On the River Inn Opens in Picturesque Vermont
Four score ago (1934) Laurance Rockefeller, of THE Rockefeller clan, and Mary French were wed in Woodstock, Vermont, and became hoteliers by purchasing the Woodstock Inn. Now another family-owned hotel has opened in the white clapboard town of Woodstock – 506 On the River Inn – the first US hotel for the family who owns and manages the Palacina and Zanzibar Collections in Europe and East Africa. This hotel is, however, a sentimental favorite for the family because husband Aaren grew up in Woodstock.
The 30-room On the River Inn comes across as a chic country estate – warm and comfy designed by a family with means. The palette is natural linen, stone, weathered leather and distressed wood with some design quirks that include old Vermonter quotes on throw pillows (“Hard telling, not knowing” – yeah, we don’t know what it means either) and an open country-style kitchen with a carpenter’s worktable and milk crates. Owner and designer Paulina Raguz of Palacina Interiors describes her concept as “a balance between a rustic farmhouse aesthetic and luxurious comfort. The décor is an homage to Vermont.”
All of the rooms have not only views of the Ottauquechee River, but balconies with two rocking chairs looking out over the river, free WiFi, a microwave and mini fridge, and local toiletries from quaintly-named Whisper Hill Bath & Body.
Other amenities include a lobby lounge, 506 Bistro & Lounge, library, games room, toddler play room and local artisan gift shop. In winter you’ll find a skating pond and a huge hearth where you can warm up afterwards.
The hotel is offering a special double opening rate of $189 during the week and $219 on the weekend. Breakfast is included, complete with maple syrup from the family farm.
[Photos: 506 On the River Inn]