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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.  Enjoy these photos of their work and products – visit their online store for a unique, memorable taste of Vermont.

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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.

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In Woodstock Vermont, March Madness is now Maple Madness!

March 4th, 2014 by Kathy Terwelp

March in Vermont means the beginning of a ritual – winter white changing to spring green -  and maple sugaring season.  Sap buckets and lines are out and all are awaiting the temperatures to bring on the “drip” that signals a very special time.

Maple trees are tapped, Sugar houses await the boilingVermont’s Maple Open House Weekend is scheduled for March 22 – 23, 2014.  Sugar makers throughout the state open their businesses to tell their stories and share their craft of boiling to make the most delicious maple syrup!  This year, Woodstock is making maple the theme of a new 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, beautifully decorated sap buckets will be available for silent auction bidding.

To top it off, a Maple Taste-around with samples from local Maple Madness, Woodstock, VT - artist-decorated sap bucket auctionrestaurants and producers will take place at Suicide Six Lodge from 6 – 8:30PM on Saturday evening with maple cocktails for purchase and live music by Sabrina Brown and Bob Merrill. Final bidding will take place on the sap buckets with select buckets presented in a live auction led by Woodstock’s own Norm Frates.

Need some exercise to wear off the calories from delicious foods and beverages?  Sign up with Vermont Overland for Sunday morning’s Maple Adventure Ride – taking a route between sugarhouses in the Woodstock area.  A weekend to celebrate a fabulous product in a quintessential Vermont town!

Frosty, Festive February in Woodstock, VT

February 3rd, 2014 by Kathy Terwelp

Wintry scene outside Woodstock VTDid 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).

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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!

Woodstock’s Holiday Happenings at The Jackson House Inn

November 20th, 2013 by Kathy Terwelp

Winter_High Res (11 of 11)That time of year is approaching – early December brings sparkling lights in the trees in the Village of Woodstock, Vermont.  The shop windows are decorated, and excitement is in the air.  Billings Farm & Museum showcases the traditions of the past while music and winter refreshments add to the festivities.  And, of course, our inn is decorated to welcome the happiest of holiday seasons, including our maze – voted “Best Place to Kiss in New England” last winter!

The Jackson House Inn is the perfect location to enjoy one of Vermont’s Top Ten Winter Events – Woodstock’s Wassail Weekend.  Let The Jackson House Inn host your holiday visit to Wassail WeekendConcerts, a horse parade, a house tour and the food and drink of the season make this the ideal holiday memory – events fill the weekend from Friday, December 13 to Sunday, December 15.  So, what is wassail?  The term comes from Medieval England, the Norse phrase “ves heill” meaning to “drink to the health.”  The warm drink “wassail” began as an ale which is brewed with spiced apples and sugar (or other tasty combinations…).  The tradition grew from singers traveling from house-to-house during the Solstice and then became embraced by many as an early Christmas celebration.  Many versions of the festive drink will be sampled in the local restaurants, shops and homes!  Click to see video of Wassail Weekend.

Holiday traditions for The Jackson House Inn in Woodstock, VermontA few rooms remain at The Jackson House Inn for you to experience a special beginning to the holiday season in Woodstock, Vermont.  We’ll provide you with a restful night’s sleep in our classic bedrooms or one-room suites (all suites offer a gas fireplace, some also include massage tubs), and in the morning sit by our floor-to-ceiling wood-burning fireplace to enjoy a delicious fresh breakfast highlighting local, organic products to sustain you for each fun-filled day.

 

 

“March” to Woodstock – It’s Maple Syrup Time!

March 12th, 2013 by Kathy Terwelp

Sugar House near Woodstock and The Jackson House InnMarch in Vermont is unpredictable and full of surprises.  One beautiful sight is smoke billowing from the top of a sugar house – a sign of predictably delicious maple syrup coming to life! To celebrate the product and the people who make it happen, the weekend of March 23 and 24 is designated by the Vermont Sugar Makers Association as Maple Syrup Open House Weekend. Come to Woodstock and The Jackson House Inn for a getaway visit!

Rick will be featuring maple products in each breakfast.  And – our special Sweet Winter Suite rate of $199 will be in effect for this weekend (or check on a reduced rate for our Classic rooms).

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Then take a trip to one or several local maple syrup producers to view (and in some cases help with) the process of sugaring and boiling sap.  Our neighbors at Sugarbush Farm, Top Acres Farm, and Elm Grove Farm all have special events and treats planned.  Taste so many varieties, and choose your favorite to take home (of course there will be cheese and jellies and other wonderful products to add to your bag!).

 

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!

Wassail Weekend in Woodstock – Celebrate at The Jackson House Inn

November 29th, 2012 by Kathy Terwelp

Let The Jackson House Inn host your holiday visit to Wassail Weekend

Click to see video of Wassail Weekend

The Jackson House Inn is the perfect location to enjoy one of Vermont’s Top Ten Winter Events – Woodstock’s Wassail Weekend.  Concerts, a horse parade, a house tour and the food and drink of the season make this the ideal holiday memory – events span the weekend from Friday through Sunday.  Billings Farm & Museum showcases the traditions of the past while music and winter refreshments will add to the festivities.  Don’t forget your holiday shopping list as you visit the artisans and merchants who welcome you to browse their special collections in a picture-perfect Vermont village.

Our inn is decorated to welcome the happiest of holiday seasons, and we’ll provide you with a restful night’s sleep in our classic bedrooms or one-room suites (all suites offer a gas fireplace, some also include massage tubs).  In the morning, sit by our floor-to-ceiling wood-burning fireplace to enjoy a delicious fresh breakfast highlighting local, organic products to sustain you for each fun-filled day.    Click here to see an overview of the three days of holiday excitement.

Holiday traditions for The Jackson House Inn in Woodstock, Vermont

Holiday lights welcome you to The Jackson House Inn

So, what is wassail?  The term comes from Medieval England, the Norse phrase “ves heill” meaning to “drink to the health.”  The warm drink “wassail” began as an ale which is brewed with spiced apples and sugar (or other tasty combinations…).  The tradition grew from singers traveling from house-to-house during the Solstice and then became embraced by many as an early Christmas celebration.  Many versions of the festive drink will be sampled in the local restaurants, shops and homes!

A few rooms remain at The Jackson House Inn for you to experience a special beginning to the holiday season in Woodstock, Vermont.

 

 

The 3 R’s of The Jackson House Inn – relaxation, rejuvenation, romance

November 14th, 2012 by Kathy Terwelp

Winter at the Jackson House Inn, a bed and breakfast getaway in Woodstock, Vermont

Come to The Jackson House Inn for a cozy Woodstock, Vermont bed and breakfast getaway.  Enjoy two weekend nights in one of our suites or classic rooms and pay the weekday rate – a savings of up to 15%.  The leaves have dropped, so the views of white birches and evergreens frame rolling hillsides and landscapes.

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Stroll the shops and galleries in Woodstock village and surrounding towns – a bit of early holiday shopping?  Visit Billings Farm & Museum for holiday traditions of days gone by or get in that first early run at one of the nearby ski hills – Killington and Okemo have trails for you!   Breathe in fresh air along the hiking paths of Mount Tom or the Appalachian Trail.  Then return to the inn to soak in one of our massage tubs or sit by our floor-to-ceiling fireplace, then sink into our soft featherbeds for a perfect night’s sleep.

Take advantage of our reduced rates to refresh in Woodstock, Vermont, during the weekends of November 30/December 1 or December 14/15 before the busy holidays arrive.  And, of course, we can always add a celebration package to put the final touch on a special weekend.

 

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