Honeymoon Hotspot: Woodstock, VT

Woodstock, Vermont is a quaint, historic town in the heart of New England. Beautiful at any time of the year, it is especially stunning during the fall season. Known for its picturesque foliage, outdoor recreation, and charming downtown, Woodstock is a romantic honeymoon destination where you are guaranteed to fall in love with your sweetheart all over again.

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Although you can find plenty of chain hotels in the area, we recommend the whimsical inns that embody the New England spirit. In Woodstock you will find the only premier 5 star experience in Vermont at Twin Farms, an all-inclusive inn and resort. Located on 300 acres, this adult only resort provides luxurious cottages, a private art collection, customized meals with farm-to-table dinners, and a plethora of outdoor activities and spa treatments with all natural organic ingredients.  Alternatively, if you and your hubby want the 5 star experience without breaking the bank, then check out Woodstock Inn and Resort or The Village Inn of Woodstock. Both provide spa services and access to Woodstock Country Club, so you can relax with a facial while your husband enjoys a round of golf. If conservation and green energy appeals to you, as it does greatly to the citizens of Vermont, try The Shire, a Green Hotel deemed by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Small Business Development Center. It provides stunning views of the Ottauquechee River and Billings Farm and Museum, where you can sample cheeses, pick apples, learn about historic Vermont farming practices, and take candid pictures with their adorable Jersey dairy cows.

 

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Woodstock is an outstanding destination for couples seeking outdoor adventure on their honeymoon. The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is decorated by iconic sugar maples and 400 year-old hemlocks, and boasts a full range of activities such as hiking, kayaking, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing if winter makes an early appearance. Here, you are guaranteed the most romantic backdrop of colorful mountains for photos of you and your partner.

If you have access to a car, we highly recommend checking out three of Vermont’s covered bridges, all located right in Woodstock! The Lincoln Bridge (1877), Taftsville Bridge (1836), and Middle Bridge (1969) are quaint, historic, and a perfect pitstop on an mid-morning drive. After your drive, head to Sugarbush Cheese and Maple Farm to learn about and sample Vermont’s most important agricultural products-- maple syrup and cheese (yum!). Then walk off your full stomach on the farm’s nature trail through the gorgeous sugar maple woods and reflect on your wedding in their charming chapel.

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image source: billings farm

Your Woodstock honeymoon would not be complete without a little souvenir shopping. Shop along historic downtown village, which is lined with locally owned antique stores, boutiques, and art galleries. Get lost in Vermont’s oldest independent bookshop, Yankee Bookshop (est. 1935), to find a good read or unique gifts. Then step back in time at F.H. Gillingham and Sons (est. 1886), a family owned general store that exudes tradition and charm.

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Wind down after a day of adventure at one of Woodstock’s award winning restaurants. The Prince & the Pauper is one of Vermont’s finest restaurants and conveniently located in the downtown village. It offers a prix fixe dinner menu that changes daily, and a dessert menu you must save room for. Located at the Woodstock Inn and Resort is The Red Rooster, a AAA Four Diamond Award winning restaurant. It features fresh, local ingredients and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so there are plenty of opportunities to try out their outstanding menus.

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This historic town is the charismatic, private getaway anyone could ask for in a honeymoon. The fall foliage is exquisite and iconic, and the abundance of activitiesare sure to bring you and your love excitement and happiness as you begin your lives together!

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image source: abbie matt

The Perfect New England Fall Wedding

The Perfect New England Fall Wedding 

 

We are in L-O-V-E with Lindsay & Tyler's beautiful New England wedding. The perfection of this day is found in the elegance of this couple and their warm and inviting style. 

We were lucky enough ask Lindsay about her wedding planning process and how it all came together.

 

 

 

What area of your wedding did the bulk of your budget go to? Landscaping my parents yard and creating a large level space for the tent were definitely the most costly. (Is there an up-charge for wedding dirt?) My dress was a big ticket item and I probably spent more of the budget on flowers than most people do. I love love love flowers and my florist was wonderful. Annmary of Dandelions spent hours meeting with me and asking questions to ensure she understood exactly what I liked and was looking for.
 

 

Where did you get your inspiration for your wedding? We love living in New England and wanted to celebrate fall in New England. My aunts made pies and we served Vermont cheddar cheese from the Boston farmer's market. The wedding was at my parents' home in the hill towns. We embraced the firewood piles and my dad built a pallet bar for the reception along with a birch arch for the ceremony. Our guests "camped" at the AMC, and we gave them cider donuts, maple syrup from our favorite farm in Granville, and local honey from a beekeeper we met at the fair! We used family china I collected from our mothers, grandmothers, and aunts. I didn't want my wedding to look like a Thanksgiving table so I used white pumpkins, peach flowers, gourds, blue hubbard squash, rust colored mums, sage colored succulents, herbs, eucalyptus, and gold stripes.

Did you hire a wedding planner? If so, how did they help? I hired Tanya Costigan Events for month of and day of service.  Her team was integral to day of set up. I had spent a year choosing the table settings and she made sure it was perfect on the wedding day. She also was a knowledgeable resource and suggested Classical Tents & Party Goods for rustic rentals.

What is your best advice for future brides and grooms on their big day? Include the traditions, moments, and decorations that are important or sound fun to you and skip what's not!

What moment do you cherish the most about your wedding day? The cocktail hour! (Ours was an hour and a half and we were there for every minute of it!) We did wedding party and first look photos ahead of time as suggested by Andrea York Photography and cocktail hour was the most unscripted and natural period of the day. We could start celebrating, visit with our friends and family, and enjoy drinks and our favorite band with our guests.