Cool Places to Visit
A store, glass-blowing demonstration, and restaurant rolled into one, Simon Pearce is the largest American maker of handcrafted glass and a unique destination. The store features glass blown onsite, hand-crafted pottery, home decor items, seasonal items, and high-end lighting. Don’t miss the self-tour through the glass-blowing facility downstairs, and finish your visit with lunch or dinner in the gourmet restaurant overlooking the river.
1760 Quechee Main St., Quechee (6 minutes from the inn)
An operating dairy farm and a museum of Vermont’s rural past, Billings Farm features interactive programs involving livestock and farm work such as churning cream into butter. Afternoon milking begins every day at 3:15. In summer, tour the heirloom garden; in winter, go on a sleigh ride. Special events and a daily schedule are on the website.
5302 River Road, Woodstock (7 minutes from the inn)
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
Tour the Queen Anne style mansion and gardens inherited by Laurance Rockefeller in 1954, hike in the park on 20 miles of trails and 10 miles of carriage roads, or participate in a guided forest tour.
54 Elm St, Woodstock (5 minutes from the inn)
King Arthur Flour
A unique destination for bakers, the King Arthur store offers baking tools, ingredients, and make-your-own gift baskets. Soups, salads, and sandwiches are served 11-5 daily in the in-store cafe, and freshly made cakes, breads, and pastries are always available. Check the website for baking classes, from introductory demonstrations to intensive professional classes.
135 US Route 5 South, Norwich (25 minutes from the inn)
Weston Country Store/Bryant House
This enormous store takes you back in time to the days of penny candy and home remedies. A fun or funny item is around every corner, alongside Vermont maple syrup, locally made dips and crackers, and award-winning cheeses from neighboring farmsteads. Next door, The Bryant House offers a farm-to-table menu for lunch/dinner/brunch, an antique soda fountain, an 1885 barroom, and a memorial bedroom furnished as it was more than 100 years ago.
657 Main St, Weston (1 hour from the inn)
Woodstock History Center
A museum, research library, and gift shop rolled into one, the history center has thousands of historic photographs, special programs throughout the year, and a large garden with a view of Woodstock Village’s only covered bridge.
26 Elm St, Woodstock (10 minutes from the inn)
Sugarbush Cheese & Maple Farm
Sample maple syrup, visit the sugarhouse where it’s made, visit the farm animals, visit the cheese work room, sample fourteen cheeses.
591 Sugarbush Farm Rd, Woodstock (10 minutes from the inn)
Plymouth Artisan Cheese
Open every day for visits and a tour of the cheese factory, the second oldest in the US. Cheese, maple syrup, cheese curds, and more are available at the store. Call ahead for their cheesemaking schedule.
106 Messer Hill Rd, Plymouth Notch (30 minutes from the inn)
Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) Nature Center
This large, nonprofit nature center features 17 state-of-the-art raptor enclosures, four exhibit spaces, and interpretive nature trails. The highly trained staff rehabilitates more than 400 injured and orphaned birds each year, as well as caring for the resident raptors, arthropods, and reptiles.
6565 Woodstock Rd (Rt 4), Quechee (10 minutes from the inn)