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Get Ready for the Holidays with Easy Party Appetizer Recipes

The Holiday Season is approaching, and we want to help you get ready to enjoy the festivities with friends and family. November shopping bargains abound in North Conway and Jackson, and we’ll help you with some easy recipes for entertaining. The Inn at Ellis River is partnering with some other members of Country Inns in the White Mountains for a Get Ready for the Holidays’ weekend November 16-18 . Your two night escape includes Saturday morning appetizer cooking demonstrations, an afternoon for shopping, four-course wine dinner at the 1785 Inn, Sunday morning’s breakfast featuring easy brunch treats for a crowd, and recipes of course!

We’re keeping our appetizer recipe a secret for now (we’re planning to have fun with lots of tasting as we perfect it!), so check out some of our recipes from the Inn to Inn Cookie Tours (like the Chipotle Cheddar Savory Shortbreads) or Herb Tours (like Basil Pignoli Bites) for savory snacks you can prepare ahead and have handy for a holiday party or unexpected guests. Here’s is a suggestion for an easy hors d’oeuvre for four or forty to complement either of these savory treats:

Antipasto Skewers

On each 6 inch skewer, thread an olive, a piece of roasted red pepper, a cube or small ball of mozzarella cheese wrapped in a thin piece of Prosciuto, a small marinated artichoke heart (or 1/4 or a larger heart), and a cherry tomato. (For vegetarian skewers, omit the Prosciuto). Place in a flat baking dish, brush with Oregano Vinaigrette and chill for 30 minutes.

Oregano Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, minced

Combine the vinegar, garlic, mustard, and oregano in a small bowl. Add the olive oil in a slow, steady stream while whisking constantly until all the oil is incorporated. Season with salt and pepper and stir in tomatoes. Refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to use on the Antipasto Skewers or a mixed green, pasta, or grilled vegetable salad.

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Time for a Shopping Getaway in Tax-Free New Hampshire!

You’ll find lots of great shopping bargains and artisan crafts, so plan your getaway any time this November for a great late fall escape. We’ve put together a great MIDWEEK package with special savings. For WEEKEND getaways, November 3-4, 2012, is NH Open Doors, when you can visit studios of members of the League of NH Craftsmen to see works in progress under the skilled hands of these artisans, and distinctive shops featuring New Hampshire made products and artwork. The weekend of November 10-11, 2012, offers shopping specials at Settler’s Green in North Conway, with free shopping bags for first 2,000 shoppers on Saturday, starting at 8 am. There will be raffles, entertainment, a gift with $100 and $500 purchases, and discount coupons, of course!

Mt. Washington and Valley in NovemberFor NH Open Doors, plan a leisurely loop through the Lakes region to enjoy both the scenery and the artistry. Stop at the League of NH Craftsmen in North Conway (2526 White Mountain Highway) Hours: Nov. 3: 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Nov. 4: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Or head directly to Meredith, where you’ll find another of the League’s stores (279 Daniel Webster Highway). Hours: Nov. 3 and 4: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Open studios at 5 Winona Road in Meredith include:

  • The Arts Collaborative Artisan Gallery and Studios: Hand-crafted home furnishings, original art, and art activities. Hours: Nov. 3 and 4: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Hayden Arts Studios: Handmade furnishings and sculpture with studio tours & demonstrations. Hours: Nov. 3 and 4: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • McCrillis Hill Copperworks: Hand crafted copper enamelware, bowls, plates, etc. Enamel, and copper spinning demonstrations. Hours: Nov. 3 and 4: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Winnipesaukee Forge: Wrought iron home furnishings, candlesticks, lamps, and fireplace accessories. Afternoon blacksmith demonstration. Hours: Nov. 3 and 4: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

You can also stop in Meredith at Artist in My Garden c/o Cackleberries (419 Daniel Webster Highway) which features Lakes Region artists, photography, pottery, and graphic design. They will have demonstrations and refreshments from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Nov. 3 and Nov. 4.

Extend your loop by driving west to Bristol, NH, to visit Earthly Treasures at 150 Lake Street to see hand-crafted items from over 300 American artisans. Hours: Nov. 3: 10:00a.m.-5:00 p.m. Nov. 4: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

From Bristol, return through lakes or take I-93 north to Bethlehem, NH, to visit The Rocks Estate for its gift shop full of New England products, (4 Christmas Lane, open 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) and the Local Works Marketplace at WREN (2013 Main Street, open 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) to see works by over 200 artists and artisans. Then return to Jackson via Route 302 through Crawford Notch.

Visit NH Open Doors for complete information on November 3-4, 2012, activities and to see a list of participating artisans.

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Halloween is coming, so visit Cranmore Mountain’s Ghoulog on your weekend getaway!

Headless maid and her pumpkin headEvery year, Cranmore Mountain turns into a frightful place on weekends in October with their Ghoulog. What’s a ghoul? According to folklore, it’s a monster that resides in graveyards and similar uninhabited places whose favorite snack is human flesh. Then what is a Ghoulog? A frightful hour-long experience that leads the unsuspecting through a series of dark rooms, mazes, and other scary places where the macabre lurks. This year, Cranmore Mountain’s nightmarish extravaganza is located indoors in a secret location reached by shuttle from their base lodge. If the Ghoulog isn’t frightful enough, those seeking the ultimate terror are invited to experience The Cult of the Ghoulog, which includes a trip up the chairlift to Cranmore’s summit. Hungry for even more adventure? The Haunted Playground transforms their Zipline, Mountain Coaster and Giant Swing into scary Halloween-themed rides under the stars, and an outdoor food court and the Bloody Noose Pub offer refreshments for humans instead of ghouls.

So plan to add some White Mountain fright to your late October weekend getaway with a ghoulish adventure at Cranmore Mountain. Advance reservations are strongly advised. Tickets for the Ghoulog are $25, or plan to visit both the Haunted Playground and Ghoulog for $46. The Cult experience is $30 per person. For full information on dates, times and restrictions, please visit the Cranmore Mountain website.

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Pumpkin People Have Returned to Jackson, New Hampshire

King Pumpkin, Queen Pumpkin, Stepmother Pumpkin PeopleFor the 25th year, Jackson is celebrating the “Return of the Pumpkin People”, with over 70 displays for everyone to enjoy. You’ll find Pumpkin Man in the Mountains, Angry Birds, Circus clowns, the Grinch, ET, artists, leaf peepers in a pickup, Sesame Street favorites, plus many other movie, TV, and fairy tale characters. It often takes several weeks to create each display, which must use real pumpkins for the heads of characters. Visit the Pumpkin People in Jackson, Hart’s Location, Bartlett, Glen, Intervale, and North Conway, NH, on a self-guided tour ~ each official host property is marked on the map available at the inn or from the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce. You can vote for you favorites for the “People’s Choice” award.

Since it is the 25th anniversary celebration, the Inn at Ellis River is hosting an Anniversary Ball where Pumpkinella charms her Prince Pumpkin. Like many of our guests who love to return to the inn again and again, some pumpkin people from past years have come back too, and are celebrating at this gala event. It wouldn’t be October without Fiona, our favorite Maid! She’s on duty passing out champagne at the ball. Remember one year when Fiona had to bring extra pillows to the Princess who could feel a little pumpkin under all those mattresses? She and her Prince are now King and Queen, reigning over the ball. Then there was the year of Fionarella, when she hoped her prince would come. She tried on the glass slipper while her jealous stepsisters and her stepmother watched in dismay. The stepmother and stepsisters have returned to dance again, still hoping that Prince Pumpkin’s heart can be won. The Prince seems to have eyes only for his Pumpkinella, but thankfully there is a gallant noble willing to dance with the stepsister. The chandelier twinkles and the dance goes on until October 21, so be sure to come to this gala ball!

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It’s Time for the Fryeburg Fair ~ Maine’s Blue Ribbon Classic

Pumpkins and Purple Mum PlantsFoliage season in the White Mountains means it’s time for the Fryeburg Fair, September 30 – October 7, 2012. The biggest agricultural fair in Maine began 162 years ago, organized by the West Oxford Agricultural Society which includes 16 towns in Western Maine and 6 in Eastern New Hampshire. It’s a family-oriented country fair with livestock events, harness racing, a steer and oxen show, carnival, concerts each evening, and more.

The Farm Museum depicts almost 250 years of history since the settlement of Fryeburg in the 1760s. Almost all the early crafts and activities needed for the challenging life in the White Mountains are represented there ~ not just farming, but also lumbering and log driving, blacksmithing, harness making, cider pressing, carpentry, ice cutting, maple syrup making, candle making, and more. Butter and ice cream are made the old-fashioned way, and food is cooked on a wood stove.

Monday’s events at the Fair include the Woodmen’s Day and the Skillet Toss competitions; the Grand Parade starring the livestock is held on Saturday morning. Food is always a highlight, whether it’s sampling the Fair’s french fries with vinegar or a stop at the new Special Foods Pavilion with 30 vendors. You’ll want to enjoy the many local artisans and organizations who have booths offering food, crafts, and fun as well. A visit to the Fryeburg Fair is a great addition to your leap-peeping plans in the North Conway – Jackson area.

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A Scenic Foliage Drive in New Hampshire’s White Mountains

Road to Mount Washington

Road to Mt. Washington

Fall foliage color is arriving in the White Mountains. Frosty nights mean that the reds, oranges and yellows of New Hampshire’s spectacular foliage season are appearing along the Kancamagus Highway, and in the Great North Woods and the Mount Washington Valley. From Jackson, try a foliage itinerary that will take you over Hurricane Mountain Road, north through Evans Notch and then south past Mount Washington through Pinkham Notch back to the inn.

Another colorful route will take you north 20 miles to Gorham, then continuing on Route 16 north through Berlin to Errol, where you follow Route 26 west through Dixville Notch to Colebrook. From Colebrook, take Route 125 north to Pittsburg for more North Woods color, or turn south on Route 3 and follow the Connecticut River along the border between New Hampshire and Vermont. When Route 3 intersects Route 110, turn east and follow Route 110 back to Berlin, or continue south on Route 3 to Lancaster where you can turn east on Route 2 for great views of the Northern Presidential Range, and then south on Route 115 to Route 302 at Twin Mountain. There you’ll turn left and follow Route 302 east past Bretton Woods and the Mount Washington Hotel, through Crawford Notch, and back to Jackson via Route 16 north at Glen .

There is good color on the higher elevations of the Kanamagus Highway as well, so for this loop, go south from the inn to Glen, and turn right (west) on Route 302. If you’re thinking of a picnic lunch on your travels, stop at the White Mountain Cider Company’s deli to stock up. At Barlett, turn left at the blinking light and follow Bear Notch Road to Route 112 (The ‘Kanc’). Turn right toward Lincoln (note that there are no gas stations between Glen and Lincoln on this route). If you are in the mood for a short hike, stop at Sabbaday Falls, which is a relatively easy trail to the waterfall. Splashes of red and yellow will surround you as you go through the higher elevations, then descend into Lincoln.

At Lincoln, go north on I-93 toward Franconia Notch. You may want to make time to stop at the Flume to see Avalanche Falls (about a 2.5 mile round trip, but easy walking). Then you’ll pass the site where the Old Man in the Mountain once stood as you go through Franconia Notch. If it’s a bright clear day, consider taking the tram to the top of Cannon Mountain, where you’ll have great views of both New Hampshire’s White Mountains and the Green Mountains of Vermont. You can return to the inn via Route 3 to Twin Mountain and then Route 302 east, or continue farther north on I-93 and take Route 142 to Bethlehem (which as some interesting shops) before taking Route 302 east through Crawford Notch and back to Jackson via Route 16 north at Glen.

Check our Attractions Map for many of the locations mentioned on these drives. For frequently updated White Mountain foliage conditions you can check the Visit NH web site or their mobile site if you prefer. You can also call their Fall Foliage hotline at 1-800-258-3608. For maps showing the progression of 2012 New England foliage, visit the Foliage Network. After any of these drives, you’ll be ready to enjoy the cozy fire and afternoon refreshments waiting to welcome you back to Jackson, NH and the Inn at Ellis River!

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Enjoy a Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch on your Fall Weekend Getaway

aerial image of American Chunker Corn MazeWhat is a fall weekend without a trip to a pumpkin patch, farmstand, and corn maze for outdoor fun? Plan to include Sherman Farm in nearby East Conway, NH, in your getaway plans. Visit their Farm Stand and Pumpkin Patch to pick out your own pumpkins and produce to bring home. Then take a hayride and challenge your labyrinth navigating skills in their corn maze, which is open every Saturday and Sunday from September 22 through October 28, 2012, from10 am until 5pm (last two weekends in October the maze closes at 4 pm due to darkness). Admission is $9 per person. A concession offers fall treats like cider donuts and kettle corn as well as hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks.

The Sherman Farm MaiZE this year is “Go Team American Chunker” with several miles of pathways. A wizard can follow the correct path in 20 to 30 minutes, but the average human takes about one hour or more. There are two phases to the maze as well as a “mini maze” to accommodate all ability levels. Generally one phase is a little shorter than the other and less difficult. To help you find your way, you can use a series of passports with questions. Correct answers to the questions gives you clues to guide you along the correct path to the exit. This is the sixth year of Sherman Farm’s maze ~ to create one, the farm owners must choose a variety of corn that has the right stalk strength and height to create the feel of a labyrinth of pathways. Mazes require about 20,000 plants per acre, with a growing schedule two to three weeks later than crops being planted for grain.

Are you looking for a scary nighttime adventure? Their MAiZE Massacre (A Haunted Maze) is open weekends October 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 26 & 27 from 7 to 9 pm. A Flashlight (non-haunted) Maze is open October 19 & 20, 26 & 27 from 7 to 9 pm as well. Admission is $9 per person.

Plan on some great outdoor fun during your fall visit to the White Mountains!

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Perfect weather to hike or bike the White Mountains!

Sabbaday Falls, New Hampshire

Sabbaday Falls, NH

September is a perfect season for hiking and biking the White Mountains of New Hampshire ~ the days are warm and nights are cool, summer crowds have gone, and just a few leaves are becoming tinged with autumn color. Walks and hikes from easy to challenging abound, and you can return to the inn to enjoy a soothing interlude in the hot tub overlooking the Ellis River, or later in the month, curl up in front of a cozy fire with a hot drink and cookies warm from the oven.

When planning your stay, check out the different hikes near Jackson, New Hampshire. Since all the Inn at Ellis River’s guest rooms are named for White Mountain waterfalls, you can choose to explore your ‘own’ waterfall during your stay. Each of the room descriptions includes an image of the waterfall and how to reach it from the inn ~ just click on the room name for details. Easiest to see are Jackson Falls, a short walk or drive from the inn, and Silver Cascade, viewed from Route 302 or the Conway Scenic Railroad’s Notch Train. It’s just a very short hike to visit Glen Ellis Falls or Diana’s Baths, both 10-15 minutes from the inn, and Sabbaday Falls, Champney Falls, Ripley Falls, Thompson Falls, Crystal Cascade and Arethusa Falls are within 30 minutes or less.

If you want to do some biking around Jackson, there is a new bike rental shop right across from the inn, or plan to take advantage of the 50% discount off a bike rental package at Great Glen Trails located at the base of Mount Washington (package includes helmet and trail use, four hour minimum).

Our Eco-Adventure Package is a perfect choice for your hiking and/or biking getaway. Your two night stay includes your choice of one of five hiking or biking guidebooks, a picnic lunch for two packed in an insulated cooler bag that is yours to keep, and complimentary use of the walking, hiking, and biking trails at Great Glen Trails,.

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Mt. Washington Valley’s Bach Festival is August 24-26, 2012.

Mostly Bach Festival logoThe White Mountains will be alive with the sound of music ~ Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and fellow composers of the Baroque era ~ at the 24th annual Bach Festival. Book our ‘Back to Bach’ package that includes two tickets with our compliments to either the Saturday evening OR Sunday afternoon performance. The annual music festival features professional and amateur musicians performing both instrumental and choral works of Baroque masters ~ this year including Bach’s “Christ lag in Todesbanden” and Handel’s Messiah.

The Festival begins August 12, 2012, at 4 pm with an Organ Recital featuring Ray Cornils, Municipal Organist from Portland Maine, who will perform on the newly restored 1984 Moller Pipe Organ at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, in North Conway, NH. The concert will feature works by J.S. Bach and contemporaries Buxtehude and Handel. Tickets range from $10-$25 and are available at the door.

Programs August 24, 25, and 26, 2012, will feature vocal and instrumental soloists, and the Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus. These performances will be at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg Academy, Fryeburg, ME, just a short distance from North Conway and Jackson.

Friday, August 24, at 8 pm is a Special Family Night ~ “Bach to the Future” featuring Ray Cornils as Herr Bach in a light-hearted program introducing ” Un-stuffify” Bach.

Saturday, August 25, at 7:30 pm is a more traditional program featuring Robert Lehmann, conductor, Zoia Bologovsky, violin, Debby Dabczynski, cello, and Barbara Prugh, trumpet. . Works to be performed include: Arcangelo Corelli’s Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op. 6, No. 3, Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for two violins in A minor Op. 3, No. 8, RV 522, and three works by J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 51 “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen”, Orchestral Suite No. 3 BWV 1068, D Major, and Cantata No. 4, “Christ lag in Todesbanden”.

Sunday, August 26, at 4 pm concludes the Festival with a performance of G .F. Handel’s Messiah featuring Julianne Gearhart, soprano, Emily Marvosh, contralto, George Eisenhauer, tenor, John D. Adams, bass, and the Festival Orchestra and Chorus. Robert Lehmann is the conductor and Paul McGovern the chorus master.

So don’t let August slip away before you book your ‘Back to Bach’ package for some great music in the White Mountains. If you wish tickets for other performances as well, those for ‘Bach to the Future’ are $10 for adults and those for the Saturday and Sunday concerts are $20 each for adults. For full program details, please visit the Festival’s website.

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Jackson meant a special babymoon at the Inn at Ellis River!

rubber duck with pacifierWas it the sparkling cider on a moonlight night, the gentle massage, the afternoon relaxing by the pool, or just the choice of Jackson, NH, for a babymoon when you plan to name your baby boy Jackson? Who knows, but it was a very special pre-baby getaway for two of our guests this past weekend when their baby decided if he was in Jackson, it was time to make his appearance! Fortunately, they had time to go to the hospital in North Conway, and we are delighted to report that Mom, Dad, and baby Jackson all are doing well. However, we do think it was selfish of the baby to make his parents miss our gourmet breakfast on their wedding anniversary! Of course, we’re inviting Mom and Dad back to finish their unexpectedly brief romantic getaway and enjoy another bottle of bubbly in the moonlight when Jackson is old enough to stay with his doting grandparents.

If you’re expecting a new addition to your family, why not plan some quiet, romantic time together? You can add our babymoon package to any stay in any room ~ so even if you can get away for just a single night, you can enjoy a pre-natal massage at Moondance Massage, a candlelight dinner for two at the White Mountain Cider Company, sparkling cider with fruit and chocolates in case someone is hungry for a snack, a leisurely gourmet breakfast, and a rubber ducky for the new little one’s bath. Worried about an unexpected arrival on your getaway? It’s never happened before in many a baby moon package, so unless your bundle of joy is going to be named Jackson (or maybe Ellis?), it’s not likely!

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Once a year you can dance on the covered bridge in Jackson

musicians at covered bridge danceThe covered bridge over the Ellis River at the entrance to Jackson, New Hampshire has been a symbol of the village for over a century, and Saturday, August 4, you can put on your dancing shoes and come to the annual COVERED BRIDGE DANCE from 6 pm ’til midnight. Tap your toes or just sit and listen under the stars to Jon Sarty & The White Mountain Boys. Enjoy this free event ~ only in Jackson can we have our old fashioned community block party on a covered bridge!

Constructed by Charles Broughton and his son Frank Broughton about 1876, the ‘Honeymoon Bridge’ is a favorite of both photographers and romantics who steal a traditional good luck kiss (or two…). The Broughtons used their carpentry skills to build the Paddleford truss structure with added arches, which is just over 121 feet long with a clear span of 103 feet. The 16 foot wide roadway means some vehicles wait politely to cross if a car is already on the bridge. The photographs highlight the Paddleford truss design which was popular for bridges in northern New Hampshire and Vermont in the 19th century. The walkway on the north side of the bridge was added about 1930, and the bridge restored in 2004. It is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The White Mountains of New Hampshire are home to many covered bridges, including others designed with the Paddleford truss. See our Covered Bridges Circuit Itinerary for a suggested tour of some of them within an hour’s drive of the Inn at Ellis River.

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Add a Mt. Washington, NH sunrise to your bucket list!

What can be more spectacular than standing on the top of the highest mountain in the Northeast and seeing the sunrise over the mountains and valleys to the east? In the pre-dawn darkness of Sunday, August 26, you’ll start up the Mt. Washington Auto Road, just 13 miles north of the Inn at Ellis River, and reach the top in time to await the new day. Plan ahead, since there are only three times each summer when you can drive up the auto road yourself to witness this spectacle ~ the last Sunday mornings in June, July and August. The opening time for the Auto Road is different each month to allow for the changing seasons: 4 pm on July 29, 2012, and 4:30 am on August 26, 2012. The inn will provide you with a voucher that will let your passenger ride free ($25 charge for auto and driver) and a romantic continental breakfast picnic to enjoy.

New at the Mount Washington Auto Road this year is another option if you would like photograph the mountain top sunrise or sunset: Guided Photography Tours, led by photographer Ernie Mills, offers three hour tours every Friday. The cost for the Guided Photography Tour is $150. Here are some photos by Ernie Mills to inspire you.  It’s a bucket list must!

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Jackson Falls, NH is a beautiful place for wedding vows!

It’s been a romantic few weeks at the Inn at Ellis River, with a proposal, two elopements, an intimate wedding reception for family and friends after a Jackson Falls wedding, several honeymoons, and anniversary getaways galore! The scenic beauty of Jackson Falls is a natural backdrop for many of these special moments, or sometimes guests choose the inn’s gazebo, nearby Glen Ellis Falls, or the heights of Mount Washington. Of course, every couple makes a tradition of kissing on Jackson’s Honeymoon Bridge!

All of us at the inn take special pride in creating just the kind of experience guests want, from a renewal of vows followed by cake and champagne for just the two of you to a small gathering of immediate family or even a weekend long celebration that fills the inn. We’re happy to take care of all the details with the help of Carrie’s floral creations from Dutch Bloemen Winkel, a wedding cake from Vintage Baking Company, and of course a JP like Kim Steward to officiate! Here are some photos from these recent happy events with our best wishes to all the couples celebrating special commitments to each other this summer.Couple cutting wedding cake and food at wedding reception

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Jackson NH Area Farmers’ Market is now open Saturdays!

Jackson NH farmers market & churchvegetable stand at Jackson NH farmers marketSummer is in full swing in New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley, and it’s time to sample all our wonderful local products. We’ve been visiting our local strawberry farm almost every day to get fresh berries for breakfast treats like this morning’s waffles topped with sliced berries, dark chocolate mini chips, whipped cream and maple syrup, fresh baked strawberry banana bread, or just a heaping bowl of berries with sliced melons on our fruit platter. Schartner Farm on West Side Road in North Conway allows you to pick your own berries if you want to take a taste of NH home with you ~ it’s a fun and rewarding way to spend an hour or two in the shadow of White Horse Ledge. Strawberry season is always too short, but now Berry Knoll on Old Portland Road in Eaton is open for picking blueberries, raspberries, and currants, too! Come visit the inn this month for a BERRY enjoyable stay!

If you’re planning a weekend stay at the inn, after breakfast Saturday, you can walk from the inn around the loop and across the bridge to the Jackson Area Farmers’ Market ~ it’s open every Saturday morning from the beginning of July until Columbus Day weekend. You’ll find locally grown produce, maple syrup from Jackson’s Black Mountain, baked goods, flowers, jewelry, pottery, fiber bags and garments to wear, doggie treats, and many other items. If you enjoy the toast we serve at breakfast from the Old Village Bakery, you’ll find their artisan breads at the Farmers’ Market, too. If you like flowers, check to see if Dutch Bloemen Winkel, our favorite flower shop, is selling some of their beautiful grab ‘n go bouquets and plants at the open air market (or just step across the street to their shop next to the Post Office). Don’t miss this Saturday morning excursion – it’s a real village treat!’s

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It’s time to Seek The Peak July 21 and hike Mount Washington!

sign at end of Crawford Trail at Mt. Washington summitSeek the Peak is an annual event to support the Mount Washington Observatory by hiking to the summit of Mt. Washington. It’s not a race, so you can choose any trail and any pace you wish to reach the top. Mt. Washington has some of the worst weather in the world, but some of the best views, too. On a clear day, you look east from the summit across Maine all the way to the Atlantic, north to Canada, and west to the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondacks beyond.

Seek the Peak is the biggest fund raiser for The Observatory, which is a private, non-profit organization that maintains the weather station at the summit, conducts research and educational programs and helps interpret the heritage of the Mount Washington region. In addition to recording and disseminating weather information, it serves as a benchmark location for many types of severe weather research.

Since 2001, Seek the Peak has raised nearly $1,000,000 for the Observatory. Participants enjoy a kick off party in North Conway, NH on Friday evening, tours of the Observatory at the summit and a post-hike celebration complete with live music, a turkey dinner and lots of raffle prizes. For more information and to register, visit the Seek the Peak website. We make a donation to the Observatory for each of our guests who Seek the Peak, so plan your hike and book your stay for the weekend of July 20-22, 2012, at the Inn at Ellis River now!

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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!