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May..........and

skis have gone into storage and the bikes come out.  Shovels go in and lawn furniture comes out.  It's that time to ready the gardens, open the windows and enjoy the first ice cream cone of the season.  Spring takes its own sweet time here in Vermont and sometimes it's a flyover season and we're right into summer.  But when spring finally does appear, there is nothing like it.  Fresh cool air, rushing streams and all things brown turn into welcoming shades of green.  Tree leaves unfold.  There is glistening, fresh dew on cut grass and I spot the first hummingbirds at my feeders.  I now realize how much I've missed it all.  And I must mention spring flowers - crocuses, daffodils, forsythia, irises, lilacs, apple blossoms and of course, the dandelion. Each morning I step outside and the sweet fragrance of flowers quickly spurs my sense of smell. And then there's the smell of fresh cut grass and rain and the earthy odor of wetness, damp dirt and things growing. The sights and smells of springtime are wonderful; but for me, it's the sounds that I find most pleasing. The chirping, twittering and chattering of birds, the mating call of peepers that have chosen my pond as their summer home and the honking of geese as they fly overhead.

This past week and much to the delight of my guests (and myself), a hot-air balloon ascended from my backyard, gracefully soared above my trees and then drifted silently across the Gorge...always such an impressive sight. And in case you're thinking balloons fly only in warm months, our balloon pilot does fly year round. With full leaves still absent from our trees, a spring flight provides a great way to view wildlife.

There are many celebrations during May - here are just a few. May Day, National Day of Prayer and Remembrance Day, First of Ramadan and Cinco de Mayo, Mothers Day, Armed Forces Day, National Teachers Day, National Day of Prayer, Endangered Species Day, Victoria Day in Canada and Memorial Day. May is a gift from the heavens to be enjoyed by all our senses. It’s easy to be optimistic in May!

So......there you have it for May. I hope you enjoy these special days of celebration and my bit of trivia... Just remember...it's all good.

There are so many reasons to visit Vermont anytime that we can’t list them all … but here are a few -

Reason #10 Harvest Markets - Vermont has more farmers markets per capita than any other state

Reason #9 Worlds Best Cheddar - Vermont has more cheesemakers per capita than any other state

Reason #8 Good Beer - Vermont has more microbreweries per capita than any other state

Reason #7 Views - Our views go on forever

Reason #6 Scenery - No billboards allowed

Reason #5 Meditative - A place for reflective moments

Reason #4 Peaceful - Because (according to the song) it's "Moonlight in Vermont"

Reason #3 Picturesque - White steeples rise from churches, surrounded by quaint villages and towns

Reason #2 World-Class Photo Opportunities - Vermont has more than 100 covered bridges

Reason #1 It's All About the Trees - Three quarters of Vermont is forested. The other quarter is just as beautiful Spring is to be enjoyed by all our senses.

Come visit and enjoy the beauty of springtime in the Quechee-Woodstock area. Life is good. Everyone and everything is electric!

Listed below are several noteworthy happenings in Quechee, Woodstock and Surrounding Areas - but first......
are you one of the lucky ones who were able to register for the Woodstock/Quechee 2024 Covered Bridges Half Marathon?  If so, congratulations and you're in for a great weekend.  Our locals are very supportive and throughout the entire 13.1 miles, they will be on the sidelines, cheering you on!  The Inn at Clearwater Pond has rooms available and is located only 2 miles from the bus pickup area and also the finish line. Registration for this race opened up on December 4, 2023 at 7 pm ET and sold out in minutes!

Exciting, Phenomenal, Extraordinary, Wondrous :  2024 Total Solar Eclipse in Vermont!

On April 8, 2024 at 2:13 p.m., Vermont was in the path towards "Totality" for a solar eclipse.  In Vermont a partial solar eclipse began at 2:13 p.m. and at 3:25 p.m., a total eclipse darkened Vermont’s daytime sky, lasting about 3 minutes. The phenomenon continued as a partial eclipse until 4:36 p.m. Vermont’s location, within the 2024 total solar eclipse's path of totality, made it an ideal place to take in the wonder and spectacle of this natural event.  According to Mark Breen, Senior Meteorologist and Planetarium Director at the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury, "a total eclipse can create very eerie darkness during the middle of the day and it is true that some birds will go to roost at that point.  You can see some of the brighter stars and the planets appear in the sky." The state of Vermont ordered solar eclipse glasses and expected an influx of visitors.  If you missed this exciting event, you will have to wait until August 12, 2044 for the next one.  On August 12, 2044 the eclipse will begin in Greenland, sweep through Canada and end around sunset in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Totality in Quechee: 
The moon covered 98.61% of the sun
Start Time 2:13:47 pm - Partial/beginning
Maximum 3:25:28 pm - Total
Ending 4:36:03 pm

Our property offers beautiful views of the hillsides across the Quechee Gorge - a perfect place to view this spectacular eclipse.  We served Cosmos (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), Sip of Sunshine and Blue Moon Beer.  Candy treats included Starburst, Milky Way, Eclipse Gum and Sun Chips.  And of course, we played Bonnie Tyler's song, "Eclipse of the Heart", also "Moondance", "Blue Moon", "Dancin' in the Moonlight", "Ain't No Sunshine", Fly Me to the Moon", "Can't Fight the Moonlight" plus several others.  Vermont hosted over 250,000 additional visitors to our state!

"FLY LIKE AN EAGLE"

(1976 Artist The Steve Miller Band, Composer Steve Miller)
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!

"TRAVELIN' MAN"
(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, Shop the numerous retail outlets in Manchester, VT, 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!

"I WANT TO RUN TO YOU"
(1992 Artist Whitney Houston, Composers Jud J. Friedman and Allan Dennis Rich)

RACE AROUND THE LAKE
Race Around The Lake, also referred to as "The Most Beautiful Race in Vermont" is a Fundraiser for BarnArts Youth Programming.  The race will take place at Silver Lake Park in Barnard, VT.  The race course will begin and end at the park.  The courses will encircle Silver Lake on dirt roads, town roads and single-track wooded trails with intermittent views of the beautiful lake.  This 10K route will pop out of the woods on the Royalton "Turnpike" and then loop back to the state park via Tower Road.

Date and Location: May 19, 2024 at the beautiful and pristine Silver Lake Park in Barnard Vermont
Events: 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, Virtual 10K and 5K
Times: 10K Begins at 10:30 am, 5K Begins at 11 am
Early Registration Fees for the 10K: Adults $45, 12 and Under $25
Early Registration Fees for the 5K:   Adults $35, 12 and Under $25
Virtual Fees for the 10K:  Adults $25 and for ages 12 and Under $15

After-Race activities by Silver Lake include a Chef's Table Luncheon, Live Music and an Awards Ceremony.  These are free to all racers
Can't attend but still want to participate? Sign up to Race Virtually
Sign-up [Link] by April 30 to receive a free "Race Around the Lake" T-shirt
Registration is now open!

"ONLY IN AMERICA"
(2001 Artists Brooks & Dunn, Composers Brooks & Dunn, Don Cook, Ronnie Rogers)

Memorial Day Weekend - May 25 - 27, 2024

Come visit Quechee and Woodstock for the annual Memorial Day Weekend Celebration 2024

Sidewalk Sale Days - Friday and Saturday - 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

"BORN TO RUN"
(1975 Artist and Composer Bruce Springsteen)

Registration Opened Up December 4th at 7 pm ET and sold out in Minutes!

The 32st Annual Covered Bridges Half-Marathon 

The Best 13.1 Miles in New England will take place on June 2, 2024

We are located only a little over 2 miles from the finish line

In our 2023 men's division race, congratulations to Prescott Leach for finishing #1 in 1:07 - Alex Strenta #2 at 1:12 - Alex Gottlieb at 1:14

In the women's division, congratulations to Sarah Tully for finishing #1 in 1:24:09 - Katharine Ogden #2 in 1:24:49 - Susan Mix #3 in 1:25:55

Our spectacular and very scenic Vermont countryside gives rise to a beautiful course. Beginning at the Suicide Six Ski Area in South Pomfret, a quaint, picturesque village just north of nearby Woodstock, the race takes runners eastward on a point-to-point course through open farmlands along the Ottauquechee River toward the finish line in Quechee. Runners enjoy the scenic, pastoral beauty of rural Vermont’s covered bridges in what race organizers call the state’s premier half marathon. This marathon unfolds through and/or past four of the state’s famed covered bridges. Along the way, the course takes runners through Promfret, Woodstock and Taftsville, past the tranquil Dewey's Pond, ending up at the Quechee Polo Field.

Runners experience an overall elevation change of about 200 feet, as the race starts at 740 feet above sea level and gradually declines throughout the race toward the finish, including a mild hill around mile 5 and a steep hill around the 8-mile marker. Along the way, spectators hoot and holler. And much to the delight of the runners, many of our locals sing and play instruments as runners pass by. Our Vermont communities are extremely supportive and encouraging. This is a great day, not only for runners but all onlookers, as well.  Due to the COVID virus, the 2020 and the 2021 races were postponed. The 2023 race will begin at Suicide Six Ski Area in Pomfret Vermont and end at the Polo Field in Quechee.  Whether you're a runner or spectator, don't miss out on 2024!

"GO YOUR OWN WAY"
(1976 Artist Fleetwood Mac, Composer Lindsey Buckingham)

DARTMOUTH GRADUATION JUNE 9, 2024 HANOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE

Our congratulations to the class of 2023!

And to the future 2024 Graduates, please let your families, relatives, friends know that it's important for them to reserve local accommodations and local dining reservations as soon as possible!

"UP, UP AND AWAY..."
(1967 Artist The 5th Dimension, Composer Jimmy Webb)

THE 43rd ANNUAL QUECHEE HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL IN 2024 JUNE 14, 15, 16

Once again, the skies over Quechee and the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire were ablaze with colorful hot air balloons as we ushered in the 42nd annual balloon festival. There are five flight lift-offs during this weekend;  early morning and late afternoon.  The Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music Festival, is the longest running hot air balloon festival in New England. Our festival grounds will welcome many, many guests, some who travel great distances to attend. All will enjoy continuous music and entertainment for all ages and over 60 craft artisans and commercial vendors. There are activities for children and of course, festival food with local healthy options, a beer and wine garden and much more.

The Inn at Clearwater Pond backs up to the Quechee Gorge. All balloon pilots navigate towards the gorge. And when air currents cooperate, they fly over and descend into the gorge - truly a spectacular flight! We are located only 1-1/2 miles from the festival grounds. If you missed this fun weekend in past years, be sure to mark your calendars for 2024. And remember - this fun and very colorful weekend takes place here in Quechee every year. We suggest you book as soon as possible as we fill up quickly. If you have questions, please give us a call at 802-295-0606 or email us at innatclearwaterpond@gmail.com.

"THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC"
(1977 Artist ABBA, Composer Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus)

Vermont Symphony Orchestra - June 2024 - South Pomfret

The VSO Summer Festival Tour was back with a lineup of "American Swing" favorites and featured guest trumpeter and jazz legend Ray Vega.

Tickets for 2024 can be purchased online through Pentangle Arts 
We will post more information for 2024

Pack up your camping chair and some picnic treats and enjoy the rousing Vermont Symphony Orchestra in 2024.

Gates open at 5:30 pm at Saskadena Six Ski Area, South Pomfret

"BORN IN THE USA"
(1982 Artist and Composer Bruce Springsteen)

QUECHEE AND WOODSTOCK 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS 2024

Fireworks display at the field behind Woodstock High School - picnic on the lawn and enjoy a great show at 9 pm. As summer heats up, revel in patriotic events throughout Woodstock. From traditional fireworks shows and BBQ's to historic activities and games, come see how Woodstock celebrates Independence Day.

A traditional Billings Farm July 4th guarantees fun for all ages! Join us for a patriotic family celebration featuring wagon rides, sack races, flag making, historic speeches and debates, the reading of the Declaration of Independence at noon, and a rousing game of base ball.

Fireworks also over the Connecticut River at Kilowatt Park in Wilder.  The Quechee Club hosts a Family 4th of July Celebration as well with a spectacular fireworks display over Lake Pinneo.  Come stay with us in 2024 and enjoy all these displays of celebration!

"IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY"
(2013 Artist Michael Buble', Composers Michael Buble', Alan Chang, Amy Foster)

July 13 and 14, 2024
Come join us to bike, walk, row or golf for the 44th annual Prouty.  Proceeds from The Prouty benefit life-saving cancer research and important patient and family support services at Dartmouth Cancer Center.  Let’s go all in to end cancer! Learn more and register today at www.theprouty.org [theprouty.org]

The Inn at Clearwater Pond is a conveniently located near Hanover, NH and Woodstock, VT - give us a call at 802-295-0606 - the exact dates for the 2024 Prouty will be posted here when determined.

THE LONELY NIGHT DISCLOSES JUST A PASSING BREEZE FILLED WITH MEMORIES OF THE GOLDEN SMILE THAT INTRODUCED ME TO

"THE DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES" AND YOU
(1962 Artist Andy Williams, Composer Henry Mancini)

KILLINGTON WINE FESTIVAL JULY 20th 2024

This festival has earned a reputation for being one of the Killington region’s signature summer events!

The 2024 Wine Festival celebration will include the following: A month-long celebration of wine with in store sales for the entirety of July. A carefully curate selection of wines from Farrell Distributors will be available for purchase at selected retailers with a portion of proceeds going to support the KPAA. Wine tasting options for participating restaurants and a fully comprehensive Wine Trail coordinated with our distribution partners, Farrell and Baker Distributors A Wine & Nine golf tournament hosted by Killington Golf Course

A silent auction with gifts and donations from our participating members 350 gift bags to be distributed by Killington Road wine retailers with purchase of supporting wine Wine Trail, Participating Killington Region Restaurants Support local restaurants by participating in the 24th annual Killington Wine Trail! Restaurants will offer food and wine pairings, tasting dinners and other fun wine specials. The Killington Wine Festival theme for 2024 is still undecided.  We'll keep you updated. Participating restaurants will be announced soon!

Wine and Nine Golf Tournament, Killington Golf Course A Killington Wine Festival favorite is back again this year: Wine & Nine, a special golf tournament at the Killington Golf Course. Registration kicks off any time after 1:30 with a 3 PM start. Play 9 holes of golf with friends, taste specialty wines and enjoy small bites from local restaurants at select holes, and then join us for prizes in the clubhouse and a delicious dinner provided by Killington Golf Course. Tournament Info Entry Fee Early bird by June 1st: $100 per individual After June 1st : $125 per individual Teams of Five (Captain and Crew) Includes 9 holes, cart, dinner, wine, snacks at select holes. Reserve your accommodations now at the Inn at Clearwater Pond in Quechee, just a few minutes east of Woodstock

"GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME"
(1965 Artist Porter Wagoner, Composer Claude "Curly" Putman)

ANTIQUE TRACTOR DAYS IN WOODSTOCK VERMONT - August 4, 2024

Tractors made between the 1920s and the 1970s will be displayed from 10:00 A.M. -4:00 P.M., by the proud and talented folks who restored them. The tractor parade at 1 P.M. includes restoration details and historical information. Tractor-drawn wagon rides and tractor activities for families.

NEW: Pedal tractor pulls for kids! Location - Billings Farm, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock - 802-457-2355

"BOOGIE SHOES"
(1975 Artist KC and the Sunshine Band, Composers Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch)

The 14th Annual Taste of Woodstock August 10, 2024

Packed with local flavor, Taste of Woodstock is a sample of everything the Woodstock community is known for. In partnership with Artistree and Purple Crayon Productions, over 50 vendors will fill the center of Woodstock Village with favorite Vermont provisions, wine, beer, spirits, music, entertainment, arts, crafts, and a kids’ activity tent.

SHOULD OLD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT AND NEVER BROUGHT TO MIND. WE'LL TAKE A CUP O'KINDNESS YET AND DAYS OF "AULD LANG SYNE"
(1788 a Scots Poem by Robert Burns, Recorded 1890 by Emile Berliner)

2023 Scottish Festival and Competition - August 24, 2024

The festival will take place August 2024 at the Quechee Polo Field (only 3 miles from the Inn at Clearwater Pond) Activities and Events include Open Stone Throw (similar to the Shot Put) - Caber Toss - Sheaf Toss - Weight Over The Bar - Pipe Band - Solo Piping - Solo Drumming - Highland Dance - Scottish/Celtic Vendors - Clan Village - Sheepdog Trials - Food Vendors and a Beer and Wine Tent Be sure to mark your calendars for August 2022 - this is an entertaining and fun event! OK - so about the song itself.... Historians call it “the song that nobody knows.” And yet, we’ve all tried to sing it... The Scottish poem, written by Robert Burns in the 1700s, translates to “old long since” and means “times gone by”. At the end of each year we find ourselves singing the song while drinking champagne and finding someone to kiss. As you watch the ball drop from Times Square in New York City you will probably start out singing strong ‘Should auld acquaintance be forgot’ and then just end up mumbling for the next solid minute. You won't be alone.... Here’s the thing, “Auld Lang Syne,” wasn’t really supposed to be associated with New Years.

Bandleader Guy Lombardo is credited with popularizing the song and making it a New Year’s tradition. Lombardo heard the song as a youth in his hometown of London, Ontario and over the years it became a signature of his famous band – Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians. They played the song at midnight on New Year’s at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City in 1929 and every year since where they held the slot at the “Roosevelt Grill” from 1929-1959. They went on to perform the tune at the Waldorf Astoria on New Year’s Eve from 1966-1976.

Auld Lang Syne became an American tradition but is generally known as one of the most popular songs where nobody knows the lyrics or anything about the Auld Lang Syne meaning. But again about that Auld Lang Syne meaning? In a nutshell, “Auld Lang Syne,” is basically about remembering friends from the past.

When good people come and go in your life, it is worth it to take a moment of time, raise a glass and remember those that should never be forgotten

"FREE BIRD"
(1973 Artist Lynyrd Skynyrd, Composers Allen Collins, Ronnie VanZant)

SPORT OF KINGS DAY AT VINS IN QUECHEE, VT
September 2024

Celebrate this day of Falconry and learn about the history, language and tradition of this 3000-year old practice of hunting alongside a trained raptor. Join VINS for flighted raptor demonstrations

"ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY"
(1966 Artist and Composer Bob Lind)

MONARCH MADNESS AT VINS
September 2024

Join VINS for a morning of all things monarch! Participants will learn how to safely catch butterflies and assist staff with tagging for their fall migration

"TIME FOR ME TO FLY"
(1978 Artist REO Speedwagon, Composer Kevin Cronin)

OWL FESTIVAL AT VINS IN QUECHEE
September 2024 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM / Guided Tours

Gather with live owls from all over the world and discover their life stories

"THE BIRDS AND THE BEES"
(1965 Artist Jewel Akens, Composer Barry Stuart)

POLLINATION CELEBRATION AT BILLINGS FARM & MUSEUM

Learn about bees, butterflies, moths, and more. Explore our Sunflower House in full bloom. On Sunday Trail Break Taps and Tacos food truck will be on site serving a variety of tacos, quesadillas, street corn, chips and salsa, plus a beer garden and refreshing non-alcoholic options from 11:00-4:30

August 28 - September 6, 2024

"DOWN IN THE BOONDOCKS"
(1965 Artist Billy Joe Royal, Composer Joe South)

15th Annual Plymouth Folk & Blues Festival August 31 and September 1, 2024

Plymouth's favorite fall tradition will continue with music and fun from across Vermont. .Wagon rides on Saturday; children's crafts and face painting both days. Selected as a "Top 10 Fall Event" by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site | Plymouth Notch, VT

Do you smile to tempt a lover "MONA LISA"? Or is this your way to hide a broken heart?
(1961 Artist Nat King Cole, Composers Ray Evans and Jay Livingston)

The Woodstock Art Festival - September 7 and 8, 2024

The Art Festival is sponsored by the Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce and is a weekend-long event of fine art, music, spirits and food! Over 30 New England artists offer landscapes, portraits, photography and more! Always held on the weekend following Labor Day, Woodstock becomes an art-lovers mecca.

"WHISKEY RIVER"
(1970 Artist Willie Nelson, Composed by Johnny Bush)

Local artisan vendors will be selling their goods in Artisans Park from 1-6 pm in September 2024 (exact date to be determined).

SILO will be open for cocktails with live music by Em & Nat on the patio and food available from Artisan Eats. The weekend's market features a host of NEW vendors and some familiar faces. Some of the vendors include: Upper Valley Bagels Green Mountain Macrame Sacred Hound Designs The Miller's Daughter plus many more exciting local makers! Don't miss out on a fun day in September 2024. Grab some food, a cocktail, enjoy the music and shop local! 3 Artisans Way, Windsor VT

"ON A CAROUSEL"
(1967 ARTIST THE HOLLIES, COMPOSERS ALLAN CLARKE, GRAHAM NASH, TONY HICKS

It’s Fairs and Field Days Season in Vermont in 2024

County fairs and festivals are a summertime tradition. Bring the whole family to play games and feel the adrenaline on the midway rides. Get in on the excitement of a tractor pull or demolition derby. Walk through barns to see cows, horses, rabbits, pigs, and chickens and the chance to get to know the farmers that raise them. In homegrown exhibits, get inspired by locally made quilts, photography, and eye-widening produce. Grab some fair food and settle in to enjoy music and livestock shows. It’s fair to say there’s a lot of summer left to enjoy.

Vermont State Fair August 2024
Located in Rutland, the Vermont State Fair is one of the U.S.’s oldest state fairs, dating back to 1846. Experience a rodeo, enjoy live music from Jake Owen and Gabby Barrett, visit agricultural and craft exhibits, demolition derbies and much more.

The Tunbridge World’s Fair
September 12, 2024 Opening Day
The Tunbridge World’s Fair’s “History Hill” is a vast exploration of Vermont’s past and innovation. Visit to see antique farming equipment, demonstrations on violin-making, cider pressing, wooden pipe manufacturing, and more. Crowds flock to the midway for classic fair rides.

"LIFE IS A HIGHWAY". I want to ride it all night long. If you're going my way. I want to drive it all night long
(1991 Artist Tom Cochrane, Composer Thomas William Cochrane)

Woodstock Triple Crown September 2024 - Saskadena Six/Suicide Six - 247 Stage Road - South Pomfret, VT - 10 am to 2 pm

A fun event highlighting 3 awesome mountain bike networks in the Woodstock area! Join fellow riders for this enduro-style race featuring a course that begins with a set loop at the Aqueduct Trails, followed by a pedal to the Mt. Peg Trail Network and a loop there, then a pedal to the final destination, the Suicide Six Bike Park, and a final epic up and downhill loop there!

Awards and food to follow at the Suicide Six Bike Park. Stay tuned for sign up and more at www.suicide6.com The Suicide Six Bike Park is the most recent addition to outdoor recreation in the area! Shred our downhill tracks with berms and jumps, learn new tricks in our skills area and get the little ones out to the strider park on our complimentary bikes. Excellent coaches and world-class rentals will have everyone feeling confident and smiling all day long! Suicide Six is Vermont's most family friendly resort, offering a world class ski and ride school (the longest continually operating program in the country), and diverse terrain with excellent snow-making and grooming.

Make yourself at home in our inviting lodge with fresh farm-to-table fare and hyper-local brews. We look forward to seeing you in 2024!

"SWEET SOUL MUSIC"
(1967 Artist and Composer Arthur Conley)

Cooler in the Mountains Concerts
Check for dates throughout July, August and September 2024

For 38 years, internationally renowned musicians have performed in the Music in the Mountains, a music series with the beauty of the Green Mountains as a backdrop.

"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 2024!

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 Vermont summer "fun-things-to-do" list

"RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE"
(1970 Artist Creedence Clearwater Revival, Composer John Fogerty)

The 29th Vermont 50 Mountain Bike Or Ultra Run September 2024

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.

"FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES"
(1990 Artist Garth Brooks, Composers Dewayne Blackwell and Earl Bud Lee)

KILLINGTON BREWERS FESTIVAL - SEPTEMBER 2024

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.

I FOUND MY THRILL ON "BLUEBERRY HILL"
(1956 Artist Fats Domino, Composer Al Lewis, Larry Stock, Vincent Rose)

50TH ANNUAL WOODSTOCK APPLES AND CRAFTS ARTISANS FAIR - COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND OCTOBER 2024 - 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 2024!

"SHOP AROUND"
(1961 Artist The Miracles, Composer Smokey Robinson and Barry Gordy)

MARKET ON THE GREEN WOODSTOCK - June through October 2024

Enjoy Woodstock's Market on the Green, featuring produce, crafts and music. Location at the center of town

Every Wednesday

"TAKE ME HOME, COUNTRY ROADS"
(1971 Artist John Denver, Composer Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert, John Denver)

MUSIC BY THE RIVER
EVERY FRIDAY BEGINNING JULY 2024 EAST END PARK IN WOODSTOCK - 6:00 until 7:30 Lawn opens at 5:30 pm East End Park 217 Maxham Meadow Way Woodstock, VT 05091

Pentangle Arts is pleased to present our annual Music by the River series of outdoor concerts in July and August. This popular concert series features renowned regional artists whose talents will be showcased in the newly renovated East End Park. Truly a magical setting, this outdoor amphitheater showcases a view of the Ottauquechee River. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of a cadre of volunteers, the East End Park features a beautiful riverfront setting and adjacent hiking trail that serves as an inspiration for repurposing land in a thoughtful, innovative way. The relaxed setting is perfect for music lovers of all ages to come together for a happy summer evening of music, food and friends.

"RED, RED WINE"
(1967 Artist Neil Diamond 1983 UB40, Composer Neil Diamond)

Wine, Wit and Wisdom - Wine and Cheese Tasting in 2024

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 From sparkling to reds and sips from famous growing regions, each date features a different wine and cheese pairing. Check back with us for dates and times in 2024

"MUSTANG SALLY"
(1965 Artist Wilson Pickett, Composer Mack Rice)

Green Mountain Horse Association 

Team Jumper - Horse Trials - Hunter Pace - Eventing and Dressage Clinics - Dressage Show Days - Driving - Fall Dressage - Hunter Jumper - Competitive Trail and Endurance Ride - Pleasure Trail Rides

GMHA is located in picturesque South Woodstock - Events take place June through October - Visit their website for detailed information on all events for 2024

"It's My Party"
(1963 Artist Leslie Gore, Composed by Wally Gold)

Four of my recent Inn guests, as well as all other invitees, were attending a wedding just down the road. They were all treated to quite an unexpected thrill.. Our local hot-air balloon pilot, Darrek, landed his balloon on the grounds of the Inn at Marshland Farm during the wedding reception. Talk about the sky's the limit...........

"BLACK HORSE AND A CHERRY TREE"
(2004 Artist KT Tunstall, Composer KT Tunstall)

GREEN MOUNTAIN HORSE ASSOCIATION - GMHA - COMPETITIVE TRAIL RIDES IN 2024

September 2024 Offering a 15 mile CTR, a 40 mile CTR, a 35 mile CTR, a 25 mile CTR, a 2 day 75 mile CTR , a 60 mile CTR and a100 mile CTR

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 - PLAN ON 2024!

Autumn 2023 arrived and our foliage was absolutely beautiful and breathtaking! If you were unable to visit in 2023 and witness one of earth's most spectacular transformations, be sure to mark your calendars for 2024. 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 - September and October 2024

Visit their website for weekend dates in September and October 2024. 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.

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)

HALLOWEEN 2024

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 Tewksbury...... Visit us anytime around Halloween 2024 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 2024 - HOURS 5:30 - 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! *General admission from 10 am - 5 pm and event details will be available October 2024

"COME YE THANKFUL PEOPLE, COME" Raise the song of harvest home. All is safely gathered in. Ere the winters storms begin
(A hymn written in 1844 by Henry Alford, Melody "St. George's Windsor" by George Job Elvey)

THANKSGIVING 2024

Learn about late 19th century Thanksgiving traditions as the Farm & Museum celebrates Thanksgiving Weekend 2024. 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 November 2024
Put this special event on your November 2024 calendar! The 19th Annual Thanksgiving Day Zack's Place Turkey Trot 5K Walk or Run will once again take place Thanksgiving Weekend in 2024. This race begins and ends at the Woodstock Elementary School.  An awards ceremony will immediately follow the race on the Woodstock Green.  This race and awards ceremony is Handicap Accessible.  Come walk, run or cheer on your family and friends!

"LONG TRAIN RUNNIN'"
(1973 Artist The Doobie Brothers, Composer Tom Johnston)

ALL ABOARD THE HARTFORD, VERMONT POLAR EXPRESS DECEMBER 2024
https://hartfordvtpolarexpress.com/
Enjoy this 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 or you may book online.  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 2024

"HERE WE COME A-WASSAILING"
(1850 Artist Unknown, Recorded by the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers)

Woodstock, Vermont's 40th Annual Wassail Weekend - December 2024
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 brews its own Wassail. If you missed 2023, be sure to put it on your 2024 December calendar.
VES HEILL!

"BLINDED BY THE LIGHT"
(1973 Composer and Artist Bruce Springsteen)

Join VINS November 24, 2024 through January 3, 2025 (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays) as thousands of lights transform VINS into an enchanted realm. Experience the magic of the VINS Forest Canopy Walk as you take in the lights of the season. "A Forest of Lights" has expanded with even more magic than ever before!  New additions this year include a twinkling Snowflake Tunnel, the Blue & White Icicle Tower and the Fairy Lighting Hideaway. This enchanting exhibit promises to be a very special experience and is a great time to make memories with family and friends.
After your walk through, cozy up by the campfire and enjoy hot chocolate and delightful snacks that are available for purchase. "A Forest of Lights" will be open on specific evenings from 5 PM to 7 PM, beginning November 24, 2024. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the forest like never before!
5 to 7 pm

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 EVE, NEW YEAR'S EVE?"
(1947 Artist Ella Fitzgerald, Composer Frank Loesser)

NEW YEAR'S EVE 2024

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 802-295-0606

"A HAZY SHADE OF WINTER"
(1966 Artists and Composers Simon and Garfunkel)

Torchlight Snowshoe at Billings Farm in Woodstock VT
January 2025

Snowshoe, ski or walk the Billings Farm trail by torchlight as evening begins. Meet National Park Rangers from the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and Billings Farm & Museum staff. Learn about local wildlife, the history of the land, and the people who lived there. Gather around the fire pit and warm up with complimentary s’mores and hot drinks. Bring a headlamp or flashlight to find your way between torches on the trail. Don’t have snowshoes? A limited number of adult and child-sized snowshoes will also be available to borrow. To guarantee you have the equipment you need, it’s recommended that you rent snowshoes at the Woodstock Inn & Resort’s Nordic Center in Woodstock. The Nordic Center closes at 4 p.m.
Admission
Adults: $12
Children Under 16: $7
Children Under 4: Free
Member Adults: $5
Member Children Under 16: Free
Tickets may be reserved in advance
Walk-ins welcome

"LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW"
(1945 Artist Dean Martin, Composers Sammy Cohn and Jule Styne)

The Vermont Snow Sculpture Festival and Competition in 2025
will take place January 2025 at Suicide Six, 247 Stage Road, South Pomfret.  So........when you're in the area, stop by and enjoy the intricate snow sculpture designs. Spectators can watch the artists at work and browse the final sculpture results. Each team will then vote on the winner and they will ultimately go on to compete in the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

"FISHIN' IN THE DARK"
(1987 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)

22nd Annual Deweys Pond Ice Fishing Derby
February 2025 (exact date to be posted later)
7:30 am - Noon
Ages 6 and under to age 14
Deweys Mills Pond Road
https://hartfordvt.myrec.com/info/facilities/details.aspx?FacilityID=14768

Bright are the stars that shine. Dark is the sky. I know this love of mine will never die.

"AND I LOVE HER"
(1964 Artist The Beatles, Composer Paul McCartney and John Lennon)

Valentine's Day and Presidents Day at our Inn - February 14, 2025

Join us in February 2025. On Valentine's Day you probably either sent or received a valentine from someone. More than a billion are 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 11 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 cancelled 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 our next Valentine's day, 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 just for you and your special valentine - February 14, 2025

C'MON BABY, "LIGHT MY FIRE"
(1966 Artist The Doors, Composer Jim Morrison, Robby Krueger, John Densmore)

Presidents Day Weekend February 2025 - Two Torchlight Parades and Fireworks

Just after dusk, Suicide Six Ski Mountain (now referred to as Saskadena Six) will be ablaze with glowing red torches.  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 February 2025.

"SNOWBIRD" 
(1969 Artist Anne Murray, Composer Gene MacLellan)

VINS Owl Prowls


A Guided Snowshoe Event at VINS Nature Center January, February, March 2025 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Exact dates will be posted later
Location is at VINS Nature Center, 149 Natures Way, Quechee, VT
Cost:  General Public $20; VINS Members $17.50

Celebrate winter in Vermont! Explore the natural world as you hike the beautiful trails at the VINS Nature Center and prowl for owls. Find out “Hooo’s” out there making raucous noises in the nighttime forest and discover the secret life of New England’s nocturnal residents. Weather permitting, you will explore this wintry world on snowshoes at the VINS Nature Center. All participants are asked to bring a flashlight/headlamp and dress in layers.

Reservations and pre-payment are required as space is limited. Ages 13+ only please.  Visit VINS website to register or call 802-359-5000 for more information
Complimentary snowshoes available.

"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 exhibits and interactive programs and events , Billings Farm & Museum is committed to providing education and enjoyment to visitors of all ages.  Meet our award-winning Jersey dairy cows, draft horses and sheep.  Explore the carefully restored 1890 Farm House.  Sample Billings Farm cheddar.  And then take part in hands-on activities.  There certainly is something for everyone!

Billings Farm History
Billings Farm was established in 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 Laurence 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.

"BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE"
1944 Artist Ella Fitzgerald, Composer Frank Loesser)

Join other skiers every Saturday evening, beginning December 16, 2024 through March 9, 2025, after a day on the slopes.  The great folks at Saskadena Six offer a Vermont-style Après Ski, complete with local beers flowing from Perley's Pourhouse, great eats and live music! This is a fun way for you and your friends or the whole family to enjoy the warmth of the fireplace after a snowy day.   Saskadena?  Just where did this word originate?  Well, I did a bit of research and it's from the Abenaki language meaning "standing mountain". The Abenaki are an Indigenous people of the Northeastern Woodlands of Canada and the United States. They are an Algonquian-speaking people and part of the Wabanaki Confederacy. The Eastern Abenaki language was predominantly spoken in Maine, while the Western Abenaki language was spoken in Quebec, Vermont, and New Hampshire. While Abenaki people have shared cultural traits, they did not historically have a centralized government.

Daisy, Daisy give me your answer true. I'm half crazy over the love of you.  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 is a year round activity.

Equipped with wide tires, the low pressure allows them to float on surfaces, like snow, where a normal bike would sink. 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. Interested in trying it? Be prepared for a challenging workout that will test both your balance and core strength. Here in Woodstock, the Woodstock Inn offers these bike rentals and groomed trails on Mt. Peg. Open daily from 9 am to 4pm through April 1st. Try this biking adventure anytime of year

"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)

WINTER STORM HARPER IN 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 2025 - It’s a special time to be in Vermont with its 20 alpine ski resorts, 30 cross-country touring centers and 7,300 acres of alpine terrain . Even if you don’t ski or ride, there’s plenty to do to keep the family together.  Snowmobiling is a perfect substitute for enjoying the outdoors while getting in a good work-out.  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 over frozen bodies of water gives the angler a unique advantage of fishing off-shore without a boat. With many ponds, lakes and rivers, your 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 or dance. Now for a bit of trivia:  This year marks the 90th anniversary of the first rope tow in the United States.  It opened at Gilbert's Hill in Woodstock in January 1934 and revolutionized downhill skiing.  Ski areas like Ascutney Outdoors, Lyndon Outing Club and Northeast Slopes still use rope tows.  Around the state, Vermonters like Pete and Sandy run backyard rope tows on their property.  In 1961, Pete's father first installed a rope tow at the family home, where Pete and Sandy live today.  "My father started a rope tow because he thought it was expensive to go to the ski areas," Pete says
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 your activities.  Call or email us at 802-295-0606 or innatclearwaterpond@gmail.com
AND - HERE ARE SOME VERMONT "OFF-THE-BEATEN PATH" SKI AREAS

Bolton Valley - Cochran's Ski Area - Mad River Glen - Middlebury Snow Bowl - Northeast Slopes - Bromley Mountain - Magic Mountain Ski Area - Suicide Six

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 - 2025

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

"SLOOP JOHN B"
(1966 Artist The Beach Boys, Composer Brian Wilson)

THE 51st ANNUAL BRIDGEWATER VERMONT RAFT RACE - MAY 2025

Earth-shaking BOOMS from three cannons sent costumed competitors on a mad dash towards the river and onto their themed, decorative rafts. And, so began the 50th 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 2025!

"SUGAR, SUGAR"
(1969 Artist The Archies, Composer Andy Kim, Jeff Barry)

SUGARING TIME IN VERMONT 2025

It's in our roots!  When nights are cold and days are warm, producers across the state know that sugaring season is upon us. Vermont is the nation's leading producer of maple syrup and generates 47 percent of the country's maple syrup. Sounds like a lot for such a small state but keep in mind that it is coming from more than 1,500 sugar-houses statewide. Vermont's sugar makers will welcome you in March 2025. Our inn makes our own maple sugar and it's for sale in our gift shop. There are three sugar makers close to our inn - Sugarbush Farm, Silloway Maple and Silver Lake Syrups. Vermont Maple Open House Weekend is a chance to visit sugarhouses around the state for tours, tastings, sugar-on-snow and more. Dozens of Vermont sugar makers are participating in the annual statewide event on March of 2025. Vermont’s maple syrup is in demand more than ever. Total Vermont maple syrup production in 2023 was 2.55 million gallons, about half of the U.S. production of maple syrup.

Sugarbush Farm
591 Sugarbush Farm Road
Woodstock, Vermont
Why: Take a drive along a beautiful country road and sample maple syrup and Vermont cheese.
 Silloway Maple
1303 Boudro Road
Randolph Center, Vermont
Why: Visitors can watch the boiling process from a second story platform.
 Silver Lake Syrups
5613 Stage Road
Barnard, Vermont
Why: This sugaring operation produces maple syrup, dandelion syrup, rhubarb syrup,  elderflower syrup, and caramelized spruce tip syrup.
Baird Farm
65 West Road
North Chittenden, Vermont
Why: Enjoy a gorgeous setting on a farm established in 1918.
Nebraska Knoll Sugar Farm
256 Falls Brook Lane
Stowe, Vermont
Why: This family operation boils sap in one of the prettiest sugarhouses around.
Merck Forest 
3270 Route 315
Rupert, Vermont
Why: Tapping and boiling demos in one of the most scenic places in southern Vermont.
Green Mountain Audubon Center
255 Sherman Hollow Road
Huntington, Vermont
Why: A magical place your kids will love exploring.
Branon Family Maple Orchards
539 Branon Road
Fairfield, Vermont
Why: Set on 1,000 acres in Fairfield, these maple producers tap more than 68,000 maple trees for sugaring season.
April’s Maple
6507 Route 114
Canaan, Vermont
Why: A chance to visit the far reaches of the Northeast Kingdom and taste some of the best maple creemees around.
Bread Loaf View Farm
564 Cider Mill Road
Cornwall, Vermont
Why: Explore the farm’s sugar woods trail system and view the sap collection process up close.

"TAKE IT ON THE RUN"
(1981 Artist REO Speedwagon, Composer Gary Richrath)

Road To The Pogue Race - May 2025

The best place in the world to go for a run. The Road to the Pogue is a 6.1 mile running race on the carriage trails of Mt. Tom in Woodstock, Vermont, on the grounds of the Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park. The rolling terrain, beautiful vistas and soft footing make the Road to the Pogue a favorite among local runners. Due to the narrow trails, the field is limited to 500 runners.  As a result, the event has an intimate feel.

https://www.raceentry.com/road-to-the-pogue/race-information
6.1 mile Trail Run
This is a scenic run through the grounds of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park offering rolling terrain and beautiful views.

Keep checking back with us as we continue to post upcoming local events....and there will be plenty

Inn at Clearwater Pond, 984 Quechee-Hartland Road, Quechee, Vermont 802-295-0606 © Copyright Inn at Clearwater Pond | Physical Address: 984 Quechee-Hartland Road, Quechee, VT | Mailing Address: 984 Quechee Hartland Road, White River Junction, VT 05001 | Several photographs courtesy of Shawn Braley Photography and Alex Montano

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Inn at Clearwater Pond
984 Quechee-Hartland Road
Quechee, Vermont
802-295-0606

© Copyright Inn at Clearwater Pond | Physical Address: 984 Quechee-Hartland Road, Quechee, VT | Mailing Address:  984 Quechee Hartland Road, White River Junction, VT 05001 | Several photographs courtesy of Shawn Braley Photography and Alex Montano