Sep 082014
 

Early Fall in Vermont can have chilly evenings and early mornings so always bring along a little jacket or sweater so you can enjoy the outdoors during those times. It’s a busy time in Vermont during Fall Foliage. There are often bikers, runners and horse riders on the roads so please drive slowly and carefully. Relax and enjoy this lovely state!

Big News for Mountain Bikers – Woodstock’s first mountain biking trails have been opened on Mt. Peg! There are lots of regular biking routes in the Woodstock area through Taftsville and Quechee. Didn’t bring a bike there are plenty to rent from the bike shop in downtown Woodstock.

New restaurants! 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!

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

Firestone’s Restaurant in Quechee is now closed but River Stones restaurant is open in the same location with a lot of the old favorites on the menu as well as some new delicious sounding items.

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!). Beer choices are endless and there is also a token wine selection.

Chef Brad’s Crazyside is a Food Truck with a great menu and delicious food. It’s located on Rt. 12 in Hartland. Take the Hartland-Brownsville Road to Rt. 12 at Hartland 4 Corners turn left on Rt. 12. Go 3.5 miles and take a left on Damon Rd. and immediately go up the driveway on the right to the Food Truck at the top. It’s hard to see from the road but it’s worth exploring. Open for dinner Wed-Sun and Open for lunch Sat. and Sun. Eat-in or Carry-out. BYOB – CLOSES AFTER COLUMBUS DAY!

If you are returning to the area from previous visits please note their 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), Harpoon Brewery (Windsor), 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

Kedron Valley Inn restaurant, S.Woodstock

Keeper’s Cafe in Reading, VT

Taftsville Covered Bridge has reopened. It’s been closed since “Irene” and it will be 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 education display and video on sugaring, a 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 are expanding into cheesemaking at this location as well and 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 and a special dinner offering, often burgers (eat in or take out) from 5-7pm most Friday night.

Brown’s Tavern is also open for dinner at the Ascutney Resort nearby.

If you stop at Mike’s Mobil just off Rt. 91 on Rt. 12/5 you’ll find a lot of 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, andcoffee.

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. 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

Often there is live music at RiverStones restaurant in Quechee, VT – Friday night at 8pm

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

Outdoor activities at Saint Gaudins, Cornish, NH www.sgnhs.org

During Fall – Pomfret, VT – King Farm portion of the annual Sculpturefest opens – www.sculpturefest.org

Aug. 1 – Sep. 21 – Woodstock, VT, Annual Quilt Exhibition, Billings Farm Museum

Sept. 6-7 – Woodstock, VT – Art Festival on the Green, 10 -5pm

Sept. 13 – Woodstock, VT – Big Sam’s Funky Nation, jazz performance at Town Hall Theatre, www.pentanglearts.org

Sept. 13 – Quechee, VT – Autumn Cheese Festival, VINS, 5:30-7:30pm, local cheese makers, VINS raptor exhibits, and a live bird program, www.vins.org

Sept. 14 – Windsor, VT – Vermont Mac & Cheese Challenge, Artisans Park, Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co., 11-3pm, www.vtmacandcheese.com

Sept. 20 – Plymouth, VT – Plymouth Cheese & Harvest Festival, Pres. Coolidge State Historical Site, 10 – 4pm

Sept. 27 – Old Time Fair and Silent Auction, Woodstock History Center, 1-4pm

Sept. 27-28 – Woodstock, VT – 11th Annual Vermont Fine Furniture Woodsorking & Forest Festival. Sat. 9:30-5pm; Sun. 10-4:30pm, Union Arena, Rt. 4 E of Woodstock

Oct. 1 – Woodstock, VT – Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Oct. 3 – Woodstock, VT – Chili Cook-off, on the Green

Oct. 4 – all of Vermont, Open Studio weekend, to find locations go to www.vermontcrafts.com

Oct. 4 – Woodstock, VT – Autumn Foliage Walks, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Farm, 10:30

Oct. 4 – Hartland, VT – “A Night of Music and Laughter”, 7:30, Hartland UU Church. order tickets at 738-0149

Oct. 5-6 – Vermont – Open Studio weekend, www.vermontcrafts.com

Oct. 8 – Woodstock, VT – Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Oct. 9 – Woodstock, VT – Autumn Foliage Walks, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Farm, 2pm

Oct. 10 – Windsor, VT – Autumn Moon Festival, 5-11pm, something for everyone! www.autumnmoonfest.com

Oct. 9-12 – Pomfret, VT – Ibex outdoor clothing Annual Tent Sale at Suicide Six, $25 entry fee

Oct. 11 – Woodstock, VT – Autumn Foliage Walks, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Farm, 10:30

Oct. 11 – Woodstock, VT – Annual Turkey Dinner w/ all the fixings, 4-8pm. Masonic Lodge

Oct. 11 – Hartland, VT – Roast Beef Supper, Hartland Congregational (Brick) Church, 4:30-7pm

Oct. 11 – Woodstock, VT – Woodstock Emergency Services Open House, 10am, fire truck rides, dunking booth, chicken BBQ at 11:30 for $10

Oct. 11-12 – Woodstock, VT – Apples & Crafts Fair,10-5pm, Rt. 4 East, Bailey’s Meadow

Oct. 11-12 – South Woodstock, VT – Annual Pancake Breakfast, S.Woodstock Fire Assoc. (next to GMHA), 7-11(Sat.),8-11(Sun.)

Oct. 11-12 – Windsor, VT – Harpoon Octoberfest, Harpoon Brewery, Artisans Place on Rt. 5, noon – 6pm but doors close at 4:30pm, http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/festivals/872/2014-harpoon-octoberfest-vermont

Oct. 11-13 – Woodstock, VT – Autumn Foliage walk at Marsh-Billings Rockefeller Park, 10:30

Oct. 17 – Woodstock, VT – Jazzmeia Horn, Town Hall Theatre, www.pentanglearts.org

Oct. 18 – Woodstock, VT – Peak to Peak hike, 10 am at the Woodstock Green

Oct. 18 – 19 – Woodstock, VT – Billings Farm Wagon Ride weekend

Oct. 24 – Nov. 2 – Woodstock, VT – Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Town Hall Theatre, www.pentanglearts.org

Oct. 25 – Quechee, VT – Hoots and Howls, VINS, www.vinsweb.org

Oct. 26 – Woodstock, VT – Spooky Woodstock Cemetery Tour, www.woodstockhistorical.org

November – Woodstock, VT – Every Sat. and Sun is Wagon Ride Weekends at the Billings Farm Museum, 10-4pm

Nov. 22 – Woodstock, VT – Indoor Farmer’s Market, Masonic Hall

Nov. 27 – Woodstock, VT – Turkey Trot 5K run/walk to benefit Zack’s Place, Woodstock Elementary School, 10am

November 28-30 – Woodstock, VT – Thanksgiving Weekend, Billings Farm Museum, 10-3:30

Dec. 12 – Woodstock, VT – Hot Club of San Fancisco presents Cool Yule, Town Hall Theatre, www.pentanglearts.org

Dec. 12-14 – Woodstock, VT, Wassail weekend

Dec. 18-21 – Hanover, NH – The Christmas Revels, Hopkins Center for the Arts, www.RevelsNorth.org

Dec. 20 – Woodstock, VT – Indoor Farmer’s Market, Masonic Hall

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