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. Concerts, 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.
A 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.