Boutique Hotel Brings New Life to Woodstock, Vermont

On six acres along the banks of The Ottauquechee River in Woodstock, Vermont a brand-new, 38-room boutique hotel grand opened in early July. This opening makes 506 On The River Inn the only new hotel to appear in this historic town in decades.

Though the hotel has enjoyed a soft opening for some months, the announcement that the final eight guest rooms and its pool, the sole indoor hotel pool in Woodstock, are now complete, brings the self-contained resort to complete fruition.

Immediately upon entering the hotel, guests are enveloped in the inn’s chic yet comforting modern meets farmhouse aesthetic.

The owners, Aaren Macksoud, a native of Woodstock, and Paulina Macksoud, are international hoteliers and part of a family business with properties in Berlin, Zanzibar and Kenya. The duo have gifted to their new endeavor an eclectic collection of memorabilia, gathered partially from international travels and partially locally sourced from Vermont and New England.

 The calculated application of earth tones to furnishings, wall colors and coverings creates an interior pastiche in sepia, where the vintage artifacts become the centerpieces. This muted aesthetic provides tranquility for guests and enhances the magnificent views from rooms and balconies of the Inn’s meadows, pond, gardens and the Ottauquechee River.

The property refuses to shake its quintessentially Vermont roots and continues to be that home-away-from home for those coming to Woodstock. The inn’s interior serves as a charming homage to Woodstock, evidenced by the remnants of the town’s history used as décor for the property’s walls.

Guests will find themselves entranced by the old jukebox and arcade games, by a dramatic apothecary counter that now serves as the bar in 506 Bistro, and by a stand-up writing desk in the lobby that once graced a nunnery in New Hampshire, as well as classic literature and vintage newspapers. In spite of this retro vibe, General Manager Josh Hardy promises that accommodations and accouterments are thoroughly contemporary. Hardy comes from an internationally recognized five-star resort a few miles away to open and continue evolving 506 On The River Inn.

506 On the River Inn offers expansive guest rooms and suites with premium king and queen beds, farm-to-fork food at fireside dinners in 506 Bistro offering a full bar with a selection of wines and Vermont craft beers, complimentary country breakfasts, massage treatments, WiFi, and concierge services, and many other well-considered details to meet the discerning demands of vacationers.

The grand opening rate this summer is from $249 per room per night, double occupancy. Included is a daily country breakfast. A special promotional rate of $198 per night is available on select evenings this summer.

Woodstock, Vermont, is a small town with a significant pedigree. Notable conversations centered on caring for Mother Earth began here at the nearby Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Outdoor loving visionaries created four-season recreation that includes, to name a few, white water rafting, skiing, hiking the Appalachian Trail, hot air ballooning, fly-fishing and horseback riding. Preservation efforts are ongoing to conserve a wealth of 18th and 19th century architecture spanning the Woodstock Green. This heritage inspired The Boston Globe to deem Woodstock as “quaint meets contemporary … ridiculously pretty.”

The new hotel is the Macksoud’s first in the United States. They also own and manage Palacina Berlin, Palacina Hotel Nairobi, Baraza Resort and Spa Zanzibar, Breezes Beach Club and Spa Zanzibar and The Palms Zanzibar.

For information and reservations please call (802) 457-7232 or email

506 On The River Inn is located at 1653 West Woodstock Road, Woodstock, Vermont 05091.


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