Many places in Vermont offer a picture postcard view of rural living, but for Inn guests who want a close up look, we recommend a visit to Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock.
The working dairy farm, which opens to visitors for the season on May 1, offers an inside look at the farming process—with a chance to meet a few of the cute cows that make it possible. A restored 1890’s barn on the property now houses exhibits that depict rural farm life of the 19th century. In the Museum’s theater, you can watch the Academy Award nominee film, A Place in the Land, that depicts the story of Billings Farm and the people who shaped it.
Special events are often held at Billings Farm, including Foodways Fridays, held on Fridays throughout the season. These show how the farm uses its seasonal vegetables and herbs in historic recipes. Also on tap is a weekend devoted to sheep sheering and herding, which offers a great chance to watch the farm’s Border Collies at work. A Cheese & Dairy Celebration caps off the month in delicious fashion.
For a special treat, stop by the Dairy Bar where you can buy ice cream, milk and a Farm Picnic lunch of cheese, crackers and fruit. More Vermont products, books and such can be found in the Museum Shop, on the first floor of the entry building. Be sure and check out the shop’s cooler where you’ll find the farm’s very own cheddar cheese, made exclusively from the milk of the purebred Jersey cows that live at Billings Farm.
Billings Farm & Museum
5302 River road, Woodstock, VT
May 1 – October 31, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
November – February
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Christmas and February vacation weeks, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily
After a day out exploring, isn’t it nice to know you have the comforts of our Inn to come back to? If you haven’t booked your summer stay yet, give us a call!