Centuries-Old Estate in Eastern Connecticut’s Pastoral Countryside
The Inn at Woodstock Hill sits in northeast Connecticut’s Quiet Corner, a pastoral region known as one of the last green valleys on the heavily urbanized northern East Coast. Open fields, rolling hills, and working dairy farms surround the inn’s massive clapboard house, which was built by one of Woodstock’s earliest settlers in 1816. Even though the house is nearing its 200th birthday, it’s been kept up to date with renovations, additions, and restorations.
Inside, antique furnishings stand out against brightly colored walls, patterned wallpapers, and worldly touches such as an egyptian-tile fireplace in the living room. In the kitchen, the chef crafts traditional New England dinners. Saffron lobster bisque made with fresh cream and brandy, seared Atlantic salmon topped with mango salsa, and other favorites are served in the dining room, where the tables are set with candles and polished silver. A complimentary continental breakfast is served each morning and includes seasonal fruits, baked goods, cereals, juices, and coffee or tea.
Each of the inn's guest rooms is uniquely decorated. Room 206 has two twin beds and is colored in shades of red and pink, and there's a queen bed and a sitting area in Room 315, which has a sloped ceiling and leafy-print wallpaper.
Woodstock, Connecticut: Peaceful Farmland in Northeast Connecticut’s Quiet Corner
Between Old Sturbridge Village and Mystic Seaport lies Woodstock, a rural town known for its pastoral landscapes and dairy farms. The surrounding area is called the Quiet Corner, a region recommended by the book 1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die. Spanning 62 square miles of farmland, Woodstock is the second-largest town in the state by area, and it’s lined with craft shops, artist galleries squirreled away in old barns, and local wineries.
For some of the best antiquing in the area, head to the neighboring town of Putnam. It’s home to the Antiques Marketplace, one of the largest collectibles malls in central New England.