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Written by nancdb on 03 Jun, 2004
I took my husband to Woodstock for his birthday. We had the most marvelous weather and enjoyed the scenery tremendously. We stayed at the Shire Motel just two blocks from the green in downtown Woodstock. It is a small motel with not…Read More
I took my husband to Woodstock for his birthday. We had the most marvelous weather and enjoyed the scenery tremendously. We stayed at the Shire Motel just two blocks from the green in downtown Woodstock. It is a small motel with not a lot of amenities, but we didn't need them because we were gone all day touring. Our room was large with two queen beds and all the rooms look out the back to a green hill and a clear flowing stream. It was such a peaceful view.
We had some exceptional meals at various locations. We ate at Bentley's restaurant in downtown Woodstock on Saturday evening. A jazz trio was playing; the food was delicious with a great wine selection and diverse menu. The Bentley salad was outstanding! We also ate at Simon Pearce's restaurant for lunch. My husband had a calamari salad to die for and my warm Brie and spinach salad was very tasty. Their desserts looked fabulous. We drove about 12 miles outside of Woodstock to eat at Skink Hollow Tavern. It's a small tavern built in the 1700s and you need reservations to go there as it is quite small. We enjoyed the drive in the country and the food was delicious.
After eating at Simon Pearce's restaurant, we toured the retail store and watched glass being made. The glass is so beautiful and there is also a sale area for those thrifty people.
We went to the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park and toured the mansion and gardens and also the Billings Farm directly across the road from the mansion. The park is the only national park devoted to conservation. The tour was excellent and made you want to learn more about the owners.
I highly recommend visiting Vermont if you like nature, natural beauty, and picturesque villages. The whole time we were there and driving around the state, we saw only one McDonald’s and no other chain stores. Vermont is now one of my most favorite US destinations.