Friday, October 31, 2014

Things To Do

Things to Do in Woodstock, CT

Woodstock may be small from a population standpoint, but it covers a large area. With almost 62 square miles, it is actually the second biggest town in Connecticut.  There are a number of fun, unique and interesting things to do in town.  Jump to: Special Events | Attractions | Dining | Shopping | Outdoor Recreation | Parks/Campgrounds | Organizations/Clubs. 

Please see the blue Calendar tab (above) for information about upcoming events, the Recreation web page, and Recreation Documents area, also click on Community Links for more information about lodging, organizations, programs, and Woodstock Weather.

Please note that the presence of any link anywhere on this site does not constitute an endorsement, favoring, or approval of the site or any specific commercial product, commodity or service by the Town of Woodstock.

Special Events

  • Programs and Trips (Recreation Dept.)
  • Artists in the Country and various art shows
  • Memorial Day Race (10K) and Parade on Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July Jamboree on the green in East Woodstock
  • Woodstock Fair, one of the oldest and largest agricultural fairs in New England, is held every year on Labor Day weekend, from Friday morning through Monday evening. Attendance averages more than150,000 people. Off-season events are also  held there.
  • Celebrating Agriculture, usually the third week in September
  • Roseland Cottage Arts & Crafts Festival (held the weekend after Columbus day in October each year) and summer evening concerts.

Shopping

  • Shopping - antiques, crafts, florists, orchards, furniture makers, pottery, and MORE. Also see merchant events.
  • Woodstock Grown - You can find a variety of locally grown or made products, including Christmas trees and seasonal greenery, honey, fresh fruits and vegetables, nursery and greenhouse products, dairy, wineries and fiber and yarn.

Dining

  • Hogs & Dogs, on the MA/CT line on Route 198.
  • The Inn at Woodstock Hill - 94 Plaine Hill Road, South Woodstock. Elegant dining (lunch and dinner.)
  • Java Jive - 283 Route 169, Woodstock (near the fairgrounds) - gourmet coffee, full breakfast, lunch and desert, gourmet foods.
  • The Mansion at Bald Hill 29 Plaine Hill Road, South Woodstock. Elegant dining featuring season menus.
  • Mrs. Bridges Pantry - 292 Route 169, South Woodstock.
  • Sherwood's of Woodstock.  35 Route 171, South Woodstock.
  • Stoggy Hollow General Store and Restaurant - 492 Route 198, Woodstock Valley. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, patio.
  • Sweet Evalina's Stand - 688 Route 169. Deli, groceries, ice cream, soups, wraps, grinders, salads, thin crust Italian pizza.
  • Village Restaurant & Pizza - 22 Woodstock Ave.
  • Woodstock Grill and Pizza - 45 Route 171.
  • Woodstock Valley Country Store - 1484 Route 171, Woodstock Valley. pizza, grinders, deli, snacks.

Places to Visit/Tours/Attractions - check websites for dates, times, fees and directions

  • Cemeteries dating back to the 1700's.
  • Fairvue Farms: a working dairy farm that offers tours seven days a week, and an observation area where you can watch milking in progress. MORE
  • Libraries: Bracken Memorial, May Memorial, North Woodstock and West Woodstock.
  • Palmer Arboretum, a lovely, small botanical park located on Woodstock Hill: education, enjoyment and enlightenment.
  • Quasset School - a historical, early American one-room school house.
  • Palmer Hall - Woodstock Historical Society, with a library, various historical collections, and period exhibits
  • Roseland Cottage, a unique historic house you can tour, and a variety of special events.  Woodstock residents can tour the cottage for free!  The Recreation Commission also sponsors several free Summer Twilight concerts on the lawn from June - August.  See schedule.  The Cottage is an  excellent example of Gothic Revival Architecture. 
  • Taylor Brooke Winery - Part of the CT Wine Trail, with tastings, tours and a gift shop. 

Outdoor Recreation

Parks and Campgrounds

  • Camp Nahaco - 120 acres on Crystal Pond. Swimming, picnicking, fishing, boating and ice skating; hiking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding; environmental education for youth and adults, including walks and talks; summer camping for youth and/or adults Rental of facilities to offset costs (weddings, graduation parties, family reunions, business picnics, etc.)
  • Roseland Park -Playground, boating, skating, fishing, picnicking, walking and running. No swimming or camping is permitted. Pets must be leashed. Lake and grounds, pavilion, basketball court, benches, changing/bath house, boat launch. Rental: The park can be reserved for $75/day a day for weddings or parties.
  • The Town Beach -Swimming, fishing, canoeing, and picnicking.  No pets are allowed. Certified lifeguards are on duty during designated hours and provide swim lessons.  The Town Beach is also used for birthday celebrations, parties, and even weddings if desired.
  • Camping: In addition to day camp atCamp Nahaco, Woodstock has several public campgrounds, including Beaver Pines Campground, Chamberlain Lake Campground, and Solair (family-oriented nudist resort.)

Organizations/Clubs

  • Senior Citizen programs.  The Woodstock Seniors Club Inc. is a private organization with regular meetings and special events and trips, such as coffee hours, exercise, arts and crafts, card, dominoes and Scrabble.
  • Theft Detection Society - the oldest, continuously active law enforcement society in the nation.
  • The Woodstock Garden Club
  • Woodstock Academy Alumni Association
  • Woodstock Historical Society - periodic educational programs and exhibits, library and collection
  • Volunteer! Woodstock has a number of boards and commissions. Volunteering is a great way to meet people, learn, and help shape the future of our wonderful town.

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