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Woodstock, Vermont Inns Committing Nearly
$2 million to Improvements


WOODSTOCK, VT, May 2004 -- An estimated $1.7 million is being lavished on lodging accommodations in the greater Woodstock, VT, region in preparation for the upcoming warm-weather season that extends traditionally from mid May to end October, reports says Dave Murison, Executive Director of the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce (

"The appeal of Woodstock and environs continues to be world-class scenery and our well-preserved village; but we're not resting on our laurels, we're planting, painting and buffing them," Murison says.

Look for, among others, all members of the Association of Woodstock Area Inns and Bed & Breakfasts:

  • a $20,000 amelioration of Applebutter Inn's gardens
  • a $25,000 family suite with kitchen, at Shepherd's Hill Farm
  • an up to $450,000 interior restoration of the Village Inn including period (late Victorian) custom carpeting, wallpaper, marble baths and new suite
  • a general polishing and new kitchen for $75,000 at Quechee Inn at Marshland Farms
  • a $16,000 expenditure at  Deerbrook Inn for an outdoor dining patio, linen upgrades and a hand-printed wall paper featured in May's Country Living magazine
  • a $6,000 commitment to two acres of landscaped perennial and natural gardens at The Fan House
  • a $3,000 focus on gardens and miscellany at the Ardmore Inn
  • a $1 million buffing of the Woodstock Inn's resort complex
  • a $5,000 polishing of decor and installation of in-room gas-powered fireplaces at Winslow House
  • and a $100,000 program to add a state-of-the-art corporate meeting room to the Jackson House Inn & Restaurant where Chef  Elliott Bowles is one of Food & Wine Magazine’s “Best New Chefs in America” for 2004.
Dowtown Woodstock remains an endangered species among small town America as, to date, it discourages the presence of chain retail outlets and restaurants, preserving, instead, a community of family-owned-and-operated businesses that engage the players in local schools, the arts and overall concern for Woodstock’s well being.

The town is bracketed by such concerns as internationally renowned furniture maker Charles Shackleton who, with his wife, the potter Miranda Thomas, are housed in the historic Bridgewater Mill, and by Simon Pearce in nearby Queeche, where glass blowing amuses visitors in another historic brick mill edifice. Up the hill in South Woodstock is Star Hill Dairy that produces the only buffalo mozzarella outside of Italy, and the Green Mountain Horse Assn. that hosts world-class equine events in the summer months.

Woodstock, 10 miles off of I89 on Vermont Rt. 4, is designated one North America’s prettiest towns thanks, in part, to an aesthetic sensibility that years ago sent power and telephone lines underground and to a civic pride that cherishes its historic buildings and nearly 250-year history. 

Woodstock Chamber of Commerce
Also See: Chef Graham Elliot Bowles of The Jackson House Inn & Restaurant Named One of the 'Top 10 Best New Chefs in America' by Food & Wine Magazine / April 2004
Furniture Maker and Master Potter Combine to Create Unique Suite at the Jackson House Inn in Woodstock, Vermont / June 2002

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