Twice a day the balloons rise from
the Village Green near Quechee's
Simon Pierce Glass Works and
float off towards the Ottauquechee
River and the chasm called the
The pilots use the winds to ascend
and descend and catch the air
currents that guide them through the
Moving silently, the balloon follows
the river and soars over the treetops
to settle down between vermilion
hillsides and into the Quechee
The balloon lifts again and glides
high above the farms of Woodstock
and then into a field rimmed by
sugar maples turned red by the fall
season to meet the chase team as it
arrives for the traditional Champaign
Fall brings the changing of the
leaves to Woodstock.
From the Village Green beside the
river, Balloons fly passengers all
season down the river and into the
Quechee Gorge. The fall flights give
passengers a great look at the
Morning flights usually follow the river
southeast then fly up over route 4 and
descend into the mile-long water-cut
canyon billed locally as Vermont's
Morning flights fly above the Gorge
giving passengers a great view.
Afternoon flights will often follow the
- Afternoon Balloon Flights
river through farm country and over
the ski mountain to the northwest.
The Billings Farm Museum built in 1878 still
operates as a dairy while celebrating the farm life
once so integral to Vermont life.
The Raptor Center of the Vermont Institute of
Natural Science rescues and rehabilitates birds,
particularly hawks and eagles. They have two
Bald Eagles, two Golden Eagles and many hawks
and owls that came to them too damaged for
release to the wild.
In Quechee Gorge Village an old diner is one of
only three of its type left in the country and shares
space with the Vermont Toy and Train Museum
displaying toys, dolls, and lunch boxes dating from
The Simon Pierce Glassworks gives you a close-
- The Simon Pierce Glassworks
up look at the skills of glass artisans and potters
creating artworks for sale in the showrooms. The
building was once a water-powered mill with an
electric generator within a sluice channel which
architects saved for viewing when they remodeled
the old building in the 70s. While dining at the
Glassworks you overlook a waterfall and a
covered bridge and might just see a balloon lift off
from the green and glide by as it follows the river.
The rolling hills and cleared fields make for such
great hot air balloon country that Woodstock hosts
the annual Quechee Balloon Festival in mid June
bringing live music to the green, craft shows and a
host of micro-brews strutting their wares.
Vermont farm country presents few wires, no tall
buildings, and lots of room to land. Morning flights
are the best but during the summer the riders will
have to be ready by 6 am.
Although the changing of the leaves is as fickle as
the winds that push balloons through the valley,
usually the foliage season ends by the fourth week
in October. Balloons fly year-round but the rush of
visitors tapers in November as Vermont settles in
for a long snowy winter.
Woodstock Vermont Balloons
can bring excitement to an old theme. You can sail over Woodstock
Vermont's crimson hills and covered bridges and make your autumn in
Vermont something special.
Woodstock Vermont Balloons
photo Jeannne McKenna
Applebutter Inn, one of the
Benchmark Inns of the
Woodstock area. Link to
Pilot Darrek Daoust
secures the balloon
after a flight
Woodstock Vermont Hot Air Balloons in Woodstock
Morning flights bring
Morning Flight from the
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Colonial Woodstock with a population of 3,500
- Woodstock Vermont Sightseeing
spends fall decked out in harvest time splendor with
pumpkins and chrysanthemums lining the sidewalks
in a village center that anchors farm country of rolling
hills. Still supplying milk, cheese, and Maple syrup to
nearby cities, the region will as often host crafts
artists, equine eventing, fox hunts, and elegant shops.
Antique covered bridges and postcard-like farms
- Covered Bridges In Woodstock
attract artists and photographers, others come for the
golf, tennis, and museums
Equestrian events attract horse owners to
- Equestrian Events In Woodstock
Woodstock. May and July see the Green Mountain
Horse Association's Hunter Jumper shows in South
Woodstock and weekends bring equestrian events.
The end of August brings the Annual Scottish Festival
with bagpipe music, Scottish fiddles, Celtic harp, and
Scottish dancing along with sheep herding dogs and
a road race that requires kilts.
The villagers have preserved the old houses and
three covered bridges two date to the mid 1800s.