Art Gallery at Simon Pearce
Our art gallery, in partnership with glassmaker Simon Pearce in Quechee, Vermont, is where we feature paintings, sculpture, and ceramics. We show a selection of my oil paintings as well as bronze sculptures by Peter France, sculptural vessels by Stephen Procter, and ceramics by Lori Pease. We also have a small bookstore where we sell art books, journals, and notecards that we produce.
Visitors to our art gallery often ask us where to get a good cup of coffee, where to go for a nice walk, where to have the best lunch, where to find interesting things to see, where to shop for local artisans’ work, or where to have the most delicious dinner. There are plenty of wonderful opportunities in the area, but I start by offering my short list of favorite places in Woodstock and Quechee.
Watch glassblowers make functional glassware at the workshop in an old mill. Upstairs is a store where Pearce’s designs are attractively displayed, and in the same building take a seat at the bar or dine in the restaurant over the river.
1760 Quechee Main Street, Quechee
Andrew Pearce Bowls
Visit the workshop store featuring a fine selection of handcrafted, functional, wooden bowls, plates, and boards made from single pieces of locally-sourced black walnut or cherry hardwood.
59 Woodstock Road, Hartland (between Quechee and Woodstock)
Take a gentle walk along Woodstock’s downtown Bond Street, Pleasant Street, Elm Street, River Street, Mountain Avenue, and The Green to explore this sensitively-preserved New England village and its historic civic and domestic architecture, covered bridge, and beautiful flower gardens.
Tour the Mansion—a former private home—and its outstanding art collection or relax outside in the formal gardens. For stunning views of the countryside, hike the gentle trails on Mount Tom at this inspiring national historical park.
54 Elm Street, Woodstock
Billings Farm & Museum
This working farm—home to a fine herd of Jersey cows, draft horses, heritage-breed chickens, Southdown sheep, and Berkshire pigs—also includes a museum in renovated barns that focuses on Vermont’s rural and agricultural heritage.
69 Old River Road, Woodstock
Slow down and relax to peruse the lovingly curated selection of books in Vermont’s oldest, continuously operated bookshop, featuring bestsellers, new releases, indie bestsellers, staff recommendations, and children’s books.
12 Central Street, Woodstock
Woodstock Farmers’ Market
An indoor/outdoor market that offers fresh produce, meats, cheese, and local specialty food products, as well as prepared breakfasts, sandwiches, salads, dinners, beer and wine, and seasonal garden plants and flowers.
979 West Woodstock Road, Woodstock
Dinner at this intimate twenty-two-seat restaurant features a fresh, creative cuisine that changes weekly throughout the year. The wine list is personal and innovative. Beers and cocktails also change with the taste of the seasons.
61 Central Street, Woodstock
Kedron Valley Inn
Stay in this elegant, classic country inn, infused with modern comfort, or dine at the Ransom Tavern, which serves traditional Neapolitan-style pizza, and visit their Country Store next door for local goods or lunch in the cozy cafe.
4778 South Road, South Woodstock
A popular bar for locals and visitors, serving a wide selection of craft beers— including many local favorites from Vermont on tap, from the bottle, and the can—also offers tasty burgers, mac and cheese, steak fries, and salads.
442 Woodstock Road, Woodstock
Mon Vert Cafe
For a relaxing cup coffee, breakfast, lunch, late afternoon tea, or a glass of wine, this casual hotspot provides fresh wholesome food, a menu that children will also love, and friendly dogs on leashes are welcome on the terrace.
28 Central Street, Woodstock