Mar 242014
 

Obviously Woodstock believes Spring is just around the corner….of the snow piles. Check out the Spring issue of the Woodstock Magazine: http://issuu.com/mountainviewpublishing/docs/woodstock-magazine-spring-2014

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 good. Beer choices are endless.

 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), 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, April hours, Fri. and Sat. 5:30-9:00pm

Keeper’s Cafe in Reading, VT, closed from Apr. 1-17

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. Call first during the Winter and Mud Season to make sure roads are passable.

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.

Brownsville General Store at the base of Ascutney mountain offers a daytime deli and a special dinner offering (eat in or take out) from 5-7pm every 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, to keep you from needing to cook that first meal!

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

Winter Activities at the 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 Winter Activities such as: dog sledding, sleigh rides and snowshoeing  check out their calendar http://greatriveroutfitters.com/winter-schedule

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

Music in April at RiverStones restaurant in Quechee, VT – Friday night at 8pm

       Apr. 4 – Gregory Brown

       Apr. 11 – Rick Redington

       Apr. 18 – Pete Meijer

       Apr. 25 – Eric Boedtker

April  Music at Skunk Hollow Tavern, Hartland Four Corners, VT – Brownsville – Hartland Road

APRIL 4TH, PETER CONCILIO JAZZ TRIO, ANOTHER GREAT NIGHT OF OUTSTANDING JAZZ!!!

APRIL 11TH, FRYDADDY, COME PREPARED TO DANCE YOUR SOCKS OFF!! OUR HOUSE BAND

APRIL 18TH, THE PARTY CRASHERS ANOTHER GREAT, GREAT BAND

APRIL 25TH, SULLIVAN, HANSCOM, AND DAVIS, THESE GUYS REALLY ROCK!!

Apr. 3 – Hanover, NH – Imani Winds, Spaulding Auditorium, Dartmouth College, 7pm

Apr. 4 – Woodstock, VT – Doug Perkins Trio Concert, Town Hall Theatre, 7-9pm

Apr. 5 – Woodstock, VT – Hyannis Sound, a cappella men’s group, performing at the North Universalist Chapel Society, 7:30pm

Apr. 12 – Woodstock, VT – Little Red Riding Hood, Children’s Opera – live, Norman Williams Public Library, noon – 12:30

Apr. 19 – Woodstock, VT – Billings Farm Museum, Baby Animal Day

Apr. 25 – Woodstock, VT – Glad Rags Sale, Masonic Temple across from Mac’s Market

Apr. 25 – May 4 – In Vermont – Restaurant Week – check to see if your favorite restaurant has a special discount this week

Apr. 26 – Woodstock, VT – Town Theatre, Source to Sea, Robin and Linda Williams, 7:30pm

Apr. 26 – Woodstock, VT – Blue Horse Inn, Cantare Con Spirito, 7pm

Apr. 26 – Woodstock, VT – Glad Rags Sale, Masonic Hall

May 3-4 – Woodstock, VT – Billings Farm Museum, Sheep Shearing and Herding with Border Collie Dogs

May 10 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Road to the Pogue 10K race www.roadtothepogue.com

May 15 – Woodstock, VT – Studio 31, Blue Horse Inn, Project Trio, 7:30, Reservations – www.pentanglearts.org

A preview of Summer events:

June 1 – Woodstock, VT – 23rd annual Covered Bridges Half Marathon, www.cbhm.com

June 13-15 – Quechee, VT – Hot Air Balloon Festival and Crafts Fair, www.quecheeballoonfestival.com

June 21 – Hartland, VT – Third Annual Hartland Community Arts Jazz Festival

July 25-27 – Woodstock, VT – Bookstock, Green Mountain Literary Festival, www.bookstockvt.org

Aug. 23 – Quechee, VT – Scottish Festival, Sheep Dog Trials

Aug. 24 – Woodstock, VT – First VT Overland Grand Prix, 53 mile dirt road bike race

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