A long weekend with friends is a great way to relax, recharge and reconnect.
Here’s why Woodstock, Vermont, tops our list of destinations for your next friends’ escape.
Getting to Woodstock with travel rewards
The closest major airport to Woodstock is Burlington International Airport, which is serviced by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Porter and United. Shop your way to a JetBlue TrueBlue award ticket by taking advantage of the airline’s partnership with Amazon.com, in which you’ll earn 3 TrueBlue points per eligible $1 spent when you shop onboard a JetBlue flight via Fly-Fi.
You’ll need a car to explore this quaint New England town. And from now through Oct. 31, 2019, Hertz will provide you with a $50 hotel gift card redeemable at more than 400,000 hotels worldwide when you rent a midsize car or larger for three or more days.
Cozy accommodations for connecting with friends
Woodstock is full of classic New England charm, from its three historic covered bridges to the small-town feel of its shopping district. That charm carries over into Woodstock’s variety of accommodations, which are perfect for coming together and creating memories with friends.
The cozy and luxurious guest rooms at Woodstock Inn & Resort will provide you and your pals with a peaceful night’s sleep while also putting you within walking distance of the boutiques of Main Street. After a long day of shopping and exploring, you and your friends can gather at one of the property’s four restaurants, which serve up cuisine crafted from farm-fresh ingredients. Spend a day relaxing at the Woodstock Inn & Resort’s spa, where you can indulge in Vermont-inspired treatments.
If you’re looking to stay a bit closer to nature, gather your friends at 506 On the River Inn, which is situated on six stunning acres alongside the Ottauquechee River. Book the apartment-style Farmhouse Suites, which will provide your group with a more private experience while still giving you access to the hotel’s amenities, including a fitness room, indoor pool and plenty of space for lounging and enjoying a cocktail or two.
Experience new adventures together
Nothing fosters bonding with your friends better than sharing in new adventures, and Woodstock offers numerous opportunities to help create lasting memories. At New England Falconry, you can try your hand at the ancient art of falconry, including the handling and flying of a Harris’ hawk. Sign up for a Wheel Workshop at Farmhouse Pottery, during which you’ll create a handcrafted piece of stoneware while enjoying wine and cheese. Be sure to check out the beautiful pieces for sale in the adjacent shop.
All that is sure to work up an appetite, so book a table at The Mill at Simon Pearce, where your group will enjoy dinner with a side of jaw-dropping views of the Ottauquechee River waterfall and covered bridge. After lunch, head downstairs to the flagship Simon Pearce turbine-powered glassblowing studio to watch artists create pieces you can purchase in the upstairs gift shop.
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- Airline miles and a large bonus: The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- No annual fee: The Wells Fargo Propel American Express® Card
- Flat-rate rewards with no annual fee: The Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card
- Premium travel rewards: The Chase Sapphire Reserve®
- Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express
- Business travelers: The Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card
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