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Jackson House Inn & Restaurant in Woodstock, Vermont

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Jackson House Inn & Restaurant in Woodstock, Vermont
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What to Expect at The Jackson House:

Lots of peace and quiet. This historic inn doesn’t allow kids or pets, and cellphones are discouraged. It’s a pure adults-only heaven. And pure New England. Housed in an 1890 Victorian mansion in quaint Woodstock, The Jackson House has preserved its past with antiques in each room. But don’t let that fool you into thinking The Jackson House is outdated.

Guest rooms and suites have modern amenities and its restaurant, which serves organic, locally sourced foods, has impressed many food critics’ palates. The setting on 3.5 acres of wooded land and inn’s cozy ambience will turn couples into repeat guests.

Accommodations at The Jackson House:

Guests can choose from six modernized suites (four of which are housed in an addition built onto the inn in 1997) that come with gas fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, towel warmers, and garden views. For a more historic ambience, stay in one of The Jackson House’s nine guest rooms in the original mansion (each room is individually decorated and named) with furnishings that include four-poster beds, antiques, and French décor. (No tubs in the guest rooms.) All suites and all but two guest rooms have TVs with Direct TV service and wi-fi is available.

The Jackson House Restaurant:

Weekdays the restaurant is a bistro, and on Saturdays it offers a prix-fixe menu. For a signature bistro dish, taste the caramelized onion and Vermont goat cheese tart with wild arugula, spiced walnuts, and white truffle honey drizzle. Pair it with a 2005 Dr. Loosen, Bernkastler Lay Reisling Kabinette and you will see why the restaurant consistently wins Wine Spectator Awards. For breakfast, The Jackson House Inn makes its own baked goods including muffins, scones, cinnamon rolls, and waffles served with real Vermont maple syrup, of course.

Destination Weddings at The Jackson House:

The inn does not feature a standard wedding package, but it can customize all arrangements from meals to post-vows carriage rides. The Jackson House’s best wedding feature is its rehearsal dinners. Its restaurant with windows overlooking the gardens and a double-sided, wood-burning fireplace and candles on the tables are why people come to the Jackson House to celebrate special occasions.

Romance Package at The Jackson House:

The inn offers a discounted package called Carpe Diem (seize the day! -- and night) that includes two nights' lodging and dinner for two.

Nearby The Jackson House:

Woodstock, Vermont is only five minutes away by car and its historic buildings, shops, and art galleries make for a leisurely afternoon. So does a day trip to one of the United State’s eight Ivy League universities, Dartmouth College, which is a 30-minute drive. For active couples, hiking trails are plentiful in the Woodstock area. Mount Peg’s steep start leads to vistas of nearby mountains. Visitors can also fly fish, golf, kayak, ski, and snow shoe in season. For a romantic winter afternoon, The Jackson Inn can arrange carriage and sleigh rides.

Is The Jackson House Right for You?:

The Jackson House’s no-kid policy makes it blissful for couples seeking romance and solitude (We're not as sure about banning pets). Those who like a place with a past will appreciate its designation on the National Register of Historic Places and how the owners have maintained the inn’s subtle historical touches such as the ornate door fixtures and wood-burning stove in the living room. Wine connoisseurs will enjoy the inn’s nightly complimentary reception where they can sample a glass of wine. For the past decade, The Jackson House Inn & Restaurant has earned the AAA Four Diamond rating.

What Should You Know About Booking a Stay in The Jackson House?:

Getting to The Jackson House Inn requires a car. The closest airports are in Burlington, Vermont and Manchester, New Hampshire. If you fly into New York City, plan on a five-hour drive. But the travel time is worth it. The Jackson House Inn's location will give urbanites a much-needed respite. Be sure to ask when making a reservation if the room has a queen bed, as some rooms have twin beds. Be aware that the bathroom in the Clara's Corner suite is handicapped accessible, which can take away from suite’s romantic ambience. One more thing: Cellphone use is frowned upon when it can be heard by other guests.

Where to Find More Information About The Jackson House:

The Jackson House
114-3 Senior Lane
Woodstock, Vermont 05091
Reservations: 800-448-1890

Official Jackson House Web site

As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with complimentary accommodation and meals for the purpose of reviewing those services. While it has not influenced this review, About.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. For more information, see our ethics policy.

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