Woodstock, Vermont

With its bucolic centerpiece, The Green; the wooden Middle Covered Bridge that spans the Ottauquechee River; and streets lined with 19th-century buildings, Woodstock, Vermont, epitomizes the quintessential Green Mountains village. It celebrates winter with skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, sleigh riding, and sledding (an indoors with swimming and spas).

1. DO

Ski and snowboard (or hike when there’s no snow) at the pristine family-friendly Suicide Six Ski Area. 247 Stage Road, South Pomfret. (802) 457-6661; woodstockinn.com/ski-area. At Billings Farm and Museum 1 , the circa 1890 barns and farmhouse are open weekends (November through February) and daily (December 26 to January 1) with lms, sleigh rides, and hot spiced cider. 69 Old River Road. (802) 457-2355; billingsfarm.org. Indulge with a Vermont-inspired seasonal treatment at the 10,000-square-foot, LEED-certi ed spa at the AAA Four Diamond Woodstock Inn and Resort.
14 The Green. (888) 338-2745; woodstockinn.com

The F.H. Gillingham and Sons general store dates from 1886 and stocks local artisanal cheese, maple syrup, jams, mustard, honey, roasted coffee, and Vermont wine. 16 Elm Street. (802) 457-2100; gillinghams.com. Browse the local cooperative, Collective-The Art of Craft, where members sell hand-forged hardware; hand-tied, woven, and knitted wear; and handmade jewelry, pottery, wood, and glass items. 47 Central Street. (802) 457-1298; collective theartofcraft.com. Elevation Clothing offers sportswear by Ibex, Patagonia, Dubarry, Barbour, Toms, and Darn Tough Socks. Check the bargain outlet on the lower level. 15 Central Street. (802) 332-6380; elevationclothingvt.com.

3. EAT

Lincoln Inn and Restaurant at the Covered Bridge Europe-trained chef Jevgenija Saromova’s cuisine is artfully presented and locally sourced.
2709 W. Woodstock Road. (802) 457-7052; lincolninn.com.
Jesse McNally’s lunch and dinner menu at Bentleys Restaurant ranges from burgers, pulled pork, and steak to duck-con t atbread and seasonal wild- caught cod. 3 Elm Street. (802) 457-3232; bentleysrestaurant.com.
Breakfast or lunch at Mon Vert Cafe 3 , where blueberry muf ns reign among the house-made baked goods. Cabot cheese and local organic produce enhance the French-inspired dishes. 28 Central Street. (802) 457-7143; monvertcafe.com.


Article appeared in
AAA / Northern New England Journal