Somehow we picked the perfect weekend to visit Woodstock, Vermont. The first snow of the year was forecasted for the morning after our arrival, signaling the official start of winter, and the roads were clear for our drive up from Boston. I left the city on Sunday morning with Adam joining me later that evening after his Boston Pops performance. It’s a miracle that we managed to sneak away during pops season at all, to be honest. Holiday Pops was just getting started, so I knew it was now or never! So we called up our dog sitter and drove north for some country air and fingers crossed, some snow.
Where we stayed: Jackson House Inn
We stayed in the 'Christine Jackson' suite and loved it. Our room had a fluffy king sized bed, a fireplace and a spacious bathroom complete with a towel warmer and a massage tub. We have a queen bed at home so sleeping in a king sized bed always feels super luxurious. The gas fireplace was perfect for the cold nights and the giant tub was a great place to relax after a full day out and about.
A few of our favorite amenities: freshly brewed organic coffee delivered outside of our room every morning, a mini-fridge stocked with bottled water, polar seltzer, and other drinks and organic teas in the common areas. We're addicted to polar seltzer so we enjoyed a few cold ones! Also, a couple of delicious red kite caramels in our room at arrival.
We awoke on our first morning eager to explore the town but first, breakfast. We'd heard so many wonderful things about the breakfast at the Jackson House and how well fed we'd be during our stay. We couldn't wait to check it out!
Once we were seated, the performance began. Rick, one of the innkeepers, began by explaining the dishes that he had prepared and the story behind their ingredients. He wakes up daily at 4 a.m. to prepare the mornings menu. Once the food arrived it was immediately evident that his cooking was thoughtful and deeply connected to local Vermont ingredients. Each dish had a story and was prepared in a surprising way. Think sous-vide homemade yogurt, award-winning cheeses and homemade sorbet for a palate cleanse between dishes. One day Rick served a Welsh rarebit for our second course. If you have no idea what a rarebit is, it's ok. Neither did I! I wikipedia'd it. Rick serves his "Vermont style" with a blend of three Jasper Hill award-winning cheeses and it's to. die. for. Also, that sous vide yogurt was unreal.
After a two-night stay at the Jackson House Inn we completely understand why Yankee Magazine awarded this bed and breakfast the "best couples retreat" for 2016. If you're looking for a quiet, cozy hideaway, you'll be quite pleased. Our only regret was not staying longer. Thank you for the wonderful stay, Rick and Kathy!
After breakfast we took a short drive into town to wander around the snowy streets of Woodstock. Stop number one was the iconic Woodstock Middle Bridge. It's been a few years since I ran the Covered Bridges Half Marathon and I said I'd never run 13 miles again, but these adorable covered bridges had me reconsidering. So quintessential New England. ✨
There are so many adorable shops in Woodstock, but here are a few of our favorites: Gillingham's General Store, Yankee Bookshop, Farmhouse Pottery, the Woodstock Farmers Market and Woodstock Hops N' Barley. I'll talk more about where we explored, where we shopped and where we ate in part 2 of this post later this week so stay tuned!
Where are you favorite spots in Woodstock?
Note: I received a complimentary stay at the Jackson House Inn but as always, all opinions and photos are my own. Thank you for reading!