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March Madness is MAPLE Madness in Woodstock, VT!

March 16th, 2015 by Kathy Terwelp

March has many of us watching NCAA basketball day and night with its thrills and excitement, but in Vermont we also watch winter white changing to spring green (with spring skiing tucked in, of course), and we watch the activity and smell the fabulous aromas of maple sugaring season.  First batches of sap for 2015 were collected and boiled last week with more to come.  With a ratio of anywhere from 20 – 50 gallons of sap for a 1-gallon jug of syrup, Mother Nature’s help with temperatures is needed on a regular basis through the month.  Warmer daytime temperatures help the starch to rise from the roots as sap along with some that may already be stored in the branches all of which drips into buckets (or through more modern tube systems) for collection.  Colder temperatures below freezing at night slow the process and give the trees a chance to recharge.


This year’s Vermont’s Maple Open House Weekendmaple-madness is scheduled for March 28-29, 2015.  Sugar makers throughout the state will open their sugar houses and shops to share their stories as they boil down gallons of sap for the most delicious maple syrup!  And once again, Woodstock is proudly marking the tradition with a maple-themed event – MAPLE MADNESS!  Free maple treats will be available on the Village Green from 11AM to 1PM, a maple leaf hunt through local businesses offers the chance to win a bucket of maple goodies, and beautifully decorated sap buckets will be available in stores and other local businesses for silent auction bidding.painted-cup


On Saturday evening, a Maple Taste-around with samples of maple items from local restaurants and producers will take place at Suicide Six Lodge from 6 – 8:30PM along with maple cocktails for purchase and live music.   The event also provides one last chance to bid on the sap buckets with a few select buckets auctioned in live bidding led by Woodstock’s own Norm Frates.


The next morning, Vermont Overland will again host a Maple Adventure Ride – taking a gravel road trek to a sugar house in the Woodstock area.  Come to a special New England location to celebrate a truly special New England taste, and remember to take some with you as a memory through the months ahead.


Natural, Soothing Whisper Hill Scents at The Jackson House

January 30th, 2015 by Kathy Terwelp

whisperhill35272bRelax, refresh, reconnect – these words describe how we want guests to spend their time at The Jackson House Inn, regardless of the season.  And whether you return to your room from the warmth of summer hikes or adventures in Woodstock or the cold of winter skiing at Killington or Okemo, you will always feel refreshed as you enjoy our products from WHISPER HILL BATH & BODYIMG_0409In-room soaps along with our bath and shower amenities all offer fresh scents of citrus or mint created with natural essential oils and nourishing ingredients.  Your skin will thank you!  And as you enjoy the inn’s public spaces, a mix of winter spices or lemon verbena fills the air with gently soothing aromas whenever Whisper Hill soy candles are lit in the entryway.


Natural bathroom amenities from Whisper Hill

Whisper Hill products have been our choice for guest use since the re-opening of The Jackson House Inn over four years ago.  Our themes of natural, local, environmentally-friendly and, of course, quality all fit seamlessly with Randy and Jennie Cysyk’s approach to creating gentle, luxuriously natural bath and body products. Their shop in Quechee Gorge Village gives our guests the chance to take home a wide array of mementos, keeping Vermont alive once their visit has come to an end (and you can always re-order online).


You’ll have difficulty making choices – lotions, soaps, candles, sprays and accessories will be sure to find a way into your travel bags.  As Whisper Hill’s website states, “Here’s to your health, well-being and comfort!”


Potlicker Kitchen at the Jackson House – Local VT Goodness

January 19th, 2015 by Kathy Terwelp

Craft beers from Vermont to spread on your favorite morning baked treat at The Jackson House Inn

Vermont’s finest craft beers now come in a jelly jar – courtesy of Potlicker Kitchen!

Jackson House Inn breakfasts feature local products - beer jellies made from Vermont's fabulous craft breweries!

A great duo from The Potlicker Kitchen’s collection of beer jelly, a very hard decision if you have to choose a favorite…

What is better on a cold winter day than curling up with a freshly baked scone or biscuit?  One answer is to top it with a selection of unbelievably creative jelly from The Potlicker Kitchen!  Nancy and Walter Warner moved to Vermont in 2009 and the rest is history.  Nancy’s love of local food and preserving those products has unfolded into connections with all things Vermont (and beyond).  Her small-batch artisan fruit jams and wine jellies were quickly gobbled up at local farmers’ markets during the earliest years of her production, but it has been her connection with the amazing Vermont craft beer movement that now clearly sets her apart.


We first met her in Woodstock at the Chamber of Commerce’s Market on the Green and were immediately drawn to her intriguing line of beer jellies featuring local breweries.  Nancy has created a flavor profile for any beer and/or jelly lover, and we love to share!   On the Jackson House Inn breakfast boards, we offer unique pairings of Harpoon Brewery’s IPA alongside a Stout (maybe a Chocolate or Wolaver’s Oatmeal) or a seasonal Pumpkin Ale beside Otter Creek Brewery’s Black IPA to sample with bites of Rick’s light, airy scones.  The Potlicker even has Heady Topper Jelly in production!  Bring your taste buds and enjoy this local treasure.


And, if beer for breakfast is a bit too far-fetched (or you want to enjoy it all day long), visit Nancy’s Potlicker blog where she researches and shares delicious ways to serve her products at any time of day or night!


Thistle Hill and The Jackson House – Another Local Connection

November 18th, 2014 by Kathy Terwelp

IMG_2677 - Version 3One of the most wonderful parts of living in Woodstock, Vermont is the opportunity to meet passionate people and to then share their products and stories with our Jackson House Inn guests at breakfast (and, of course, to enjoy them ourselves). Earlier this fall, we visited Thistle Hill Farm in nearby North Pomfret to meet with John Putnam to see where a special example of Vermont cheese magic happens. His Tarentaise cheese is an award-winning Alpine-style milk product (often called “Mountain Gruyere”) made from organic milk of Jersey grass-fed cows – look at this beautiful setting for the “girls” as they enjoyed a fall day.


John and his wife Janine traveled to the Alps in 1999 to find a style of cheese to match to the conditions in Pomfret and selected the Tarentaise from the French Alps as that product.  IMG_2678From the time the milk goes into the custom-made copper vat (one of only a few in the United States), to pressing in imported French presses, to pouring into molds and finally to its spot in the aging room, the product is cared for and monitored to make sure it is the absolute best it can be.  The cheese has won awards from both The American Cheese Society and the World Jersey Cheese Competition.  And, as a certified organic product, the Tarentaise cheese is, as Thistle Hill’s website states – “as natural a food as can be found.”


IMG_2437The buttery color and nutty flavor of this cheese make it truly unique and delicious.  Thistle Hill Farm’s Tarentaise cheese continually delights everyone’s tastebuds on breakfast boards at The Jackson House Inn!



Welcome Summer in Woodstock, VT – Something for Everyone

June 17th, 2014 by Kathy Terwelp

wideshotFinally – it’s time to enjoy yourself and embrace summer in New England!  Coming to Woodstock, Vermont puts you in the perfect location.  Whether you prefer exercise, theater, music, or history – you will find it in our town.  We have a few rooms remaining on weekends, so let us host your visit.

June 21:  Only a few spots remain in Long Trail’s Century Ride to benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Spmaking-ice-creamorts.  Our inn is only a 10-minute drive from the start/finish!  The 60-mile course passes near our inn…

June 20 – 29: BarnArts Center for the Arts presents “Little Shop of Horrors” – what fun!  The drive to Barnard from our inn is beautiful at this time of year.

June 28:  The Vermont Symphony Orchestra Summer Festival Tour will perform just outside Woodstock at Suicide Six Ski Area.  Gates open at 5PM, so grab a delicious picnic dinner from our friends at the Woodstock Farmers Market or head to the site after an early meal in the village.  (The rain location is directly across from our inn at Woodstock High School if Mother Nature does not cooperate.)

June 22 & 29:  June is Dairy Month, so visit Billings Farm & Museum to experience Ice Cream Sundays.  Help to make and then have a chance to taste a hand-cranked summer treat!  Displays and programs highlight the history of dairy farming and its wonderful contribution to the area.


Local, Organic, Delicious – A Sweet Welcome to The Jackson House Inn

April 14th, 2014 by Kathy Terwelp

Original-Caramels-tlTaste is extremely important to us at The Jackson House Inn, and we try to make sure that guests experience organic, local Vermont products in every way possible.  So it was an easy choice for us to share Red Kite Caramels as a welcome treat in our rooms.  Each time you remove the red wrapper, you are in for a melt-in-your-mouth delight, or as one of our guests told us – “…cruel and unusual punishment…to only have one.”  Elaine McCabe founded the Red Kite Candy in 2009 in honor of her brother and special family memories (another topic near and dear to us).  And Red Kite’s commitments to respect the environment by choosing organic ingredients, using recycled and/or compostable packaging, and practicing reduced energy use all add to the perfect connection with our own practices at the inn.  Visit their online store for a unique, memorable taste of Vermont.






Two “Houses” – A New Local Partnership

March 19th, 2014 by Kathy Terwelp

What a thrill to see our Jackson House Inn breakfast table set with Farmhouse Pottery!  Neighbors Zoe and James create stunning pieces just up the hill from the inn in Woodstock (literally “54 seconds” by car according to GoogleMaps).  We love that our guests enjoy water poured from a barrel jug, coffee sipped from silo mugs, dairy products and sugar packets from cream and sugar sets.  Borrowed from the Farmhouse website is a mission statement that clearly connects with our inn – “…Our work is our commitment to sustaining the farmer and the maker, the ones who are driven to explore and challenge themselves.”

Follow some of our pieces as they move from potter’s wheel to kiln to final touches and finally on The Jackson House Inn shelves and tables.  Truly a partnership we cherish and look forward to expanding.  Be sure to visit their online store and talk with us about visiting the Farmhouse workshop while you’re at The Jackson House.





Frosty, Festive February in Woodstock, VT

February 3rd, 2014 by Kathy Terwelp

winter-wonderlandDid you just turn the page on your calendar?  Find the best way to enjoy February in Vermont – a visit to Woodstock for a special getaway.  With easy access to cross-country and snowshoe trails, snowmobile rides, dogsledding and, of course, downhill skiing – embrace winter!  Special holiday offerings add to an even better New England experience.

The perfect Valentine’s Day dinner awaits at Cloudland Farm in North Pomfret where Chef Nick Mahood is preparing a special multi-course dinner on Friday the 14th.  This 1000-acre farm’s dining room, built from white pine harvested on the property, lies just north of Woodstock and was recognized by Yankee Magazine in 2013 as the Best Farm-to-Table experience in Vermont!  Products from the farm itself take center stage on a set menu served usually on Thursdays and Saturdays (dietary options can be requested in advance). A must-do during a visit at any time of year!

Then stay for the weekend and see amazing snow creations on the Woodstock Village Green during the Presidents’ Day holiday as the Vermont Flurry Snow Sculpture Festival takes center stage.  Teams construct stunning pieces of art (weather dependent).  Or, take a ride through local fields at Billings Farm and Museum during their Sleigh Ride Week, scheduled for Feb. 15 – 23.  Return to the Visitors’ Center and farmhouse to sample presidential cookie favorites.

And, new this year, a month-long celebration of jazz titled “Satchmuration” culminates on the weekend of February 21 – 23 with Jazz Revolutionaries Weekend.  The life and music of Louis Armstrong takes over the town with concerts, lectures, a special dinner and a Sunday stage performance at Town Hall.


It’s a Winter Wonderland in Woodstock, Vermont

December 19th, 2013 by Kathy Terwelp

Braeburn Siberians - just taking a snow break!

Braeburn Siberians – just taking a snow break!

Early snowfall has brought a white blanket to our grounds at The Jackson House Inn, so plan your visit to Woodstock for the winter of 2014!  Last year’s best-kept secret is now a popular, unforgettable way to spend an hour or more of your time on a dogsledding adventure with the Braeburn Siberians near Windsor.  Talk about energy – look at these adorable animals (a thank you to our guest, Corrina, for the photos).


Checking the passengers?

The experience of a Vermont dogsled ride is like no other – the sounds of the sleds running over the snow, the dogs barking in delight and whatever nature may have to share.  In conjunction with Great River Outfitters, you can reserve a tour on Fridays and Sundays to travel through the fields or under the stars and moonlight for 45 unforgettable minutes along the Connecticut River and through the Path of Life Garden.  Path of Life/Great Outfitters offers sleigh rides and snowshoeing, too!

And, of course, our Vermont bed and breakfast is only minutes from Suicide Six Ski Area, Wilderness Trails Nordic Center, and Killington Mountain’s Skyeship gondola.  Or, drive a bit further to experience Pico and Okemo Mountains for downhill excitement.

Winter has definitely arrived – come join us in Vermont!

Jackson House Inn Winter Adventures – Dogsleds, Sleighs, Skis

January 11th, 2013 by Kathy Terwelp

Winter has covered our grounds at The Jackson House Inn (and the Woodstock area) with a beautiful blanket of white. So, it is the perfect time to plan a visit for a wintry adventure!

Enjoy a winter dogsledding adventure just outside WoodstockAn exciting new opportunity that our family just experienced a week ago is the Moonlight Dogsled Tour pulled by the beautiful animals from the Braeburn Siberians in Windsor.  In conjunction with Great River Outfitters, you can reserve a tour on Wednesday and Friday evenings to travel under the stars and moonlight for 45 unforgettable minutes along the Connecticut River and through the Path of Life Garden.  The experience of a Vermont dogsled ride is like no other – the only sounds are the sleds running over the snow, the dogs barking in delight and whatever nature may have to share.  Or you can choose a daylight experience on Fridays and Sundays.  Owners, Kathy Bennett and Alex MacLennan share 35 purebred beauties who, believe me, LOVE to run in the snow  (Jasper was particularly excited on our run!).  And, yes, there is a comfy warm start house where you can enjoy hot beverages and delicious homemade baked treats!  But that’s just the beginning for your winter fun.  Path of Life/Great Outfitters offers sleigh rides and snowshoeing, too!  Want more –  schedule a 2- or 4- hour excursion on Wednesday or Saturday directly with the dog owners through their Braeburn site.

Sleigh rides are also available with advance reservations every day at Woodstock’s own Sugarbush Farm.  See the very trees that bring us their delicious maple syrup.  Then return to the cheese and maple syrup tasting room (hot drinks are also available).

And, of course, our Vermont bed and breakfast is only minutes from Suicide Six Ski Area and Wilderness Trails Nordic Center.  Or, drive a bit further to experience Killington, Pico and Okemo Mountains for downhill excitement.

Winter has definitely arrived – come join in!