9 Things to Love About the Woodstock Inn & Resort
Embarking on an extensive refurbishment, the Woodstock Inn & Resort is now more magnificent than ever. The lobby, first-floor public spaces and the entryway are all complete. Within the next few years, all of the 142 guest rooms will also be redone. Using a mix of classic Federal design combined with modern amenities the hotel feels fresh yet stays true to its roots.
Everything in the lobby, with the exception of the oversized wood burning fireplace, has been renovated. Now with more of a living room feel, guests will find ample seating areas with thoughtfully placed furnishings. Many of the pieces are made by Vermont-based furniture maker Shackleton Thomas. Additionally, much of the accent decor comes from renowned glass blower Simon Pearce and Farmhouse Pottery. In the lobby and throughout the Inn, you will find pieces from the private collection of the founders Laurance and Mary Rockefeller.
Most noteworthy, to create more space to welcome guests, the reception area has been expanded and moved to the periphery of the Lobby. With this new concierge-style check-in, guests can sit with a staff member to have their questions answered, make dinner reservations or spa appointments.
Just adjacent to the lobby, the intimate library has also been updated. It is cozy and inviting and likely to be the type of room you’ll want to linger in. It is perfect for reading a book or playing a game. There are several chess and checkers tables plus a rotating puzzle table.
In this room, as well as throughout the hotel, 95% of artwork on the walls are from the Rockefeller’s private collection. The curio cabinet holds a collection of items from the Rock Resorts, a hotel brand started by Laurance Rockefeller in the 1950s.
Room choices at the Woodstock Inn & Resort are plentiful. I prefer to stay in one of the Tavern Fireplace rooms because what’s not to love about a real wood burning fireplace at the foot of your bed? I am also in love with their bathrooms. They are classically finished with subway tile, marble, chrome accents and have ample space.
There are six new Legacy Suites. These are inspired by the Rockefellers and other prominent Woodstock area residents. The Laurance Rockefeller’s Suite is the largest with three rooms and tells his life story. Mary Rockefeller’s is more feminine and finished in a softer palette.
The twelve rooms in The Woodstock Collection are a completely new category of rooms. The decor is inspired by the environment and activities found surrounding the resort. The rooms are spread out throughout the hotel and tell their own story. The design and furnishings reflect local themes such as golf, flowers, anglers and alpine skiing.
I have yet to stay at the resort with my dog but he would be welcome in any of the six garden level pet-friendly rooms. Believe it or not, because guests can leave their pet in the room alone they can enjoy eating at one of the restaurants. A welcomed perk for those who travel with their four-legged friends.
While the town of Woodstock is brimming with fabulous restaurants you’d be remiss not to eat at one of the Woodstock Inn & Resort’s four restaurants. Many of the fresh ingredients the executive chefs use come right from the resort’s own organic Kelly Way Gardens. You will find oven roasted heirloom tomatoes and baby beets paired with local Vermont cheeses and New England seafood. Be sure to make a reservation at the Red Rooster for a special evening out.
One of my favorite places within the Woodstock Inn & Resort is the spa. I love the modern, minimalist design of the sunlit and serene spaces. Even while you are inside, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped outdoors to soak up the natural beauty of Vermont. You might want to spend all day curled up in the Great Room cozied up by the shaker wood stove. Order handcrafted cocktails, wines by the glass or a small bit to eat to be delivered right to your favorite spot in the spa.
Right off the Great Room is a secluded four-season courtyard that houses a large coed whirlpool and Scandinavian cedar sauna. Radiant heated floors keep your feet toasty out there even in the winter months.
The spa prides itself on using only organic products that are free from dyes and paraben. I suggest indulging in the Body Back Melt Therapy or their 100-minute signature treatment.
Every morning pop into the sunlit conservatory for fresh complimentary coffee and tea. It is the perfect spot to read the paper, plan the day or just relax with your morning cup of joe. Be sure to come back in the afternoon for tea and homemade cookies.
The Game Room
The game room has a nice mix of old-fashioned and present-day entertainment. You will find retro pinball machines, tabletop shuffleboard, a pool table as well as oversized board games like Scrabble and checkers. In addition to these traditional games, there are plenty of flat screen TVs for watching sports or playing video games. You might have a hard time tearing yourself away from all of the wall-to-wall entertainment.
The Athletic Club
Just a quick drive or shuttle ride from the main inn, the Woodstock Athletic Club houses a new pilates studio, new bike studio, huge Indoor Pool, gym and ten tennis courts. Right down the road, guests also have access to the Woodstock Country Club. This Robert Trent Jones, Sr. golf course has been ranked as the number one golf course in New England by Golf Advisor.
I love a hotel that offers the use of free bikes. It is a great way to get out and explore the local area. The Woodstock Inn & Resort has complimentary cruiser bikes available for guests to use. They are perfect for pedaling through the picturesque town of Woodstock. Mountain and Fat bikes are available to rent at the Athletic Club.
This well-rounded resort is a wonderful respite in Vermont for families, couples, and friends. I think you will find yourself wanted to return year after year. I know I do.
Disclosure: Complimentary accommodations and some meals were provided by the Woodstock Inn & Resort. No other compensation was received for this review. This post reflects the honest opinion of my experience without outside influence.