With recreational travel limited last year, we like so many others didn’t log one day on the slopes last season. With all the cold weather and massive amounts of snow pummeling the east coast recently, we have been eager to get back out there. With that, we packed our bags and headed to Woodstock, Vermont for a quick weekend getaway. With so many mountains and resorts to choose from, in and around Vermont, we were looking to limit the time in the car to a four hour drive. Having heard such wonderful things about the Woodstock Inn and its proximity to Suicide Six Mountain, it seemed like the perfect choice- not to mention its not too far from Okemo, Killington, and Pico Mountains either!
Lodging: The Woodstock Inn & Resort
Set in the heart of Woodstock, Vermont, The Woodstock Inn & Resort neighbors an adorable Main Street, with restaurants and charming boutiques. I loved the small town charm, with the Green Mountains set as a stunning backdrop. And it was so convenient that we could just walk into town, rather than having to drive miles to the action.
I wish we had more time in town, because I was eager for a massage at the Woodstock Inn Spa. As a Forbes 4 star rated facility, I have a feeling I missed out on some much needed pampering, but maybe Jason and I can go back solo for a romantic weekend.
Following our drive up on Friday, we opted for dinner at the hotel, at The Red Rooster restaurant. Featuring local cheese and products sourced from local VT purveyors, this meal was a lovely way to kick off our trip. The kids loved the cheese fondue to start- it was a like a s’mores appetizer!
The Richardson Tavern, also located inside the Woodstock Inn, was temporarily closed, but based on the great reviews and chunky wood decor, we are sorry to have missed this cozy spot.
Saturday night for , Jason and I enjoyed an adult beverage at the Red Rooster bar, before venturing into town for dinner. We were eager to try Magnalista, since they are so highly rated online. Their inventory is sourced from local producers, so the menu is often updated, but unfortunately couldn’t snag reservations, but definitely put them on your list when you visit.
On our way out of town on Sunday, we walked into town, and stopped at Mon Vert Cafe for some lunch. With hearty pressed sandwiches, tasty breads and muffins and some great java on the couches in their second floor seating area, it was such a pleasant way to end our winter weekend.
Mountain: Suicide Six:
Whether its hitting Long Trail Brewery, going for a hike or hitting up antique shops, there is no shortage of a list to keep you busy while in the Woodstock area. That said, our minds were set on one thing- the slopes. Rather than driving 30 minutes to some of the larger Vermont ski attractions, we drove less than 10 minutes from our hotel to mostly locals Suicide Six Mountain. With a variety of terrain ideal for families and beginners, Suicide Six Ski Area was a cool new option to have conquered in our long list of other Vermont mountains that we have notched on our belts. The massive outdoor fireplace at the base lodge is a great place to enjoy a cocktail, or to meet if you get separated on the hill.
Rather than lugging our gear from storage, we opted for rentals. The Suicide Six Ski Shop is located right in the lodge, so ski and snowboard fittings were quick and easy! At the end of each day, we left out gear outside the rental office, and placed our boots in personalized cubbies, so we could easily retrieve them the next day. A nice alternative to dragging heavy boots and gear to and from the car!
I can’t believe we had such a long hiatus from the slopes, but with so many options in Vermont only 4 hours away from New York City, we are sure to log double digits on the mountain this season. My little ski bunnies are psyched for our next ski trip, wherever that may be!
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