7 Outdoor Activities To Explore When Visiting Woodstock
Aug 25, 2020 12:16PM
By Kaitlyn Malone
Market on the Green
Be sure to make it to the town Farmer’s Market, “Market on the Green”, Wednesdays from 3 pm to 6 pm June 10, 2020 through October 14, 2020. This is an excellent opportunity to gather incredible local ingredients for meals when you picnic at some iconic spots around Woodstock! You’ll have an opportunity to sample and shop for all the local delicacies, from cheeses and maple products to spirits, in a festive outdoor environment with live music to boot! Maybe even pick up a few gifts from the craft vendors for friends, family, and yourself -cause you deserve it!
Please see the Facebook link here for you to see any updates about the Market.
Take in the Town
Grab a cup of tea or coffee at one of the many coffee spots like Mont Vert Cafe, then take a stroll in Woodstock village. Walk down its charming streets past art galleries, boutiques, and traditional general stores. By taking the time to immerse yourself in the town's handsome architecture as well as the energetic and artistic community you can come to know it’s charming colonial heritage and delight in it’s New England character. The Woodstock Town Crier is a must-see at the center of town and it lists all of the upcoming town events.
Here is a link to Mon Vert Cafe for you to peruse their organic beverage list and menu.
Take in the fresh air and get the blood flowing while you hike through the lovely New England landscape. There are numerous hikes surrounding Woodstock that weave through luscious trees, along meadows, past rivers and ponds, and into a national park. Dogs are welcomed on all trails but must be leashed. For a moderate 4.2 mile loop take The Pogue and Mount Tom Trail. It is a very well maintained path that guides you up to a remarkable view of the town of Woodstock nestled in the trees.
Whether you want to dip your feet in the Ottauquechee River while you read a book and picnic or want to float on a blow-up flamingo at Kedron Valley Inn Pond, Woodstock has many locations nearby that can work for you! A great location for a relaxing day wading in the river is a spot near the Woodstock History Center. Know that there is a bit of a rocky entrance but it takes you to a shallow portion of the river and it has a terrific view of the Middle Covered Bridge which is an iconic town landmark.
Billings Farm and Museum
The Billings farm was originally
established in 1871 and now operates as a part of a non-profit teaching
visitors about farm life and it’s history. For a small entrance fee, you can
spend the day at Billings Farm and Museum and partake in some of the incredible
opportunities they have to offer. It continues to flourish as a dairy farm
today and inbreeding award-winning livestock. Billings Farm & Museum provides visitors with a singular look into Vermont’s farm life. Bring a picnic
lunch and tour its pastures, walking trails, exhibits, and dairy bar, and leave
with a block of their award-winning smoked cheddar!
For more information please see their website.
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
The Rockefllers transferred this property to the
government in 1992 and is the only National Park System in Vermont today. This
park contains a mansion, exceptional gardens, and 555 acres of forest. There
are self-guided maps and activity brochures that guide you through the
property. You can discover information about the important role Woodstock
played Vermont’s war effort. There are also tours that lead you through places
associated with the Underground Railroad, abolition meetings, and the town's
free African-American community. Note that Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is experiencing a phased reopening due to Covid-19 and so some
of the buildings will be closed, but plenty of outdoor activities here continue
to be very enriching!
For more information please see their website.
Visit a 500-acre family farm that is famous for its pure
maple syrup and spectacular waxed cheeses. Three generations old, the Luce Farm
is open to the public year-round from 9 am-5 pm. Admission is free and you can
learn about the syrup making process as well as take a self-guided tour through
the beautiful maple woods and see how a maple tree is tapped for its sugar. You can follow the path that the draft horses use in
springtime to collect the sap which is then turned into Vermont’s renowned
maple syrup. Sugarbush Farm enjoys giving samples of 15 different kinds
of cheeses and 4 grades of maple syrup to people from all over the world.
Engross yourself in the beautiful countryside and in the warmer months you can make friends with the farm animals.
For more information and to look at their online
store click here.