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Come celebrate 4th of July in the White Mountains!

fireworks above train stationThere are ways to celebrate Independence Day all week in the Mount Washington Valley, so plan to come and enjoy traditional Fourth of July celebrations during your getaway to our quintessential New England village of Jackson, NH. Jackson starts the celebration off June 29 with a Fireworks Display enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. You can see the fireworks from some of the inn’s balconies, or take a front row seat on the golf course.

Saturday, plan a visit to the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm from 4-6 pm and immerse yourselves in a Civil War program featuring a soldier from each side in full uniform, Civil War era food to sample, and many period artifacts. Return to the present century for the first annual music and art festival featuring a weekend of local artists and musicians at coffee shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants throughout Mt Washington Valley. Don’t forget to check out the great tax-free shopping bargains at Settler’s Green and other regional stores as well!

July 4, 2012 is full of traditional celebrations with a morning parade in North Conway and fireworks at Cranmore at 7:30 pm, and at North Conway’s Schouler Park at 9:45 pm, or travel up Crawford Notch to see the fireworks against the backdrop of Mount Washington at Bretton Woods. It will be a holiday getaway to remember, and don’t forget, the fourth night of your stay is free on the Fourth!

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Enjoy a historic walking tour of Jackson, NH, June 23, when Art in Bloom pairs White Mountain art and flower show.

Art in Bloom 2011 Art and floral arrangement pairingVisit the shops, inns and historic buildings of Jackson Village on the Art in Bloom Walking Tour June 23, 2012, combining exhibits of local artists with floral arrangements inspired by each piece of art. The free self-guided tour begins at the Jackson Public Library, and continues to Ravenwood Curio Shoppe, the Snowflake Inn, the Whitney Community Center, Jackson Historical Society, and the Wentworth. A brochure will include a map and descriptions of the locations, artwork and floral arrangements. A shuttle is available for those who do not wish to walk the complete route.

Featured White Mountain artists include Erik Koeppel, Dorothy Rogers, Nathan Macomber, Jean Damp, David Baker, Melanie Leavitt, and Molly Wensberg. Each piece of art will be paired with a floral arrangement specially created to compliment its color and style by a member of the Mountain Garden Club. There is no better way to ‘Stop and smell the roses’ with a June weekend getaway, so come to Jackson and make the Inn at Ellis River your lodging choice for this annual event.

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Make the Inn at Ellis River’s Savory Crepes Caprese for a breakfast treat!

crepe caprese and baconWe had great fun at the Annual Inn to Inn Herb Tour this past weekend. The herb we featured was basil, and guests enjoyed it in Lemon Basil Coffee Cake and our savory egg entree with sweet basil at breakfast, and in some wonderful homemade lemonade flavored with lemon basil and Basil Pignoli Bites with Pesto for afternoon refreshments.

We learned a lot of fun facts about basil. In Greek, it means “royal,”, in India, it is a symbol of hospitality, and in Italy, a symbol of love. What a perfect combination of meanings ~ part of the inn’s hospitality is to prepare your food with love!

Sweet basil typically is used in Italian food: the most common Mediterranean cultivars are “Genovese”, “Purple Ruffles”, “Mammoth”, “Cinnamon”, “Lemon”, “Globe”, and “African Blue”. The round, often pointed leaves of the basil plant looks a lot like peppermint to which it is related. Basil is an annual easily grown from seed, and is not frost tolerant at all, so don’t plant it too early when cold weather may be possible. It needs full sun, and more moisture than some herbs, so keep it watered; especially in pots. As colder weather approaches, you can bring basil inside as a window herb if you plant the seeds in the late summer in pots and set them in a bright sunny window. Be sure to pinch the tops of your plants so they won’t flower – flowering will stop their growth. Harvest just before you start your recipe for maximum flavor.

There’s still time to grow some basil in your own garden or herb pot this summer, and enjoy it fresh in the Inn at Ellis River’s Savory Crepes Caprese.

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Enjoy a White Mountain Getaway & Chocolate Tour in June!

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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Come enjoy a White Mountain Inn to Inn Herb Tour June 2-3!

BasilThe 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.

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Plan a Memorial Day Getaway to New Hampshire!

Wildquack Duck RaceWhether 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.

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Enjoy the Northern New England Home Garden Flower Show May 18-20, 2012

lemonade and strawberries in gazeboPlan 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.

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Train Rides on the Mount Washington Cog Railway

Cog Train Climbing Mount WashingtonToday 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.

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ART is in bloom in galleries in the Mt. Washington Valley.

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!

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We’ve Got a Great Recipe for ROMANCE!

Inn Love Recipes for RomanceInn 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!

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MARCH MADNESS in New Hampshire means MAPLE!

Inn at Ellis River Maple French ToastSpring 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!

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Win 300+ Free Nights At Select Registry Inns and B&Bs!

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Vacation Throughout the US & Canada

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.

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Leap Day is February 29 ~ A Lady’s Privilege to Propose

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.

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2012 Snow Sculptures, Jackson NH

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Knocking on Heaven's Door Snow Sculpture 2012

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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!

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Welcome, Winter!

Welcome to the Inn at Ellis RiverThe 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!

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Inn featured as Jackson named a TOP 10 MOUNTAIN ESCAPE

BedandBreakfast.Com featured the Inn at Ellis River when it chose Jackson, NH as one of it’s TOP 10 MOUNTAIN ESCAPES! Here’s part of what they said: “Summer is the perfect time to go fly fishing, cycling, seeing free outdoor concerts, visiting historic covered bridges, hiking, canoeing, and kayaking. In the winter, go cross-country skiing, or go downhill skiing on one of over 250 trails. You can also go snow tubing and ice skating. If you enjoy leaf peeping, be sure to come in the fall… There is also great shopping in the Jackson area, with many outlet stores and antique shops.”

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Ellis River

Ellis River Jackson NHThe 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.

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Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil FallsBridal 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.

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Thoreau Falls

Thoreau FallsThoreau Falls is somewhat remote, but offers both a scenic view and series of cascades and slides dropping 80 feet along the ledges of the North Fork of the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River. The 5 mile hike to the top of the waterfall takes the Zealand, Ethan Pond, and Thoreau Falls Trails. The easy to moderate hike includes mountain marshlands and a beaver pond. The Trail begins from Zealand Road off Route 302 about 25 miles west of the inn.

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Thompson Falls

Thompson FallsThompson Falls is reached by a hike along the Way of the Wildcat Nature Trail that begins behind the base lodge at Wildcat Mountain Ski Area (12 miles north of the inn on Route 16). Passing through woods with mosses and colorful wildflowers, at the far end of the trail’s loop, a path leads to the falls. Above the clam shaped falls, Thompson Brook goes through a series of falls, slides, and cascades.

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Sparkling Cascade

Path to Crawford LedgeSparkling Cascade is a ‘forgotten’ waterfall upstream of Ripley Falls on the right fork of the trail. Although it was listed in some old guidebooks, it is not easily reached via a trail, and may involve bushwhacking in steep terrain.

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Silver Cascade

Silver Cascade is a series of waterfalls descending Crawford Notch. Together with the neighboring Flume Cascade, they are easily seen from Route 302 just east of the Notch (about 30 minutes from the inn). You can enjoy the Cascades from the highway, park and hike, or even view them from the Conway Scenic Railway’s Notch Train.

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Sabbaday Falls

Sabbaday Falls is located 3.5 miles west of the junction of Bear Notch Road with the Kancamagus Highway (Route 112). The falls flow first through a 5 foot punchbowl into a circular pool; then the water cascades over two plunges of 22 and 8 feet within the gorge. An easy 0.3 mile hike has walking bridges and steps to different viewpoints for the falls.

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Ripley Falls

Ripley FallsRipley Falls is one of the steepest-angled slides in New England, where Avalanche Brook rushes 100 feet over a smooth rock wall at a 60-degree angle. The 0.6 mile trail climbs up the walls of Crawford Notch from a parking lot off Route 302 in Crawford Notch State Park, about a 25 mile drive northwest of the inn.

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Pearl Cascade

Pearl CascadePearl Cascade is a 20 foot fan along Crawford Brook, a mountain steam that drains Mount Field. Below the falls, there is a delightful wading spot. The trail begins behind the Crawford Depot Station (20 miles west of the inn on Route 302) and follows the Cascade Loop Trail. You can see both Pearl and Beecher Cascades on this 1 mile hike.