A Spring Get-Away at Vermont's Beautiful Woodstock Inn & Resort

"Warmth and genuine hospitality"
Vermont's Woodstock Inn & Resort is an elegant, warm home away from home (Pat Brooks photo)

A Vermont Spring get-away at the beautiful Woodstock Inn and Resort

We checked into the Woodstock Inn for a couple nights, which sits on land dating back to the 1700s, once owned by the Rockefeller family. It's nestled between the charming town and Vermont’s only national park, the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park.

The hotel’s front entry is like entering a living room with bookshelves, chandeliers, a lovely massive stone fireplace,all set a homey feel to the property.  The staff welcomed us with warmth and genuine hospitality

Our guest suite with two rooms was very luxurious including mahogany furnishings, down quilts and modern amenities like Nespresso coffeemakers, 2 flat-screen TV's and plush robes. The seating area with writing desk, bar area as well as the all-white bathrooms decorated with subway tile and marble was exquisite.

Following check in we took a walk around the property’s sprawling grounds with so many activities including a game room for kids equipped with a pool table, pinball machines, table shuttle, and a large flat panel TV.

Nearby hiking, biking, fishing, Kelly Way Gardens, tennis courts, pickle ball, athletic club, indoor sports center and an 18-hole golf course, which is the oldest golf course in Vermont.

Later we took a lovely short walk to town and found unique Vermont gifts, small locally-owned independent retail stores that carry a large variety of boutiques and crafts shops.

There are five restaurants on the property including The Red Rooster, a AAA 4-Diamond recipient. The more casual Richardson’s Tavern,The Fairway Grill a seasonal outdoor setting, or The Red Barns at Kelly Way Gardens, a farm-to-table program with hand-pick fresh ingredients for the farm-fresh cuisine on site.

We had dinner the first night at The Red Rooster. We were seated by a window overlooking the dining room.  In the center of the room was an atrium with stunning live white birch trees. The tree branches were decorated with red cardinal birds to set the mood.

The wine and cocktail menu offered great selections.  After cocktails Anna, our server, was very helpful answering all our menu questions. Service was very personable and knowledgeable.

For appetizers I ordered something different, the Pastrami Cured Fluke ($14)  with cucumber yogurt, charred tomatoes,crispy mozzarella, fennel and cress salad drizzled with dill oil.  Great flavor.

My husband chose the  Lamb Bolognese ($15) for his appetizer. Tender spring lamb with a combination of petite gnocchi tomato ragout and baby cabbage. An excellent choice and almost as large as an entree..

For a main entree I ordered the lamb ($38). Three thick lean chops were served with Carolina rice with leg meat, fresh  spring peas and mint. Three cheese stuffed crimini mushrooms and lamb jus on the side. The lamb was perfectly cooked medium rare as ordered.

My husband chose the Monkfish ($37), The fresh fish was cornmeal crusted with purple carrot purée and served with twice baked crab sweet potatoes and spring ramps with a pink peppercorn beurre blanc that added a nice balance to the naturally delicate fish. 

A nice selection of desserts tempted us .  We shared a couple including an apple tarte and the white chocolate creme. This  deliciously light and creamy white chocolate with a dollop of whipped cream topped with a pretty blue edible flower. Both were decadent. 

Chef Christopher Lauinger' personal touch and amazing food is what makes The Red Rooster a AAA 4-Diamond recipient.

The next morning after breakfast the concierge gave us three different printed scenic routes to choose from.  We took the scenic route 100 north to Waterbury driving thru beautiful mountains, farms, water falls and lakes.  We visited Cabot Farmers' Store and Green Mountain Coffee Cafe & Visitor Center.  There is so much to do we could have stayed a week.

The state-of-the-art spa which offers guests a full menu of treatments, plus a eucalyptus steam room, outdoor hot tub and cedar sauna. The natural light, vaulted ceilings, and intimate therapy rooms created a peaceful and serene setting 

The Inn is also the perfect setting for a beautiful wedding celebration

Woodstock Inn Resort is a year round destination. We look forward to our next visit!

Woodstock Inn & Resort
14 The Green, Woodstock, VT
(802) 332-6853, woodstockinn.com

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