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Breakfast Highlights Vermont’s Award-Winning Cheesemakers

December 1st, 2015 by Kathy Terwelp

IMG_1577Vermont has always been known for its cheese – but the long-recognized cheddars are now sharing the spotlight with some amazing options which are gaining national and international accolades.  Many of Rick’s breakfast courses at The Jackson House Inn have been created to share these cheese products with our guests.  Guaranteed you will be visiting markets and farms to take them home!


Within a few miles of The Jackson House Inn and Woodstock, Thistle Hill Farm in North Pomfret and Spring Brook Farm in Reading are both producing an incredible semi-hard alpine-style cheese known as Tarentaise.  The farms use an organic base of raw cows’ milk which is aged to perfection and results in butterscotch color and nutty flavor.  No wax, no preservatives, no synthetic ingredients – just pure goodness!  John and Janine Putnam and their family at Thistle Hill and the staff at Spring Brook have both been awarded multiple medals at the American Cheese Society competitions and boast gold medals in international competitions too.



If you love blue cheese as much as we do, come to Vermont for some of the world’s best!  Plymouth Artisan Cheese in Plymouth Notch has rejuvenated the cheese-making production of Calvin Coolidge’s father (Plymouth Cheese Factory is the second oldest cheese factory in the United States) with wonderful award-winning cheddars based on elements of the Coolidge recipes, and their “Red, White and Blue” is an American Cheese Society medal winner and worth the trip!  A bit further from Woodstock, but absolutely a “must-have” is Bayley Hazen Blue from the Cellars at Jasper Hill in Greensboro.  Its softer, milder blue flavor is unforgettable, and it was named the World’s Best Unpasteurized Cheese in 2014!!  A small wedge on our breakfast cheese board will certainly make a memory.


But, we cannot forget the sheep and goats…Vermont Shepherd in Westminster boasts 2015 First Place American Cheese Society honors for its Verano along with many other forms of recognition in national and international competitions.  Classified as “mountain cheeses”, the passion in the products of David and Yesenia and family comes through in every bite.  The farm is one of the oldest sheep farms in Vermont with three generations of shepherds currently tending the animals and the cheese-making process.  Vermont Creamery in Websterville is one of many producers of superb goats milk cheeses in the state. Their story is the result of an amazing coincidence (and talent) when Allison was able to draw on her experience in France to craft a chèvre for a French chef’s preparation of a state dinner.  With that – the idea was formed and the farm and production followed!  Creations have evolved into many types of cheeses and, again, have been recognized regularly by the American Cheese Society and other competitions.  Rick’s winter first course at breakfast which pairs a lightly crisped slice of their fresh goat cheese log with warmed grapefruit will more than satisfy!11-01-2015 289


Take a Hike in Woodstock – A Yoga Hike, that is!

July 10th, 2015 by Kathy Terwelp

What could be better than a relaxing yoga session in the beauty of the Vermont outdoors!  Healthy exploring among the hills and views of Woodstock will be what you experience when you take a yoga hike.  Our neighbor, “Miss Amanda” Anderson of Inner Life Yoga, has created an activity that blends fresh Vermont air and spectacular landscapes with the principles of yoga.  Having taught yoga for nearly ten years now, Miss Amanda trained in Italy to teach Vinyasa Flow Yoga and has studied meditation as well.


Each Saturday morning throughout the summer and early fall, she embarks on a two-hour trek on Mt. Peg here in Woodstock and every 3rd Tuesday, she does the same at Quechee Gorge.  Other specially-themed yoga hikes are scheduled throughout the summer in nearby towns too.  The cost per person for a two-hour hike is $20.  As Miss Amanda’s website states, “…The Yoga Hike begins with stretches at the trailhead and a few moments of reflection.  Then we hike using simple yogic principles of movement with scenic stops for “Yoga Breaks.” After hiking, we use yoga to cool down and rest. To deepen the experience, we incorporate periods of silence into our hike…”.  .  Never done yoga?  No problem.  You are in control of how much you push and how much you skip.  Just walk and breathe at your own pace, try the poses and stretches when you want to!  Or, Miss Amanda does schedule “Uplevel” hikes at times if you feel you need a bit more of an advanced level.  She is also happy to arrange time for groups if you are traveling with family and/or friends.11125540_1588505914743901_9055217909420425830_o



We would love to connect you with Miss Amanda for more information or to arrange for you to join in on the fun that a yoga hike will create.  Visit her website – – or her Facebook page to learn more about this fabulous way to spend time in Woodstock!


Beer Served Near Here is “Worthy”

May 21st, 2015 by Kathy Terwelp

Craft beer is taking over in all parts of the US and the world.  And, Vermont is home to some of the absolute best!


IMG_1544Three Vermont breweries are represented in BeerAdvocate’s Top 250 beers – The Alchemist’s Heady Topper is #1(!), with Lawson’s Finest Liquids and Hill Farmstead Brewery having one product in the top 15 and many more as the list continues.  But, while Heady Topper remains in limited distribution closer to their brewery in Waterbury, VT, our friendly WORTHY KITCHEN right here in Woodstock offers you the chance to regularly sample products of the other two.  And, their blackboard of 18 taps includes other special Vermont options from breweries such as Zero Gravity, Rock Art, Foley Brothers and Fiddlehead along with names you will recognize (and enjoy) from across the country.


But, the beer is not the only reason to visit with our friends at Worthy – food completes the picture.  Nachos and wings – check, french fries (with truffle oil if you like) – check.  AND – local cheeses, meats and produce appear in such creative options that you will have some decisions to make as you try to match the beers.  10922422_366225126903278_5690102449848822470_nThe blackboard changes regularly, so go to their Facebook page for updated photos and postings.  Jackson House Inn guest favorites have been the buttermilk fried chicken, the nachos, and, in case you can save room for dessert, the warm doughnuts (actually, save room!).



11243455_364995623692895_8949172778023682256_nOh, and yes, wines are available along with their special cocktails – often featuring local distilleries – and some local non-alcoholic ciders and sodas, too!  They are open for brunch/lunch on weekends or plan to enjoy a dinnertime treat on any day of the week or weekend.


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.