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Getaway to the Inn at Ellis River for Once in a Decade Specials

Celebrate the Inn at Ellis River’s 10th Anniversary in May! Lyn and Frank purchased the Inn on May 5, 2004, so plan a getaway to help us celebrate! Daffodils are traditional for a 10th anniversary, and ours in Jackson, NH, will be blooming. Many things have changed over the past decade from the name and color of the Inn, to updated decor, new gardens, and more. We value most what hasn’t changed ~ so many of you that have become our guests and shared your special times with us. To celebrate both old friends and new, we’ve got special 10th Anniversary gifts for our guests all month!

Just for the month of May, we’ve brought back 2004 room rates! Sorry, but these rates cannot be applied for Memorial Day weekend May 23-26, or combined with other discounts or use third party gift certificates or gift cards.

We’re having a ‘10 Then and Now’ Quiz for guests all May ~ answering the 10 questions correctly about changes at the Inn 2004-2014 will enter you in a drawing for gifts including a free night’s stay. You don’t have to rely on your own memory ~ even a new guest who has never stayed here before will be able to find the answers!

Foodie Fun ~ We’ll bring back some of the breakfast menu items and afternoon cookies from 2004 ~ freshly made, of course! Recipes for guest favorites will be posted on our website.

Romantic Moments ~ For those who have shared engagements, weddings, honeymoons, and anniversaries with us at the Inn, we hope you will help us celebrate with a visit during May ~ we have some special ‘10′ anniversary gifts for you ~ just let us know when you make your reservation. We know guests who will receive three gifts because they became engaged, honeymooned, and celebrated an anniversary here ~ is there anyone who deserves four gifts? Just let us know!

Photo Contest ~ We know lots of our guests have great photos taken on their getaways to the inn. Every month this year beginning in May we’ll be asking you to post your favorites to our Google + and Facebook pages. Anyone who posts a photo of a current or past getaway will be entered in a monthly drawing, plus a drawing in December for a free night’s stay. Each photo/album posted will earn an entry in the drawing, so post several times during the year! Here are some photo ideas for Spring. In addition to photos at the Inn, you might post the following subjects:

May ~ Anniversaries, of course, plus Spring in the White Mountains, and May events such as the Wildquack Festival.

June ~ Wild flowers and waterfalls, engagements and weddings, plus the Inn to Inn Herb Tour and the Jackson’s June Jingle Bell Chocolate Challenge (self-guided tour with 15 stops in the Jackson area).

Changes continue, with three newly refreshed rooms to experience in May. As you can see from the image above, the first of the cherubs to fly away was on the old sign for Ellis River House…the last will be part of our special anniversary celebration of the Inn at Ellis River.

Come and join us as we begin our second decade ~ we’ll do our best to make your visit a ‘10′!

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Welcome Spring with Maple Banana Bacon Muffins

maple granola in dishThis was the Inn at Ellis River’s first year to participate in the March Maple Madness Inn-to-Inn Tour.  The Inn was decorated with a March Hare theme accented with early spring flowers.  We greeted guests with Maple Banana Bacon Mini-Muffins and Make Your Own Mini-Maple Parfaits with Maple Yogurt, the Inn’s Maple Granola, and fresh berries. Our bunny decorations and our goodies both won first place awards among the inns on the tour ~ Check out our Facebook page for pictures of maple treats and our favorite bunnies! You’ll find the recipes for our Granola and the Maple Muffins in the Recipe Section of this web site.

Basket of Maple Bacon Banana Muffins

We use syrup from Jackson, NH’s Black Mountain in the Inn’s recipes, but there are many other sugarbushes in the Mt. Washington Valley. Maple syrup comes in different grades with the most delicate being Grade A Light Amber. Grade A Medium Amber, Grade A Dark Amber, and Grade B increase in darkness and the strength and robustness of the maple taste. Although Light Amber may add a graceful note to pancakes or waffles, many New Englanders prefer the darker grades, especially for cooking. When you bring home that jug of freshly boiled maple syrup from one of New Hampshire’s sugar shacks or farm stands, you’ll find many uses besides the traditional French Toast, waffles, or pancakes. Maple is a wonderful complement to apples, bacon, bourbon, chocolate, brown butter, pecans, walnuts, and coffee.

  • At breakfast, you can drizzle maple syrup over warm apple cider doughnut holes, or add several tablespoons of syrup and a dash of cinnamon and lemon juice to chunky applesauce.
  • Glaze thick-sliced bacon with syrup, or mix it with mustard to glaze grilled salmon or chicken and complement maple’s sweetness with a spicy citrus salsa.
  • Vegetables? Add a glaze to carrots, sweet potatos, or brussels sprouts.
  • Maple can satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone. In addition to maple cookies, try a maple coffee or maple walnut sundae for dessert. For pie lovers, there’s always maple pecan pie or a maple apple tart.

So enjoy maple syrup all year long, and don’t forget to make a weekend getaway to Jackson to sample the Inn’s maple treats and take home the best maple syrup from the White Mountains!

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New Hampshire Art Exhibit Highlights Mt. Washington Valley

To The Cornfields by Janet Gill

To the Cornfields by Janet Gill
Pastel on sanded paper
Courtesy of Upper Saco Valley Land Trust

The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust will present the 5th Annual Art Celebrates Place art exhibit at the Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany, New Hampshire from April 4 to May 17, 2014. Plan to make seeing this art show as part of your spring getaway to the White Mountains. The show features works by North Conway area artists celebrating the agricultural heritage of the Mount Washington Valley. Works by Meredith Brooks Abbot, April Costa, J. Gaudreault, Janet Gill, and Carl Owen will be featured.

This year, Art Celebrates Place will highlight the Land Trust’s new conservation easement at Weston’s Rivercroft Farm in Fryeburg, Maine. For seven generations, the Weston Family has provided area residents and restaurants with fresh, locally grown produce. The protection of this family farm helps preserve the area’s rich agricultural resources for future generations of residents and visitors.

A portion of each artwork sold at the exhibit will benefit the Land Trust. The Trust’s mission is to preserve the ecological systems and cultural values of the Upper Saco River Valley. They achieve this mission through stewardship and partnerships for conservation that sustain land for forestry, farming, wildlife habitat, recreation, and scenic enjoyment by future generations. For additional information about the Art Celebrates Place exhibit, contact the Tin Mountain Conservation Center (603-356-9863).

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Jackson NH has Great Spring XC Skiing and Snowshoeing

Jackson Ski Touring TrailsThe snow keeps falling but the March temperatures are warming in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It’s the perfect time for a late winter weekend getaway to cross country ski or snowshoe through the fields and forests and enjoy the mountain scenery. The Jackson Ski Touring Foundation, just steps from the Inn at Ellis River, has the largest trail system in the East. It’s over 150 km of trails span 60 square miles and three river valleys. Trails vary from easy to challenging and offer views of the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, including Mount Washington. Jackson Ski Touring trails connect with Appalachian Mountain Club trails to the north in Pinkham Notch and with the White Mountain National Forest backcountry trails.

The Ellis River Trail is a favorite among our guests. The Trail begins across the Ellis River from the Inn. The 7.7 km trail offers a gentle ski north through the rolling terrain and forests along the West Bank of the river. A heated cabin is found 1.5 km from the beginning of the trail, where you can pause to warm up, and on Saturdays and Sundays, take a break to enjoy waffles and hot chocolate.  There are several one-way loops along the trail for variety, such as the easy 1.0 km Riverbank Loop that follows river’s edge and rejoins the Ellis River Trail just south of the warming cabin.

So make plans for a skiing or snowshoeing vacation in New Hampshire this month. The Inn at Ellis River offers midweek and weekend xc ski packages, plus a guided snowshoe nature trails package. The trail conditions are great in Jackson ~ as of March 11, there is a 26-40 inch base, with 3 inches of fresh snow last night, and more predicted for tomorrow!

If this is your first cross country skiing adventure, Jackson offers a Super Saver Package that includes assistance with fitting your rental equipment, one hour of instruction at their Learning Center, and suggestions for the trails you will enjoy the most.

Jackson Ski Touring Foundation’s quote of the week: “We make fun of winter.”

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Maple Sugaring in New Hampshire is a March Tradition

collecting maple sap

Sap Buckets in a Sugarbush in March

Celebrate March Maple Madness with a sweet getaway weekend in the White Mountains, March 21-23, 2014. This annual event is a self-guided tour on Saturday that includes visits to a sugarbush and sugar houses to see maple syrup being made, plus stops at eight country inns in the Mt. Washington Valley to sample maple treats both sweet and savory. You’ll end the day with recipes to remember your maple sugaring adventure all year long. To add to the fun, you can join in a wacky scavenger hunt for prizes.

Turning sap into the liquid gold of maple syrup is a centuries old tradition in New England, dating back centuries. It is an original North American food, which European settlers learned to produce from Native Americans. There are a number of legends about syrup’s origins including replacing water with sap to boil the venison served to a chief.  Native Americans knew maple syrup was a source of energy and nutrition, and celebrated the time of the Sugar Moon (first full moon of spring) with rituals centered around sugaring.

You’ll be “Mad as a March Hare” if you miss the special weekend vacation, because there is no better way to welcome spring in the mountains. We’ll feature maple goodies morning, noon and night at the Inn at Ellis River, Jackson, NH, plus tickets to the March Maple Madness Tour and trail passes for Great Glen Trails to work off those calories! Two night packages are $279-$519, but better yet, stay an extra day for $99-$149 depending on room selection.

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March begins with a Chili Cookoff in North Conway, NH

North Conway Chilly Chili Stroll

March 1, 2014
North Conway, NH

Are you chilly with all our snowstorms in New England? Then warm up with the Chili Cookoff Stroll in North Conway, NH on Saturday, March 1, 2014! Over 40 chefs will prepare their unique chili offerings, whether mild or spicy. A portion of the proceeds will benefit New Hampshire Public Television. The Cookoff features three competitions:

  • The Professional Chefs Division, featuring chefs from local restaurants, for which a panel of judges will select winners based on taste, aroma, and consistency
  • The People’s Choice Division for talented amateur chili cooks who will represent their favorite not-for-profit organizations
  • The Best traditional and Non-traditional Cornbreads to balance all the spicy heat, open to both divisions of chili chefs.

The festivities begin at 11:30 am on Saturday, March 1, 2014 and sampling continues until 3:00 pm. The Cookoff for the professional chefs will be held at the Gibson Center for Senior Services, while the People’s Choice chili entries can be tasted at the North Conway Community Center and some retail stores throughout the village.

General Admission Tickets are $15 for adults and include entry to the Chilly Chili Cookoff and the chance to vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice Division. VIP Tickets are $35 and include early entry to the Cookoff, wine, beer and mead tastings, an entry to the awards ceremony, and a gift bag. For more details about the Cookoff, names of the participating chefs and judges, and to purchase tickets, please visit the Chili Cookoff ~ A Chilly Chili Stroll’s website.

So make plans for a weekend getaway to the Inn at Ellis River, and add some spice to your life! We’ll be featuring our Dilly Corn Cheddar Muffins (shown on the right) and a little something spicy too, so don’t miss this chance to warm up with a ‘Festive Foodie Adventure’ when it’s chilly outside!

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day ~ Romantic Getaway or Turtle Chocolate Pecan Crepes for Lovers?

Inn at Ellis River Romantic Valentine's Tree

Our Valentine’s Tree

Were you a turtle making plans for you and your special someone? The Inn at Ellis River’s two night Valentine’s getaway is available throughout February, as is our one night romantic midweek escape. Jackson, NH has been named as one of the ten most romantic ski towns, and the fresh snow has created a winter wonderland for skiing, snowshoeing, and sleigh rides.

Can’t get away? Make our Turtle Chocolate Pecan Crepes for Lovers and your sweetheart may forgive you! We were thinking about how to create a pancake breakfast with the flavors of the classic Turtle candy ~ perhaps adding mini chocolate chips and pecans into pancakes and topping with a caramel pecan sauce. We decided that was great for breakfast, but not indulgent enough for a Valentine’s dessert, so that’s’ how Turtle Chocolate Pecan Crepes were born. The recipe is easy to make ahead so you can just warm the crepes and sauce and assemble at the last minute. If you don’t have time to make the crepes, purchase some at the grocery store along with the caramel sauce.

When your sweetheart swoons over the crepes on Valentine’s Day, tell that special someone you have made a reservation for a romantic weekend at the Inn at Ellis River later this year!

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On Foot in Winter in New Hampshire’s White Mountains

Mount Washington from Jackson NHThe winter can be a great time to be on foot on the trails of the White Mountains. Hiking, climbing, and snowshoeing are abundantly available for people of all ages and experience. With the leaves off the trees, the views from the trails with glistening snow and ice all around provide some of the best sights in the White Mountain region.

The fun is likely to be directly related to how prepared you are for the changing conditions of mountain weather. Know thyself, is probably the first rule of thumb. Be respectful of your level of experience in cold weather and your level of fitness. If you are a beginner or novice winter enthusiast, educate yourself and/or talk to knowledgeable people about how to prepare for and manage cold weather conditions.

Hiking and snowshoeing are especially vigorous activities as compared to hiking on dry trails. You can plan on going about half to one-third the speed or slower than your typical hiking speed. It is especially important to stick to well-marked trails in the winter, as there may be hidden dangers beneath the snow and ice. Winter nights come early in the mountains so be back relaxing by a cozy fire by late afternoon.

No matter what your plans are, on the day of your outing check in and find out the conditions of trails at either one of the AMC centers, such as Pinkham Notch, Highland, or Great Gulf visitors centers, or any of the Ranger Stations, such as in Conway or Lincoln Woods, on the east and west ends of the Kancamagus Highway. There also are great snowshoeing trails in the region, including equipment rentals at the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation, Great Glen Trails (at the foot of Mount Washington), Bear Notch, and other touring centers in the region. So be prepared, check on conditions, know your limits, and enjoy the trails!                                                         ~ Peter Lique Naitove

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2014 Snow Sculpture Competition January 24-26 in Jackson

Snow Scuptor at work Jackson NHJanuary 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 in 2015. In addition to the sanctioned state competition, awards include the Jackson Invitational Prizes awarded by the judges, and the People’s Choice Award, determined by all visitors to the event. Professional and amateur artists of any age are eligible to compete for these other awards. Snow sculptures are judged based on technique, creativity, and message. Some sculptures from 2013 are shown above.

Scat snow scupture Jackson NH

Scat snow scupture Jackson NH

In preparation for the event, cylinders of snow 8 feet high and 4 feet in diameter are prepared. Teams who come from Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont as well as New Hampshire, have from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning to complete their sculptures for judging. Lights allow sculptors to work into the night if they wish. Onlookers can enjoy roasting marshmallow by a bonfire (weather permitting), scavenger hunts Saturday at 11 am and Sunday at 10 am, and live auctions during the weekend to help support this event.

The Inn at Ellis River is one of the sponsors for this special winter art form. The Inn hosts a team, and all competitors find the Inn’s lip balm and our homemade oatmeal raisin cookies in their welcome bags. In 2013, we hosted Wade Parsons who won with his spectacular carving of Scat. You can see his work in progress on the left, and the award winning sculpture on the right. We look forward to seeing this year’s creative snow art only found in Jackson’s winter wonderland!

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Inn at Ellis River!

Flume Gorge and bare treesAs 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 the romance of a horse drawn sleigh ride on a cold winter’s evening. We are thankful that we can return to a cozy fire, a warm drink, and afternoon cookies, of course! We enjoy the the beauty that surrounds us throughout the year, but especially when Mt. Washington and all the Presidentials are truly the ‘White Mountains’, whether snowflakes are falling gently through the air, or it is a crisp bluebird day to enjoy Jackson’s mountain vistas.

So from all of us at the Inn, we thank you for being our guests, and allowing us to share our special place with you. Happy Thanksgiving from Lyn and Frank, Christine, Peter and Tamara, Christie, Tini, and Autumn.

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Enjoy Our Spirited Chocolate Raisin Treats this Fall

SpiritedCookies1The 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 the inns on the Trail for our decor! Carved pumpkins welcomed the guests, ghostly images haunted the pub, and Fiona the pumpkin person came inside to warm herself by the fireplace ~ too bad her head was in the ice bucket beside her! If you didn’t come on the Trail in costume, you had to kiss Fiona to earn your treat! All the guests enjoyed Spirited Chocolate Raisin Treats and apple cider, and took away a bag of Halloween goodies. We hope you will try the cookies for yourselves ~change the color of the decorative frosting and they’re good any time of year, and not just at Halloween!

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

‘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 as well as contemporary White Mountain landscapes. Some of the 19th century artists represented include Benjamin Champney, Benjamin Newman, John Ogilvie, Aaron Shattuck, and Frank Shapleigh. Scenes include Mt. Washington from the Intervale, Echo Lake in Franconia, Diana’s Baths, and other White Mountain landmarks. An on-line catalog of both the 19th century paintings and contemporary paintings is available. The Shapleigh exhibit is open in the Historical Society’s building from October 18, 2013, until January 31, 2014. Even October’s Pumpkin People display at the Historical Society is artistic, with the White Mountain Pumpkin Artist painting a rustic building en plein air.

Frank Henry Shapleigh (1842-1906) studied painting at the Lowell Institute of Drawing in Boston and at the studio of Emile Lambinet in France. He is famous for his New Hampshire landscapes and genre scenes, as well as paintings in Florida, California, and Europe. He was artist-in-residence at Crawford House in the White Mountains from 1877-1893, and later built a summer home and studio, ‘Maple Knoll’, in Jackson, NH, in 1896. He died there a decade later. Shapleigh painted many well-known mountain vistas, including Mount Washington, as well as more intimate landscapes and genre scenes depicting rural New Hampshire scenes viewed through an open door or window. The exhibit juxtaposes many of these paintings to allow comparisons, and its catalogue includes essays by historians Charlie Vogel and Bob Cottrell.

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

Pumpkin People JugglerLionClown500MakeupClown500The 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 we are ‘Clowning Around’. Tara and Tony, the two little children, are enjoying the fun under the Big Top, while Fiona, our featured Pumpkin every year, is selling popcorn to one and all.. The trained Pumpkin Bear waits patiently while Sebastian the Pumpkin Lion leaps through one clown’s hoop and another clown juggles three balls in the air. Backstage in the corner, the clown for the next act is busy finishing his makeup. So come join the fun and pose for your own picture ‘Clowning Around’ at the circus.

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

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 a convenient electronic format. Recipes include breakfast amd brunch treats, biscuits, muffins and breads, soups, luncheon and dinner entrees and side dishes, and last but not least, desserts and teatime treats. One of those treats is the Inn’s recipe for Oatmeal, Craisin, Toffee and Chocolate Chip cookies. These cookies were featured at the 2004 Inn to Inn Cookie Tour, and are a perennial favorite with our guests.

The Cookie Tour is held annually the second weekend of December, and features 13 inns in the Mt. Washington Valley. At every inn guests can get new ideas for holiday decorations as well as sample holiday treats, and take home the recipes printed on convenient cards.

You can find the recipe for the Oatmeal, Craisin, Toffee, and Chocolate Chip cookies on our website in the Recipes section. To sample the contents of the new cookbook, visit A Taste of Northeast Country Inns  at www.Amazon.com . Note it is not necessary to have a Kindle to purchase the ebook,. There is a free Kindle App available for smartphones, computers or tablets. Enjoy!

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Foliage is Arriving in the White Mountains!

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 River to Gorham. Detour for a trip up the Mt. Washington Auto Road for wide scenic vistas if you wish. At Gorham, turn left on Route 2/Route 16, and continue on Route 16 along the Androscoggin River through Berlin and Milan to Errol.  Make a stop if you wish at the Androscoggin Wayside Park just south of Errol. Then take Route 26 northwest through Dixville Notch ~ if you’re in the mood for a hike, stop at the state park where you will find a scenic gorge and waterfalls on two mountain brooks. Park hiking trails lead to Table Rock and mountain views. Continue on Route 26 to Colebrook. At Colebrook, Route 3 south follows the Connecticut River valley, so you’ll have views of both New Hampshire and Vermont. At Groveton, head east for higher elevations on Route 110, which will take you back to Route 16 at Berlin, where you can head south to return to the inn.

If you prefer a slightly longer loop that includes the colors turning in Crawford Notch, at Groveton continue on Route 3 south to Lancaster and Whitefield. You can follow Route 3 from Colebrook, or cross the Connecticut at several points (Colebrook, Northumberland) to follow Route 102 on the Vermont side, returning to Route 3 via Route 2 east to Lancaster. If you wish, make a detour from Route 102 to Guildhall, VT (via Grandby Road) with its typical New England architecture bordering the common. At Whitefield, NH, consider a short detour from Route 3 west on Mountain Grand Road to see the Mountain Grand Hotel and the views south from its portico. Continue on Route 3 south to Twin Mountain, where you turn left on Route 302 heading east, past the Mount Washington Hotel and through Crawford Notch. At Glen, turn north on Route 16 for your final few miles to the inn and the afternoon cookies that await you.

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A Black Bear visits the Inn at Ellis River

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 near the property, and sometimes takes a stroll or a dip in the river where guests can enjoy this wildlife at a distance. A number of bears have been seen in the Jackson and North Conway areas, but our friend Baxter the Bear seems to be the only one who visits the inn regularly.

Many of our guests have been enjoying the chance to see our local wildlife and to take photos from a distance ~ just remember to not get too close and to be sure that both you and the bear have a clear escape route. Bears typically move away when they hear loud noises, so you can clap your hands or bang metal objects together. NH Fish and Wildlife reminds everyone not to leave bear attractants like food in vehicles or on patios or balconies such as those we have at the inn. (Yes, bears can climb up to balconies, just like trees!) Remember that feeding a bear is against the law and can be punished by up to a $1,000 fine. It also threatens the well-being of the bear, which may have to be destroyed if it becomes a nuisance habituated to human food sources. So keep your eyes open and camera ready when you visit, and you may have a chance to see Baxter!bear on rocks in Ellis River

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

train in Crawford NotchAre 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 & Toy Museum and the North Conway Model Railroad Club that holds open house hours from May – October 18.

Plan to come the weekend of September 14-15, and you can enjoy a special excursion on the Conway Scenic Railroad to celebrate Railfans Days. Here are some of the excursions offered on Saturday and Sunday that weekend. Engines to be used on various runs include #216/252, #1751, #7470, RED #23, #573/4266 and the steam locomotive. For a complete schedule of train rides for each engine, please visit the Conway Scenic Railroad website. In addition to dining car options shown below, box lunches are available, and there are snack cars on the trains. The day-long excursions offer the most White Mountain scenery, and the Conway excursions the least. Before or after your excursion, plan to visit the Model Railroad Club’s layout in the Freight House at the Conway Scenic Railroad. (Open 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday; free admission but donations accepted).

Saturday, September 14, 2013 ~ Conway Scenic Railroad offers 11 excursions including:

  • Hazen ~ ‘Day White Mountains’ excursion departs from North Conway at 9:15 am and returns at 5:00 pm with engines # 216/252. (Luncheon in dining car Hattie Evans offered as part of the first class package).
  • Sawyers River and Redstone (Passenger Extra with RDC #23) departs North Conway at 11:00 am and returns at 3:10 pm.
  • Bartlett regular excursion but with a steam locomotive leaves North Conway at 11:30 am and returns at 1:10 pm. (Note the locomotive faces West, and this excursion offers a luncheon seating option.)
  • Conway regular excursion but with a steam locomotive leaves North Conway at 1:30 pm and returns at 2:25 pm. (This excursion also offers a luncheon option.)

Night Photo Session 7:00 – 9:00 pm with professional photographers at the North Conway yard (free).

Sunday, September 15, 2013 ~ 9 excursions including:

  • Fabyan ~ ‘Mountaineer’ excursion with #216 departs North Conway at 10:00 and returns at 4:50 pm. (Luncheon in dining car is offered as part of the first class package).
  • Conway regular excursion with a steam locomotive leaves North Conway at 10:30 am and returns at 11:25 am.
  • Bartlett regular excursion with a steam locomotive leaves North Conway at 11:30 am and returns at 1:10 pm. (Note the locomotive faces East, and this excursion offers a luncheon option.)
  • Conway regular excursion with steam locomotive leaves North Conway at 1:30 pm and returns at 2:25 pm. (This excursion also offers a luncheon option.)

So plan on coming to Railfans Days this September, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the eastern White Mountains while riding the rails!

 

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Celebrate Labor Day with a White Mountain Getaway!

Jackson-Falls_2005_SBrownCelebrate 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 refreshments each day, of course!

Honoring the contributions of workers has been an American tradition for over 130 years, beginning at the Central Labor Union in New York in 1882, with a street parade demonstration and festive picnic for workers and their families. Labor Day spread to other regions and becameg a national holiday in 1894, celebrated on the first Monday in September. The traditional celebrations still include parades and enjoying recreational activities. Since many people have a day off from work, shopping sales at retail stores has become another way to enjoy the holiday. In recent years, ways to celebrate have broadened to include all kinds of leisure activities and barbeques or picnics to mark the end of summer vacations.

So here’s how you can celebrate Labor Day traditions with a getaway at the Inn at Ellis River before the lazy days of summer slip away ~

  • Make your own parade up one of our nearby hiking trails, or join the parade of cars up the Mount Washington Auto Road for a view from the highest mountain in New England.
  • Take advantage of the Sidewalk Sales at Settler’s Green August 29-31, 2013. While you’re in North Conway, you can also enjoy the Crafts and Artisans Fair with offerings by local artists and artisans. You’ll find it at the Gibson Center in the heart of the village from 10 am -5 pm.
  • Stop by J-Town Deli in Jackson for picnic supplies, then cool off with a dip in Jackson Falls or Diana’s Baths while you enjoy your al fresco feast. Prefer barbeque? You’ll find great options in North Conway including Moat Mountain Smokehouse.
  • Finally don’t forget it’s a time to relax and enjoy the end of summer, so plan some time just sitting in our Adirondack chairs by the river, or lying on the chaises by our heated pool!
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Go on a Moose Safari in New Hampshire’s White Mountains

mooseMoose 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, and you may see these majestic animals near dusk or dawn. If you see vehicles pulled over by the side of the road, there’s a good chance moose are nearby. Watch carefully, as vehicle collisions with moose can be deadly!

There are about 4,500 moose currently in New Hampshire. In the White Mountains, the density of moose is about one per square mile, while to the north of Route 2, it is about one and a half per square mile. Venture farther north toward the Connecticut Lakes, and the density increases. If you want to be sure of seeing moose, book our Moose on the Loose package that includes two tickets for Dan’s Moose Tour leaving May – September evenings from Gorham, NH. Dan promises you’ll see moose or you can return for another tour for free. His tour also includes lots of local lore while you travel along some of the moose herd’s favorite haunts. So if you’ve ever wanted to see these famous White Mountain residents, come see us soon!

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

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 Walk feature photography, watercolors, pastels, oils, acrylics and mixed media, ceramics, fiber art, wood art, and more. Several galleries will have special offers ~ a free 8×10 matted print with purchase over $80 at White Mountain Photography (value $20) and free Cassidy Gallery Cardinal or Peacock mug with purchase over $50.

Group 8 Gallery also will be featuring Lunch with an Artist from noon to 2 pm on August 17, 24, and 31, 2013. Chat with the artists about their sources of  inspiration and techniques while you enjoy a light lunch (first come first served, or bring your own brown bag). Featured artists are Terri Brooks and Carl Owen (August 17), Barbara McEvoy and John Girouard (August 24), and Valentina Kobilansky and Sean Stull (August 31).

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

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, hand blown glass, fiber arts, wood arts, fine jewelry, and more. While you visit the artists” exhibits and demonstrations, you’ll also enjoy live entertainment by Al and the Revtones on Saturday, and the Matt Bowman Jazz Quartet on Sunday. The Festival also features a silent auction (Saturday 10 am – 3:00 pm) with thousands of dollars of items, as well as plenty of good eats, including local BBQ, and arts and crafts for children. Don’t miss the fun of this great annual event in the heart of the White Mountains, sponsored by the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce.

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

Four mint plants in potThe 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 Mountains, here is the recipe for our tea to enjoy at home. We feature a different herb during the Country Inns in the White Mountains Inn to Inn Herb Tour each June, so be sure to check out the other Herb Tour recipes we have posted including this year’s great White Chocolate Coconut Mojito Cookies and Minted Pea Soup while you sip your iced tea.

Here’s the recipe for our Citrus Mint Tea: Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add 2 tea bags and 4 sprigs of fresh mint. Cover and let steep for about 10 minutes. Combine 1 ½ cups hot water, ½ cup plus 2 Tablespoons sugar, 2 Tablespoons fresh orange juice and 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice in a 1 quart pitcher. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove the tea bags from the tea mixture; add to pitcher with the fruit juices, and stir well. Adjust sweetness if desired and chill. Serve over ice, garnish with a fresh sprig of mint and enjoy! Makes 1 quart.

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INDEPENDENCE DAY Celebrations Begin June 28, 2013!

fireworksPlan 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 Jackson Chamber of Commerce (popcorn, corn dogs, etc.) and the Fire Department. J-Town Deli & Country store also will be open with treats and fireworks specials.

Thursday, July 4, 2013, plan to enjoy Conway’s Independence Day Parade in the morning, then choose between fireworks that evening in North Conway (by the train station) or up through Crawford Notch at Bretton Woods and the Mount Washington Hotel.

Wildquack Duck RaceThe fun continues Saturday, July 6, 2013, with the long-awaited Wildquack Festival (usually celebrated Memorial Day weekend). It’s an old-fashioned village celebration with booths, a silent auction, Cake Boss competition, and THREE duck races. We still tickets for sale for the races ~ $6 for one or 4 for $20. If you haven’t seen enough fireworks, there will be more on Saturday evening at Bretton Woods.

So plan on an old-fashioned celebration and getaway to celebrate our nation’s birthday!

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

Wildquack Duck RaceThe 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 Stuck Duck Patrol who make sure the little duckies head downstream. So if you couldn’t come to the White Mountains for Memorial Day weekend, you’ve still got a chance plan your getaway. All the Festival events will be held ~ the parade, Cake Boss competition, silent auction, food and craft vendors, and of course, all three duck races ~ you’ll have a chance at thousands in cash and prizes. So make your plans now to cheer on the ducks!

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

Mt. Washington Auto RoadYou 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 Top house, observatory museum, etc. Hours are 8:30 am – 5:00 pm until June 7, then 7:30 am – 6:00 pm June 8 through September 2, 2013. Slightly shorter hours in September and early October.

For a very unique experience, plan a sunrise drive, possible only three times each summer. This year, sunrise drives are available Sunday June 30 (open 3:30 am), Sunday, July 28 (open 4:00 am), and Sunday, August 25 (open 4:30 am). If you are a bird-watcher, make plans to take a Bicknell’s Thrush Tour available June 6, 8, 9, 11, 17, 19 only (advanced reservations required).

Be sure to ask us at the inn for a voucher that will give you a discount on the tour or allow a passenger to ride free if you are driving yourself. The voucher also gives you access to Great Glen Trails walking, hiking, and biking trails, right at the base of the mountain. Make sure you include a trip to Mt. Washington in your plans this year!