Winter is just around the corner in Vermont!
The Holidays are starting! Thanksgiving is just around the corner and then there’s Wassail weekend in Woodstock and Christmas and New Year’s and Feb. school Holidays! Let the fun begin! Check out the Nov. issue of Travel + Leisure Magazine for a wonderful article on the beauty of Woodstock, VT. Also a great article on Woodstock in the Equestrian Quarterly Magazine – it even has a picture of yours truly on her horse in the Christmas Wassail parade! ? The Woodstock Wassail celebration has been featured in numerous magazines in the past – it is truly a special weekend of events that will truly get you in the Christmas mood!
Some fairly 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. 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!). Beer choices are endless and there is also a token wine selection.
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), 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.
Taftsville Covered Bridge has reopened. It’s 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 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 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 most Friday night a special dinner offering, often burgers (eat in or take out) from 5-7pm.
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 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.
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
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
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
November – Woodstock, VT – Every Sat. and Sun is Wagon Ride Weekends at the Billings Farm Museum, 10-4pm
Nov. 14 – Claremont, NH – Bob Marley, Claremont Opera House, 7:30pm
Nov. 15 – Nov. 30 – Rifle Deer Hunting Season – fluorescent vests in the basement for your walk in the woods!
Nov. 20 – Woodstock, VT – Sayon Camara: The Drums of the Malinke Culture, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 10am
Nov. 21 – Woodstock, VT – Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery tasting! Woodstock Farmer’s Market, www.woodstockfarmersmarket.com, 4-6pm
Nov. 22 – Woodstock, VT – Indoor Farmer’s Market, Masonic Hall
Nov. 23 – Woodstock, VT – Farmhouse Truffle display – CHOCOLATE! Woodstock Farmer’s Market, www.woodstockfarmersmarket.com
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. 4-6 – Lebanon, NH – Clara’s Dream – a nutcracker story, Lebanon Opera House, citycenterballet.org, Dec. 4 (7pm), Dec. 5 (7pm) and Dec. 6 (1pm & 4pm)
Dec. 6 – Brownsville, VT – Christmas Bazaar, Town Hall in Brownsville
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