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.
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Great curb appeal. Looks great from outside. Walking distance to town. Large room, comfortable bed and linens but I Felt like I was back at my grandparents house in the 1990s. Textured ceilings, dark carpet (sorry but I hate carpet), tiny tv mounted to wall, outdated furniture. Absolutely gorgeous view of the river behind property but nothing inviting out there. Just a few chairs and a hammock. No notable amenities but pretty clean. This place could be special but is just ok as is.
The Shire was a great spot -- I stumbled on it mostly because it was much more reasonably priced than other right-in-Woodstock options, and was pleasantly surprised by how much my room lived up to its online description. I had a riverview king, which included a balcony with a small table and rocking chairs (shared with a couple other rooms on the same side, but I never saw anyone else out) overlooking the river below. The room was clean and more than adequate -- plenty of drawer space, armchairs, a gas fireplace, lots of pillows. The mattress was average, as was the bathroom (quite clean, though). WiFi was free and fast. Toiletries were nice. This is not the most modern, fanciest hotel you will ever stay in, but its location is absolutely fantastic -- you're right in the heart of the main drag of Woodstock and can walk to anything (restaurants, book stores, shops, etc.) and the price was more than fair. Very responsive management, too! Highly recommend and would definitely stay here again on return trips.
We had a family get together in Woodstock Vermont and stayed at the Shire. The staff is friendly, helpful, courteous. The rooms wa spotless, very clean, and the atmosphere of the Shire made you feel at home. The town is a short walk away. Overall, beautiful little town and the Shire just complimented the Family get together.
Very nice place to stay. Our building and room newly renovated. Very quiet, nice views from balcony. The walk to town was only ten minutes along tree lined sidewalks. Staff was excellent and housekeeper kept our room clean and well stocked with soap and shampoo.
Will definitely be going back.
The motel was spotless, modern, and comfortable. Loved having rocking chairs in front and on shared balcony in the back. This is like a great motel kicked up several notches, and frankly was still reasonably priced. Centrally located. Absolutely recommend.