New England's Best Small Towns: Woodstock, VT

By Donna Garlough | Boston Magazine |

 

Charm is deeply rooted in Woodstock, and reaches full flower in its namesake inn. Once a mansion owned by Laurance Rockefeller, the Woodstock Inn and Resort looms over the village center, yet not in a megahotel-swallows-rustic-hamlet kind of way. It entertains both locals and guests with live music, and the affiliated Billings Farm puts on festivals throughout the year. Inside, it’s newly luxe: The renovated rooms—deep loveseats, old-school plaids—come with giant TVs and regional art, and the Red Rooster restaurant has a Zen feel and upscale fare. Meanwhile, the seasonal activities (leaf-peeping in Quechee Gorge, toasting marshmallows at the inn’s outdoor fire pit) are utterly timeless. —Donna Garlough

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  • Pam

    Woodstock, Vermont…the quintesential of all New England towns…fall, mountains of fiery autumn colors, spring, the quiet time to catch up. Summer brings cool breezes when all else is hot, hazy and humid by the sea. And winter? Wintry winds blow, with the protection fo the hills, hugging you, warming you, the comfort of knowing the wood is piled high, the soup’s on, and the snow shoes are ready to go….everyone is in the same “boat” 3 hours from the sea.