Woodstock is a tiny town of about 3000 people founded in 1761. It features some beautiful historic buildings mostly clustered around the central square, known as the Green, including the pink sandstone Norman Williams Public Library built in the 1880s. Just north of town the Billings Farm and Museum is a functioning dairy farm with a 19th century farmhouse and farm related exhibits. Connected to this is Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park which contains a Queen Anne style mansion. There are also several covered bridges in and around Woodstock. So the town has a lot to offer and is well worth a visit especially in early October when the colorful fall foliage adds to the beauty.
We found that there were not many restaurants open for lunch, and there were lineups on the sidewalk for the ones that were open. We ended up eating in a little snack bar beside the visitor center. They have little to no seating inside but fortunately the weather was absolutely amazing for October so we were able to snag an outside table.
After spending several hours exploring Woodstock we decided to take the long way home and came upon Quechee Gorge. The Ottauquechee River here forms a 165 foot deep and 1 mile long gorge. The bridge that still spans the river was built in 1911 as a railway bridge. Later the tracks were removed and now the highway follows the same route. Quechee Gorge has hiking trails, a picnic area and gift store. We decided to go for a short hike and were delighted to be able to observe 2 hot air balloons flying very low over our heads.
Quechee has an annual balloon festival in June that features balloon rides for the public. Here is a link for next year’s event.
Our last day in Vermont arrived too soon! We had to return to Boston where it was raining heavily that day. Needless to say we didn’t want to leave. As we were driving east we could see a cloud bank in the distance. Then we saw a sign for Justin Smith Morrill State Historic Site, why not? So we turned of the highway and followed the signs. The historic site turned out to be the farm of a 19th century Senator for Vermont who promoted education for the common people. You can wander around the site and learn about farm and household practices of that time. They also offer guided tours. So our unplanned excursion turned out to be pretty interesting. Here is a link to their website.
By now of course we are ready for lunch. Google maps had a few suggestions. We decide on The Worthy Burger in nearby Royalton and we absolutely recommend this place. They serve amazing burgers and craft beer in a remodeled former freight shed belonging to the now disused railway station in downtown Royalton. Click on this link for their menu and directions. If you are anywhere near this area absolutely check them out!
Vermont totally lived up to and exceeded our expectations! We hope you enjoyed this and the first post about our trip. Maybe they will inspire you to plan a visit as well. If you do have a wonderful time!