The balloons of woodstock make flights twice a day during October foliage season from the Village Green near Quechee's Simon Pierce Glass Works.
In the morning they lift off and follow the Ottauquechee River towards the chasm called the Quechee Gorge.
The pilots rise or descend to catch the winds as they moving silently down on the river's surface and hover
With a throaty roar and a tongue of blue flame, the expanding air lifts the balloon from the water and soars over the treetops only to settle down again between vermilion hillsides and into the Quechee Gorge.
October Brings the Changing of the Leaves
to Woodstock Sightseeing
While Balloons are flying passengers from the Village Green
beside the river, Colonial Woodstock's village center, with a
population of 3,500, spends fall decked out in harvest time
splendor. Pumpkins and chrysanthemums line the sidewalks
in a village that anchors farm country of rolling hills. The
farms still supply milk, cheese, and maple syrup to
Also in the region are crafts artists, equine eventing,
simulated fox hunts, and, in the village, elegant shops.
Antique covered bridges and postcard-like farms attract
artists and photographers, others come for the golf, tennis,
Equestrian events are held throughout the season. May
and July see the Green Mountain Horse Association's
Hunter Jumper shows in South Woodstock and
weekends bring equestrian eventing.
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.
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 40s
The Simon Pierce Glassworks gives you a close-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.
Balloons fly twice a day from the Village Green near the Simon Pierce Glassworks.
You can soar 200 feet above the Woodstock foliage while gliding in a wicker basket hung from one of these multi-colored balloon.
Vermont Balloons of Woodstock, Morning flight
Balloons of Woodstock Vermont
Applebutter Inn, one of the Benchmark Inns of the Woodstock area. Link to AppleButter Inn
Pilot Darrek Daoust secures the balloon after a flight
Vermont Balloons,Woodstock, Hot Air Balloons in Woodstock, Vermont
Vermont: Balloons in Woodstock get ready for a morning flight from the green at the Simon Pierce Glass Works. Balloon rides in the morning bring the calmest winds but riders must show up early to get the best wind and morning light.
Vermont's foliage and bring excitement to an old theme as you sail over Woodstock Vermont's covered bridges and make your autumn in Vermont something special.
They then lift again and soar high above the farms of Woodstock and then into a field rimmed by sugar maples to meet the chase team.
Quechee Gorge Village
Getting to Woodstock: Travelling by air, the nearest international airport is Boston's Logan Airport (BOS) where you can rent a car for the trip north. Follow Route 93 North as it goes through the City of Boston towards Manchester, NH. North of Manchester pick up Route 89 north to Lebanon NH and White River Junction Vermont. Then take Rout 4 to Woodstock, VT
Annual Hot air Balloon Festival and Crafts Fair, 2011 dates,
June, Friday June 17, Saturday June 18, Sunday June 19