Visit the Quechee Gorge This Summer

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If you haven’t yet visited Vermont’s “Little Grand Canyon,” otherwise known as the Quechee Gorge, this summer is the perfect opportunity. The Quechee Gorge is a stunning place to visit and is part of the popular Quechee State Park. It’s less than a 20-minute drive from the Jackson House Inn, one of the top-rated Woodstock, VT hotels, too!

Though the Quechee Gorge is the main focal point of Quechee State Park, taking in the breathtaking views from the Quechee Gorge Bridge is just one of the ways you can spend a day in this charming area. There are more things to do in Quechee State Park, including hiking.

Moreover, Quechee is also where you’ll find the popular Simon Pearce Glass Flagship Store, Studio, and Restaurant. This is the perfect place to enjoy lunch or dinner while you’re away from the charms of downtown Woodstock, VT. 

At the end of your day, head back to our stunning Woodstock, VT Hotel, enjoy a glass of wine, craft beer, or handcrafted cocktail from our Tavern, and get ready for another restful night in your luxurious home away from home. Book your room at the Jackson House Inn today, and learn what makes us one of the leading Woodstock, VT Hotels to enjoy this year! 

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People playing in the water during warm weather at the Quechee Gorge and Quechee State Park

Take the Plunge at Quechee State Park This Summer

Take a scenic drive along route 4, leaving the Jackson House Inn towards Quechee, and you’ll soon find yourself looking over the edge of the Quechee Gorge bridge. The Quechee Gorge stands tall at an impressive 165 feet, the deepest gorge of its kind in Vermont. 

The Quechee Gorge and other features of Quechee State Park were formed more than 13,000 years ago, as glaciers from the last ice age melted, leaving behind the river and topography you see today. Historically, water from the Ottauquechee River powered a wool mill here in the 19th century. Though the remains of the mill and its many facilities were destroyed, you can still see the remnants from some of the old buildings and the dam that helped power the facility.

Shortly after the closure of this mill, Quechee State Park was formed. The Quechee Gorge, and the bridge overlooking it, are the most popular attractions in Quechee State Park. Hundreds of thousands of visitors in Vermont make the trek to Quechee State Park each year, easily making it one of the top-rated things to do near Woodstock, VT

Aside from admiring the views of the Quechee Gorge, there are plenty of great things to do at Quechee State Park. You can take one of the trails near the bridge and hike down into the gorge itself to see the landscapes from a different vantage point. The trails extend along the sides of the mile-long Quechee Gorge, too, and picnic facilities are there for an enjoyable summer afternoon rest.

You’re even welcome to wade in or take a swim in the cold waters of the Ottauquechee River – particularly refreshing on a hot summer day! There are also playfields and other facilities at Quechee State Park that make it a great place to spend a summer afternoon. Head far enough up the Ottauquechee River, and you may even see fishermen enjoying the day fishing for brook, rainbow, and brown trout!

If you’re looking for an unforgettable way to see the Quechee Gorge, take to the skies and enjoy a hot air balloon ride over Quechee State Park. This adventure is particularly magical when the vibrant glow of fall foliage takes over Vermont’s countryside. You may also want to consider attending the Quechee Balloon Festival this year, taking place June 16 – 18, 2023. Balloon rides are offered in conjunction with the festival! 

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Jackson House Inn, one of the leading Woodstock, VT Hotels, is a great place to relax after visiting the Quechee Gorge and Quechee State Park

See Why We’re One of the Leading Woodstock, VT Hotels

From charming picnics on the banks of the Quechee Gorge at Quechee State Park to scenic hikes through the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, there are more than enough things to do in Woodstock, VT this summer. By fall, the adventures begin again, only this time set against the vibrant backdrop that is Vermont in the fall. 

As fun and charming as Woodstock is, we also know guests who choose to stay with us seek a relaxed, elegant, and refined experience. Our dedication to excellence in everything we do – including ensuring our guests enjoy every detail of their stay – is one of the many things that make us one of the leading Woodstock, VT Hotels. 

Our Woodstock, VT Hotel offers a range of accommodations, each outfitted with luxurious touches, including fine linens and all the modern amenities you’ll need while away from home. Of these amenities, a favorite among our discerning guests is breakfast. Our daily gourmet breakfast is truly a treat for the senses – a culinary journey we encourage you to take without limitation during your time with us – and undoubtedly one of the best parts about staying at leading Woodstock, VT hotels like ours. 

Staying at our hotel is about refined elegance and gracious hospitality, which we think you’ll feel from the moment you arrive. We’re one of the few properties in Vermont to have earned AAA’s coveted four-diamond status, and we also belong to the exclusive Select Registry group of properties. Moreover, we consistently earn TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice award. If you haven’t yet experienced refined excellence at the Jackson House Inn, there’s never been a better time. Book your room at one of the best Woodstock, VT hotels today!

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