Here in New England September is our kick-off to fall. It's the place between the haze of summer and the craze of the holidays. A typical Vermont landscape during the fall is simple, yet breathtaking. Picture a tall white steeple rising up from a small quaint town set against the backdrop of rolling hills, vibrant with deep red, orange and yellow foliage. It's the perfect time of year for taking long drives through the countryside, visiting local farmer's markets, picking apples, going on scenic mountain hikes. Our Upper Valley is an outdoor enthusiast's Mecca and is teaming with so many things to do each day that it presents the pleasant dilemma of what to choose every day!
September brings us many activities - outdoor concerts, fairs, festivals, farmers' markets, equestrian events, journeys to find that perfect brew, places to pitch a tent, family reunions, weddings...
Our guests enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres on our porches and lawn. People are jumping into our rivers, kayaking, canoeing, boating, tubing and fishing. The wonderful smell of campfires in the gorge fills the air. Visitors and locals drive our back roads. Nature's beauty is everywhere.
September is a gift from the heavens to be enjoyed by all our senses. Come visit and enjoy the beauty of a Quechee-Woodstock Vermont autumn.
Life is good. Everyone and everything is electric!
Here's a quick look at just some of the past, present, future events and happenings in our area:
"FLY ME TO THE MOON"
(1954 Artist Frank Sinatra, Composer Bart Howard)
A BACKYARD LIFT-OFF WITH BALLOONS OF VERMONT
With the Gorge located directly behind our property, it provides the ultimate location for a spectacular flight. Under the supervision of our pilot, Darrek, ground spectators and passengers helped inflate the envelope (fabric). Once fully inflated with passengers on-board, spectators watched in amazement as the massive balloon gracefully ascended and floated sky-bound. The balloon soared above the Gorge and then slowly descended to its bottom. Darrek maneuvered the basket onto large, boulders as the crystal clear river trickled underneath. It then popped up and continued its journey over ponds, fields, pastures, finally setting down near the ski trails at Killington Mountain. The chase crew arrived soon thereafter and passengers enjoyed a "celebration" with pilot and crew. All were treated to delicious hors d'oeuvres and their choice of champagne or sparkling cider, followed by the Balloonist's Prayer. Recommendation: put this thrilling experience on the top of your bucket-list - you'll be talking about this and reliving memories for a long, long time...and remember, our pilot flies year round - yes, even in winter!
"SHE THINKS MY TRACTOR'S SEXY"
( 1999 Artist Kenny Chesney, Composed by Jim Collins and Paul Overstreet)
Gateway To Vermont’s Rural Heritage - Billings Farm
Billings Farm & Museum is just a scenic stroll from the village center of Woodstock, Vermont, and is regarded as one of the finest outdoor history museums in the country. Combining a fully-operating Jersey dairy farm with educational exhibitsand interactive programs and events, Billings Farm & Museum is committed to providing education and enjoyment to visitors of all ages.
From meeting our award-winning Jersey dairy cows, draft horses, and sheep, to exploring the carefully restored 1890 Farm House, sampling Billings Farm cheddar, and taking part in hands-on activities, there really is something for everyone.
Billings Farm History
Billings Farm was established in 1871 by Frederick Billings, a native Vermonter known for his work as a lawyer, railroad builder, and pioneer in scientific farm management and reforestation. Billings set out to make his 270-acre farm a model dairy operation for farmers in the region, founded on the principles of efficiency, sustainability, and responsible land use.
In 1884 Frederick Billings hired George Aitken, an innovative and successful professional farm manager to oversee his Woodstock operation. Aitken imported cows from the Isle of Jersey, hundreds of Southdown sheep, Berkshire hogs, and other livestock. By 1890, the year that Frederick Billings died, the Billings Farm had grown to nearly 1,000 acres and was widely acknowledged for the superior genetics of its premier Jersey herd as well as an extensive butter-making operation that produced 5,000 pounds of high-quality butter annually. Three years later, at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, cows from the Billings herd took top honors in the dairy division, with Lily Garfield designated “Champion Heifer of the World.”
The herd’s performance in Chicago was the victorious culmination of Billings Farm’s early years. Following George Aitken’s sudden death in 1910, the farm experienced several periods of change, including a successful commercial dairy operation beginning in the 1948. In the mid-1970s, the farm resumed breeding championship-caliber Jersey cows. A string of regional show winnings throughout the 1970s and ’80s culminated when Billings Top Rosanne won top honors in both American and Canadian competitions, designating her the finest Jersey in North America.
Owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc., a non-profit educational institution founded by Laurance and Mary Rockefeller in 1968, the Billings Farm & Museum was established in 1983 to preserve the historic Billings Farm as well as the character and heritage of rural Vermont.
(1961 Artist The Miracles, Composer Smokey Robinson and Barry Gordy)
MARKET ON THE GREEN WOODSTOCK
Enjoy Woodstock's Market on the Green, featuring produce, crafts and music. Location at the center of town
Every Wednesday, June 2 - October 13 from 3-6p.m.
"OL' MAN RIVER" that ol' man river, he don't say nothing but he must know something
cause he just keeps rolling, he keeps rolling along...
(1927 Artist Paul Robeson, Composer Oscar Hammerstein II, from the Musical "Showboat")
The Longest Float Trip In Vermont
Will Bring Your Summer Tubing Dreams To Life in 2021!
There’s no better way to spend a lazy summer day than floating down a beautiful river with your friends. If that sounds appealing, you need to check out this amazing tubing trip that will take you all day… in a good way. River tubing in Vermont is an adventurous and fun way to spend a day! A float trip with Great River Outfitters is the best way to take in the beauty of the Connecticut River
They offer a few different float trip options, but the longest is a whopping six to eight hours on the water. If you feel like that might be a bit much for you, you can also opt for their popular five hour tubing adventure or their short and sweet three hour option. Here's how it works:
The company provides the comfy tubing equipment and you show up with your bathing suit, water-ready shoes, and sunscreen. If you have smaller children in your party, they’re welcome to share a tube with a friend or an adult. No experience is necessary!
Enjoy a drink or meal on the water with your friends
Be sure to bring a floating cooler with you to stow your drinks, snacks, and non-waterproof essentials such as phones and towels. You’ll definitely want refreshments if you’re spending the whole day on the water, so pack your favorite treats!
This float trip is the ultimate in summer relaxation
Along the way, you’ll be treated to gorgeous scenery, relaxing sunshine, and the soothing sounds of the river. Summer adventures are available from May 15 to September 15. You'll want to do this epic tubing trip in Vermont again and again and they are located only 20 minutes from the Inn at Clearwater Pond! Make a note to add this float trip to your Summer 2021 "fun-things-to-do" list
"RED, RED WINE"
(1967 Artist Neil Diamond 1983 UB40, Composer Neil Diamond)
Wine, Wit and Wisdom - Wine and Cheese Tasting
Join Woodstock Inn & Resort Executive Chef Rhys Lewis and his wine enthusiasts for interactive, educational, and fun wine tastings! Sample some of the world's wonderful wines, paired with Vermont’s Artisan Cheeses.
SET IN THE HISTORIC BILLINGS BARN, THESE EVENTS ARE PERFECT FOR A GROUP OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO ENJOY TOGETHER!
$65+ per person. Must be 21+
Reservations Required: Call 802-457-6600 or email@example.com
From sparkling to reds and sips from famous growing regions, each date features a different wine and cheese pairing!
DATES AND TIME 3 TO 5 P.M.
June 30 - Tasting Down Unda: A Closer look at Wines of the Southern Hemisphere.
August 25 - A Sparkling Experience: Discover the history and the developmental process of “Method E Champenoise”.
September 15 - The French Connection: A tasting of wines with a sense of place.
September 22 - Searching for the Perfect Pinot: Celebrate the travels of “Pinot Noir” Burgundy’s Most Celebrated Grape.
September 30 - Italy, From the Grapes to the Glass: Explore the grapes and the wines of Italy’s most celebrated wine regions.
October 7 - Tempranillo and Beyond: Enjoy a comparative tasting of the unique wines of Spain.
October 14 - Waiting to Catch A Cab? - In this tasting, you will study four Cabernets from different parts of the globe. Experience the distinct differences that “Place” has on the globetrotting varietal Cabernet Sauvignon.
"100 BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL" 100 bottles of beer. Take one down and pass it around, 99 bottles of beer....
(Mid-20th Century Folk Song, Artist Jimmie Vestal)
THE VERMONT BREWERS FESTIVAL AND GOLF TOURNAMENT
KILLINGTON, VT - SEPTEMBER 25, 2021
Wet your whistle with a backdrop of 4,241 feet of Vermont's finest autumn foliage and enjoy live music, many fabulous food offerings and over 80 of the finest craft beers in the region. Brewfest is one of Killington’s most distinctive annual cellebrations
"RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE"
(1970 Artist Creedence Clearwater Revival, Composer John Fogerty)
The 28th Vermont 50 Mountain Bike Or Ultra Run
September 26, 2021
The Vermont 50 Race Committee welcomes you to our Mountain Bike or Ultra Run race hosted at Ascutney Outdoors in West Windsor, Vermont.
Thank you for being here with us and for supporting Vermont Adaptive.
All Vermont 50 participants, crew/spectators and volunteers should realize we are visiting a small community. That community has given us permission to enjoy their piece of Vermont.
THE FALLING LEAVES DRIFT BY THE WINDOW
THE "AUTUMN LEAVES" OF RED AND GOLD
(1953 Artist Nat King Cole, Composers Joseph Kosma, Johnny Mercer, Jacques Prevert)
AUTUMN FOLIAGE AT ITS VERY BEST IN VERMONT 2021
Autumn 2020 arrived and our foliage was absolutely beautiful and breathtaking! If you were unable to visit in 2020 and witness one of earth's most spectacular transformations, be sure to mark your calendars for 2021. So, what is the science behind autumn foliage and why do so many people travel from around the world to witness Vermont's almost-magical transformation? During the spring and summer, the leaves are where most of the foods necessary for the tree’s growth are manufactured. Leaves start out yellow when they bloom in spring. Chlorophyll, the chemical responsible for giving leaves their green appearance and converting light to energy during photosynthesis, dominates the landscape in the spring and summer. But when temperatures change and daylight shortens, the chlorophyll breaks down and reveals the yellow or orange chemicals, known as carotene's, that were there all along.
Other leaves produce chemicals called anthocyanins from built-up sugars. These chemicals produce a red pigment that can combine with green pigments left from chlorophyll and display different shades of red.
The leaves changing color is tied to environmental cues, day length, and weather. You’ll see the leaves change first in the north and at higher elevations, and then the colors work their way south down into the lower elevations.
It also reminds us how lucky we are that Vermont has been stewarded by forests and farm owners all these years. We need to give it up for the trees and the people who have stewarded this landscape and kept Vermont forests strong. That’s why Vermont looks the way it does.
The red maple is a favorite among foliage seekers, as is the sugar maple. Other trees that put on a nice show during the fall include ash trees, as well as birch, cherry, aspen, tamarack, sumac and red oak
Vermont is one of the most heavily forested states in the country and has the highest proportion of maple trees. Vermont is 75 percent forested with 4.46 million acres of forest
- "APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE"
(1967 Artist Jay and the Techniques, Composer Maurice Irby, Jr.)
Harvest Celebrations at Billings Farm
Woodstock, VT - October 2021 - Visit their website for weekend dates in September and October 2021
Hands-on programs highlights two essential fall crops - pumpkins and apples. Activities and events include apple tasting, cider pressing, pumpkin bowling, apples-on-a-string, making pumpkin and apple ice cream and cooking apple butter in the farmhouse. This is a fun event for adults and children. Horse drawn wagon rides through the field are offered, as well.
I FOUND MY THRILL ON "BLUEBERRY HILL"
(1956 Artist Fats Domino, Composer Al Lewis, Larry Stock, Vincent Rose)
48TH ANNUAL WOODSTOCK APPLES AND CRAFTS ARTISANS FAIR
October 9-10 - COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND 2021 - 10 am to 5 pm
Located on Route 4 at Bailey's Meadow, just outside of Woodstock Village
Leaf season gets its own celebration during the Woodstock Apples and Crafts Artisans Fair. Shop with over 100 vendors and purveyors of Vermont crafts and food.
More than 100 juried craftspeople and specialty food producers. Admission $4.00 per person. Children 12 & under are free. Bus groups are welcome.
Don't miss this fun weekend - make your plans for October 2021!
(1961 Artist Ricky Nelson, Composer Jerry Fuller)
OTHER NOTABLES TO CHECK OUT
Plymouth Cheese in Plymouth, Simon Pearce Glass in Windsor, Silver Lake and the Barnard General Store in Barnard, Quechee Gorge Village in Quechee, Saint-Gaudens Gardens and National Historical Park in Cornish, NH, The Vermont Country Store in Weston, VT, Manchester VT and it's retail outlets, Rock of Ages Granite Quarry in Graniteville VT, Ben & Jerry's in Waterbury, Route 100 the most scenic road in Vermont, Lake Willoughby in Westmore, Cabot Cheese in Cabot and Quechee, More than 100 Covered Bridges, Calvin Coolidge State Historic Park in Plymouth, Vermont Spirits in Quechee Gorge Village, Harpoon Brewery and the Silo Distillery in Windsor, Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Wilson Castle in Proctor, Morgan Horse Farm in Middlebury, Visit the Top Ten Vermont Waterfalls, Visit the Trapp Family Lodge and drive the "Notch" Smugglers Notch Road in Stowe, Swim in Lake St. Catherine in Poultney, Drive to the summit of Mt. Equinox in Manchester, Hike Camel's Hump in Duxbury/Huntington, Bike along the Burlington Bike Path, Take a day cruise on Lake Champlain (keep your eyes open for "Champ", the legendary Lake Monster, possibly a giant Garfish or extinct Tanystropheus}, Visit the Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury, Visit the Lincoln Family Home "Hildene" in Manchester, Some of the best mountain biking is found on the Kingdom Trails in East Burke - and if you still have some time and the energy, don't forget to visit some of our great maple sugaring farms....ENJOY!
THEY DID THE MASH, IT CAUGHT ON IN A FLASH. THEY DID THE MASH
THEY DID THE "MONSTER MASH"
(1962 Artist Bobby "Boris" Pickett, Composer Bobby "Boris" Pickett, Gary Paxton, Lenny Capizzi)
As she climbed the staircase, "it" was no more than a chill in the air. Then a shadowy form appeared above her..........Was this just a figment of her imagination? She closed her eyes; then quickly opened them, hoping the eerie apparition was gone. The shadow remained. Could this really be some mischievous spirit that was quietly floating above her now-trembling body? It appeared to be a man, wearing torn overalls and large, dirty work boots. And now this phantom seemed to be drifting closer. She could feel his presence and tightly closed her eyes once again. When she had the courage to open them, it appeared that the spirit had simply slithered into the walls.
Listen, my friends, and you shall hear - chilling tales of ghosts to fear
Visit us anytime around Halloween 2021 and listen to true and chilling tales of his antics and ghostly apparitions
"TIME FOR ME TO FLY"
(1978 Artist REO Speedwagon, Composer Kevin Cronin)
VINS PRESENTS ITS ANNUAL "HOOTS AND HOWLS" CELEBRATION
October 30 | 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us on a family-friendly guided tour as we visit different fun, non-scary stations around the VINS Nature Center. The Forest Canopy Walk will marvel both big and small as our tour guides lead you through the trees illuminated by jack-o-lanterns. Get ready for a night of costumed fun and spooky intrigue!
*Tickets and event details will be available on Thursday, September 16.
General admission from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more information, contact us at 802.359.5000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Come, ye thankful people, come"
Raise the song of harvest home!
All is safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin"
(A hymn written in 1844 by Henry Alford, Melody "St. George's Windsor" by George Job Elvey)
Learn about late 19th century Thanksgiving traditions as the Farm & Museum celebrates Thanksgiving Weekend 2021. Discover how Thanksgiving was observed at the Billings Farm with festivity preparations, menu, entertainment, and the demanding work of the harvest. The event will feature costumed staff demonstrating cooking traditional Thanksgiving fare in the farmhouse, holiday programs, milking the herd, and horse-drawn wagon rides. The operating dairy farm, farm life exhibits, and the tours of the farm manager’s house – along with all programs and activities - are included in the entrance fee.
Billings Farm is an operating Jersey dairy farm that continues a 146-year tradition of agricultural excellence and offers farm programs and historical exhibits that explore Vermont’s rural heritage and values. The Farm & Museum has served as a gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage for over 1.7 million visitors and 340,000 of the region’s school children. Open daily April 1 through October 31, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., weekends Nov. – Feb., and Christmas & Presidents’ weeks, 10-4, The Farm & Museum is located one-half mile north of the Woodstock village green on Vermont Route 12.
"TAKE IT ON THE RUN"
(1980 Artist REO Speedwagon, Composer lead guitarist, Gary Richrath)
THANKSGIVING DAY TURKEY TROT 2021
Put this special event on your November 2021 calendar
The 15th Annual Thanksgiving Day Zack's Place Turkey Trot
A 5K Walk or Run which begins and ends at Woodstock Elementary School
Awards Ceremony immediately following on the Woodstock Green
"LONG TRAIN RUNNIN' "
(1973 Artist The Doobie Brothers, Composer Tom Johnston)
THE HARTFORD, VERMONT POLAR EXPRESS
Come and celebrate our 15th year with us on December 10-11, 2021
Unfortunately the Express 2020 was cancelled due to the virus. BUT, plan on joining us in 2021 for an exciting train ride along a meandering river to the North Pole. Children of all ages will enjoy The Polar Express Story and Holiday Sing-Along while sipping Hot Cocoa with a Homemade Cookie.
Santa will board to greet each child and to hand out the first gift of the season - The Polar Express Bell.
You can enter a raffle to win an original LIONEL Polar Express Train Set. Raffle Tickets will be available at the station.
Please arrive between 30 minutes ahead of your boarding time to allow for parking, ticketing, restroom visits and some holiday fun for the little ones.
Visit their website, make your reservations and mark your calendars for December 10 and 11, 2021
"HERE WE COME A-WASSALING"
(1850 Artist Unknown, Recorded by the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers)
Woodstock, Vermont's 36th Annual Wassail Weekend - December 10-12, 2021
Filled with twinkling lights, Historic decorated homes, Breakfast with Santa, Billings Farm Decorated in 19th century holiday spirit and Sleigh bells, our annual Wassail Weekend is not to be missed! The horse parade through the village of Woodstock is a weekend highlight. This weekend appeals to all ages. It's festive and fun and a great way to kick off the holiday season.
Visitors come from all over to celebrate one of "Vermont's Top Ten Winter Events" at our country inn. We are located only a few miles from the village center so come enjoy our elegant accommodations and warm hospitality. Now, you ask, just what is "wassail"? Let us give you a little history lesson. The term "wassail" has its roots in medieval England and refers to the Norse, "ves heill", meaning "to drink to the health". Ale, brewed with spiced apples and sugar, was the warm drink given to people who went singing from door to door during the solstice, the darkest days of the year. Thus Christmas became interwoven with these celebrations during the Winter Solstice. The Inn at Clearwater Pond brewed its own Wassail. If you missed 2020, be sure to put it on your 2021 December calendar. VES HEILL!
Be sure to make your bed and breakfast reservations early. The Inn at Clearwater Pond will be geared up and ready to welcome guests to our home. We will be brewing our own recipe for Wassail - and it is delicious and perfect for this festive holiday weekend. We are conveniently located under 15 minutes from the village center
MAYBE IT'S MUCH TOO EARLY IN THE GAME...AH, BUT I THOUGHT I'D ASK YOU JUST THE SAME...
"WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEW YEAR'S, NEW YEAR'S EVE?"
(1947 Artist Ella Fitzgerald, Composer Frank Loesser)
NEW YEAR'S EVE 2021
Come join us in 2021 as we pop a bottle of bubbly, sing a song or two, toast friendship and new beginnings. We always celebrate in style. Maybe we'll roast marshmallows on a campfire by the pond or loop around the backyard on a snowmobile, light up a giant bonfire, ice skate on our pond or simply kick back in front of a warm and cozy fire. It's New Year's Eve and most anything goes. Give us a call - 802-295-0606 - and reserve your room of choice.
"LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW"
(1945 Artist Dean Martin, Composer Sammy Cohn, Jule Styne)
Vermont Flurry: Woodstock Snow Sculpture Festival
Presented by Pentangle Arts & ArtisTree Community Arts Center
Woodstock Village Green
Presidents Day Weekend 2022
Over Presidents Day Weekend, the Woodstock Village Green was transformed into a celebration of winter and the visual arts. Visitors cheered on professional snow sculpting teams as they competed to create large, stunning sculptures, and were amazed as these works of art came to life over a three-day period. Visitors voted for their for your favorite “Peoples’ Choice” pick.
Free and open to the public. Come join us in 2022
This event is part of the Vermont Art Council, in celebration of the stunning array of arts events — concerts, festivals, exhibits, and openings — that take place all across the state
C'MON BABY, "LIGHT MY FIRE"...
(1966 Artist The Doors, Composer Jim Morrison, Robby Krueger, John Densmore)
The Torchlight Parade and Fireworks 2022
Suicide Six Ski Mountain - The mountain will be ablaze with glowing red torches and the skiers will impress us as they slowly venture down the mountain - then onto the chairlift for a second run. Spectators will also be able to enjoy a second torchlight parade and fireworks at the Quechee Club the following night. Be sure to join us for these two fun events.
Suicide Six - Pomfret, VT and the Quechee Club - Quechee, VT
BRIGHT ARE THE STARS THAT SHINE - DARK IS THE SKY - I KNOW THIS LOVE OF MINE - WILL NEVER DIE "AND I LOVE HER" (or HIM)
(1964 Artist The Beatles, Composer Paul McCartney)
VALENTINE'S DAY AND PRESIDENTS' DAY at our INN - join us February 2022
This Valentine’s Day you probably either sent or received a valentine from someone. More than a billion were expected to be given away in the United States alone. But just like many of our holidays, there’s a lot more behind it than just cards and gifts. There’s a true-life story. It’s a story that teaches us a lot about love, sacrifice, and commitment—the true meaning of Valentine’s Day.
In the third century, the Roman Empire was ruled by Emperor Claudius II Gothicus. He was nicknamed Claudius the Cruel because of his harsh leadership and his tendency for getting into wars and abusing his people. In fact, he was getting into so many wars during the third century that he was having a difficult time recruiting enough soldiers.
Claudius believed that recruitment for the army was down because Roman men did not want to leave their loves or families behind, so he canceled all marriages and engagements in Rome. Thousands of couples saw their hopes of matrimony dashed by the single act of a tyrant. And no one seemed interested in standing up to the emperor.
But a simple Christian priest named Valentine did come forward and stood up for love. He began to secretly marry soldiers before they went off to war, despite the emperor’s orders. In 269 A.D., Emperor Claudius found out about the secret ceremonies. He had Valentine thrown into prison and deemed that he would be put to death.
As Valentine was awaiting execution, he fell in love with a blind girl who happened to be the jailer’s daughter. On the eve of his execution, with no writing instruments available, Valentine is said to have written her a sonnet in ink that he squeezed from violets. Legend has it that his words made the blind woman see again. It was a brief romance because the next day Valentine was clubbed to death by Roman executioners.
St. Valentine gave his life so that young couples could be bonded together in holy matrimony. They may have killed the man, but not his spirit. Even centuries after his death, the story of Valentine’s self-sacrificing commitment to love was legendary in Rome. Eventually, he was granted sainthood and the Catholic Church decided to create a feast in his honor. They picked February 14 as the day of celebration because of the ancient belief that birds (particularly lovebirds, but also owls and doves) began to mate on that very day.
And so, on the next Valentine's Day 2022, what are you doing to keep the love-light burning? Well - The Inn at Clearwater Pond is just the place to celebrate and we know how to do it up just right. Think ROMANCE and give us a call or send us an email and we'll reserve a room for you - February 14, 2022
Daisy, Daisy give me your answer true. I'm half crazy over the love of you. It won't be a stylish marriage. I can't afford a carriage. But you'll look sweet upon the seat of a
"Bicycle Built For Two"
(1963 Artist Nat King Cole, Composed by Harry Dacre in 1892)
FAT TIRE BIKING and then some....
Fat tire biking is a relatively newer sport that has taken cold weather areas of the country by storm as a winter sport, but it’s not just for the colder months.
You might have seen these bikes on the local trails or roads. Equipped with wide tires between 4” and 5”, fat tire bikes make an impression (most mountain bike tires are in the 2” range). Unlike a regular mountain bike, the low tire pressure allows them to float on surfaces, like snow, where a normal bike would sink.
Interested in trying it? Be prepared for a challenging workout. According to an article from bicyling.com, you can burn up to 1500 calories an hour doing it, and it will test both your balance and core strength.
While the sport is a game changer for avid cyclists, who can now get their workout in outdoors rather than being stuck on a stationary bike, it has also seen many converts from Nordic skiing, particularly here in New England where good snow conditions aren't always guaranteed. If there isn’t enough snow for cross-country skiing, it will still be excellent conditions for a fat tire bike ride. Snow isn’t a requirement for fat biking. With the fat tire bike you can ride a wider range of terrain - from snow covered groomed trails to muddy river crossings or even paved roads.
So instead of hitting the bike at the gym to break a sweat, breathe in the fresh air and go for a scenic ride outdoors. Here in Woodstock, the Woodstock Inn’s Tubbs Snowshoes & Nordic Adventure Center offers fat tire bike rentals and 25km of groomed trails on Mt. Peg. Open daily from 9 am - 4 pm through April 1st. Try this biking adventure winter of 2022
"FROSTY THE SNOWMAN" was a jolly, happy soul with a corncob pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out of coal...
(1950 Gene Autry, Composer Walter Rollins, Steve Nelson)
JIM CANTORE VISITS WOODSTOCK/QUECHEE VERMONT 2019
During the 2019 winter storm Harper, The Weather Channel's, Meteorologist Jim Cantore, spent two days with us here in Woodstock. Jim is originally from our area and along with his brother, owns our best local pizza restaurant; named, of course, Cantore's. It was obvious that Jim holds a special place in his heart for our beautiful town. His camera man followed him to several places in Woodstock while Jim shared some of his fondest boyhood memories for all local Weather Channel viewers to enjoy. Our resident hot-air balloon pilot, Darrek, is not only an excellent pilot but also a clown at heart. It didn't take Darrek long to figure out that a visit to Woodstock and Jim would be just the thing to do during the snowy weather. Never owning up to an ounce of shyness, Darrek drove into Woodstock and introduced himself to Jim and the two became "buds" - just gotta love our local boys.....
SLEIGH BELLS RING, ARE YOU LISTENING? IN THE LANE SNOW IS GLISTENING. A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT, WE'RE HAPPY TONIGHT, WALKING IN A "WINTER WONDERLAND"
(1958 Artist Johnny Mathis, Composer 1934 Richard B. Smith)
All of Vermont =
Serious Skiing, X-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Ice Fishing, Ice Skating, Dog-Sledding, Horse-drawn Sleigh Rides, Over 5000 miles of Snowmobiling Trails!
COME EXPERIENCE A THRILLING WINTER ADVENTURE IN 2022
It’s a special time to be in Vermont. With 20 alpine ski resorts, 30 cross-country touring centers and 7,300 acres of alpine terrain, this is a skier’s paradise. Even if you don’t ski or ride, there’s plenty to do to keep the family together and having fun.
Snowshoeing is a perfect substitute for enjoying the outdoors while getting in a good work-out. Find a Vermont State Park that meets your needs. For you thrillseekers, try snowmobiling. For those that are new to this recreational form of transportation, there is nothing like the adrenaline you get from maneuvering a 600-pound machine through turns, around trees, and over the terrain.
Ice fishing is another hot activity during the cold months. Fishing over frozen bodies of water gives the angler a unique advantage of fishing off-shore without a boat. With many of Vermont's waters open for ice fishing season, the choices are abundant.
If winter is not your favorite season for being outside, that’s ok. You’re not alone. Add some warmth to your winter with music, theater, and dance performances or treat yourself at one of Vermont’s award-winning spas. You deserve this.
No matter which activity you choose to take part in this winter, warm your soul and clear your thoughts by connecting with the natural world around you in Vermont.
Can't decide what to choose? Give us a call or send us an email and we'll help you plan for next year 2022!
802-295-0606 or email@example.com
COME ON, IT'S LOVELY WEATHER FOR A "SLEIGH RIDE" TOGETHER WITH YOU...
(1948 Artist Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, Composer Leroy Anderson)
Winter At The Farm - Billings Farm - Woodstock, Vermont - 2022
Visit the farmhouse and the dairy farm for interactive programs. Don’t miss a winter visit to the farm
Horse-drawn sleigh or Wagon rides
69 Old River Road, Woodstock
Sleigh rides also available Sugarbush Farm
(1969 Artist The Archies, Composer Andy Kim, Jeff Barry)
MAPLE OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND
Vermont's sugar makers welcome you March 2022
Maple Open House Weekend is Vermont’s most anticipated spring event and a celebration of the current season’s crop. When visiting sugar houses in March, visitors can expect warm welcomes from their sugar maker hosts, eager to educate and share with the public the process of making maple syrup from sap – an inside look at the hard work that goes into producing each jug of syrup. Traditional Open House activities include sampling syrup; tours of the woods; pancake breakfasts; horse-drawn sleigh rides; sugar-on-snow parties; and plenty of maple products to taste including maple donuts, maple cotton candy and maple creemees.
Locally, we have two farms in very close proximity to our Inn - Sugarbush Farm and the King Farm
Sugarbush Farm - 591 Sugarbush Farm Road, Woodstock and The King Farm - 128 King Farm Road, Woodstock
Event weekend visitors can also expect to be impressed by the diversity of maple as an ingredient as showcased by our Maple Partner businesses. Each Partner capitalizes on the flavor qualities of maple as a key component of recipes and menu items appearing throughout the weekend. As visitors tour the state, they'll be treated to unique maple experiences around every corner, including a hard cider, the "Tree Tapper", made with maple syrup; a distillery featuring a full line-up of distilled spirits, all made using local Vermont maple syrup; a brewery serving up their Ale Maple Ice Cream Floats made with Lake Champlain Chocolate's vanilla ice cream and a maple syrup drizzle; and a Vermont brewery that always has their Maple Breakfast Stout on tap. For a full menu of maple, visitors can dine at partner restaurants who are featuring special maple appetizers, entrees, desserts and beverages.
Visitors are encouraged to travel the state to see how widely maple is produced and discover how maple has expanded its traditional uses as a breakfast topper to become the natural sweetener and flavor of choice as demonstrated by partnering businesses such as the Inn at Clearwater Pond in Quechee, Vermont.
Come join us in 2022
Maple! It's in our roots....
When the nights are cold and the days are warm, Vermont maple producers across the state know sugaring season is upon us. Vermont is the nation’s leading producer of maple syrup. Producing nearly 2 million gallons of syrup in 2020, Vermont generates 47 percent of the country’s maple syrup. Some are thinking, “Wow, that’s a lot for such a small state!” but keep in mind, that’s coming from more than 1,500 sugar-houses statewide. In addition to sugaring season, March brought back what November took away - yes, daylight savings time! So, as the amount of daylight slowly increases with each day and our spring birds hungrily fly back and forth to the feeder, we know that spring weather is a-comin'.
The Inn at Clearwater Pond makes our own maple syrup. Come stay with us and enjoy this delicious syrup with your breakfasts. We bottle as well, so be sure to take some home with you!
I want to get drunk, I'm gonna make it real clear, I want
"ONE BOURBON, ONE SCOTCH AND ONE BEER"
(1977 George Thorogood and the Destroyers)
Vermont Brewers Festival at Bear Mountain in Killington VT - March 2022
Enjoy exclusive beers created in collaboration by our Vermont brewers. Over 100 beers offered with 30 exclusive brews created for this festival. Embrace the elements with this all outdoor winter themed festival at the base area of Bear Mountain at Killington Resort. Sit by the fire pits with the brewers who host this event while enjoying the option of a 3, 6, or 9 oz sample of beer.
For the last 25 years, the Association has been running a successful event on the waterfront in Burlington, VT. Now, we have brought a second festival to a picturesque mountain setting
"SLOOP JOHN B"
(1966 Artist The Beach Boys, Composer Brian Wilson)
THE 48th ANNUAL BRIDGEWATER VERMONT RAFT RACE APRIL 2022
Earth-shaking BOOMS from two cannons sent costumed competitors on a mad dash towards the river and onto their themed, decorative rafts. And, so began the 47th Annual Bridgewater Raft Race. Above the river, spectators lined the bridge, then slowly made their way down the road, following these creative and colorful rafts. For decades this popular Bridgewater race has been the traditional kick-off to spring. All rafts must be handmade and self-propelled. The waters of the Ottaquechee River are still icy this time of year but the gutsy rafters don't seem to mind. Their goal is to finish first! The race course sends these rafters on a three-mile journey as spectators cheer them on. Some rafts, lacking enough seaworthiness, fall apart and even sink. This brings on even more whooping and hollering from the crowds. Come join us in 2022!
"ONLY IN AMERICA"
(2001 Artists Brooks & Dunn, Composers Brooks & Dunn, Don Cook, Ronnie Rogers)
Memorial Day Weekend in Woodstock/Quechee, Vermont May 2022
Woodstock's Memorial Day Weekend Celebration, Friday and Saturday!
Sidewalk Sale Days - Friday and Saturday, May 2022 - 9 to 5 pm, with Live Music
Woodstock Garden Club Plant Sale Saturday 8-1pm
Woodstock's Memorial Day Weekend Parade Saturday at 10:30 brings fun and excitement for the whole family
"TAKE IT ON THE RUN"
(1981 Artist REO Speedwagon, Composer Gary Richrath)
Road To The Pogue Race - May 2022 - 7 a.m - Duration 8 hours
The 6.1 mile course is described as "challenging but beautiful" and is located on the grounds of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. The 2019 course was very similar to the past three years. The start and finish was at the Forest Center. The course travels along the scenic vistas and soft carriage trails in the National Park, over a pine needle path through a stand of red spruce trees with views to Mount Ascutney, a loop around the Pogue (14 acre pond) and a run to the south peak of Mount Tom overlooking historic Woodstock Village. The 1.8 mile gentle downhill to the finish is popular among the runners. The finish area is accessible to families and friends hoping to share in the experience of the race.
►Parking Area: Parking for the race is in the overflow parking area of Billings Farm & Museum on River Road, just off Route 12 North, in Woodstock, Vermont.
►Transportation to Start Area: The first bus loads at 7 am - the last bus at 8 am
The Inn at Clearwater Pond has availability for 2022 - book your room directly with us, mention that you are a runner or spectator and receive a special discount - 802-295-0606
"BORN TO RUN"
(1975 Artist and Composer Bruce Springsteen)