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506 on the River Inn

Woodstock, Vermont

Backstory In 1956, a local family built five small cabins along the Ottauquechee River to take advantage of a tourism boom in Vermont. The inn later became a budget roadside motel, and last February, a small luxury hotel group with properties in Kenya, Tanzania and Germany reopened the six-acre resort as a high-end retreat. If you’re wondering what an East African hospitality chain is doing in small-town New England, look no further than owner Aaren Macksoud, who was born right here in Woodstock.

Design Notes The hotel spares no expense in laying on the homespun charm: coffee tables made from old milk crates, doors adorned with antique mailbox numbers, and accoutrements like vintage typewriters and cash registers. Outside, Adirondack chairs dot the sloping lawn leading down to the riverbank. If you’re yearning for something a little more modern, head downstairs, where the hotel just opened a brand-new indoor pool and sauna.

Signature Drink The Vermont theme also crops up on the drinks menu at the 506 Bistro & Bar. Several of the cocktails include Sapling Maple Liqueur, which is distilled a little over an hour south of here, in Brattleboro. These include the VTini, a vodka martini with lemon juice and bacon, and the Maple Lumber Jack, which contains Jack
Daniel’s and apple cider and is served (of course) in a mason jar.

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