Blog :: 11-2014

The Jackson House Inn Makes Mornings Magical

thistle hill tarentaise (2) As one key element of breakfast this morning Jackson House Innkeeper Rick Terwelp presented his guests with Thistle Hill Tarantaise cheese from North Pomfret -- just a few miles away -- drizzled with local honey. Cups, plates and bowls made across the street at Farmhouse Pottery provided sturdy simple elegance to the dining tables which sit either next to a blazing fireplace or a serene picture window looking out on a November landscape, grounds still green up to the hillside. jackson house breakfastIt's all the little details with a commitment to local, local, local that make a difference to Jackson House Inn guests, according to Kathy Terwelp, Rick's wife and co-innkeeper who we found with a welcoming smile and bundle of tablecloths in her arms on a recent morning. Rick and Kathy

Rick and Kathy have owned and run the Jackson House Inn for four years now, having bought and made many improvements since 2010. But Kathy says they never were the couple that sat around dreaming about running a bed and breakfast but when they had the opportunity after many, many years visiting Woodstock, they bought the property, believing it felt the most "Vermonty." They have kept the place fresh, with a twinkle and sparkle that seems evident everywhere. Now, they marvel at having served guests from almost all 50 States, South Africa, South America and beyond. Originally from New Jersey (Rick working the commuter run into Manhattan), the Terwelps got to know Woodstock while taking their two kids to and from nearby Camp Billings. lighted treesRick's passion is cooking (yes, we'd say a total foodie!) who puts so much care into creating locally-sourced, elegant breakfasts that Kathy says it is now one of the signature experiences of the Jackson House Inn stay. People skills are paramount, of course, in the hospitality business -- especially at a bed and breakfast where guests and innkeepers interact on an intimate level. And Kathy certainly has these skills in spades, having worked first as an elementary school teacher and then as a curriculum coordinator. She notes that in education you are dealing with people's most precious thing: their kids so that certainly seems useful for helping people enjoy their visits to the Jackson House Inn and to Woodstock. Review after online review of the Jackson House Inn notes the Terwelps care and graciousness in making people's stays exceptional. It doesn't hurt that they have invested in the property and structure in major ways, first re-furbishing the grand front porch, recently re-doing the bathrooms and improving the guest rooms. All have a well-polished touch of design -- somehow crisply up-to-date in a well-burnished atmosphere. jackson house scene setterThe Jackson House Inn certainly evokes Vermont and its history of wayside New England inns but without any degree of old-world stuffiness. You can almost breathe the fresh air through the dining room windows as private park-like spaces beckon, "Come outside, let nature soothe and rejunvenate you." Jackson House roomAnd when you come in from outside, from wandering Woodstock Village or skiing nearby Suicide Six, Killington or Okemo, the Jackson House Inn rooms make you want to snuggle up, just let go, rest knowing, of course, that Innkeeper Rick, with that little twinkle in his eye, will be creating something scrumptious for you when you get up in the morning. http://jacksonhouse.com/

Norwich, VT: Sophisticated Small and Near Dartmouth College

Norwich church Norwich, Vermont is one of those places that looks like a historical reconstruction version of an old New England settlement and you expect plainly clothed citizens to emerge from the white clapboard homes -- think Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts -- but it is, in fact, a very "au courant" community attractive to Dartmouth professors and doctors as well as free-thinking artists, writers and simply those interested in living as part of a small community. In addition to folks who work in education and medicine, you'll find a handful of non-profit organizations as well as small-scale farmers. Located in Windsor County, this town along the Connecticut River, just a mile or so from Hanover, New Hampshire and Dartmouth College has a population of about 3,414. While the Village Green and the local elementary school might be considered the center of the town, the gas station and General Store that has EVERYTHING, Dan and Whit's, is arguably Norwich's best meeting place. The Norwich Inn, The Norwich Bookstore, Post Office, yoga studios, wine stores and many other small shops, as well as attorneys and doctors' offices are all within walking distance of each other. Norwich offers small-town living on a manageable, still-human scale. Yet, just across the river are movie theaters, museums, major shopping, lectures, football and hockey games and everything an Ivy League college town has to offer. Norwich HouseNorwichNorwich also has several of its own recreational areas from family friendly playgrounds and picnic areas to more off-the-beaten track hiking trails. It is handily located right off Interstate 91 near the junction with Interstate 89. For those who love to swim, a major aquatic center is just down the interstate and is the center for a regional swim team as well as masters classes. Lebanon Municipal Airport serves Boston Logan as does the convenient Dartmouth Coach luxury bus service to both Boston and New York City. Some of the most influential people in the country choose to quietly and discreetly live in Norwich or own second homes that serve as welcome refuges from their busy globally-involved lives. Norwich flourOne of Norwich's most notable and successful employers is King Arthur Flour which serves as a national destination for bakers. It also serves as a local watering hole for excellent bread, sandwiches, coffee and cakes. Within its footprint is also one of the studios belonging to Vermont Public Radio where many news reports and commentaries are produced. Interestingly, vpr Norwich is one of the few communities that shares a school system with another state. While young children go to public schools including Marion Cross Elementary in Norwich, once they get to high school age they attend Hanover, New Hampshire High School. Norwich was named after Norwich, Connecticut from whence many of its first residents came in the late 1700's. Its Congregational Church was established in 1770.

SOLD: Six Willows Farm, Hartland, Vermont

Six Willos mist It doesn't get any better or more beautiful than this farm property in Hartland, Vermont. Six Willows Farm was listed and sold by the Snyder Donegan Real Estate Group. It was the first time on the market in 50 years for this rare gem of a property. Fields, barns, paddocks, home, guest house, ponds, long-range views, chicken coop, well-located minutes from Woodstock Village, Hartland Four Corners, Interstate 91 and the rest of the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont. Six Willows Aerial

Six Willows Farm was listed for $1.6M and now that the sale has closed, ranks as the highest selling property in Hartland, Vermont this year.Six Willows Farm

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The Benchmark: Woodstock Village Real Estate Sale

16 Pleasant StreetThis benchmark for Woodstock Village real estate sales sold by Snyder Donegan Real Estate Group was listed for $2 million, making it the largest Woodstock Village real estate transaction this year. A perfectly tasteful renovation of a Pleasant Street colonial and its adjoining barn at the confluence of the Kedron Brook and Ottauquechee River, set among other stately and well-kept historical properties.16 Pleasant St 2Featuring a side, off-street entrance and well-landscaped grounds, 16 Pleasant Street offers a discreet location just steps to the vitality of downtown galleries, restaurants and shops and proximity to National Park hiking trails and the Billings Farm. Some of the features include an open kitchen and dining area, roomy for entertaining:16 Pleasant St. 4 Pleasant Street bathroomThe home also includes a separate wet bar/pantry area and bedrooms with dormer windows as well as completely renovated bathrooms.

A private outdoor living/patio area completes this impeccable Woodstock Village property. Pleasant Patiio