WINTER in Vermont!!!!
FLASH! FLASH! Prince & Pauper Restaurant in Woodstock is offering a Prix Fixe special Sun thru Thurs. Nov. 1 to Dec. 17th. $39 for appetizer, salad and entree.
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 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 in Woodstock is Ruth’s Table on main street where the Daily Grind used to be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. On the West end of Woodstock is another new restaurant, On the River Inn.
Opening in Sept. 2015, The Public House in Quechee, 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), 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. 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
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
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:
The nearby Billings Farm Museum has an activity going on most of the weekends.
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
Must see activity: Sculpturefest 2015 which starts in June and last through the Fall Season. Free outdoor display of unique sculptures from various artist. Check out info and directions (just outside of Woodstock) at www.sculpturefest.org
Here’s a few of the recently advertised activities in the area:
Prince & Pauper Restaurant in Woodstock is offering a Prix Fixe special Sun thru Thurs. Nov. 1 to Dec. 17th. $39 for appetizer, salad and entree.
Nov. 26 – Woodstock, VT – The Turkey Trot, 5K run through Woodstock Village, www.zacksplacevt.org
Nov. 27-28 – Woodstock, VT – The Woodstock Inn Holiday Fair, perfect place to buy unique Christmas gifts from VT artists and crafters, free, 10-4pm
Nov. 27-29 – Woodstock, VT – Thanksgiving Weekend at Billings Farm & Museum, 10-3:30pm, horse drawn wagon rides
December weekends – Woodstock, VT – Christmas at the Farm, Billings Farm & Museum, 10-4pm
Dec. 5 – Plymouth Notch, VT – Coolidge Holiday Open House at the President Calvin Coolidge Historic Site, 10-4pm, craft demos, traditions, sleigh rides weather permitting, www.historicsites.vermont.gov
Dec. 5 – Brownsville, VT – Christmas activities in the village, craft bazaar, Christmas Holiday Carol Sing, Holiday Tree Lighting, Caroling, Fire Pit, Christmas Concert
Dec. 5-6, Woodstock, VT – Freelance Family Singers Concert, First Congregational Church, 7pm (Dec. 5) and 3pm (Dec. 6)
Dec. 6 – Heartland, VT – Holiday Concert, 3pm, Damon Hall
Dec. 11-13 – Woodstock, VT – Wassail weekend in Woodstock, numerous events, a special Winter weekend in Woodstock, google on you-tube to see past Wassail celebrations in Woodstock, to see a list of the events go to www.woodstockvt.com
December 11, 5:00pm-7:00pm,Wassail Open House,Woodstock History Center,hot cider, seasonal treats, Celtic harp music, and more. Free!
December 11-13, 10:00am-4:00pm,Wassail Weekend at Billings Farm & Museum,horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides (weather permitting).
December 12, 9:30am-2:00pm,Pentangle’s 12th Annual Holiday House Tour,Starts at Woodstock Town Hall, www.pentanglearts.org
December 12, 12:30pm, A reading of A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Norman Williams Public Library
December 12, 2:00pm, Wassail Parade,Woodstock Village Green, Delight in the jingle of sleigh bells and the clip-clop of hooves as riders dressed in Victorian-era costumes ride through the village and around the Woodstock Village Green
December 12, 3:00pm,Lighting of the Memory Tree,Woodstock Village Green,Carol sing and Wassail bonfire on the Woodstock Village Green
December 12, 3:00pm & 4:30pm, Performance by The Ten – a cappella men’s choir, free, The Congregational Church
December 12, 4:00pm, Lighting of the Luminaries, Woodstock Village Green
December 12, 7:30pm, Pentangle Arts Wassail Weekend Featured Concert, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, www.pentanglearts.org
December 13, 4:00pm, Annual Messiah Sing, Our Lady of the Snows Church,www.pentanglearts.org
Dec. 18 – Barnard, VT – Annual Winter Carols, holiday concert as well as audience sing-a-long in candle-lit church, First Universalist Church, 7pm, www.barnarts.org
Dec. 18-21 – Hanover, NH – The Christmas Revels, celebration of the Winter Solstice, Hopkins Center for the Arts, tickets at www.hop.dartmouth.edu/revelsnorth.org
Dec. 19 – Jan. 3 – Woodstock, VT – Christmas at the Billings Farm and Museum, learn about how Christmas was
Dec. 20 – South Woodstock, VT – Christmas service, South Woodstock Community Church
Dec. 26 – Jan. 3 – Woodstock, VT – Billings Farm Museum, horse drawn sleigh or wagon rides weather permitting
Jan. 16-18 – Woodstock, VT – Sleigh Ride Weekend, Billings Farm & Museum, 10-4pm
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. 11-21 – Woodstock, VT – Sleigh Ride Week, Billings Farm & Museum, 10-3pm
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