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.

Boston Common - - CONTENTS - By Alexan­dra Hall

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.

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