The Shire Woodstock
What We Love
- A cozy riverfront stay in one of Condé Nast Traveler’s Most Beautiful Small Towns in AmericaBeing within walking distance of the first national park in Vermont
- Wandering around one of Condé Nast Traveler’s Most Beautiful Small Towns in America in 2016
- Taking in the local art on display, as well as the river view from your room
What To Know
- Family rooms come with bunk beds for the kids (or kids at heart)
- There's plenty to see and do in the area, including the Woodstock Farmers' Market, Quechee Gorge State Park, and the Killington Gondola
- Free WiFi
Escape to the hills and woods of Woodstock, one of Vermont’s most iconic towns. Regardless of when you visit, there’s no denying that this is a spectacular part of the country and that it pairs gorgeously with the traditional New England aesthetic. Built in 1963, The Shire Woodstock is part of the fabric of local culture, and also reflects the majestic, rustic setting. You’ll find works by local artists, as well as rooms with river vistas – and it all comes with a commitment to sustainability that’s been approved by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, in a gesture of respect to surrounding nature.
Pay tribute to nature yourself, by setting out from this Migis Hotel Group getaway and exploring it. Discover the aforementioned Ottauquechee, whether to see the leaves changing in fall, the snow falling in winter or the flowers blooming on the riverbanks in spring and summer. Mount Ascutney is less than an hour away, for prime hiking, with the Suicide Six ski trails less than 15 minutes – and if you’d like a stroll around the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Farm Museum, the first national park in Vermont, it’s so close that you can view it from The Shire’s grounds.
Your room is comfortable and modern. It offers a Wi-Fi connection, coffee and tea facilities and a convenient refrigerator – not to mention, a beautiful river view.
The quintessential Vermont village, one of Condé Nast Traveler’s Most Beautiful Small Towns in America in 2016, Woodstock is postcard-perfect as they come, with covered bridges, a river and gorge, a “farm museum” national park and a perfect countryside. Local boutiques, general stores, art galleries and bookstores line the streets, making for lovely scenic strolls. There are also breweries, farms and the Dartmouth College campus nearby, plus the glass-blowing facilities of renowned Simon Pearce.
How to Get There
I absolutely enjoyed my stay here with my boyfriend this past September. It was our first time in Woodstock and we were looking for a convenient location and the Shire is perfectly located near the center of town. There is a grocery store right across the street for any last minute things I needed. The front desk was extremely friendly and even upgraded us to a corner king suite on the first floor. When we arrived at our room, THE VIEW WAS INCREDIBLE. The fog rolling in along the river with double sided windows was so beautiful. The place was very quiet and the beds were also quite nice. The bathroom could use a bit of updating but overall, everything was great. I especially loved the free coffee and tea on the upper porch in the mornings and the open space along the back of the place along the river with Adirondack chairs. Loved our stay and look forward to coming back!
We stayed here as we took a driving tour of the area. We found the bed to be saggy, the room decor needs a remodel. Fixtures looked and felt worn. Even the clerk who checked us in seemed disinterested. The location was great. There are other places in town that we would have selected had we known what we know now.
The location of this motel is fabulous--you can walk anywhere. The river in back is beautiful. The room was clean and the beds comfy. However, there were several things that made my stay aggravating. First, the number of parking spaces are fewer than the number of cars that need to be accommodated. The front desk person leaves at 8PM, so we had to go into our room to find a number to call on a dark, rainy night to find out what to do with our car. You couldn't have told us in the literature that we could park across the street in the grocery lot when the lot is full? Second, there is no coffee machine in the room even though it says there's coffee service. There is one machine upstairs that dispenses VERY bad coffee when it's working. Which it refused to do yesterday afternoon AND this morning. When that happens to you, or even if it doesn't, there is even better coffee at the grocery across the street. In addition, there are no extra blankets in the room, or even a notice or bag for dirty laundry. For what we paid, I expected more than what we got.