Summer in Woodstock, Vermont | 506 On The River Inn

Relaxing at the 506 On The River Inn

In east-central Vermont sits the bucolic, little village of Woodstock. The well-tended historic homes around village center, the picturesque farms, and green hills make this quiet, little area a feast for the eyes. For those with a love of old New England, Woodstock, Vermont is paradise.

Sleepy Hollow farm

A 1915 Woodstock barn

Taftsville Covered Bridge

Woodstock farmhouse

We started our summer stay in Woodstock with a check-in at 506 On The River Inn. The inn is situated on a beautiful winding river, with the green hills of Vermont acting as a stunning backdrop.

506 On The River Inn

Cozy spot at the inn

View from my room at the inn

On the grounds of the inn

View of the inn from the river

506 On The River Inn is located near downtown Woodstock, which is perfect. With its quaint shops, restaurants, and beautiful old homes, downtown is always one of the main attractions for me when I'm in town.

Woodstock's old general store

Woodstock's covered bridge in downtown

Homes in downtown Woodstock

Gorgeous Woodstock home

One of my favorite things about the inn is dining and drinks, and all done in such a pretty atmosphere. Even if you're not staying there, it's worth coming in for a meal.

Waiting for dinner at 506 on the River by the fire

At the gorgeous, old bar at the inn

Dining is available both indoors and outdoors

Thank you, 506 On The River Inn for a fabulous stay in one of my favorite New England locations! Looking forward to coming back in the future.


Cocktail Friday Classic | The Headless Horseman

* This cocktail classic is a recipe I came up with last year and it has stood the test of time. I still love it. Enjoy!

I have loved the tale of the Headless Horseman and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow since I was a child, and when I moved to the East Coast eleven years ago one of the first places I insisted on visiting was Sleepy Hollow, New York. It has now become an annual trip for us (see my post about the cemetery, in all it's autumn glory, where the Headless Horseman is supposedly buried here). So, when it came time to come up with cocktails for Halloween, I had to come up with a recipe for a Headless Horseman.

I was inspired by Shipyard's Pumpkinhead, a pumpkin ale, brewed in Maine. With that label, how could I not be inspired?

4 oz Shipyard Pumpkinhead (or other pumpkin ale)
4 oz hard cider
2 oz sparkling wine
1 oz grenedine
optional - a shot of bourbon
black sugar for glass rims

Dip the rim of the glass in simple syrup. Then dip in black sugar. Pour all the rest of the ingredients in  a glass and stir. The shot of bourbon is optional. I like it both ways. If you're in the mood for a lighter, cider tasting drink forgo the bourbon. For a heavier taste and flavor, drop that bourbon right in!

Happy Halloween and cheers! And remember,"...when you're riding home tonight, make for the bridge with all your might. He'll be down in the hollow there. He's needs your head. Look out! Beware!" (Headless Horseman, Walt Disney's The Adventures of Ichabod)


The Roberts Collection | Downtown Nantucket, Massachusetts

The Roberts House, one of the inns of the Roberts Collection, was built in 1846.

Nantucket's ethereal island beauty has proven an irresistible allure to me. An instant infatuation was struck from my first visit to the remote, crescent-shaped bar of sand, and now a year just isn't complete without at least one visit to this island that has found a permanent home in my heart.

Biking to Sankaty lighthouse is a classic Nantucket activity.

In my element, relaxing on the sands of Nantucket

Downtown Nantucket is the hub of activity for the island. Restaurants, shops, museums, and tidy, old homes line the cobblestone streets. While I always enjoy a get-away to one of the island's stunning beaches or smaller villages, like 'Sconset, downtown Nantucket offers a true taste of this once bustling whaling town, and I always spend most of my time there.

The Whaling Museum in downtown Nantucket is a must-see.

This year we stayed at The Roberts Collection, both beautiful and historic, it is perfectly situated in the heart of downtown. This was the first time I stayed downtown, rather than in one of the smaller island villages of Nantucket, and I loved staying where there was so much to do within walking distance.

The entrance to the courtyard of The Roberts Collection.

A view into part of the courtyard, with The Roberts Collection inns surrounding it.

The Roberts Collection is made up of four separate inns, all grouped together and sharing a courtyard. Three of the charming, beautifully restored inns were built in the 19th century, and with the addition of the Gate House in 2013, the collection was complete. Though the Gate House is the only new build on the property, it blends flawlessly with the antique architecture and style of its sister inns. All are classic Nantucket.

Hydrangeas in front of The Gate House, the 2013 addition to the collection.

I stayed in the Manor House. Charmed by the island decor and thrilled with my view of downtown, I made quick work of getting comfy in my home away from home for the week.

My comfy, cozy Nantucket bed

Entering the Manor House

Manor House

While relaxing on the Manor House porch

View of courtyard and downtown Nantucket from Manor House porch

The Robert House, of The Roberts Collection, is the main entrance to the inns (though you can certainly access the three other inns through the courtyard and other doors) and where you will find the front desk to check in. The Roberts House was completely renovated this year and each detail is superb. I couldn't stop looking at the beautiful wallpaper, the whimsical decor touches, and the carefully preserved historical elements. 

The front entrance to The Roberts Collection.

In the Robert House

In love with the light fixture by the front desk!

By the front desk

Though the beauty and comfort of the inns may beckon you to get cozy in the soft bedding and watch the spectacular view from your window, one of the biggest benefits of staying at The Roberts Collection is the conveince of being downtown and having quick access to all the activity, sightseeing, shopping, and eating.

My favorite thing to do is stroll by all the old houses downtown


The wharf is only a quick walk from The Roberts Collection

I love the cobblestones of downtown!

Famous for their Nantucket reds

As a descendent of the Coffin, Starbuck, and Macy families, the founders and whalers of Nantucket, staying in the historic district of downtown brought into focus the legacy of the whaling days. Their echo is felt in the cobblestones and commerce, in the taste of oysters and rum, and in all of activity that is downtown Nantucket. I was thrilled to be able to stay right in the heart of it all, and The Roberts Collection was the perfect place to do it. Just as I always feel the pull of the island again and again, so do I now feel the pull to stay in those lovely collection of inns again in the middle of it all.

And coming soon, I will post a winetail recipe here that was inspired by my collaboration with The Roberts Collection and inspired by the flavors of Nantucket! Stay tuned.

Thank you, Roberts Collection, for such an ideal stay!