Many families visiting Dartmouth College find it natural to book a room in Hanover, NH. Little do they know that right across the State line rests a picture-perfect Vermont village worth every one of the 30 minutes’ drive through rolling hills. Here are 5 reasons for Dartmouth parents to stay at The Woodstocker B&B in Woodstock, VT when visiting their student!
Reason #1 : A most beautiful village
Stay in a village listed by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the most beautiful in the country while being close to Dartmouth.
The ultimate Vermont experience, Woodstock is located on a curb of the Ottauquechee River, between Mount Tom and Mount Peg. Driving from Dartmouth, you will access it by Route 12, meandering alongside the river in a landscape of wooded hills, rolling pastures, white farms and red barns.
The village offers a harmoniously diverse architecture of Greek Revival, Federalist, and Georgian structures alongside a green, and quaint streets lined with independent shops, restaurants, and art galleries. There are no traffic lights and no visible power lines in the village.
Woodstock is surrounded by a pristine and protected nature, most of which is part of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park to the west. Hugging the village to the north, Billings Farm and Museum composes a bucolic sight and offers a wealth of educational and entertaining visits. To the south, a golf course turned into a Nordic center in the Winter completes the picture of what Conde Nast Traveler aptly dubbed “an absurdly quaint New England charm”.
From the minute you check into The Woodstocker B&B, you can forget your car and walk to this quintessential New England town, or hike Mount Tom straight from our front door.
Reason #2: A better experience for your student
When visiting your student, treat them to something different than their usual scene!
There is much to do and see in Woodstock, VT: hike right from our B&B, bike around town and alongside the river, or mountain bike straight from the downtown bike shop. Order our picnic and go on a fly-fishing excursion or kayak a variety of rivers and lakes. The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park, Rockefeller Mansion and Billings Farm offer unforgettable visits. Sugarbush Farm, at the end of a picturesque drive on backroads, is ideal for a genuine tasting of cheddars and different grades of maple syrup. For more on crafting the ideal 3-day stay in Woodstock, VT, please read this blog post. During the Winter months, downhill skiing is 10 minutes away at Suicide 6, or 20 minutes if you’d like to ski the Beast from Killington’s Skyeship gondola. And why not try the Nordic Center, about a mile from The Woodstocker, with miles and miles of groomed trails for cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and fat biking? Click here to read our list of the 12 best things to do during the Winter in Woodstock, VT.
Reason #3: Walk to Dinner Each Night
There are more restaurants within very short distance of The Woodstocker B&B than you will have time to explore!
The Prince and The Pauper, Mangalitsa, The Red Rooster, Richardson’s Tavern, Melaza Bistro are all within walking distance of the B&B. The hip Worthy Kitchen is a mere 3 minutes drive and sure to endear your student (and yourselves) to Woodstock. And let’s not forget Bentley’s DJ nights and karaokes – yep, also walking distance. Worthwhile the 10 to 15 minute drive are others of our favorites, including Max’s Tavern at the Barnard Inn, Skunk Hollow Tavern, Worthy Burger, Long Trail Brewery, or the Lincoln Inn.
reason #4 : The Shops!
Woodstock is a discerning shoppers’ paradise.
Closing the green on its East side, Elm and Central streets are lined with a wonderful selection of shops. From the general store, Gillingham’s (in the same family for over a century), to Yankee Bookshop (Vermont’s oldest continuously operating bookstore), to clothing boutiques such as Phlox, Sudie’s, Footprints, 37 Central, Encore, Who is Sylvia, Vermont Flannel, high-end sports apparel boutiques Elevation Clothing or Woodstock Sports, jewelries NT Ferro or Zayas, gift shops Unicorn, Red Wagon Toy Co, or Clover (the latter now offering CBD products and worskhops), home décor RT Home and Danforth Pewter, and art galleries Woodstock Gallery, Gallery On The Green, Collective – The Art of Craft, Fossil Glass, there is an incredible variety of quality shopping in which to indulge.
Take a break for a latte or yummy lunch at Mon Vert Café, Soulfully Good Café, or Mountain Creamery. If you are in need or in the mood for some pampering, Splendid Chaos and First Impressions are full service salons, not to mention the world-class Spa at the Woodstock Inn. All these boutiques are within a short walking distance of the Woodstocker B&B, whether you choose to walk through The Green lined by historic mansions, or you stroll through the covered bridge and alongside the Ottauquechee River.
In addition to the gems in Woodstock, we are a short drive away from Farmhouse Pottery, Shackleton Thomas, Andrew Pearce Bowls, and Simon Pearce Glass, to name just a few of our local artisans with national fame. Down the road in Quechee, there’s a host of authentic Vermont shopping at Quechee Gorge Village, from the distillery Vermont Spirits, to Whisper Hill (bath products), Deirdre Donnelly’s artist studio, the Vermont Antique Mall, Cabot cheese tasting station, alpaca wear (and live alpacas!). This place in itself is a shopper’s paradise for the whole family (and it’s on the way back to Dartmouth). Convinced already? Wait until you read Reason #5!
Reason #5: It’s more reasonably priced!
Especially during Dartmouth events such as Graduation or Alumni weekends, you will find that it is much more affordable to stay in Woodstock, VT than in Hanover. You will treat yourself and your student to one of our 9 rooms and suites, some with their private sauna, enjoy our full breakfast menu included (or indulge in our continental breakfast in bed), and take the whole family on a mini vacation for a fraction of the price charged aroung Dartmouth College at peak times!