Do you wish to turn back time to the good old days? Well, you can at the Quechee Club in Vermont where covered bridges stand over waterways like a Paul Detlefsen painting. Also covered is the gamut of outdoor activities to pursue. Bike or hike the trails, kayak, canoe or paddle board the river or Lake Pinneo on premise. Ski in the winter or swim in the summer at the new aquatic center or work out at the fitness center with regularly scheduled programs.
Stay at The Quechee Inn at Marshland, originally the home of the first governor of Vermont and play two appropriately named courses at the Quechee Club. Highland Course climbs to great heights placing “The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music” notes in your head. However, the uphill forced carry of 241 yards from the tips on hole number 8, par 3 might have you singing a different tune. Fairways on the Lakeland Course skirt the waterways. Drive in and call foul or fowl. Both courses are in pristine shape with 7 tees, thanks to a $1.9m budget and capable maintenance staff of 45. The unique driving range is below the ski lift and shared by brown cows. Find your serenity of seclusion as the free spirits of Vermont do, hiking the Quechee Gorge, from which the word gorgeous may have originated. No billboards are allowed in Vermont so watch for small directional signs amidst the tall green mountains. Those warning of moose crossing seemed like false advertisements but we did see our very first bear when leaving. He loped across the road in front of our car, turned to make eye contact and dashed into the woods, too thick to follow for a photo. Vermont is 80% wooded, 100% charming.
The natural surroundings inspire artists such as Simon Pearce, world renowned for his glassmaking and pottery. Overlooking the waterfalls, fine dining is delivered at Simon Pearce Restaurant on hand made settings. The horseradish Crusted Cod is to die for. If you can’t take the heat stay out of the kitchen and don’t go downstairs where fine art grads are happy to explain the process as they skillfully blow through metal tubes and whittle away at the flaming hot glass to create masterpieces. Don’t flail your handbag when perusing the handcrafted items for sale in the showroom. Seconds are slightly less than the expensive first-rate pieces with equal character. Shoppers may also enjoy the Quechee Village for antiques, boutiques, alpacas and Cabot cheese. In lieu of wine with that cheese, try a local brew, Harpoon Dark Munich, served on tap at the Dewey Deck after a round of golf with a view or at Davidson’s. More eateries and shops abound along with the Marsh-Billings- Rockefeller Historic National Park in Woodstock, minutes away.
When the Cape Cod guests exclaim at the Woodstock Inn, “Best lobster tail dish,” that says something. Their adult game room downstairs feels like you’re back in college. Dartmouth College is just north up the road in Hanover, New Hampshire, another fun town to explore. Communities are cooperating to appeal together as a tourist destination. Appealing it is for friends and families. Families that play together do stay together after all. Many young people leave to seek their fortune only to return to the memories, to create more of the good old days, year round for the next generation in Quechee, Vermont.