Taste 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.
Posts Tagged ‘Woodstock’
April 14th, 2014 by Kathy Terwelp
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.
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.
Vermont’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 restaurants 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!
February 3rd, 2014 by Kathy Terwelp
Did 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.
March 12th, 2013 by Kathy Terwelp
March 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).
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!).
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!
An 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!
November 29th, 2012 by Kathy Terwelp
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.
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.
November 14th, 2012 by Kathy Terwelp
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.
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.
June 12th, 2012 by Kathy Terwelp
It’s a tradition of summer here at The Jackson House Inn – celebrating our nation’s birthday on the Fourth of July. We would like to welcome you to our Woodstock, Vermont bed and breakfast/inn with a special holiday offer. Book two nights during the holiday week (July 3 – July 6) and take $50 off the room rate total, stay for three nights and we’ll take $100 off! Best of all, if you stay on the 4th, you have a perfect seat on our bed and breakfast’s front porch for the fabulous Woodstock community firework show in one of our Kennedy rockers or wicker chairs. The Jackson House Inn is located directly across Route 4 from the site of the event!
Enjoy an active beginning of the day by registering for the 36th Annual John Langhans Green Mile Road Race. This 7.1 mile challenging run/walk through beautiful Woodstock, VT begins with registration on race day at 8:00 am on the Village Green for $35 (or in advance – online at Active.com for $30.00). Walkers start: 8:30, runners start: 9:00am. All participants receive a free t-shirt and snacks. Awards, live music and dancing are sponsored by the Spectrum Teen Center.
Or, prefer a casual, stroll in the morning? Begin the day at Billings Farm and Museum for an Old Vermont Fourth of July. Their celebration takes visitors back in time to 1890 (the same year Mr. Wales Johnson built the original portion of our inn!) for a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a spelling bee, and historic debates to name a few events. Visit Billings Farm from 10AM – 5PM.
The Town of Woodstock (in conjunction with Pentangle Arts Council and The Spectrum Teen Center) sponsors a fun-filled Fourth of July at Woodstock Union High School. Enjoy games, picnic food (grilled hot dogs, burgers, sausages,…), live musical entertainment and, of course, the great fireworks after dark! Walk across from the inn to the field and mingle with our community friends, then return to The Jackson House porch for a spectacular view of the show!
Happy Summer from The Jackson House Inn!
May 8th, 2012 by Kathy Terwelp
The grounds at The Jackson House Inn are full of singing birds, blooming flowers and the ever-changing greens of spring. Tropical Storm Irene did leave her mark on our area, but the mild winter and warm temperatures have given us an early carpet of green. Roads are repaired, bridges are back (or on their way with planned projects), and support continues. For those of you who are familiar with our nearby section of US Route 4 in Woodstock, you will find the Woodstock Farmers’ Market offering their delicious sandwiches, prepared foods and products, and we eagerly await the return of the beloved White Cottage Snack Bar (looks to be very soon). Billings Farm & Museum is welcoming guests, and the hiking trails on Mt. Tom show even wider views of the “green” of central Vermont. “Green-Up Day” was coordinated on Saturday, May 5, in Woodstock and around the state to give the outdoors a good spring cleaning! As relative newcomers (only in our second year as residents in the state), we have already been amazed by the resilient, hard-working nature of everyone we meet. Native Vermonters are, indeed, proud of their Green Mountain State heritage, and those of us who have chosen the state as home feel that sense of pride. Another encouraging sight is the increasing number of green “Vermont Strong” license plates on local streets, in parking lots and on highways. The state is offering license plates for Vermont registered vehicles with proceeds going to select non-profits. The image was created by two native Vermonters, Eric Mallette and Lyz Tomsuden, whose response to the needs of Irene went viral (http://www.iamvermontstrong.com/).