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Woodstock Inn & Resort

Woodstock, Vermont

By Roger Cox, Editor

Woodstock Inn, Woodstock, Vermont
Courtesy Woodstock Inn

With its gabled roof and location next to the village green, the Woodstock Inn gives the illusion of having occupied that site since early in the town's history. Although there was a tavern on this spot as long ago as 1793, the current building dates to 1969, when Laurance S. Rockefeller—the man behind the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Caneel Bay, among other notable projects—demolished its predecessor and replaced it with a 142-room retreat in classic Vermont style.

At once homey and elegant, it invites plopping down in one of the sofas or chairs facing the cavernous lobby fireplace, strolling through the gardens behind, or grabbing a drink and listening to live music in Richardson's Tavern, which was named for the man who first built on the property. All of that contributes to the pleasure of staying at the inn, but ultimately what sets it apart from its peers is its deep trove of resort amenities, including an expansive Woodstock Athletic Club, an historic 18-hole golf course, and a 10,000-square-foot spa. It may look and feel like and inn but it has the amenities of a resort.
Contributing to the allure is Woodstock itself, a picturesque village of historic houses, covered bridges, quaint shops and galleries, that classic village green, and even a national park.

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With six clay and four hard courts outdoors and a pair of hard courts indoors, the Inn has one of the larger tennis facilities in Vermont. They are part of that expansive Athletic Club, which is located 1.4 miles from the inn. There tennis players not only have access to courts but also to a well-equipped fitness center, indoor lap pool, aerobics facilities, saunas, steam and whirlpools.
The depth of these facilities on their own makes this club stand out, but Rockefeller treated the interiors to the same attention to detail he lavished on the inn. The two-story reception area has a flagstone floor, wood paneling and beams, and wood-burning fireplace. The outdoor courts beyond has been scattered in pairs across a broad lawn studded with trees and backdropped by a stream and wooded hillside. There are even wooden beams supporting the roof of the indoor court. It is a delightful place to hang out.

Tennis Staff. That and a need to rehab after surgery is what drew head tennis professional Tom Hopewell to the club. He grew up playing doubles with his four brothers, but remained a recreational player as a adult. After settling in Woodstock, he often played here during his hours off as a Paris-trained chef at the nearby Kedron Valley Inn. Tiring of life behind the stove, he got his USPTA certification and began as assistant pro at the club and coaching kids in middle and high school, before rising to the head position.
Tennis Programs. During the summer months when the outdoor courts are playable, his weekly roster has some sort of activity almost every day but Sunday, including introductory clinics, round robins, intro to pickleball, little kids tennis, and King Kong Cardio, the last a heart-pounding 2½-hour Cardio session, about which Hopewell says, "I'll hit 5,000 balls during the two-and-one-hour session."
Courts & Fees. There are six clay and four hard courts outdoors (two of those now devoted to pickleball) and two hard courts indoors. Court fees: $32/court for guests; higher rates for others.

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Other Recreation

Golf Courses. The Inn boasts the oldest golf course in Vermont. It dates to 1895, not long after the original Woodstock Inn was built, but was redesigned in the 1960s by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Set in the scenic Kedron Valley, the 6,000-yar, Par 70 course is riddled with sand traps and water hazards.

Spa. The newest addition to the Woodstock Inn creature comforts is its 10,000-square-foot spa, a sun-drenched retreat with high-ceilings and abundant windows and Vermont-inspired treatments.

And ... In addition to its other facilities, the fitness center has basketball and volleyball courts, while the inn adds Orvis fly-fishing lesson, and a school of falconry. The Woodstock area itself contributes options for biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and swimming while in winter there is downhill and cross-country skiing, the latter in the area behind the fitness center.

Lodging

Recent renovations have the 142 guest rooms and suites looking better than ever, hand-dyed wool blankets, wooden furnishings, and original Vermont artwork, while the suites add fireplaces.

Restaurants

There are several dining options, include the Red Rooster, which emphasizes local ingredients, and Richardson's Tavern.

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Woodstock Inn & Resort
14 The Green
Woodstock, VT 05091-1298
802-332-6853
Toll-free: 844-800-5272
Fax: 802-457-6649
Web Link: Woodstock Inn & Resort


Travel Essentials

Seasons. Outdoor tennis begins in mid May and extends into October, weather permitting.

Travel Instructions. The Inn is a 20-minute drive from the municipal airport (LEB) in Lebanon, New Hampshire, which has commuter service from Boston, New York City, and Burlington, VT.

General Tourist Information. Visit the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing website or contact them at 6 Baldwin Street, Drawer 33, Montpelier, VT 05633-1301; Phone 800-VERMONT (800-837-6668).

©2017 Roger Cox

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3½-Ball Rating Setting
3½-Ball Rating Romance
4-Ball Rating Kids' Programs
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3½-Ball Rating Game Matching
1½-Ball Rating Junior Tennis
3-Ball Rating Lodging
4-Ball Rating Spa & Fitness
3-Ball Rating Other Recreation
3-Ball Rating Solo Travelers
2½-Ball Rating


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New England Tennis Holidays. The tennis camp that feels like a vacation! Join one of our adult summer sessions in New England and enjoy spectacular mountain scenery, fine lodging & dining, and experienced professionals--all while improving your game and having fun at an award-winning camp! Camp runs every day from May to Oct. at Sugarbush, VT and on select dates in North Conway and Waterville Valley, NH. Our 30th year! Call (800) 869 0949 or go to www.netennisholidays.com

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Here's what others have had to say about Woodstock Inn & Resort.

  • 4½-Ball Rating "We had a wonderful experience, all the way around. We rented a court (great condition) on Saturday for us and our 10 year old son. Then, he (and we) liked it so much, our son "hit with the pro" Nat before we headed back home. The pro Nat Woodrow could not have been any better as an instructor teacher, hitting partner and host. We would go back without hesitation!"—S.S., Int., January 2011
  • 4-Ball Rating "I took an individual lesson and played the doubles clinic. Both were excellent. Head pro Nat gave me useful technique tips during the lesson. The clinic was challenging and well organized, with plenty of instruction on strategy. Nat's instruction, enthusiasm and organization compare very favorably to the 4 different adult camps I have attended and many pros I have taken lessons from. Nat was also graciously accomodating since I called him with little advance notice. The indoor courts play well. We are going back over the summer to try the clay.  "—A.S., Adv., January 2011
  • 4-Ball Rating "We enjoyed two clinics at the Woodstock Inn. The pro was very helpful and we both learned a few new things during each clinic. We'll be sure to play tennis at the Woodstock Inn the next time we are in town.  "—P.S., Int., January 2011
  • 3-Ball Rating ""—J.B., Int., May 2009
  • 2½-Ball Rating ""—J.B., Int., February 2009

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New England Tennis Holidays. The tennis camp that feels like a vacation! Join one of our adult summer sessions in New England and enjoy spectacular mountain scenery, fine lodging & dining, and experienced professionals--all while improving your game and having fun at an award-winning camp! Camp runs every day from May to Oct. at Sugarbush, VT and on select dates in North Conway and Waterville Valley, NH. Our 30th year! Call (800) 869 0949 or go to www.netennisholidays.com

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©2017 Roger Cox