Woodstock, Vermont

Our family made a road trip to Woodstock, Vermont this past weekend. The main event was a holiday party at the Woodstock Inn. Woodstock is one of those towns that always wins awards and is often described as the “quintissential New England village.” When a New England town wins awards like this, that often means that the folks from New York really like it! Truthfully, since we are from Connecticut, we are also “foreigners” when we visit Vermont.

Still, I consider all of New England my home, and I particularly like the Woodstock area of Vermont. We drove through Queechee on our way there and had a nice view of the gorge. The party was fun and we caught up with some of our good friends. On Sunday morning, we took advantage of our surroundings and hiked to the top of Mount Tom, via the Faulkner Trail, a local classic. It has many switchbacks (I forgot my GPS) on the way to the summit and a great valley view. It was only 10 degrees Fahrenheit, so we were a bit chilly.

Deb and Monique on Mount Tom.

After check out, we visited the Billings Farm & Museum, which is also part of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park. We had a great time, touring the 1890 farm house, the dairy barn, and the visitor center. The curator and other tour guides were full of great information and shared many historical facts. In the basement of the farm house, we made a pomander with a Clementine.

The Billings Farm 1790 House.

We also stopped by Sugarbush Farm to pick up some of their cheese. Then, it was another quick stop, in Saxtons River, to visit Ian Eddy at his forge. Eddy is a master blacksmith. He designed and built a screen/guard for our fireplace. We visit Ian’s shop every so often. We first met him on the Putney Craft Tour nearly five years ago. He was kind enough to meet as at the shop on a Sunday, his normal day off, so that we could make the pick up.


After another quick stop, this time at the Putney Co-op, for some lunch to go, we made it home in time to beat the first winter storm of the season. With a holiday party, some holiday shopping, and a little snow, it feels like December!

Ian Eddy’s forge.

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