Twice a day during foliage season the balloons rise from the Village Green near Quechee's Simon Pierce Glass Works and float off towards the chasm called the Quechee Gorge.
The pilots ascend and descend to catch the air currents that course through the valley along the river.
Moving silently, the balloon settles down on the river's surface and hovers and then lifts from the water and soars over the treetops and settles down again between vermilion hillsides and into the Quechee Gorge.
October brings the changing of the leaves to Woodstock.
From the Village Green beside the river, Balloons fly passengers twice a day during foliage season down the river and into the Quechee Gorge.
Morning flights usually follow the river southeast then fly up over Route 4 and descend into the mile-long, water-cut canyon billed locally as Vermont's Grand Canyon. .
Afternoon flights will follow the river through farm country and over the ski mountain to the northwest.
Colonial Woodstock with a population of 3,500 spends fall decked out in harvest time splendor with pumpkins and chrysanthemums lining the sidewalks in a village center that anchors farm country of rolling hills. Still supplying milk, cheese, and Maple syrup to nearby cities, the region will as often host crafts artists, equine eventing, fox hunts, and elegant shops.
Antique covered bridges and postcard-like farms attract artists and photographers, others come for the golf, tennis, and museums
Equestrian events attract horse owners to Woodstock. May and July see the Green Mountain Horse Association's Hunter Jumper shows in South Woodstock and weekends bring equestrian events.
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 bridge. Two bridges date to the mid 1800s.
The Billings Farm Museum built in 1878 still operates 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.
Vermont Fall Ballooning In Hot Air Balloons Over Woodstock Vermont
covered bridges and make your autumn in Vermont something special.
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 Fall Ballooning, Hot Air Balloons in Woodstock
Morning flight from the Green
Morning flight from the Green brings little wind
Vermont Toy and Train Museum
Morning flight from the Village Green near the Simon Pierce Glassworks
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
A balloon ride will change your perspective of the classic Autumn Vermont farm scene.
You can glide 200 feet above the trees while flying in a wicker basket hung from a multi-colored balloon.
Balloon Vermont's foliage and bring excitement to an old theme as you sail over Woodstock Vermont's crimson hills.
Vermont Ballooning, Hot Air Balloons in Woodstock Vermont in Autumn can bring a new perspective to the foliage season. Float above the changing colors of Fall foliage aboard Vermont's hot air balloons.
Quechee Annual Hot air Balloon Festival and Crafts Fair, Mid June,
Morning flight from the Quechee Green
Morning flight from the Green
End of the morning flight.