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48 Hours in Woodstock, Vermont: A New England Fall Story

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Woodstock, VT

“Leaf-Peeping,” as it’s affectionately called, is a New England fall tradition (October 10th is considered the peak color for the  season). But that was really just an excuse to get away for two nights to Woodstock, Vermont. Sampling a dear friend’s substantial culinary output, offset by hiking on her 800 acre property and seeing this well-known area through her eyes was most inviting.

These 48 hour getaways are invaluable – enjoy that shot in the arm guaranteed by a change of scenery, but don’t break much stride in your business and other obligations. Fall is late this year, but there were many views, vistas and appetite-pleasing moments ( at every meal) to make up for the lack of color. May inspiration abound  in designing your fall entertaining menus!

Little Baldy Hill Farm’s oh, so comfortable main house and handsome barn.

Woodstock, VT
Property of Private Newport
Woodstock, VT
Property of Private Newport

All menus for our stay gave a nod to Vermont. Simon Pearce’s Butternut Squash Bisque (see recipe at end of story) greeted us upon arrival for lunch, accompanied by Vermont cheese and vegetable paninis. Quite a successful pairing!

Woodstock, VT
Property of Private Newport

What a stellar show for the cocktail hour!

Woodstock, VT
Property of Private Newport

Happy campers – and the first fire of the season.

Woodstock, VT
Property of Private Newport

My favorite chair! What a clever and tasteful way to add a bit of panache to a mountain house. Everything was homemade – even the paté and pan-seared toast.

A little mail order treasure arrived, straight from London, as we were gathering in the kitchen. With a name like Purdey, you know it has to be good…but who knew they had such luscious cashmere & silk challis scarves?

Woodstock, VT
Property of Private Newport

Off one day to visit the  centerpiece of Woodstock, the Simon Pearce shop, glass blowing workrooms and restaurant; Swiss chard is the centerpiece in an effective as well as serviceable series of planting beds bordering their wonderful old  mill building.

Woodstock, VT
Property of Private Newport

Fascinating to watch…and all about team effort and split-second timing.

Woodstock, VT
Property of Private Newport

Why not?! Blown glass beer taps from their studios.

Woodstock, VT
Property of Private Newport

The highlight for me at the Simon Pearce “mill” is the restaurant (cantilevered over the falls) and  the menu that is comprised of farm-to-table ingredients!

Photo Credit: Simon Pearce
Photo Credit: Simon Pearce Restaurant

What I wouldn’t give to be having this tonight for dinner! Succulent, cooked-just-right salmon with a melange of fall vegetables and cranberries  accompanied by a beurre blanc sauce.

Woodstock, VT
Property of Private Newport

A long-anticipated morning hike over hill and dale, with camera-ready images at every turn; no tree “dances” quite so gracefully, or looks so good doing it, as Vermont  birches.

Woodstock, VT
Property of Private Newport

Woodland vignettes – moss covered stone walls (Woodstock was originally all about growing sheep) and wood mushrooms on birch branches.

Woodstock, VT
Property of Private Newport
Woodstock, VT
Property of Private Newport

Young alpacas adding their touch of humor to the scenery.

Woodstock, VT
Property of Private Newport

A treat awaiting us on our last afternoon…Burdick’s of Boston gives new meaning to  hot chocolate — dense, rich, thick and velvety served with fluffy marshmallow “pumpkins.”

Woodstock, VT
Property of Private Newport

The unforgettable entreé  of our last night – Ina Garten’s “Roast Chicken with Bread (cooked in a cast iron skillet in the oven…notice the crispy croutons?) and Arugula Salad.”

Woodstock, VT
Property of Private Newport

My hostess’s signature dessert, to celebrate our last night.  A 20-layer cake with chantilly cream, garnished with raspberry coulis. Really…it is 20-layers!

Woodstock, VT
Property of Private Newport

Butternut Squash Bisque

Created by Simon Pearce Restaurant

Ingredients
1 large butternut squash – peeled, seeded and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 large onion – peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
8 cups of water
8 oz unsalted butter
1 cup cream
1 cup apple cider
1/2 cup Vermont maple syrup
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Directions
Combine the butternut squash, onion and water in a sauce pot.
Place over medium high heat and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer until just tender.
Drain the water from the butternut squash and onions.
Place the butternut squash in the blender.
Then add the remaining ingredients and blend the mixture well.


 

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10 thoughts on “48 Hours in Woodstock, Vermont: A New England Fall Story

  1. Bettie what a fun getaway for Autumn. So much beauty in the surroundings, delicious food and I still cannot get over the 20 layer cake!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    India Hicks Style

  2. Bettie! What a SUPERB story! The pictures had everything, food, wood landscapes, that house! …restaurants, glass blowing, food, design, animals how I loved the Alpacas , did I mention the mouth watering FOOD?…I dare you to make that CAKE …..Great images of Fall to envy for us stranded in Palm Beach …keep up your enhanting work!

  3. Bettie, this reminds me of Dartmouth football weekends and visiting VT. Simon Pierce was always a must! Thank you for sharing these special places you visit which bring back many happy memories for me and others!
    Fondly, Cecile

    1. Aaaah Dartmouth…and what a resourece Simon Pearce is. I’d rush back there in a minute for one of their meals if it weren’t a 4 hour drive. Happy fall, my dear, xo B.

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