Pick-Up Locations: Burlington and Killington
Our day tours are perfect for people who are already in Vermont, or for those just visiting for a short period of time. We've packed a ton of interesting places into an 8-hour tour that explores the best attractions in the Woodstock and Quechee areas.
Our first stop will be in Woodstock, where we will stroll through the village green to admire the restored Georgian, Federal Style and Greek Revival houses. Many of these houses were built between the late 1700's and mid 1800's, as evidenced by exterior plaques stating the year of their construction. The Woodstock Inn and Resort is a part of this picturesque landscape. We will also take a walk through the town's beautiful covered bridge, which crosses the Ottauquechee river. Nearby you will also find the Gillingham & Sons General Store. Built in 1886, it remains in the family's hands to this very day. Also worth noting is that when walking on Elm street, you can admire the bells of Paul Revere in the First Congregational Church. There are also many interesting shops to be found, such as art galleries, art and craft stores and more.
Next, you will take a guided tour of Rockefeller Mansion*, led by a ranger from the National Park Service. This Queen Ann style mansion holds the largest private collection of Hudson River School paintings in the United States. After that, you will visit the Billings Farm & Museum*, one of the finest outdoor scientific-farming history museums in the country. Billings Farm & Museum combines a fully operating Jersey dairy farm with educational exhibits and interactive programs and events. There you will meet award-winning Jersey dairy cows, draft horses and sheep, plus explore their restored 1890 Farm House and enjoy a sampling of Billings Farm cheddar cheese. You will also watch a 30-minute film entitled "A Place in the Land", which presents the Billings Farm and its three families, describing their farming, forestry, and sustainability practices (stewardship and conservation) for over 150 years. Lunch is available for purchase in downtown Woodstock; there will be time to eat after visiting Billings Farm and Museum.
* Entry fees apply for Rockefeller Mansion and the Billings Farm & Museum.
** Rockefeller Mansion and the Billings Farm & Museum are closed in Winter. In its place, we will visit VINS (The Vermont Institute of Natural Science). VINS is a sanctuary for raptors (hawks, falcons, owls). Entry fee applies.
Next, we will take a short drive to Taftsville, home of Vermont's second longest covered bridge. Built in 1836, this timber-framed covered bridge spans the Ottauquechee River, and is one of Vermont's oldest covered bridges. In 2011, this bridge was severely damaged by Hurricane Irene but managed to remain standing; it was closed for repairs for two years until its re-opening September of 2013.
Our next destination will be Simon Pearce glassblowing studio in Quechee. From hand-thrown pottery to lead-free crystal glassware made with custom molds and purpose-built furnaces, each handcrafted piece carries a story that lends meaning, authenticity, and grace to every use. Here you will witness an in-person glassblowing demonstration; the experienced on-site staff will be able to answer any questions you might have about their process. This glass blowing studio is also home to their high-end retail store and restaurant, overlooking a waterfall and modern covered bridge. This bridge was destroyed by Hurricane Irene in 2011, and rebuilt shortly thereafter.
Next we will drive to nearby Quechee Gorge, Vermont's deepest glacial gorge and one of New England's most popular natural wonders. Formed some 13,000 years ago, this location is often referred to as "Vermont's Little Grand Canyon." The view from its bridge (the oldest standing steel arch bridge in Vermont) is a jaw-dropping 165 feet to the river below. This provides a breathtaking view of the shallow valley that the Ottauquechee River has cut its way through. Here you will have the option of hiking to the bottom of the Gorge and back along an easy trail that takes about 30 minutes round trip.
Our final stop of the day will be the Quechee Antique Mall, a 17,000 square foot barn located in nearby Quechee Gorge Village. This location was originally established in 1985 as a Woodsman Museum, Country Store, and Antique Mall. Since then, it has evolved into one of Vermont's premier shopping attractions, loved by locals and tourists alike for its many antique stores with vintage and collectible items. The Cabot Annex store will provide you with an opportunity for sampling many different award-winning Cabot cheeses (around 20 free samples) and other locally made Vermont products, such as maple syrup and other specialty items.
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