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Woodstock Inn & Resort

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    Woodstock Inn & Resort
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    Woodstock Inn & Resort
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History

Nestled in Vermont’s Green Mountains, the Woodstock Inn & Resort is a four-season gateway to New England’s heritage and personalized hospitality. Established by Laurance and Mary Rockefeller, today’s Inn features fine craftsmanship accented with elegant, artisanal amenities that reflect the authentic Vermont style and service.

1793 - The Tavern That Started It All
Captain Israel Richardson built one of the first lodging accommodations in the newly designated shire town of Woodstock, Vermont. Over the next 50 years, the original two-story Richardson’s Tavern changed ownership many times, undergoing numerous alterations and additions, quickly exceeding capacity as the arrival of the town’s first railroad brought many new visitors to the area.

1830 - The Eagle Hotel
Moody Heath, an expert carver and a local cabinetmaker carves a large golden eagle that is mounted above the Tavern’s entrance. Richardson’s Tavern is renamed The Eagle Hotel. The original eagle is preserved in the Rockefeller ballroom. The Woodstock Inn incorporated the eagle symbol into its brand identity and remains so to this day.

1892 - The Original Woodstock Inn
Responding to the tourism boom of the mid-19th century, the new Woodstock Inn was built on the site of the original Eagle Hotel for $120,000, and was celebrated for its grand architecture, 400 ft. verandah, and more than 100 guestrooms. The Inn quickly attracted many affluent visitors and became known as Vermont’s first winter-sports center for tourists, with “riotous” winter parties that were the talk of Boston and Montreal.

1897 - Arthur Wilder
A key individual at the Woodstock Inn was Arthur Wilder, brother of one of the early investors, who was an accomplished painter. He managed the Woodstock Inn from 1897 until 1935, and his impressionistic murals of old Woodstock are displayed in the Inn today.

1956 - RockResorts
Laurance Rockefeller was a conservationist whose vision was to create eco-friendly resorts. The RockResorts brand was originally created in 1956 by Rockefeller, with his development of Caneel Bay on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Other resorts formerly branded under the RockResorts identity include Little Dix on Virgin Gorda; The Lodge at Koele, Manele Bay on the Hawaiian island of Lanai; The Mauna Kea on the Big Island; Kapalua Bay Hotel on Maui; The Hyatt Dorado Beach, Cerromar Beach in Puerto Rico; The Woodstock Inn in Vermont; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Wyoming. In 1986, the Rockefeller family sold the brand to CSX Corp.

1967 - Laurance Rockefeller purchases the Woodstock Inn
Over the years, basic improvements were made to the Inn, but a major renovation was needed to modernize the building. Laurance Rockefeller was approached by the Inn’s resident manager, David Beach, to help with the remodel. After some research it was determined that even a superficial remodeling would cost $600,000 and experts agreed that tearing the Inn down and building a new one would be the only feasible approach. In November, Mr. Rockefeller purchased the Inn with plans to tear down the neglected building and construct an entirely new hotel.

1969 - Woodstock Inn’s Modern Debut
On March 22, Mr. and Mrs. Rockefeller hosted a final dinner dance at the old Inn, which was then closed after 76 years of service. On November 23, the new Inn was completed and remains in operation as the Woodstock Inn & Resort known today.

1970 to 2016 - Woodstock Inn & Resort Today
Since the opening of the new Inn, the resort has been expanded four times with revisions to guestrooms and public spaces. In 1970, the Woodstock Ski Touring Center opened, and in 1986, the Woodstock Racquet & Fitness Club opened south of the golf course. In 2010 was the addition of the 10,000 sq. ft., LEED-certified, spa facility that features 10 treatment rooms, a bridal suite, and locally sourced products. In the spring of 2016, the $2.6 million major renovation of the Inn's front entrance, lobby, and library was completed by Paul Duesing & Partners.


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