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Let me win, but, if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.  —Athlete’s Oath

This year’s annual three-day competition, truly a highlight among SOVT competitions, takes place at Suicide Six in Pomfret with ceremonies in historic Woodstock. Hundreds of members from the local community will join together to make the experience a life long memoery for all competing and involved.

The competition kicks off on Friday, March 7th, at 9:00 am with the School Unified Sports snowshoeing competition and wraps up at 4:00PM.

The official Opening Ceremonies kick off on Friday night, 7:30 pm, at the Woodstock Town Hall. Each competing delegation is announced and we’ll hear a few words from some very special guests.

Then on Saturday & Sunday, March 8th & 9th, our athletes compete in four winter sports: Snowboarding. Snowshoeing, Alpine Skiing, and Cross-Country Skiing. 

We Support these Special Heroes

Here at Sleep Woodstock Motel we’re happy and honored to help support these special athletes by offering all participating athletes and their families a Special Olympics Vermont’s Winter Games discount of over 10% OFF our normal weekend rates. That means you can book a “King” room for $83/nite or a “Two Double Beds” room for $88/nite based on double occupancy. Simple call us and tell us you’re a participating athlete or family member.

Come watch, help and participate and make this years event truly special and memorable. Go Athletes!

 

 

 

Pull out the gear and start planning your ski trip(s)

Suicide Six, Woodstock’s ski resort located only a short drive from Sleep Woodstock Motel, opened today for the season. They have many weekly ticket specials; you can read up on their offerings at woodstockinn.com/activities/alpine-skiing.

Also within a fifteen minute drive is Killington ski resort and Pico Mountain. Visit Killington.com or PicoMountain.com for everything you need to know about skiing at these world famous winter playgrounds.

Plan Your Ski Trip at Sleep Woodstock Motel

Woodstock’s Wassail Weekend is one of Vermont’s top winter events. The village of Woodstock is beautifully decorated and welcomes visitors to its many shops and fine restaurants. It is the perfect time to escape before the rush of holiday preparations, and it will put you in the festive spirit!

Here are some of the events scheduled for the weekend at Pentangle. 

  • First is a concert titled “An Irish Christmas in America” which takes place on Friday, December 13 at 7:30 pm at the Town Hall Theater. 
  • On Saturday, December 14, you can take a holiday house tour and get the chance to visit some of the lovely historic homes in the village decorated for the season. 
  • Also on Saturday a traditional British afternoon tea takes place at St. James Church with two seatings. 

Tickets for all of these events are available at pentanglearts.org. 

The annual Messiah Sing will take place on Sunday, December 15 at 4 PM at Our Lady of the Snows church (free with donations welcome). This is a hugely popular event and seats are limited so be sure to get there early!

Other Wassail Weekend events include the Woodstock Historical Society evening celebration on Friday evening, December 13 where visitors can see the beautifully decorated Dana House. 

Billings Farm is open for tours and sleigh or wagon rides, depending on weather. 

A highlight of the weekend is Saturday’s Parade of Horses and riders dressed in 19th century period dress which takes place around the Village Green. It is truly a magnificent sight. 

There is music and carol singing on the Green after the parade. 

A myriad of additional activities will take place during Woodstock’s Wassail Weekend including a crafts bazaar, concerts, poetry readings and music in the streets. More information about this very special celebration can be found at woodstockvt.com.

 

It’s starting early. We’re seeing foliage season creeping in with leaves already starting to turn. And for August, we’ve had some wonderfully cooler days.

This fall foiliage is a little more special as it’ll be my first living in Vermont. As September ages and slips into October we’ll be exposed to a blanket of amazing reds, yellows and oranges. We’ll try to keep you all up-to-date through out the season starting right after Labor Day and our official September 9th re-opening.

Vermont has the most vibrant fall foliage in the northeast. As Vermont is 76 percent forested and home to more than 50 state parks, leaf peepers can view expansive foliage across more than 300,000 acres of state-owned forests beautifully contrasted next to farm valleys, towns and waterways.

We’ll be following Vermont.com and VermontVacations.com’s Foliage Reports and linking to some wonderful photos at Vermont.com’s Autumn Photo Gallery—photos shot by local photographers and visitors to Vermont. Part of our reporting will be coming from the US Forest Service, the Vermont Department of Tourism and any “leaf peepers” who update us.

The map here is from Vermont.com and gives an approximate view of the current foliage color in Vermont. 

Early Foliage Map August 2013