When Fall Arrives, Vermont Comes Alive…

Vermont speaks to your senses and slows the rapid clock of life allowing an opportunity to rejuvenate and regenerate. At the Woodstock Inn there is something to do in every season. Play golf, Ski, shop, enjoy the spa and great restaurants, or you could just do nothing and enjoy the beauty of this wonderful place.

Robert Frost the official Poet Laureate of Vermont may have said it best with his 1923 work,” Nothing Gold Can Stay” about this great state, which sees through the pageant of spring wildflowers and fall foliage to a more troubling reality: Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay.

The poem was about the transitions of time and nature in a place he called home, Vermont. With a small population that retains its agricultural base and strict environmental statutes that include the outlawing of roadside billboards, much of the Vermont countryside really does evoke lines from Frost who was a farmer first and a poet second (he owned five farms), all in Vermont. 

Down off the eastern slope of the Green Mountains into the Ottaquechee River Valley is the classic New England village of Woodstock. At the heart of Woodstock is the Woodstock Inn and Resort. The Woodstock Inn & Resort was established by Laurance & Mary Rockefeller, conservationist who believed in maintaining its historic charm and character. The Rockefellers saw a community with many natural resources and a remarkable cultural history and spent much of their life dedicated to the preservation and protection to the town of Woodstock and its surrounding areas.

With 142 superbly appointed guest rooms The Woodstock Inn is quintessential Vermont charm. The Inn recently renovated lobby was designed to look like an ornate living room. In all, $2.6 million has already been spent on upgrades to the front entrance, front lawn, lobby, and library. Soon, each of the 140 already aesthetically pleasing guest rooms will also receive a facelift (the work is slated to be complete by summer 2018), bringing the total over renovation to $6.5 million.

Just down the road to the Inn is Kelly Way Gardens a farm to table program started by the Woodstock family providing the Inn with onsite organic and holistic food supply by master gardener Benjamin Pauly. Produce and flowers are picked daily for the Inn and the culinary team inspiring the staff with the finest and freshest ingredients for their guests.

For the ultimate New England golf trip the Woodstock Inn offers full access to their resort golf club and the Quechee Lakes Club two courses just minutes away. The Woodstock Inn Resort Golf Club is listed by Golf Magazine as one of the Top 100 Golf Resorts in America. It offers a 6,000 yard, par 70 Trent Jones design that plays around and over the rushing Kedron Brook. Guests can also access the private 36 hole Quechee Club

Quechee Club

The Lakeland and Highland courses are classic Geoffrey Cornish gems and two of the finest conditioned golf courses in Northern New England you can play. Vermont may be best known for its maple syrup, cheddar cheese, Holstein cows, winter sports and its colorful foliage displays but the golf is simply superb and the courses framed by the Green Mountains offer a spectacular backdrop for some of the greatest golf in the Northeast. If you are lucky enough to play here in the fall, you are in for a real treat indeed. This glorious time of year attracts visitors from all over the world to witness nature’s spectacular multihued extravaganza.

At the Woodstock Inn, you can restore mind and body and connect with nature through organic products and unique seasonal treatments that capture the essence of Vermont. The Spa at the Woodstock Inn & Resort boasts a 10,000-square foot, LEED-certified facility featuring 10 treatment rooms, a spa boutique and locally sourced products. Embrace comfort and tranquility with natural light, fresh native flora and Vermont-inspired treatments reflecting the changing season.

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Woodstock Inn foliage

In Woodstock, the Rockefellers saw a community with many natural resources and a remarkable cultural history. After Mary French Rockefeller’s mother died in 1951, she and Laurance inherited the Mansion, remodeled it, and modernized the Billings Farm, just minutes from the historic Woodstock Inn. In June 1983, the Rockefellers formally opened the Billings Farm & Museum.

In 1992, the couple donated the residential property, along with 555 acres of Mount Tom forestland, to the National Park Service, and on June 5, 1998, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park opened. Today, one of the park’s most significant roles is to serve as a tribute to the unique people who resided here and their vision for a world in which man lives in cooperation and harmony with nature.

From the moment, you check in at the Woodstock Inn it is quickly apparent you are in a special place. From the valet to the front desk and the bars, restaurants, spa and golf course there is a mission of hospitality and service. Every employee here seems to love what they do and they do it well. The Woodstock Inn and Resort makes it their personal mission to treat you like family and make your experience at this very special place memorable.

When was the last time you treated yourself to a golf trip that sent you home with a smile on your face no matter how you played?

Golf is a game, enjoy it at the Woodstock Inn.