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1. 506 On the River Inn

The homemade quiche served at the antique-filled bistro (that huge wooden bar with its multiple drawers brings to mind an old apothecary) will give you an excellent reason to get out of bed. (Book the penthouse suite and sink into its deep bathtub, which offers a view of the Ottauquechee River.) Work off your breakfast with a few laps in the 65-square-metre indoor pool, ideal for keeping kids occupied on a stormy day, or test your skills at one of the three arcade games in the basement rec room – we reigned supreme in an impromptu pinball tournament.

1653 W. Woodstock Rd., Woodstock, 802-457-5000,

2. Shattuck Observatory

Every Friday night, students and professors of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College (30 minutes from Woodstock) host a public star-gazing evening. At 8 p.m. (weather permitting), head to the North Telescope located behind the Shattuck Observatory, a silver-domed complex built in 1854. For two hours, ogle at different galaxies, nebulae and celestial bodies, depending on the time of year.

Observatory Rd., Hanover, New Hampshire, 603-646-9100,

3. Plymouth Artisan Cheese

Take a bite out of America’s culinary past at this cheese factory where the production method has been the same since 1890 (it consists of dipping raw-milk cheese in wax). Sample the yield at the counter (we’re partial to the firm and buttery Original Plymouth), and then explore the upper floor of the building, constructed by the father of the 30th American president, Calvin Coolidge, where churns from the era are on display.

106 Messer Hill Rd., Plymouth Notch, 802-672-3650,

Simon Pearce

Photo: Simon Pearce

4. Simon Pearce

Simon Pearce is to blown-glass what Marc Jacobs is to American fashion, and his flagship – a three-level industrial-style complex – sells pitchers, candlesticks and other decorative pieces. Start in the basement, where you can see the artisans sweat it out at the furnaces, then head up to the restaurant. At a table overlooking the Quechee covered bridge, savour pumpkin tagliatelle – served in tableware created on-site, of course.

1760 Quechee Main St., Quechee 802-295-2711,

5. Farmhouse Pottery

In this workshop-boutique that looks as though it was pulled from a Pinterest board, couple Zoe and James Zilian make minimalist pottery, some of which is available at Anthropologie. Browse the selection of plates, vases and utensils while watching the potters at work in the adjacent studio. Pottery lovers (or fans of the movie Ghost) can register for Wine, Cheese & Mud, a two-person workshop.

1837 W. Woodstock Rd., Woodstock, 802-774-8373,

Vermont food

3 More places to get a taste of Vermont

In the buzzing dining room of Worthy Kitchen, wash down your roasted pork chop with a Vermont microbrew, like the refreshing Green State lager from Zero Gravity.

442 E. Woodstock Rd. Woodstock, 802-457-7281,


Take a break at Mon Vert with a Devil on Horseback, an organic multigrain panini with date and walnut spread, bacon and Vermont Creamery goat cheese.

67 Central St., Woodstock, 802-457-7143,


Raise a glass at Silo, a farm-to-bottle distillery that produces vodka, gin and whisky from Vermont-grown grains. The lavender vodka quickly became our favourite.

3 Artisans Way, Windsor, 802-674-4220,



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