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
The title of my review pretty much sums up our recent 2 night stay. Our room had a great view of the river with two comfortable armchairs to sit in while watching it and the birds and ducks. It rained much of the time we were there, but in nice weather there are steps to a path on the river bank. It was easy walking distance to downtown.
We were traveling to Vermont on business and had stayed here several years ago, so we had made a reservation for one night. We encountered some severe thunderstorms with hail along the way which threw us behind our arrival time. They called us when their office was closing to graciously make arrangements for our late arrival. Our room, #218, was fantastic and a welcome port in the storm. Not only was the bed, from the estate of Charles Bronson, extraordinarily comfortable, but the room was very clean, and best yet, overlooks the river and adjacent fields. We fell asleep to the sound of rain and rushing water and awoke to birdsong and sunshine. Thanks to everyone at The Shire for another wonderful stay!
When you need peace and quiet, a jacuzzi tub and fireplace, a room with a view, and a comfortable bed, look no further. The Shire has a few to choose from. That’s why my husband and I make it our destination. We have been enjoying the Shire for the last 16 years.
We have been so very pleased, each visit, with our all-around hotel experience at The Shire Woodstock. The rooms are all recently and beautifully renovated, VERY clean and the staff is so very friendly, helpful, welcoming and will go out of there way to make your experience at The Shire, top notch! The hotel is VERY dog friendly, which is great!! The views of the Ottaqueechee River and Billings Farm and the Vermont countryside from our room were outstanding! It's a short walk from the The Shire in to the beautiful town of Woodstock so everything is very accessible from its location. We look forward to coming back to Woodstock and staying at The Shire Woodstock again and again!
Great view of river and mountains. Large rooms with comfortable bed and pillows. Friendly staff that are more than helpful with any questions you may have. We were pleasantly surprised. More than met my expectations! When we are in or near the Woodstock, VT area...this is the place to stay.
See you next time!