Travel News: The Woodstock Inn & Resort Kicks-Off the Holiday Season with Wassail Weekend

Wassail Weekend
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Exciting travel news for the holiday season with the annual Wassail Weekend festival. From December 9-11, 2016 the entire town of Woodstock, Vermont will in the holiday spirit to celebrate one of the top 10 winter events in Vermont. To plan your getaway to check out the festival, the Woodstock Inn & Resort is offering a special package for the Wassail Celebration Feast.

The resort’s Wassail Weekend package is available December 9-11, 2016 and includes:

Luxury accommodations for two nights
Admission to the Saturday evening Wassail Celebration Feast
A special edition Wassail Candle from Farmhouse Pottery
Package rate starts at $805 per couple

Wassail Weekend at the Woodstock Inn and Resort in Vermont
Photo credit: Skye Reno

Wassail Weekend at the Woodstock Inn and Resort in Vermont

The centerpiece of the historic holiday revelry is the 32nd Annual Equestrian Parade on Saturday with more than 50 horses and riders will be dressed in holiday costumes and period dress from the early 19th century. The best location to watch the parade is right outside the Woodstock Inn & Resort on the village green.

On Saturday evening at 5:30pm the Woodstock Inn & Resort will host a Wassail Feast with menu items such as ale cured smoked salmon, Yorkshire pudding, and salt, rosemary and garlic crusted prime rib of beef. Dessert options include a traditional Christmas Yule Log cake, pumpkin bread pudding and a holiday cranberry tart.

Additionally, Woodstock’s most charming and historic houses open their doors for visitors to experience New England hospitality and holiday decorations during the Holiday House Tour, sponsored by Pentangle Arts, on Saturday, December 10, from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Guests can add the home tours to their weekend at a cost of $30 per person.

Another local holiday favorite is the enchanting family-friendly performance of Irish Christmas in America, presented by Pentangle Arts, that evokes the Christmas spirit through lively music and Irish dancing. Performed at The Town Hall theater on Saturday, December 10 at 8:00pm, the cost is $35 per person and may also be added to the Wassail package at the resort.

Nearby Billings Farm & Museum, where entry is free to guests of The Woodstock Inn & Resort, will showcase Vermont life as it was during the 19th century including tours of an authentically decorated 1890 Farm House, traditional music, and horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides. Visitors can also make a historic ornament as a memento. Shops in the Village of Woodstock are often open late, providing guests an ample opportunity to finish last-minute holiday shopping.

Along with the Wassail Weekend activities, the Woodstock Inn & Resort provides visitors with a number of indoor and outdoor recreational and dining options. New England Falconry at Woodstock Inn & Resort grants guests front-row access to fascinating birds of prey while The Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Program showcases central Vermont’s picturesque streams and lakes.

Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the hiking and biking trails nearby where they can rent mountain bikes from the Woodstock Athletic Club. There are also complimentary cruiser bikes available for a leisurely cruise through town. Snow-centered pursuits include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat tire biking at the Tubbs Snowshoes & Nordic Adventure Center.

Additional resort amenities are the 10,000 square-foot LEED-designed spa offering a nature-inspired ambiance for nourishing treatments with organic products. The Woodstock Athletic Club is a complete facility with indoor and outdoor tennis courts, racquetball courts, a 30-by-60 foot heated indoor lap pool, a whirlpool, workout equipment and steam and sauna rooms. Culinary offerings include The Red Rooster for fine dining with an emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients, and Richardson’s Tavern for a cozy, old-world atmosphere.

A two night minimum stay is required. Rates do not include applicable rooms and meals tax and a $30 per day resort fee (also subject to VT state rooms tax). Other restrictions may apply.

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