A weekend vacation at the The Woodstock Inn & Resort is filled with outdoor activities, delicious New England food and calm surroundings. The eco-friendly resort has an outdoor and an indoor pool, a relaxing spa and some of the best cross country skiing in the United States. If you are looking for family weekend getaway ideas, head to this year-round resort in Vermont.

There are 142 rooms in the main building which are decorated with local artwork and colorful hand-made quilts. If you are planning a romantic winter getaway, ask for one of the 23 rooms with a fireplace. Get away from the stress of daily life while enjoying challenging fitness classes, various sports and rejuvenating pampering at the spa.

The resort's 41,000-square-foot Woodstock Health & Fitness Center features and indoor pool, racquetball and squash courts, 10 outdoor and 2 indoor tennis courts, a sauna, steam room, whirlpool and an exercise room. Guests can choose from a number of fitness classes, such as yoga, aerobics, aquatics and personal training. Spa services at the inn include Swedish Massage ($95 for 1 hour), Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone Massage, manicure, pedicure and facials.

Winter in Woodstock

The Woodstock Ski Touring Center maintains 75 kilometers of trails: along the snow-covered golf course, the carriage roads on Mt. Tom and in the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. The Ski shop offers ski storage, rentals, trail maps and pull sleds for children. The Woodstock area offers both downhill and cross country skiing. Suicide Six offers 23 trails, including two chair lifts, a J-bar and a snowboarding halfpipe. Downhill ski season runs from mid-December through March. Suicide Six is a great family ski destination since it is quite uncrowded.

Cross Country Skiing consists of 75 miles of groomed trails and the Woodstock Ski Touring Center which offers equipment rentals, trail maps and lessons. Cross country ski trails run along the resort's snow-covered golf course, the carriage roads on Mt. Tom and in the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. If you are planning a family ski vacation to Vermont, the Ski Touring Center offers pull sleds for children as well as snowshoe rentals.

The offers a great selection of family vacation activities year-round. Whether you like hiking, golf, skiing or swimming, the resort offers something for everyone. For families, the inn can organizes orienteering which is great for teaching children how to read a map. On a rainy day, visit the health club and swim in the indoor pool, or play a board game in the hotel's game room. There is also a library, fully stocked with a selection of books and periodicals, as well as video games & movies in all guest rooms.

The resort has several restaurants, including the casual Eagle Cafe which has a children's menu. The inn's Executive Chef frequently opens the kitchen to kids for an hour of hands-on cooking.

Activities

In the summer, the Woodstock Country Club offers a 18-hole golf course. Near the resort, vacationers can enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, shopping, horseback riding and fishing. A shuttle van connects the main building with the Health & Fitness Center, the Touring Center and Suicide Six.

A Culinary Getaway

The resort offers several dining options. The elegant setting of the Dining Room is perfect for a romantic getaway or a special celebration. The Dining Room boasts a AAA Four Diamond rating and offers an innovative menu of classic American and New England cuisine. Candlelight and soft music create quite a romantic setting. Reservations are required (802-457-1100).

Richardson's Tavern is another good choice, featuring live music presented by Woodstock's local musicians. The tavern is decorated with rich paneling which creates classic old-world atmosphere.

If you want a casual meal, visit the Eagle Cafe, open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is a family favorite with a menu of soups, salads, sandwiches and children's dishes.



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Weddings

Because of its beautiful setting, the resort is an ideal wedding travel spot. The resort offers several facilities which can be rented for a wedding reception. Choose from the Woodstock Ballroom which can host groups up to 225 or try more relaxed setting of the Woodstock Country Club, the Garden Terrace or the Dining Room.

The inn can arrange a full banquet service, whether you want a seated dinner or a buffet. The classic Wedding Cake is also provided.

Plan This Trip:

The hotel is located 260 miles from New York City, 150 miles from Boston and 90 miles from Burlington. Daily air service from Boston and New York City is available to Lebanon, New Hampshire, 15 miles from Woodstock.

Room rates from $260 per night. Look for golf, spa and other offers.

Location: Fourteen The Green , Woodstock , Vermont , United States , 800-448-7900, 802-457-1100