Twice a day the balloons rise from the Village Green near Quechee's Simon Pierce Glass Works and float off towards the Ottauquechee River and the chasm called the Quechee Gorge.
The pilots ascend and descend to catch the air currents that course through the valley. Moving silently, the balloon settles down on the river's surface and hovers as you gasp to see water creep into the wicker basket towards your shoes.
Suddenly a throaty howl with a tongue of blue flame ends your baptism as the expanding air lifts you from the water and takes you soaring over the treetops only to settle down again between vermilion hillsides and into the Quechee Gorge.
You lift again and soar high above the farms of Woodstock and then into a field rimmed by sugar maples to meet the chase team as it arrives for the traditional Champaign toast.
October brings the changing of the leaves to Woodstock. From the Village Green beside the river, balloons fly passengers all 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.
Morning flights fly above the Gorge giving passengers a great view. 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 bridges two date to the mid 1800s.
Vermont's Balloons will change your perspective of the classic Autumn Vermont farm scene where golden Maples frame the road to the red barn and smoke twists soar 200 feet above it while gliding in a wicker basket hung from it while gliding in a wicker basket a multi-colored balloon.
Balloon Vermont's foliage and bring excitement to an old theme as you sail over Woodstock Vermont's crimson hills and covered bridges and make your autumn in Vermont something special.
Vermont Balloons Jeanne McKenna Photo
Balloons of Vermont
Pilot Darrek Daoust secures the balloon after a flight
Vermont Balloons, Hot Air Balloons in Woodstock, Vermont fly from the Queeche Green. A balloon ride over the Vermont folliage can bring a new perspective to Fall's changing of the leaves.
Vermont Foliage and Balloon Flights
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 June,
Fathers Day weekend