I'm considering camping in late August for 3-4 nights with two boys aged 7 & 9. We are coming from central MA. We've done the White Mountains in NH a few times but never VT.
We like bike riding with few if any hills, easy but rewarding hikes, a lake or at least nice stream for swimming/wading, maybe an affordable canoe rental, and some interesting restaurants/shops/diversions nearby.
I like the idea of Stowe's rec trail and Smuggler's Notch drive and boulders to scramble on, but am less enthusiastic about the four-hour drive. Woodstock saves us an hour and may cut down some on the are-we-there-yet-itis. But I know little about Woodstock other than it's a cool little town, and more compressed than Stowe.
Any thoughts or ideas? I have seen many comparisons between the two towns, but seemingly always relative to adults leaf-peeping. Yor help is greatly appreciated!