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
We had a great off-season stay at this hotel. They gave us a nice King room at the back of the property (quiet) with a spectacular view of the river, Billings Farm and the rugged woody hills. The view made it really special, and we were so glad they gave us TWO comfortable chairs to sit and relax together. They also had a free coffee/tea machine for guests in the hallway. (Our only complaint was that lighting was not good for reading.) This hotel is easy walking distance from the historic and quaint Woodstock village, very short drive to Billings Farm and Rockefeller mansion, and we also checked out Sugarbush Farm--about 6 miles--which was just beginning their maple sugaring operation. We would consider returning to this hotel any season!
Waking up to 8 degree temps, we were toasty warm with our gas fireplace in a clean and comfortable room. The view of the river outside our room was breathtaking with the ice piled up and the snowy fields and hills. In the summer, the deck would be a great place for coffee. Shops and restaurants (and a grocery store) were conveniently in easy walking distance. The coffee/tea maker were downstairs - the only inconvenience in an otherwise, good value place to stay.
The Shire has become our go to spot whenever visiting central Vermont, especially during ski season. To me this is one of the best value hotels in VT period. Even during peak periods the Shire offers more for the money than many of the other lodging options in the area.
It may look like a typical motel if you're driving by but don't be fooled. Rooms are modernized, immaculately clean and spacious for a very fair rate. The service has always been friendly and accommodating. Restaurants and activities in both Woodstock and Quechee are just a short ride away. Both Killington and Okemo are an easy 30 minute drive to the west or south.
We will be back again soon!
We've stayed in worse and we've stayed in much better. I will say that The Shire was very convenient to downtown Woodstock. It was too cold to walk to dinner Friday night when we arrived but we walked to breakfast Saturday morning. I just was not impressed with our room at all; it was very old and dingy - not at all like the photos on their website, it was clear that we were not staying in a recently remodeled room. The room was spot clean but their were cobwebs in the corners of the bathroom (which was tiny) and it definitely needed a paint job. I was nervous when we arrived and walked into their office to check-in - it wasn't any bigger than a walk-in closet and just was not welcoming at all; neither was the gentleman working there.
Our room was around the back of the hotel and we had to go down stairs that were outside to get to our room. The stairs were EXTREMELY icy and slippery. That was an accident waiting to happen and if someone had fallen, they surely would have gotten hurt. I just was not impressed and we won't stay there again.
The Shire is a great location for a winter adventure. Walking distance to Woodstock restaurants/bars, 30 minute drive to Killington, and less than an hour drive to a number of other mountains if you want to bounce around a bit. The staff was very friendly and they offer discounted Killington lift tickets at the front desk if you don't already have a pass. Despite the extreme cold the room stayed nice and warm.