Life in Woodstock VT

Woodstock VT - tree lined street

Woodstock, Vermont is a charming, historic community in the heart of Vermont. The lush Village Green is surrounded by many historic buildings including a pink sandstone library that was built in the 1880s. Woodstock is also home to 5 Paul Revere bells as well as a Courthouse built in 1855, and so much more! Woodstock is a close-knit community with a thriving downtown that is regarded as one of the best places to retire in New England. Woodstock isn't just for retirees, however, their great school system makes this community a great place to raise a family and its close proximity to larger cities such as Lebanon and Hanover, New Hampshire make it a great place to call home while enjoying a short commute. 

Places to Visit in Woodstock

The Billings Farm & Museum has been a favorite among young and old in Woodstock, and the surrounding areas since 1983. Billings Farm was established in 1871 as a dairy farm and spanned nearly 1,000 acres by 1890. Today the working farm is open to the public. There are over 70 Hersey Cows,  six draft horses, a flock of Southdown sheep, oxen, farm life exhibits, and the original 1890 farm house at Billings Farm. Billings Farm offers education programs and activities to a variety of ages. You can visit Billings Farm throughout the year to learn more about the rural, agricultural heritage of Vermont. In the summer you will find animals grazing in fields, in the winter you will find sleigh rides and more around the property. 

From 400-year-old hemlocks to covered bridges and stone walls, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park features one of Vermont's most beautiful landscapes. Located across the street from Billings Farm, the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park offers a variety of programs throughout the year for visitors to enjoy.  Guided tours and artist workshops are offered throughout the year, and you're always invited to spend the day exploring. 

Country Stores in Woodstock

Woodstock is home to a number of country and general stores.  FH Gillingham & Sons, located on Elm Street in the heart of Woodstock, has been in business - in its original location, since 1886. FH Gillingham & Sons has been a popular destination to purchase gift boxes, for any occasion, since its inception. Stop by the South Woodstock Country Store, located in South Woodstock, to find local produce, a variety of gifts, and great food. The Taftsville Country Store, on Woodstock Road in Woodstock, is the quintessential Country Store. The historic building has been largely preserved over the years, giving a window to Vermont's quaint past. The local post office was located in the store for many years and is today located in the old carriage shed attached to the store. From a newspaper to a dozen eggs, the Taftsville Country Store practically has it all. 

Historic Inns in Woodstock

The Woodstock Inn & Resort offers an authentic, New England experience in every room. The Woodstock Inn features an award winning spa, golf course, restaurant, and so much more! Each room is furnished with pieces that were handmade by local artisans, giving each room its own personality. The Inn recently went through a $2.6 million upgrade of its front lawn, main entrance, lobby, and library.  

The Village Inn of Woodstock is a charming bed and breakfast conveniently located in the heart of Woodstock. The Inn offers several specially curated packages for guests, including an I Love You package which includes long-stem roses, champagne, and local chocolates, to make each visit as memorable as possible. While you're there, check out their tavern, terrace, and seasonal gardens. 

Places to Eat in Woodstock

Worthy Kitchen, on Route 4 in Woodstock, is a counter-service Farm Diner featuring an extensive draught beer list. Their extensive menu features comfort food favorites like Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Burgers. Their 18 beer draught list is comprised of local breweries from all over Vermont and New England. You will also find three wines on draught. The 100 seat restaurant also features an outdoor lounge. 

The White Cottage Snack Bar has been a Woodstock tradition since 1957. Open from early May to Columbus Day one mile west of town on Route 4, the White Cottage has been twice named one of the top 150 burger joints in the United States -- the only one in Vermont. You will find a variety of menu options ranging from great sandwiches to Maine Lobster rolls. Not only is their food delicious, but the location is also fantastic. Located on the Ottauguechee River, their picnic tables have great views. Kids love jumping in the river after a meal. As they say, "there's something for everyone at White Cottage!"

Education in Woodstock

Woodstock is part of the Windsor Central Supervisory Union, which is comprised of 6 towns: Barnard, Bridgewater, Killington, Pomfret, Reading, and Woodstock. Woodstock has its own elementary school which serves students from pre-k to 6th grade. After 6th grade, students enter the Woodstock Union High School & Middle School along with the other 5 surrounding schools in their district. Enrollment at Woodstock Union High School & Middle School is around 350 students. The teacher to pupil ratio is 9:1 which allows students plenty of direct access to their teachers. Electives at WUHSMS include Agricultural Education, Business and Computer Technology, Foreign Language, and more. Students are also encouraged to participate in travel and study abroad programs.