Blog :: 2015

Here we Come A-Wassailing

When snow dusts the village and lights spangle the trees along the green, Woodstock is at its most resplendent—it’s like living in a Holiday card.  We celebrate this season during Wassail Weekend, and you can join in the festivities. View the schedule here


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A Season of Light

mt tom starWhen the days shorten and the nights grow long, we bring light to our evenings with the star atop Mt. Tom.  It’s a little thing, really, but it adds a certain charm to our community during the nights of winter.  You can see it as you drive into Woodstock, from the green, and many of us gaze upon it from the windows of our village homes.  A beacon. A harbinger of the season.  A Woodstock tradition.

mt tom star close up

It's Never too Early . . .

skier on killingtonVermonters love to get the most out of every season, and ski season is no exception. To that end, Killington Mountain, a.k.a., “The Beast,” has already begun its quest for the longest season in the East with runs open as early as October 19th.  It’s never too early to get your pass and skis ready, or perhaps this is the year that you find your perfect Vermont ski house.


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Woodstock, Vermont Fall Foliage

Mount Hunger Fall FoliageThe days are crisp and bright; the nights require a sweater. Summer burns into reds, oranges, and yellows, heralding the arrival of a new season.

If you haven’t visited Woodstock this summer, it’s the perfect time for a quick trip – you’ll beat the foliage crowds and get a preview of the autumn to come.

Visit Woodstock’s Chamber of Commerce website to stay abreast of seasonal events and activities.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra at Suicide Six

Vermont Symphony OrchestraOne of the highlights of summer in Woodstock is listening to the VSO perform at Suicide Six in South Pomfret.  This year’s TD Bank Summer Festival Tour brings an evening of enchantment straight to your picnic blanket beside the bandshell on Thursday, July 9th.  As always, the evening will conclude with spectacular fireworks and the 1812 Overture.

For more information and to reserve your tickets, visit Pentangle Arts.  We’ll look forward to seeing you there!


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Osteria Pane e Salute: Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber

WineTucked away atop an old bluestone staircase in historic downtown Woodstock is Osteria Pane e Salute, one of the village’s most celebrated dining venues.  Tiny and open seasonally, it can be tricky to get a seat for even in-the-know locals, but an evening at Pane is always worth the wait.

In addition to their successful restaurant, proprietors Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber have turned their seemingly endless enthusiasm to farming, vineyard cultivation, winemaking, and design.  Enjoy a balmy evening on their home farm vineyard and winery at one of their summer suppers or wine tastings, or if a trip to Vermont isn’t in the cards, you can find their delectable wines at select venues in New York and Boston.

Farmingmenu boardpeople eating in early eveningpeople eating at night


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Lilac Season

LilacsOne wonderful reason to visit Woodstock in the spring is the chance to see the village’s thousands of lilac trees in full bloom. But hurry! No plant better captures the evanescence of a hard-earned New England spring than the lilac. 

A member of the olive family, lilacs are popularly grown in temperate areas from southeastern Europe to eastern Asia (though we can’t help feeling a proprietary affection for our local beauties). While the most common hue is the light purple from which the popular name is derived, blossoms can be found in white, pink, pale yellow, deep purple, dark burgundy, and variegated varieties. The flowers are appealing for their luxuriant shape and saturated colors, but it’s the heady fragrance perfuming our little village for a week or two that makes lilacs the quintessential harbinger of springtime in Vermont.

Be sure to visit our Pinterest page to gather ideas for growing or displaying your own lilacs. And follow us on Instagram to see images of our local lilacs in bloom!

Variety of LilacsDeep Purple LilacsLilac in Bloom

Plymouth Cheese: Tradition, Refreshed

If you’re looking for an artisanal cheese selection as local as it is creative and as distinctive as it is delicious, then you need look no further than Plymouth Artisan Cheese in Plymouth, Vermont.

One of the oldest cheese factories in the US, the Plymouth Cheese Factory was built in 1890 by Col. John Coolidge, father of President Calvin Coolidge. In 2009, Jesse Werner took over the operation and revived Coolidge’s original recipe and hand-dipped packaging.

Today, Plymouth Artisan Cheese produces over 11 varieties of artisanal raw cow’s milk cheeses. Sourcing milk from a single local herd, Plymouth Artisan Cheese uses only use the finest and freshest milk, free from any additives, antibiotics, or rBST.

In addition to making high-quality artisanal cheeses, Werner collaborates with Sarit Melmed, owner of Empress Branding (and his fiancé), to make their vintage-inspired packaging as delightful as the cheeses themselves.

You can visit the Plymouth Cheese Factory year round. Call ahead (802-672-3650) for their cheesemaking schedule, and make time to visit their General Store and onsite museum.

A few of our favorite Plymouth Cheeses:

cheese curdsgrace's choice cheeseoriginal plymouth cheesebig blue cheese


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Tapping Trees: Vermont Maple Syrup

maple tree tapWhen the days grow warmer but the nights stay cold, Vermonters know that it’s time to start tapping maple trees.

From home connoisseurs who only hang a few buckets to major producers who harvest from a vast sugarbush, nearly every Vermonter looks forward to collecting, drinking, and boiling the maple sap (or maybe we’re all just excited about spring). Vermont produces over 42% of the nation’s maple syrup, and over 1,500 sugarhouses contribute to our state’s bounty.

Of course, we all know that maple syrup makes a delicious topping for pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, and ice cream, but it’s also a versatile ingredient for more savory dishes. For a refreshing springtime beverage, the sap itself can be drunk straight from the tree, or it can be mixed to create an artisanal cocktail. Visit our Pinterest page for great maple syrup ideas.

However you decide to enjoy your maple, it’s a great time of year to visit Vermont and participate in our favorite spring ritual.