Enjoy sleigh bells in shorts when Jackson NH’s Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour makes an encore at Christmas in June! If you can’t visit in December now is the time to enjoy this horse drawn sleigh ride that begins at Nestlenook, then circles the village loop stopping at stores and inns where the proprietors will meet you with specially prepared chocolate treats for you to enjoy. Instead of putting on the snowshoes or skis, you can work off those calories with a summertime hike at Glen Ellis Falls or Great Glen Trails, then finish the afternoon with a dip in Jackson Falls or our heated pool and a Holiday Beverage Tasting at the Inn at Thorn Hill or the Holiday Cookie Tasting here at the Inn at Ellis River. Reservations are required for the Chocolate Tour, offered June 9 and 16 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at a cost of $25 per person. Best of all, book our Christmas in June Package that includes a two night stay, two tickets on the Tour, plus the Cookie Tasting and recipe cards for a delicious weekend getaway to the Mount Washington Valley in the heart of the White Mountains.
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The Inn at Ellis River will offer basil on the 2012 Inn to Inn Herb Tour. We’ve created special breakfast, appetizer and dessert recipes, plus a tasty summer drink to enjoy, so plan your weekend getaway to New Hampshire now! Your foodie vacation includes visiting 10 Country Inns in the White Mountains to learn all about the herbs we are featuring — their uses, and history, plus sampling tasty treats and taking home a starter garden of seeds and a binder full of recipes and herbal lore.
You probably know that basil is popular in Mediterranean, Asian and South Asian cuisines, but did you know it has been grown for over 5,000 years? In Greek, it means “royal,”, so it has been called the “king of herbs”. In India, it is a valued symbol of hospitality, and in Italy, a symbol of love. We can’t think of a better herb to feature ~ what could be a better match than the inn’s hospitality and recipes prepared with love?
We’ll be using two of the over two dozen types of basil for the tour ~ sweet basil and lemon basil. Basil is great as a fresh herb to pair with tomatoes or eggplant, and it combines well with other herbs like oregano, thyme, parsley, and chives. Basil and garlic are a natural combo ~ just think about all the variations of pesto! Did you know that basil is healthy for you, too? It’s a good tasting source of vitamin A, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C.
Here are some easy ways to use this great summer herb:
Add lemon basil to your favorite lemon bread, coffee cake or muffin recipe.
Mix fresh chopped sweet basil with garlic to top grilled salmon.
At the last minute, add basil to summer stir-fries that include eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes.
Whether you want to cheer for one of the 3,500 rubber ducks racing down Jackson Falls at the Wildquack Festival, or just want to go swimming in our outdoor heated pool, summer is here in the White Mountains! Don’t miss Jackson, NH’s most popular festival on Sunday, May 27 with the famous Duck Race, plus races for Olympic Ducks and Big Ducks, Jackson’s Cake Boss Competition, Duck Parade, entertainment on the Duck Stage, food vendors, Silent Auction, and more. The fastest ducks get great prizes donated by local businesses. So book your Wildquack Getaway Package now, and enjoy our ‘Good Luck Duck’ gathering Saturday, two entries in the race, and a souvenir Patriotic Duck to take home. You can help us root for the Inn at Ellis River’s 2012 Big Duck entry, son of Ima Duck (our 2009 contestant) and Chuck the Duck (the 2010 Champion). Meet both Ima and Chuck in our atrium where they sometimes swim in the hot tub, along with Mr. Quackers, who lost the 2011 race when he stopped to sunbathe on a rock instead of swimming with the flock.
Plan a getaway to our Jackson NH inn to enjoy the Fryeburg Home and Garden Show, voted one of the Top 20 Maine Events by Yankee Magazine. Learn in seminars offered by experts in home improvement and gardening, and by chefs from some of your favorite Mt. Washington Valley restaurants. Have you eaten at the White Mountain Cider Company, 1785 Inn, Maestro’s, or Stonehurst Manor? Grabbed a cupcake from the White Mountain Cupcakery? You’ll want to catch demonstrations by these chefs and others from the Maine and New Hampshire area. Here’s just a taste of what’s happening when you can “Meet the Chefs”:
- Friday 1:30 – 2:15 pm ~ Jim Davis, Executive Chef, Stonehurst Manor. Dish: Bangs Island Mussels and Grilled Vegetables at the outdoor brick oven.
- Friday 1:30 – 2:15 pm ~ Kathy and Marc Iannuzzi, Owners, White Mountain Cupcakery. Dish: Maple Bacon Cupcake topped with Maple Buttercream and Crispy Bacon; Maple Cinnamon Cupcake topped with Maple Buttercream.
- Saturday 11:30 – 12:15 pm ~ Tim Pomerleau, Sous Chef, White Mountain Cider Company. Dish: Crispy Crab Cakes with Apple Fennel Slaw drizzled with cider reduction.
- Saturday 12:30-1:15 pm ~ Kader Temkkit, Executive Chef, Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa. Dish: White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Fresh Blueberry and Maple Sugar, served with Goat Cheese and Cream Fraiche Sauce.
- Saturday 2:30 – 3:15 pm ~ Bill Bennett, Owner, Maestro’s Country Italian Cuisine Dish: Boneless Lamb Loin with Spice Infused Oil, Almond Spinach Pesto, Fresh Artichoke, and Toasted Fregola.
- Sunday 10:30 – 11:15 am ~ Peter Willis, Chef, 1785 Inn. Dish: Fabulous Summer Recipes….A blend of Risotto, Ceviche and Cilantro Pesto.
Choose your favorite room and plan to take advantage of our Value Vacation Lodging Discount (your third night is $99-$139 OR your fourth night is FREE) so you can enjoy the show in nearby Fryeburg, ME all weekend. Hours are Friday 11 am - 6 pm, Saturday 10 am - 6 pm and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds, just a scenic drive over Hurricane Mountain Road from North Conway, NH. Admission is $7 per person with the $2 discount coupon available on the Home and Garden Show’s website.
Today is the first day of the 2012 season for the historic Cog Railway, and some of the inn’s guests this weekend plan to enjoy the spectacular views from Mt. Washington’s summit without needing their hiking boots. Sylvester Marsh of Campton, New Hampshire, was inspired to build this easier mode of transportation while hiking and nearly becoming lost near the peak of Mount Washington. Construction was not easy, however ~ in fact, Marsh had no trouble obtaining permission to build the ‘Railway to the Moon’ from the doubting state legislators. Materials had to be hauled by oxen 25 miles to Bretton Woods, and then another six miles through the forest to Mount Washington. The Cog carried its first paying passengers partway up the mountain in 1868, and the inaugural trip to the summit was July 3, 1869.
It is the second steepest rack railway in the world, ascending from the Marshfield station near Bretton Woods at an elevation of about 2,700 feet to the summit at 6.288 feet, the highest point in the Northeastern US. The average grade is over 25% with a maximum of over 37%. Trains take a little over an hour to ascend the three mile long track, and 40 minutes to descend. Passengers have about an hour at the summit to enjoy the views and visit the Observatory. The Cog is open weekends only until May 25, then daily through the summer and fall. Although most of the trains are diesel powered, a steam locomotive makes the run at 8:30 each morning from mid-June until late October. The Cog asks passengers to arrive 30 minutes prior to departure, and the trip from the inn through Crawford Notch to the station takes about 45-50 minutes, so if you are a steam buff booking the 8:30 train, please ask us for a Breakfast to Go. See our Attractions Map for directions and further information about The Cog.
Come see our beautiful scenery not only through your own eyes but through interpretations of our local artists. Art Celebrates Place at the Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany, NH is displaying works by local artists featuring lands protected by the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust. The exhibit runs from April 7 – May 20, and a portion of each artwork sold will benefit the Land Trust. Some works from last year’s exhibit by artists such as Terri Brooks are featured on the Trust’s Facebook. The Trust’s most recent effort is the Albany Town Forest Project (in partnership with the Town of Albany and the Trust for Public Land) to conserve land along the Swift River and Kancamagus Highway just west of Conway.
Jackson Art Studio and Gallery is hosting ‘Abstraction’, an exhibit featuring oils by local artist Rebecca Klementovich, whose work is displayed in galleries in New York and Massachusetts as well as New Hampshire. The exhibit emphasizes a bright color palette and unusual representations of local landscapes. The exhibit opens April 13; Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday 12:30 – 4:30 pm. The Gallery is located at 155 Ridge Road in Jackson, just off Route 16 north of the village.
A new gallery in Tamworth, the Gatehouse Gallery, is opening its season with an exhibit by Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, a talented artist who draws inspiration from “experiencing nature and recording it”. The exhibit opens April 14, and gallery hours are 10 am to 6 pm Friday through Monday.
Of course, White Mountain Photography here in Jackson village always has a wonderful display of images of the White Mountains by owner Dana Clemons. The gallery is open Thursday and Friday 10:00-4:30. Saturday 9:00-5:00, Sunday 9:00-11:30, and Monday 9:00-4:00.
Welcome spring with a visit to the Mount Washington Valley. Take advantage of our special value vacations lodging offer and enjoy these local exhibits celebrating the beauty of the White Mountains!
Inn Love ~ Pamela Lanier’s Recipes for Romance is hitting the bookshelves in April with more than 150 recipes from inns, including our own Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins. The recipes, selected from romantic getaway destinations from coast to coast, will help you ” bring your B&B romance home, and enjoy creating scrumptious dishes to enhance your pleasure morning, noon and night”. Recipes include not only breakfast and brunch favorites, but main courses, accompaniments, and sweets for the sweet.
Our copies just arrived, so it is available to take home as a memento, or look for it as part of a romantic getaway package in the future. We hope you’ll be visiting us soon for your own romantic getaway, but if you just can’t wait to seduce your special someone with our muffins, visit our recipe section for the secret to a sweet breakfast treat.
We hope you’ll make your own special memories Inn Love!
Spring temperatures mean sugaring has begun in the Mt. Washington Valley, so let’s hope for lots of that sweet goodness from Black Mountain to top breakfast favorites at the inn. We’re featuring a special Maple Package at the inn for March and April.
The New Hampshire Maple Producers will be hosting Maple Weekend March 24-25. That weekend you can visit the Crowthers at Black Mountain Sugar House here in Jackson to see where our syrup comes from and watch boiling if weather and sap cooperate (Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 4 pm). They’ll have maple syrup, maple butter, maple coffee and baked goods for sale.
The Remick Museum Sugar House in Tamworth will be open Saturday March 23 (11 am -3 pm) demonstrating Native American, colonial and modern sugaring-off methods. You can sample maple syrup and sugar on snow, explore the sugarbush and Museum for $5 per person. Don’t miss the sweetest season in the White Mountains!
Interested in a “Vacation Of A Lifetime“? How would you like to the win a year’s worth of free stays at nearly 350 Select Registry inns, including ours? The grand prize winner in the new contest from Select Registry™ receives just that – a free night stay at each of the member properties for a full year. “It’s a dream vacation – an opportunity to explore exciting new places and visit family and friends, with complimentary accommodations at the most celebrated inns and bed and breakfasts throughout the U.S. and Canada,” says Will Carlson, executive director, Select Registry. In addition to the grand prize winner, three first-place winners will each get a $500 Select Registry Gift Certificate and five second-place winners will each receive a $250 Select Registry Gift Certificate.
To enter the Vacation Of A Lifetime Sweepstakes, register with the Select Registry Golden Quill Loyalty Program. If you have already signed up, you’re entered in the contest! Each time during 2012 you earn a Golden Quill night (awarded when you stay with us or at any other member inn) it will count as an additional entry. The contest is open to travelers ages 18 years and older in the U.S. and Canada. Promotion ends midnight EST, December 31, 2012. Winners will be announced early in 2013.
February has 29 days just once every four years, and 2012 gives you one more day for romance, so why not make sure it’s special? What’s especially romantic about Leap Day? It’s ‘The Ladies’ Privilege’. In past centuries, when tradition dictated men were expected to propose marriage to women, Irish folklore tells us St Bridget struck a deal with St Patrick to balance these traditional roles by allowing women to propose to men just once every 4 years ~ on Leap Day. This is why it also is called ‘Bachelor’s Day’, and if a man refused a proposal from a woman on that day, he was expected to pay a penalty ~ sometimes this was a fine of £100, a silk gown, or 12 pairs of gloves so that the woman could hide the embarrassment of not wearing an engagement ring. How things have changed!
In honor of St. Bridget’s persuasive powers, we’ll give any lass who books a room for February 29 and successfully proposes here at the inn everything she needs to celebrate ~ a Romance in Progress privacy sign to hang on the door, silk rose petals strewn romantically in the room, chocolates, a bottle of bubbly served in silver champagne flutes to keep as a memento, and a two night honeymoon when they tie the knot! Please see our Leap Day Package for details.
The snowflakes are gently falling today, freshening the cross country and downhill trails, and softening the edges of the snow sculptures at Black Mountain. This past weekend our guests enjoyed perfect weather for skiing and for viewing the annual snow sculpting competition. Sculptors began Friday at noon, and worked night and day, encouraged by visitors and Saturday evening’s cheerful bonfire. By Sunday afternoon, the eight foot cylinders of snow, each four feet in diameter, had been transformed into artful forms of all kinds.
Teams of sculptors came from New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts to show off their talents in this chilly art form. All the them found the Inn at Ellis River’s oatmeal apple raisin cookies and lip balm in their welcome bags. American Indian won both the Jackson Invitational First Place Prize and the People’s Choice Award. Sculptors of the New Hampshire’s Sanctioned Competition winner, Knocking on Heaven’s Door, will represent the state at the US National Snow Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in 2013.One of our favorite sculptures was the one by Team Skorstad from Vermont, shown in the upper left photo. The Skorstads have stayed at the inn several times during past competitions. Thanks to all the participants for creating such special art for Jackson’s winter wonderland!
The Solstice is past, winter is here, and it is finally looking like a White Christmas at the inn. Attitash, Wildcat, Bretton Woods, Cranmore, and Jackson Ski Touring all are open, and Black Mountain plans to open Monday, December 26. We have discounts for all of them, and remember, you can cross country ski, snowshoe, and use the self-service tubing hill free at Great Glen Trails with our compliments all winter long. Time for snow play and sleigh rides this holiday week!
The Ellis River stretches from the eastern slopes of Mt. Washington through Pinkham Notch and the village of Jackson where it flows past the inn and under the covered bridge, eventually joining the Saco River in the village of Glen. Crystal Cascade, Glen Ellis Falls and Goodrich Falls all are along the Ellis River.
Bridal Veil Falls is reached via the Coppermine Trail off Route116 near Easton, NH, approximately one hour west of the inn. The 80 foot falls are a 5 mile round trip hike of moderate difficulty. The tall main plunge that has the appearance of a bridal veil, and the pool below offers a shady spot for a picnic on a warm summer day.