2014 Snow Sculpture Competition January 24-26 in Jackson

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January 24-26, 2014, are the dates for the annual New Hampshire Snow Sculpting Competition to be held at Black Mountain in Jackson. The winners of this year’s New Hampshire championship, open only to sculptors 18 and older who live or work in New Hampshire, will be invited to the National Championship in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin…


Happy Thanksgiving from the Inn at Ellis River!

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As this holiday season approaches, all of us at the Inn at Ellis River are thankful for many things, especially the wonderful guests we host throughout the year. We look forward to the first snowfall and the chance to enjoy all the wonderful outdoor sports from downhill and xc skiing to snowshoeing and snowmobiling, or…


Enjoy Our Spirited Chocolate Raisin Treats this Fall

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The Inn at Ellis River’s guests who participated in the Ghosts and Goblins Trail all had a great time, and two of our guests won first place among all the Trail participants for their Zombie costumes. The inn was decorated festively for Halloween ~ in fact, so well that the inn won first place among…


White Mountain School of Art: Shapleigh Exhibition Opens in Jackson, NH

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‘Shapleigh from the Inside Out’ is the new art exhibition opening October 18, 2013, at the Jackson, New Hampshire Historical Society. The opening is paired with the 11th annual White Mountain Art Sale from October 18th – 20th, 2013. The art sale features 19th century paintings by artists of the White Mountain School of Art…


Pumpkin People Return to Jackson, NH, October 1, 2013

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The Pumpkin People have returned with the foliage season in the Mt. Washington Valley. A Jackson village tradition for 26 years, there are over 55 displays to view until October 20.. Themes vary from White Mountain artists, to the newest British royal, to Despicable Me, Eskimos, Pumpkin Flowers, Harry Potter and more. Here at the…


Inn at Ellis River’s Cookie Recipe Published in New Cookbook

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A Taste of Northeast Country Inns, by Jackie White Simak, has just been published as an ebook on Amazon.com. The cookbook features over 250 recipes from about 100 Bed and Breakfasts and Country Inns in 11 Northeastern states. Originally published as a paperback in 2002, it has been updated with new recipes and translated into…


Foliage is Arriving in the White Mountains!

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Cool nights and warm days mean the leaves are starting to turn, especially in higher elevations. Our foliage drive north past Mt. Washington this week showed early color through Pinkham Notch, and north toward Errol and Dixville Notch. For a scenic drive through the northern White Mountains, follow Route 16 north from the Inn at Ellis…


A Black Bear visits the Inn at Ellis River

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Thanks to our guests and staff for these photos of the bear who has been a frequent visitor to the Inn this summer. It is one of the stable population of about 5,000 black bears living in New Hampshire. Now that the berries and apples are ripe, our bear seems to enjoy feasting in the woods…


Railfans Days at Conway Scenic Railroad, Sept. 14-15, 2013

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Are you a railroad fan? When you visit the North Conway and Jackson area in late spring, summer or fall, you can enjoy many railroad attractions including the Cog Railway up Mount Washington, the Notch Train or the Valley Train to Bartlett on the Conway Scenic Railroad, as well as the Hartmann Model RR &…


Celebrate Labor Day with a White Mountain Getaway!

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Celebrate the end of summer and the hard work you do all year with a relaxing getaway this Labor Day weekend. Our discounted holiday package includes a three night stay, dinner one evening at a local restaurant, discount for the Mt. Washington Auto Road, free use of Great Glen’s hiking trails, plus breakfasts and afternoon…


Go on a Moose Safari in New Hampshire’s White Mountains

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Moose enjoy their habitat in the White Mountains, especially boggy areas such as those created by beaver dams. Although you may not see a moose close to the Inn, drive north a bit toward Pinkham Notch, go west through Crawford Notch and along the Ammonousuc River, or take Bear Notch Road to the Kancamaugus Highway,…


Stroll the Village at Jackson NH’s First Art Gallery Walk, August 24, 2013

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Several art galleries in Jackson are hosting their first Art Walk from 4 to 8 pm on Saturday, August 24, 2013, come rain or shine. You’ll have the chance to explore the galleries, including White Mountain Photography, Cassidy Gallery, and Group 8 Gallery, see demonstrations by gallery artists, and enjoy refreshments. Galleries on the Art…


White Mountain Art and Artisan Festival is August 17 – 18, 2013

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The annual White Mountain Art and Artisan Festival in Jackson, NH is one of the premier art festivals in the Northern New England. Surrounded by scenery made memorable by the 19th Century White Mountain School of Art, this juried event features over 40 artists and artisans who will display sculpture, pastels, watercolors, etchings, photography, ceramics,…


Cool off with a refreshing glass of our Citrus Mint Iced Tea

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The Inn at Ellis River’s herb garden is thriving, and these warm summer afternoons are the perfect time to enjoy a cool refreshing glass of our Citrus Mint Tea ~ preferably beside our outdoor pool or in an Adirondack chair by the Ellis River. If you can’t get away for a visit to the White…


INDEPENDENCE DAY Celebrations Begin June 28, 2013!

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Plan to get a head start on celebrating Independence Day with Jackson, NH’s fireworks display on June 28. It’s an old-fashioned community event where you can stake out your spot on the golf course and watch the festive display beginning about 9 pm. Come early to claim a spot and sample some treats from the…


Wildquack Festival now will be July 6, 2013, in Jackson, NH

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The Wildquack Festival and Duck Races have been postponed again until Saturday, July 6, 2013. The ducks will swim that day regardless of weather! We know it’s been great weather for ducks but not for everyone who enjoys the village festival. The river is running too fast for the safety of the kids of the…


Mt. Washington Auto Road is open for the summer season!

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You may find some snow still capping Mt. Washington, but the Auto Road is open to the summit for the summer! You can drive yourself, or choose to take one of the guided tours ~ this year they are two hours long, including a full hour at the summit where you can tour the Tip…


Getaway to the Wildquack Festival for Memorial Day Weekend!

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Jackson, NH, is the place to celebrate the Memorial Day holiday this year, in the heart of the White Mountains. You’ll celebrate at the Wildquack Duck River Festival on Sunday, May 24, 2013, with an old fashioned day in the village park. There’s not one but THREE duck races. Stand along the banks of the…


Remembering NH’s Old Man of the Mountain

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It’s hard to believe 10 years have past since we lost this symbol of New Hampshire, though you can still see him throughout the state on road signs, license plates, and souvenirs of the Granite State. The Old Man was made of five layers of Conway granite, and probably was formed by a retreating glacier…


Spring arrives with one last snow for lots of fun!

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We’re welcoming spring in Jackson with fresh snow for spring skiing, freshly groomed xc ski trails, snowshoeing, tubing, and even sleigh rides until the end of March! Plan a last minute getaway to enjoy some spring snow play before Frosty disappears for another year. Where but in Jackson can you find nearby choices of five…


Happy Valentine’s from All of Us at the Inn at Ellis River

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Valentine’s Day brings thoughts of champagne, strawberries, and chocolate, of course! We’re looking forward to treating our guests to a special breakfast on the morning of Februrary 14, but if you can’t join us, what about making some of our Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins to start a romantic breakfast off right? They’re easy to bake…


Snow Sculpting Competion Results, January, 2013

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Jackson hosted the New Hampshire Snow Sculpting Competition January 25-27, 2013, and we are proud to announce that the winner of the People’s Choice and Invitational Awards stayed with us during the competition. Wade Parsons of Massachusetts won People’s Choice and tied for First Place in the Invitational Competition with his sculpture of Ice Age’s…


Annual Snow Sculpture Competition January 25-27, 2013

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Jackson is the site of the annual New Hampshire’s Snow Sculpting Competition, to be held January 25-27, 2013. Each team of two or three people begins with a cylinder shaped block of snow 4 feet in diameter by 8 feet tall to create their snow sculptures. Teams begin sculpting on Friday, and continue working all…


Come See Ice Carving & Snow Sculpture Competitions in Jackson, NH

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January brings out a variation on White Mountain artists ~ our brave sculptors of ice and snow! The Wentworth, here in Jackson, will host the 18th annual Great Ice Carvers of New England Invitational Ice Carving Competition on Monday, January, 7, 2013. The challenge begins at 10:00 am, and competitors have until 1:00 pm to…


Museum of White Mountain Art hosts ‘On the Road to Jackson’ Inaugural Exhibit

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Jackson, NH’s newest museum and art gallery opened this fall, and it’s free inaugural exhibition is on display through January 6, 2013. ‘The Road to Jackson: A Glimpse of the White Mountains of New Hampshire’ features a selection of 47 nineteenth century paintings from private collections that depict scenes along routes south from Gorham, north…


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