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Woodstock Inn offers ‘Inn-Richment’ Summer, Fall Packages for Nature Lovers and Bakers

June 4, 2012

This summer and fall, The Woodstock Inn & Resort is partnering with two renowned local organizations, the Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences (VINS) and King Arthur Flour to provide hands-on exploration for nature lovers and bakers.

President and General Manager Werner Graef linked the new partnerships to the growing trend of experiential travel, a cornerstone of the Woodstock Inn and Resort since its inception in 1793, and supported by a travel trends report in April of this year by Forbes magazine. Indicating travelers are looking for both active vacations and cooking and culinary programs, the report stated, “…travelers are seeking out ways to stay active and healthy on the road, carving out time for bike rides, hiking, and water sports. A cooking class can reflect the spirit of a place that you can recreate yourself when you get home.”

Skilled craftsman at King Arthur Flour offer tips and techniques to visitors with more than 20 classes and demonstrations a month at The Baking Education Center. Guests can fulfill their desires to be a top pastry chef or learn the basics. The facility is located in Norwich, Vermont just 20 minutes from The Inn.

The package includes:

  • One night accommodation for two (weekends may require two night minimum)
  • Country breakfast in the Red Rooster restaurant
  • Choice of a three or four hour baking class at the King Arthur Flour Baking Education Center
  • Midweek and weekend classes are available. Calendar of classes can be found at

Rates start at $397 per room, based on double occupancy excluding applicable taxes, gratuities, and resort fee.

Guests of Woodstock Inn can explore nature at its finest with an outdoor adventure with a guided hike from VINS. The Inn will supply the luxury and VINS will supply the adventure.

The adventure includes:

  • Two nights accommodations for two
  • A complete country breakfast daily
  • A Saturday afternoon guided group hiking tour on Mt. Tom
  • A Wine & Dine Saturday evening at The Inn’s Red Rooster restaurant and discussion of the hike with the guide and other guests.

Dates available in 2012: July 6 – 8, August 3 – 5, September 7 – 9 and October 12 – 14.

Rates start at $802 per room, based on double occupancy excluding applicable taxes, gratuities, and resort fee.

While staying at the Woodstock Inn & Resort visitors can enjoy resort amenities including a 10,000 square-foot LEED-certified spa, offering a nature-inspired ambiance featuring nourishing treatments with organic products. The Racquet & Fitness Club is a complete facility with indoor and outdoor tennis courts, racquetball courts, a 30-by-60 foot indoor lap pool, a whirlpool, workout equipment and steam and sauna rooms.

For those seeking outdoor activities a visit isn’t complete without a round of golf at the 18-hole golf course designed by legendary course architect, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. or a dip in the outdoor pool. Dining options include The Red Rooster, the resort’s award-winning fine dining restaurant which emphasizes a menu using fresh, local ingredients sourced from the best purveyors in New England and Richardson’s Tavern which offers a cozy old-world atmosphere with an extensive dinner menu and full bar.

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About The Woodstock Inn & Resort

Located in idyllic Woodstock, Vermont, The Woodstock Inn & Resort defines country sophistication in one of New England’s most charming and popular year-round vacation destinations. The 142-room, AAA Four Diamond Resort and member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, offers award-winning dining in two restaurants, ranked among the finest in New England. The Woodstock Inn & Resort is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc. Proceeds from Resort operations support The Woodstock Foundation and Billings Farm & Museum education and conservation programs.

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August 18, 2010


A blacksmith at Old Bethpage, LI demonstrates the craft; Grafton Forge is offering classes this fall © 2010 Karen Rubin/

Grafton Forge, a regional center for the preservation, promotion and education of the art of blacksmithing is offering two learn to blacksmith programs this fall. One class will be a week-long class in September and the other will be a three consecutive weekend program in November. For those wishing to stay on the premises, a special lodging price is offered at The Old Tavern at Grafton, an historic country inn located steps from Grafton Forge.

Owned by the Windham Foundation and operated by noted blacksmith and educator Adam Howard, Grafton Forge’s mission is to further of the art of blacksmithing and the share its vital role past and present in the daily life, economy and community of Grafton and rural Vermont.

“This season’s class offerings are for the beginner or for those with limited experience,” explained Adam Howard, director of Grafton Forge. “Each student will execute a project of their own design. Classes are small and very hands on.”

The shop is host to visitors from far and near including numerous school groups and others interested in learning about this ancient art and its contemporary applications.

The Old Tavern at Grafton is an historic country inn with 45 rooms including seen suites and four guest houses. The inn is located in the heart of Grafton, Vermont, which has been named one of the 10 most beautiful places in America by USA Magazine.

A week-long Forge Class is being offered September 19-24, 2010, at $600 which Includes lodging at The Old Tavern at Grafton, daily breakfast and daily classes at Grafton Forge (for class only, the program is $300).

Or, you can opt for a Three-consecutive Weekend Forge Class (perfect for locals or weekend warriors) is available weekends: Nov. 6 & 7, 13 & 14 and 19 & 20, 2010, and costs $300 for six days of classes (consecutive weekends). (If you desire lodging, it is $165 per night with a full country breakfast.)

To book, contact: Adam Howard, Grafton Forge, 802-843-1029,

Headquartered in Grafton, Vermont, the Windham Foundation is an operating foundation engaged in philanthropic, charitable and educational activities. Since its inception in 1963, its mission is to promote the vitality of Grafton and Vermont’s rural communities through its philanthropic and educational programs and its subsidiaries whose operations contribute to these endeavors. The Foundation is the owner of Grafton Village Cheese Co., The Old Tavern at Grafton, the Retreat Farm and Grafton Village Nursery.