Exploring Woodstock Vermont
A DayTrip in Woodstock, VT
CONTRIBUTED BY PHYLLIS HIGGERSON
Tucked into the verdant hills and pastoral farmland of central Vermont, the village of Woodstock and all its charms are within easy reach of southern New England’s urban hubs. Outside of the enchanting town center, notable for its historic architecture, central green and covered bridge, are hundreds of acres of conserved land, the museum and working dairy farm that make up the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Park. Shopping, dining and exploration beckon.
F.H. Gillingham’s and Sons
One of Vermont’s oldest general stores, Gillingham’s has been continuously operated by the same local family for 119 years. In addition to groceries, the store carries an array of goods spanning the spectrum from elegant housewares to hardware, classic toys and games to fine wines, and sporting goods to a personal care department featuring everything from imported Italian toothpaste to handmade goat’s milk soap. No one leaves empty handed.
Curating a thoughtfully chosen selection of clothing, accessories and outerwear suitable for town and country, Elevation’s owner Carolyn Kimbell proves that it is possible to look stylish while maintaining an active lifestyle. You’ll find fine wool sportswear from Vermont based Ibex, beaded tops and silk maxi skirts from Chan Luu, quilted Barbour jackets, and chic wedge boots from Tom’s. Women aren’t the only ones leaving the store laden with shopping bags; Elevation outfits men and children as well.
Woodstock Farmer’s Market
A year-round indoor farmer’s market that is a foodie’s dream, the Woodstock Farmer’s Market carries the best local produce and packaged foods as well as an impressive collection of imported goods. The stellar kitchen offers prepared meals for take-out, mouthwatering baked goods and an amazing selection of sandwiches. Stock up on Vermont cheeses from their exceptional artisanal selections.
Worthy Kitchen features a wood-fired oven in the kitchen and the very best craft beers on tap. Advocating a locavore philosophy, the restaurant sources raw ingredients from several Vermont farms and offers daily specials in addition to regular favorites such as the truffle fries – a great accompaniment to one of the hard-to-find, small-batch brews. Stop in on the weekend for a bloody Mary brunch and trust me when I tell you not to skip the donuts for dessert.