Woodstock, Vermont is one of the most picturesque places I’ve ever visited. Matt and I stopped there for one night on our way to Montreal earlier this month, and I fell in love with it. The downtown area, complete with a library, general store, independent shops. covered bridges, and stone buildings, is nestled in the mountains far away from the noise of city life. It almost looks like a movie set. The trees were ablaze in yellow, orange, and red, and the country roads were scattered with barns and homesteads with corn, pumpkins, and wheat on their front porches. A river runs alongside the town adding to its natural beauty. I also was enamored with the Vermont mindset. Everywhere you look there are independent grocers and farmers’ markets. The sustainable food industry is thriving there, and so are the people. Almost everyone we spoke to had an interesting story to tell.
Here is a list of seven recommendations for where to visit if you visit Woodstock:
(1) Long Trail Brewing – A brewing company with an outdoorsy vibe and a restaurant where you can eat on a deck overlooking the Ottauquechee River. Super friendly servers at the pub. We tried a few different brews and enjoyed the Limbo IPA most of all.
(2) Yankee Bookshop – Cheerful yellow storefront, and a fabulous, well-edited selection of books. I could have happily spent hours in here.
(3) Apple Hill Inn – A B&B amongst the rolling hills on the outskirts of Woodstock run by the incredibly warm and interesting innkeeper, Beverlee. We awoke to the aroma of apple butter and a home-cooked breakfast. I love the simple country aesthetic of the decor, too.
(4) Gillinghams – A popular general store where you can buy just about anything. Homegoods, hardware, food, clothes, toys, books– you name it.
(5) Worthy Kitchen – A no-fuss, casual, wholesome, and delicious farm-to-table restaurant. You can’t tell how good it is by trying to find a menu online– just trust me. And try the donuts for dessert.
(6) Woodstock Farmers Market – A grocer selling local provisions, baked goods, and prepared food. If I lived in Woodstock, I think I’d make daily trips to this delightful place.
(7) Farmhouse Pottery - This place is a dream. A beautiful, light-filled, family-run pottery studio.