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From The Blog Local activities & events that give spring new life

We love these local adventures that take us out into nature and interact with the community.... we think you will too. See what Spring has to offer in Woodstock and beyond.

Due to COVID-19 many of our seasonal events are not going on as normal but we still have plenty of fun ahead here in Woodstock.

Read on.

In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.

-Mark Twain
Ottuaquechee River Trail views
A picture-perfect path

Explore Woodstock’s beautiful backyard

There’s no better escape than traipsing about the trails of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park – one of two national parks in Vermont! From peaceful, sun-dappled forests to jaw-dropping vistas and historic vantage points, the park offers a wide range of scenery via its network of 20+ miles of trails easily accessible from the center of town.

As temperatures rise and the thaw begins, trails are once again open for regular use by you and your furry (leashed) companions! The visitor centers and mansion are open Memorial Day weekend through October. For a trail-map of the park, click here.

Want more space to explore? Branch out to Bridgewater, Pomfret, Barnard, Reading, or gorge-ous Quechee via their extensive trail system and the stunning grounds of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science!

Embrace the warm and fuzzies: Meet baby animals at Billings Farm & Museum

Nothing cures a case of the work-week blues like cuddling fluffy farm animals. At Billings Farm & Museum (open daily April through October), you’ll find sheep as soft as clouds, friendly cows, majestic horses– and more, living their best lives in the rolling green pastures of bucolic Woodstock, Vermont.

Visitors can meet and learn about the farm’s baby calves, lambs, steers, goats, chicks, and bunnies while enjoying spring on the farm.

Adults and children alike are invited to go behind the scenes at this fully-operational farm to watch milkings, feedings, demonstrations, and even step inside the historic 1890s farmhouse.

Visitors with the sheep at Billings Farm
Billings Farm staff photo
Meeting a sheep at Billings Farm
Fairy house in spring
Laura White Pottery
Fairy houses can be found in Woodstock if you look closely enough...

Special Events & Dates:

Two young girls stand next to a National Park Service ranger with walking sticks in hand.
National Park Service
Trek participants craft walking sticks to accompany them along their hikes to sample wood-fired pizza and other local food tastes

Special Events & Dates Continued:

  • May 9, 2021: The muscle behind Billings takes center stage as part of Draft Animal Day, featuring demos from oxen, working steers, and draft horses – Happy Mother's Day, all the hard working mother's receive free admission!
  • May 13, 2021: (race date estimated) On your mark, get set, go – to the Road to the Pogue Race, a 6.1 mile challenging yet scenic course through the MBR park.
  • June 2021: Celebrate the MBR park, local food, and fun during Trek to Taste: A National Trails Day Festival! Please check back for updates on Trek to Taste 2021.
maple syrup

Celebrate the season of sap

Maple syrup’s not just for pancakes anymore. Coffee? Check. Popcorn? Check. Ice cream, cocktails, salads? Check, check, check! And early spring is the best season to enjoy it in Vermont.

Here, maple sugaring season means sap is flowing from trees tapped and bedecked with buckets, ready for boiling – and that it’s time to celebrate the fruits of locals’ labors! You can find a wide variety of Vermont maple syrups in Woodstock’s downtown shops.

Have an inkling for some delicious cheese AND maple syrup? Sugarbush Farm is just the place to be. Take a scenic drive through town, sample cheese and explore the grounds of this Woodstock treasure.


Grab the season by the reins in horse country

Whether you’re a seasoned equestrian or saddling up for the first time, Woodstock’s picturesque open spaces and nearly 400 miles of private and municipal land offer a spectacular setting for horseback riding into the sunset.

With resources like the Green Mountain Horse Association and Kedron Valley Stables of South Woodstock, your needs for training, stabling, events, and more are well covered. Giddy up!

Special Events & Dates:

Horseback Riding

Go where age meets beauty with a covered bridges tour

Many of America’s most idyllic covered bridges are in Vermont. Step on the worn wooden plans of Middle Covered Bridge, just in view of Woodstock’s town green, and you’ll be transported back to a simpler time. The rush of water over stone, peek-a-boo views of the serpentine path of the Ottauquechee River, and the quiet protection of the roof above are something out of a daydream – and this is just one of the Woodstock area’s four breathtaking wooden structures.

Check out our guide here to learn more about the location and history of these historic bridges and how you can capture some of their magic for yourself.

Cover Bridge in Woodstock Vermont

Special Events & Dates:

  • June 6-13, 2021: Covered Bridges Half Marathon goes VIRTUAL, you can now join and run with family and friends from anywhere! Click here for more information about signing up for the race.

Take spring to new heights with hot air balloon rides

With a whoosh of fire and a rush of butterflies in your belly, you’ll be made lighter than air in the basket of a hot air balloon. Spring is the perfect time to take off from the Quechee Village Green and drift above the trees of the Upper Valley, observing the fresh burst of life in rivers, mountains, and farmland from above.

This is your chance for a 360-degree view of Vermont – from Killington all the way to the White Mountains of New Hampshire on a clear day – that’s truly astounding. 

Hot Air Balloons

Special Events & Dates:

The Quechee Balloon Festival is an unforgettable event when the horizon is dotted with up to 20 vibrant hot air balloons. But you’ll find more than a great view on the ground: continuous music and entertainment, over 60 craft artisans, local food and drinks, a euro bungee, rock climbing wall, and a bounce house can be found during the festivities.

Due to COVID-19 the Balloon Festival has been moved from summer to Sept. 2021, more to come on the festival this fall.