Woodstock, Vermont offers a colorful and romantic introduction to the autumn— from mouth-watering dishes at the Worthy Kitchen, slick crafts at Farmhouse Pottery and luxurious suites at 506 On The River Inn.
With killer autumnal colors and new additions to its roster of chic diversions, the quintessentially Vermont town of Woodstock is the epitome of rustic refinement.
Normally, fall foliage has virtually no competition in the bucolic beauty department— unless, that is, you happen to be in Woodstock, Vt. There, autumn’s natural splendor vies for your attention with some of New England’s most historic sites and charming shops. And this year, that includes some equally dazzling newcomers and revitalized longtime spots. On your drive from Boston just before you hit Woodstock, swing through the artisan institution Simon Pearce and check out its latest renovation. After scouring the exquisitely arranged shelves for hand-blown glass and heirloom-quality pottery, head out to the on-site restaurant’s gorgeous screened porch dining room and dig into lavenderpoached salmon or sweet pea-mascarpone ravioli as the frothy waters of the Ottauquechee River rush by. In town, there’s a newer trove of agrarianchic treasures at Farmhouse Pottery. Good luck choosing between the wares here; you’ll want it all: the hand-loomed table runners, the oversize salad bowls carved from beech wood, the intensely scented candles, and definitely the vintage-inspired ceramic milkmaid pitchers so streamlined and architectural in design, they’ll steal the show on your dinner table back home. Once you’re hungry again, swing by Worthy Kitchen, the farm diner and craft beer spot where cult followers line up for unpretentious but absolutely delicious specials like buttermilk fried chicken with sweet potato puree and pesto goat cheese. And finally, settle into your retroyet-modern suite at 506 On The River Inn (from $299 per night, 1653 W. Woodstock Road, 802.457.5000, onteriverwoodstock.com) which opened in 2015 and is as stylish as any Boston boutique hotel. Don’t bypass the sprawling upstairs library, or the Jacuzzi, wet sauna, and indoor pool, all of which have a bird’s eye view out to the impeccable grounds—including (you guessed it) brilliant, color-dappled foliage.
Clockwise from left: The 506 On The River Inn’s main entrance leads toward the in-house bistro; brightly colored foliage creates an idyllic aesthetic surrounding the inn; freshly picked berries with flakey pastries make up the lighter side of breakfast options; the country kitchen area where a hearty breakfast is served daily.