If quarantine walls seem to be closing in this winter, it’s natural to seek an escape from it all, and our neighbors in the north offer a few beer-centric getaways for you and your person. Remember to check state restrictions before booking any sort of travel.
Woodstock Inn & Brewery in North Woodstock, New Hampshire, provides a comfy oasis snug in a picturesque landscape. Stays are available in 40 rooms across six buildings, with easy access to their on-site brewery. Take a tour, enjoy a flight, or grab a bite at one of their four eateries — the main bar, brewpub, taproom, or the “Dam Bar,” which uses downed beaver trees as roof supports and salvaged wood for the remainder. Woodstock suggests it’s the perfect place to get stuck for the day. While Woodstock Inn has an array of beer as fresh as the White Mountains, their highest-rated beverage is actually a non-alcoholic root beer named K & M Rootbeer. If you can’t make it out to the brewery, you may find it on tap at Providence’s own Malted Barley. woodstockinnbrewery.com
Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont, is an Austrian-inspired resort founded by the Trapp family. The von Trapp Family is best known for their portrayal in The Sound of Music; however, they have since distanced themselves from the film due to its inaccuracies. The resort is still run by direct descendants of the von Trapps, and they have dedicated the space to their passion for winter sports, music and Austrian culture. The on-site brewery — or as they refer to it, the “bierhall” — is a fairly new addition that premiered on Oktoberfest in 2016. After much research and a lengthy trip to Austria, Johannes von Trapp, president of The Trapp Family Lodge, identified the exact type of traditional Austrian lager he wanted to brew that incorporated centuries-old recipes and fresh spring water cultivated on site. Complete with accurate Austrian architecture, European seating, and even tap handles modeled after Ibex horns, the Trapp family bierhall is certain to give guests a unique beer experience. Their highly rated Bavarian Pilsner has been described as “crushable,” a perfect day drinking beer while you bask in the majesty of the Vermont mountains from sunrise to sunset. trappfamily.com/brewery.htm
If you prefer to keep it local, Hotel Viking in Newport offers a balanced mix of history and luxury and Newport natives welcome guests with a unique Newport experience. Although there is no brewery on site, the on-site dining option, One Bellevue Restaurant, offers quaint, upscale dining. They pride themselves on their handcrafted cocktails and also offer a rotating draft list. In close proximity to some of RI’s finest breweries, including Newport Craft and the up-and-comer Reject’s Beer Co., Hotel Viking is a prime getaway for beer lovers. Just 7 minutes away, Newport Craft Brewing & Distillery Co. is one of Rhode Island’s first major breweries and Rhode Island’s first licensed distillery in over 135 years. Their two-story tasting room is the perfect hideaway for you and your Valentine to sip some of the state’s highest-rated beers on tap, including cult favorite Rhode Rage, a crisp double IPA. To keep the beer (and romance) pouring all night, head to Norey’s on Broadway. This classic established brewpub hosts an eclectic array of beer on tap, as well as some seriously sweet desserts that are perhaps Newport’s best-kept secret. hotelviking.com