Markets -runs the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month through May from 11am-2pm at the Windsor Welcome Center (3 Railroad Ave). You’ll find these vendors:Backwoods Grove: Buy a citrus cleaner, scrubby, and a dishcloth for only $10 as a set! Get a jump start on the spring cleaning! Brookhaven: Spicy pickles, dilly beans, dried herbs, plus journals, notepads and pillows made from recycled materials. Contented Butterfly Farm: Limited quantity of eggs, USDA inspected lamb meat, leeks, canned goods (tomatillo salsa, cucumber relish and strawberry/rhubarb topping sauce), handspun yarn and knit hats. Max & Ozzie’s Homemade Crafts: Limited number of fresh eggs, plus freshly baked focaccia bread in new flavors! Try three cheese, sweet onion, bacon/onion/mushroom, rosemary/sea salt and Italian herb/parmesan. 100% cotton napkins and kitchen towels plus reusable snack bags available in a variety of prints.
Nada’s Notes & Photos: Photograph notecards and framed prints featuring local historical and natural scenes. Split Rock Farm: Beef, eggs, jams, relishes and pickles. The Tragic Whale: Makeup bags, pencil cases and *new item* coasters!

Jan. 30th – Pomfret, VT – 80th Anniversary Party for Suicide Six : Snowshoe race up and down the Mountain ($40 entry, 4:05pm) and Party ($36.80 6-9pm)  Reservations 802 457-6665

Feb. 7 – Cornish, NH – Guided Family Snowshoe Adventure, Saint-Gardens National Historic Site, visitor center, 1-3pm, snowshoes available

Feb. 11-15 – Woodstock, VT – The Vermont Flurry: Woodstock Snow Sculpture Festival, on the Green

Feb. 13 – Hartland, VT – Annual Tiki Torch Trek, 5-8pm, A community evening of outdoor fun! Ski or snowshoe on trails lit by Tiki Torches, eat a great meal and enjoy the bonfire and music. www.HartlandWinterTrails.org

Feb. 13 – Pomfret, VT – Suicide Six, President’s Week Torchlight Parade & Dance, starts shortly after dusk

Feb. 13 – Woodstock, VT – Animal Tracking Workshop,Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park, 10-2pm

Feb. 13 – Hartland, VT – Roast Beef Supper, Brick Church – look for signage at Damon Hall, 5-7pm

Feb. 13 – Pomfret, VT – Boy Thayer Trio, Artis Tree, 7:30pm

Feb. 16 – Hanover, NH – Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo, Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, 7pm

Feb. 11-21 – Woodstock, VT – Sleigh Ride Week, Billings Farm & Museum, 10-3pm

Feb. 20 – Woodstock, VT – Fatstock, check it out at http://www.vermontoverland.com/fatstock/

Feb. 20 – Pomfret, VT – Suicide Six Sledding Party(4-5pm) & Movie Night(5:15pm)

Feb. 20 – Hartland, VT – Country Dance, Damon Hall, 7pm

Feb. 21 – Cornish, NH – Guided Family Snowshoe Adventure, Saint-Gardens National Historic Site, visitor center, 1-3pm, snowshoes available

Feb. 27 – Woodstock, VT – Wildlife Tracking in the Snow, Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park, 10-noon

Mar. 6 – Woodstock, VT – Guided Family Snowshoe Adventure, Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park, 1-3pm, snowshoes available

Mar. 19 – Hartland, VT – Country Dance, Damon Hall, 7pm

Mar. 26-27 – Woodstock, VT – Maple Madness, Village Green, 11-1pm

Mar. 26-27 – Vermont – Maple Weekend, Open House at Maple Sugar Producers throughout Vermont

Apr. 18 – Hartland, VT – Country Dance, Damon Hall, 7pm

Below are places of interest – dining – touristy – entertainment:

Some fairly new restaurants in the area! Check it out:

The Hartland Diner in Jessup’s Plaza at Hartland 3 Corners – open 7 days a week for lunch and breakfast (served all day!).Note: Hartland Diner in Hartland 3 Corners will be closed on Tues. & Wed. for the months of Feb. and Mar. Back to open 7 days a week April 1st.

The owners of the former Stella’s restaurant have opened a restaurant in Windsor at the railroad station (Windsor Station Restaurant and Barroom)serving dinner with lots of music events as well!

Opened in Quechee, Singleton’s Market and Jake’s Market with food items, deli, Vermont products and clothing. It has almost everything you could need from fresh fish, homemade sausages, wine, beer…the list is endless!

Another new restaurant in Woodstock – The Worthy Kitchen where the Eastender used to be (on the East end of Rt. 4)! Very casual atmosphere, limited menu but the specials change and the food is great (highly recommend the steak!). Draft Beer choices are endless and there is also a token wine selection. The bartenders/wait staff are great fun too!

Another new restaurant on the West end of Woodstock is On the River Inn and in Quechee, The Public House, near the putt-putt golf, offering food and craft beers.

If you are returning to the area from previous visits please note there are lots of restaurants in the area you may wish to try: Trap Door Bakery and Deli in Quechee, and in Woodstock: Melaza Bistro, Pi Brick Oven Trattoria and Pi Martini Tapas Bar(with Jazz music every Wed. at 7pm), Anchor Wat and Mon Vert Cafe. Of course, many of my “old” favorites are still there: Kedron Valley Inn and Tavern(S. Woodstock)-every Sun. is Burger and Beer night; Keeper’s (Reading), The Black Rock Restaurant (Springfield), Long Trail Brewery(Bridgewater) for lunch, Harpoon Brewery (Windsor), Simon Pearce restaurant and The Parker House Inn(Quechee) and many more!! The Kedron Valley Inn is only 3 mi. from the cabin. Bentley’s restaurant in Woodstock offers dancing to their DJ on Friday and Saturday nights at 10 pm. Harpoon Brewery (at Artisan’s Place in Windsor) is open some evenings for dinner – check first as their schedule changes. In the summer there is often Oven-Fired Pizza offered outside.

I recommend a visit to Sugarbush Farm (www.sugarbushfarm.com) where they have a wonderful educational display and video on sugaring, an animal petting area and a wonderful cheese and maple syrup tasting room with of course a gift shop full of goodies to take home or buy for gifts.

Harpoon Brewery – Windsor – don’t forget live music on Thurs. evenings. And visit Farmstead Cheese (Sustainable Farmer) next door! They offer lots of local products. During the summer they have oven fired pizzas for sale to eat on the picnic tables outside. Also in the same complex there is the Silo making Vermont’s own Vodka/Gin/Whiskey/Moonshine. Located in Artisan’s Park in Windsor off Rt. 5 – home to many other interesting places such as Simon Pearce outlet store and Great River Outfitters who feature a lot of Water Activities – check out their calendar http://greatriveroutfitters.com. Sometimes in the winter dog sledding is there – check with www.braeburnsiberians.com

Brown’s Tavern is also open for dinner at the Ascutney Resort nearby along with their Maple Kitchen restaurant which features Prime Rib on Thursday nights. Ascutney Mountain has been revived as Ascutney Outdoors which now has a ski tow rope and there is no charge to ski there. There are also trails which have been opened for biking and hiking.

If you stop at Mike’s Mobil just off Rt. 91 on Rt. 12/5 you’ll find some hot foods to choose from as well as deli sandwiches made to order, to keep you from needing to cook that first meal! Large selection of beer,wine, and coffee. It’s also the closest place to get diesel.

Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT gets top marks for it’s displays for young and old including the outside grounds www.montshire.org

The Windsor Station Restaurant(Windsor, VT) has live music every Tuesday and Friday. Harpoon Brewery (Rt. 5 Windsor) has live music every Thursday and first Saturday as well as brick oven-fired pizzas on the weekends(Summer and Fall). Browns Tavern (Ascutney Resort, VT) has Live music every Sunday Skunk Hollow Tavern (Hartland 4 Corners) has live music every Wednesday and Friday. For details of who is playing check the links below.

For Windsor area entertainment information:
Windsor Station: http://windsorstationvt.com/live-music
Harpoon: http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/breweries/windsor
Brown’s Tavern: http://brownstavern.webs.com/apps/calendar
Skunk Hollow: http://www.skunkhollowtavern.com/Entertainment.aspx

For info on what’s happening at the Woodstock Town Theatre then check out: www.PentangleArts.org

For more cultural activities in the nearby area check out these sites:

http://www.woodstockvt.com/woodstockvt/events

http://www.thevermontstandard.com

The nearby Billings Farm Museum has an activity going on most of the weekends.
http://www.billingsfarm.org/

www.hop.dartmouth.edu Hanover, NH

www.TupeloHall.com White River Junction, VT

www.ClaremontOperaHouse.com Claremont, NH

www.OperaNorth.org Lebanon, NH

www.NorthernStage.org White River Junction, VT

www.ArtistreeVT.org Woodstock, VT

Mar 082015
 

Spring has been a long time coming this year in Vermont but if you’re a ski buff you should enjoy more weeks of lovely Spring skiing since there is such a good base.

Some fairly new restaurants in the area! Check it out:

The Hartland Diner in Jessup’s Plaza at Hartland 3 Corners – open 7 days a week for lunch and breakfast (served all day!).

The owners of the former Stella’s restaurant have opened a restaurant in Windsor at the railroad station (Windsor Station Restaurant and Barroom)serving dinner and lots of music events as well!

Opened in Quechee Singleton’s Market and Jake’s Market with food items, deli, Vermont products and clothing. It has almost everything you could need from fresh fish, homemade sausages, wine, beer…the list is endless!

Another new restaurant in Woodstock – The Worthy Kitchen where the Eastender used to be (on the East end of Rt. 4)! Very casual atmosphere, limited menu but the specials change and the food is great (highly recommend the steak!). Draft Beer choices are endless and there is also a token wine selection. The bartenders/wait staff are great fun too!

If you are returning to the area from previous visits please note there are lots of restaurants in the area you may wish to try: Trap Door Bakery and Deli in Quechee, and in Woodstock: Melaza Bistro, Pi Brick Oven Trattoria(with Jazz music every Wed. at 7pm), Anchor Wat and Mon Vert Cafe. Of course, many of my “old” favorites are still there: Kedron Valley Inn and Tavern(S. Woodstock), Keeper’s (Reading), The Black Rock Restaurant (Springfield), Long Trail Brewery(Bridgewater) for lunch, Harpoon Brewery (Windsor), Simon Pearce restaurant and The Parker House(Quechee) and many more!! The Kedron Valley Inn is only 3 mi. from the cabin. Bentley’s restaurant in Woodstock offers dancing to their DJ on Friday and Saturday nights at 10 pm. Harpoon Brewery (at Artisan’s Place in Windsor) is open some evenings for dinner – check first as their schedule changes. In the summer there is often Oven-Fired Pizza offered outside.

Taftsville Covered Bridge has reopened. It had been closed since “Irene” and it is a great relief to have that access to River Road re-opened!

I recommend a visit to Sugarbush Farm (www.sugarbushfarm.com) where they have a wonderful educational display and video on sugaring, an animal petting area and a wonderful cheese and maple syrup tasting room with of course a gift shop full of goodies to take home or buy for gifts.

Harpoon Brewery – Windsor – don’t forget live music on Thurs. evenings. And visit Farmstead Cheese (Sustainable Farmer) next door! They offer lots of local products. Also in the same complex there is the Silo making Vermont’s own Vodka/Gin/Whiskey/Moonshine.

Brownsville General Store at the base of Ascutney mountain offers a daytime deli (sit down with the locals or take-out).

Brown’s Tavern is also open for dinner at the Ascutney Resort nearby. Ascutney Mountain is no longer a ski resort but trails have been opened for biking and hiking.

If you stop at Mike’s Mobil just off Rt. 91 on Rt. 12/5 you’ll find some hot foods to choose from as well as deli sandwiches made to order, to keep you from needing to cook that first meal! Large selection of beer,wine, and coffee. It’s also the closest place to get diesel.

Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT gets top marks for it’s displays for young and old including the outside grounds www.montshire.org

Artisan’s Park in Windsor off Rt. 5 – home to many interesting places such as Harpoon Brewery, Sustainable Farmer (cheese making and other VT products), Simon Pearce outlet store, The Silo (manufacturer of Gin, Vodka and Whiskey) and Great River Outfitters who feature a lot of Water Activities – check out their calendar http://greatriveroutfitters.com

The Windsor Station Restaurant(Windsor, VT) has live music every Tuesday and Friday. Harpoon Brewery (Rt. 5 Windsor) has live music every Thursday and first Saturday as well as brick oven-fired pizzas on the weekends(Summer and Fall). Browns Tavern (Ascutney Resort, VT) has Live music every Sunday Skunk Hollow Tavern (Hartland 4 Corners) has live music every Wednesday and Friday. For details of who is playing check the links below.

For Windsor area entertainment information:
Windsor Station: http://windsorstationvt.com/live-music
Harpoon: http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/breweries/windsor
Brown’s Tavern: http://brownstavern.webs.com/apps/calendar
Skunk Hollow: http://www.skunkhollowtavern.com/Entertainment.aspx

For info on what’s happening at the Woodstock Town Theatre then check out: www.PentangleArts.org

For more cultural activities in the nearby area check out these sites:

www.hop.dartmouth.edu Hanover, NH

www.TupeloHall.com White River Junction, VT

www.ClaremontOperaHouse.com Claremont, NH

www.OperaNorth.org Lebanon, NH

www.NorthernStage.org White River Junction, VT

www.ArtistreeVT.org Woodstock, VT

Here’s a few of the recently advertised activities in the area:

April Specials at Prince & Pauper Restaurant, Woodstock. Prix Fixe: Sun-Tues $39/pers. and Bistro Menu – Wed-Thurs. 2 entrees for $35

Mar. 21 – Woodstock, VT – Winter Farmer’s Market, Masonic Hall, 10-1pm

Mar. 27-29 – Statewide – Maple Sugar Open Houses

Mar. 28 – Woodstock, VT – Hyannis Sound Concert, North Chapel UU Church, 7pm

Mar. 28-29 – Woodstock, VT – Maple Madness, see www.woodstockvt.com

Apr. 4 – Woodstock, VT – Baby animal day, Billings Farm Museum

Apr. 5 – Woodstock, VT – Easter brunch, Red Rooster restaurant in the Woodstock Inn, 11-2:30

Apr. 9 -10 – Hanover, NH – Figaro! – Dartmouth Hopkins Center For the Arts, 7pm(Thur.), 8pm(Fri.)

Apr. 10 – Windsor, VT – Windsor Wine & Spirits, 4-6pm, tasting 4 new spirits on the market, free

Apr. 16-18 – Woodstock, VT – Anniversary celebrations at Bentley’s restaurant, 3 nights of Live Music and a Throwback Disco Party on the 18th.

Apr. 18 – Woodstock, VT – Winter Farmer’s Market, Masonic Hall, 10-1pm

Apr. 22 – Hanover, NH -Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Dartmouth Hopkins Center For the Arts, 7pm

Apr. 25 – Windsor, VT – Windsor Wine & Spirits, Free wine tasting, six Rose’s, 4-6pm

May 2-3 – Woodstock, VT – Sheep shearing day and Border Collie Herding, Billings Farm Museum

June 6 – Woodstock, VT – pre-Covered Bridges Half Marathon Pasta Dinner at Suicide Six, pre-register

June 7 – Woodstock, VT – Covered Bridges Half Marathon, pre-register. books early

June 7,14,21,28 – Woodstock, VT – Ice Cream Sundays, Billiings Farm Museum

July 1,8,15,22,29 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum

August 8 – Woodstock, VT – Taste of Woodstock, downtown centre

Sept. 12-13 – Woodstock, VT – Chamber of Commerce Art Festival

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May 312009
 

Recent requests by guests coming this summer to Leave No Trace Cabin had me doing a little of research lately out of my comfort zones of equestrian pursuits. But with the help of Google and some personal discussions with friends who are golfers and kayakers I have come up with these websites for the pursuit of these sports near Leave No Trace Cabin. Enjoy! There is something for everyone in this wonderful part of Vermont! 

Golf courses nearby:
Crown Point Country Club, Springfield, VT – maybe 15 mi from the cabin
http://www.crownpointcc.com/
Woodstock Country Club – five miles (I also recommend the Fairways Grille there
for lunch!)
http://www.golflink.com/golf-courses/course.aspx?course=1154156
Quechee Country Club – about 12 miles (another great restaurant for dinner – a
little pricey)
http://www.golflink.com/golf-courses/city.aspx?dest=Quechee+vt
Okemo Valley in Ludlow, VT – about 25 min.
http://www.okemo.com/okemosummer/golfcourses/okemogolf/thecourse.asp
Newport Country Club, Newport, NH – about 40 mi.
http://www.newport-golf.com/
The closest place for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing:

Wilderness Trails in Quechee – about 10 miles.
http://wildernesstrails.weebly.com/index.html
The owner, Marty Banak is very knowledgeable and friendly – I took some
cross-country ski lessons from him.
North Star Rentals also has canoes and kayaks and is a bit further away – 14
miles. Even if you don’t go there to rent you should travel in that
direction to see the Cornish-Windsor covered bridge pictured in their ad –
it’s quite historic as one of the longest double span covered bridges, as it 
crosses the Conn. R. from VT to NH
http://www.kayak-canoe.com/
Dartmouth Outing Club through the Ledyard Canoe Club also rents kayaks I’ve heard – they are in Hanover,
NH – about 30 min. away at Dartmouth College. The small town of Hanover is
lovely with nice shops and good restaurants (and a movie theater even!! 🙂
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~lcc/?page_id=8

Jun 202008
 

How could I forget Simon Pearce in Quechee. You can watch the glassblowing experts at work, shop in their immense store or enjoy a fantastic meal in the restaurant. Reservations for dinner are a good idea and for lunch you need to try to get there early (I’m not sure if they take reservations for lunch or brunch) Check out their website below – here are some excerpts.

http://www.simonpearce.com
 
 

RESTAURANT EVENTS

Quechee, VT

New Summer Menu
Celebrate summer with our delectable new offerings.

Terrace Menu begins Monday, June 9!
A special menu served daily from 2:45-5pm.

Introducing Sunday Brunch
The Simon Pearce Restaurant is pleased to announce a new experience-Sunday Brunch. Join us every Sunday from 11am-2:45pm.

The food may be a little pricey but it is exquisite and the view from the restaurant is glorious looking out over the Ottaquechee River.

 

Jun 082008
 

First and foremost is food! I enjoy breakfast at Stella’s in BG’s plaza in Hartland 3 Corners. It’s inexpensive, friendly and they’ll pretty much make whatever you want! Second choice for breafast is Woodstock’s The Creamery – friendly with just a tad higher pricetag but very Vermont in its selections – my favorite is the Bagel w/ melted Vermont Cheddar Cheese!

I rarely eat lunch out but if I have company I like to take them to the Long Trail Brewery where you can sit out on the deck and look at the lazy brook and enjoy either a sampler of their brews or my favorite lager with a delicious cheeseburger and fries. If I want Pizza then I have to go to Firestone’s in Quechee for their wood-fired oven flat bread pizza – lots of different choices but I like the Mediterranean with olives!

Dinner is hard since there are so many restaurants I like – My favorite is in West Woodstock at the Lincoln Inn – Mangowood Restaurant where I either try one of their specials of the night or their whole fried fish which is a delight to see AND eat.  Kedron Valley Inn in S. Woodstock, Keepers in Reading and Prince & the Pauper in Woodstock are other favorites with varying price ranges.