Woodstock Vermont is the quintessential Vermont town. With plenty of things to do during every season it is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway or an extended stay.
No matter if you’re looking for a romantic getaway or are vacationing with the whole family everyone will find something fun to do in Woodstock, VT. Here are a few of my favorite things to do in Woodstock and close by.
Things to do in Woodstock Vermont
Where to Stay: Fat Sheep Farm
Sweet William and I have visited the Woodstock Vermont area several times, but at this last trip we found the BEST place to stay, Fat Sheep Farm and Cabins. Located in Windsor Vermont, central to everything in the Woodstock area. You’re only 20 minute drive to most attractions and the farm is peaceful and quiet on a country road.
We spend 2 nights in the Sunrise Cabin and it was the perfect romantic weekend getaway. However, they have bigger cabins too that are perfect for families.
Each cabin has it’s own kitchen fully equipped with the tools you’ll need for creating delicious meals. Upon arrival you’ll get farm fresh eggs to prepare as desired and a tasty treat. We got some scrumptious chocolate chip pumpkin scones.
Each morning guests are welcome to join in and help with farm chores. Around 8:30 (check to make sure the exact time as it can change depending on the time of year), Sweet William and I headed out to the barn. We helped feed the sheep and goats, bottle fed some of the baby lambs and snuggled them too! Depending on when you visit the chores might be different as farm life is always changing with the seasons.
During non-COVID times, our lovely host, Suzy, holds cheese making and sour dough bread making workshops you can attend. We will definitely be heading back to take them once it is safe to do so. *Please note there is an additional fee for these workshops.
Quechee Gorge is one of the most beautiful natural spots in the entire state! Formed by glacial activity over 13,000 years ago, the Ottauquechee River flows through the gorge giving visitors spectacular views.
From Route 4, park in the Quechee Gorge Picnic Area and walk (carefully as there is fast moving traffic) to the bridge. There are sidewalks to stand on safely away from the traffic. 165 feet below is Quechee Gorge. There is no better view of the gorge in the area.
For those interested in spending the night and getting up close you can stay at the Quechee Gorge State Park campground just down the street from the viewpoint.
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Vermont Institute of Natural Science
The Vermont Institute of Natural Science, or VINS for short, is my favorite thing to do in Woodstock Vermont! (Although the address is in Quechee.) If you and your family enjoy exploring the woods and learning about animals this is a spot you won’t want to miss!
The Forest Canopy walk is similar to the one at the Wild Center in the Adirondacks, which I also love. It allows visitors to see and explore the forest from above. With views of the area and plenty of things for the kids to climb on and play with the entire family will love it!
But my favorite thing about VINS is getting to meet the wild birds they rehab. Throughout the day there are several opportunities to meet the birds VINS takes care of, so check for times upon arrival. Many of the birds will be rehabbed and released while others are too injured to go back in the wild. My personal favorites are the owls, but there are many different kinds of birds of prey.
River Roost Brewing Company
This tiny brewery can’t be missed by beer lovers when in the nearby town of White River Junction. Once, and kind of still is, a huge hub for railroad travel, White River Junction has become a haven for artists of all kinds. And if making beer isn’t an art I don’t know what is.
I love a good IPA and can’t rave about Doubtful Guest enough. I also got a couple of their limited release saisons and loved that just as much. A lot of times small breweries don’t put out amazing product, but not at River Roost.
Billings Farm and Museum
Billings Farm has been in operation since 1871 raising Jersey cows. In the 1980’s it opened as a non-profit and has evolved into what visitors see today.
Billings Farm and Museum welcomes guests to experience life on a Vermont farm. With plenty of educational opportunities to get up close to real farm life through the centuries Billings Farm offers activities for visitors and workshops sign up for. You can learn about the fiber arts, beekeeping, gardening, and animal care.
In the Fall they have a sunflower garden and maze that I absolutely love! Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers and wandering through thousands of them made me so happy!
Go Antiquing in Woodstock Vermont
While antiquing isn’t really my thing as I’m not a buying stuff kind of person, there are so many amazing places to pop into to find old treasures. In these places, you never know what you’re going to discover, and for my friends who love antiquing, they’ve had a blast in the Woodstock area.
Two classic antique shops in the area are Wigren & Barlow and Ellaway’s Attic. But for the mother load of antiques, look no further than the Vermont Antique Mall. Located on Woodstock Rd, Quechee, VT you might get lot in this maze, but they’re never lost anyone before, so you’ll probably be alright.
Get Pizza at Three Tomatoes
All my pizza lovers need to head just over the New Hampshire border and eat at Three Tomatoes in Lebanon. Sweet William and I consider ourselves pizza connoisseurs, and this is the best wood fired pizza that has ever crossed my lips. Need I say more?
Things to do in Woodstock Vermont: Eshqua Bog Natural Area
As a nature lover Eshqua Bog Natural Area is a hidden gem that I only learned about during my last trip to Woodstock. While my visit was in the winter as you can see by my photo, I can’t wait to go back in the spring!
In mid to late June each year Showy Lady Slippers, a rare plant in North America due to habitat loss, bloom in this bog. Yellow Lady Slippers and Northern Bog Orchids and Green Orchids also bloom around the same time.
PLEASE DO NOT PICK THE LADY SLIPPERS OR ORCHIDS!!
There is a handicap acceptable boardwalk through the area where the flowers bloom each spring, and a trail the circles the bog as well.
Explore Downtown Woodstock Vermont
Taking a stroll through downtown Woodstock can be like taking a step back in time. Many of the houses, inns, and shops that line the sidewalks have been standing for over a hundred years. There is so much small-town charm you might not want to leave.
Slip into some of the shops and sip a coffee in a local cafe. In the Fall hear the crunch of leaves beneath your feet. No matter what time you visit Woodstock there will always be things to see and explore downtown.