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2012 Snow Sculptures, Jackson NH

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Knocking on Heaven's Door Snow Sculpture 2012

Knocking on Heaven's Door

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 Rapids 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 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

wooded pathSparkling 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 waterfallSilver 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 FallsSabbaday 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 Falls with rocks in foregroundRipley 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 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.

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Paradise Falls

Paradise Falls White Mountain Attractions PhotoParadise Falls at Lost River Gorge is in Kinsman Notch, 7 miles west of North Woodstock on Rt. 112. The 35 foot falls are viewed from a 0.8 mile easy to moderate loop hike with boardwalks that follow along the Lost River as it appears and disappears in the gorge. (These falls on the western side of the White Mountains are about 60 miles from the inn.)

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Nancy Cascades

 Nancy Cascades is named for the tragic woman who perished in the 19th century trying to reach her fiance’s camp during a snowstorm in the White Mountains. Nancy Brook plunges through a series of shady cascades into a deep pool The 2.5 mile trail to the falls is moderately difficult and is accessed off Route 302, south of Crawford Notch in Hart’s Location (15 miles west of the inn).

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Jackson Falls

Wildcat River at Jackson Falls with mountains trees and cloudsThe Wildcat River forms Jackson Falls, a series of flat ledges dropping gradually through the village. In summer, it is a favorite spot for wading and picnicing under the trees that border its banks. Memorial Day Weekend, you’ll find 3000 yellow rubber ducks racing down the falls during Jackson’s Wildquack Festival. To reach the Falls from the inn, just follow the village loop to Carter Notch Road and ascend the hill along the river to reach the falls.

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Glen Ellis Falls

Glen Ellis FallsGlen Ellis Falls is a jewel in Pinkham Notch. The parking area is a 9 miles drive north from the inn on Route 16 along the Ellis River. Take the well-marked .2 mile trail under the highway and climb down the series of stone steps to reach the vantage point at the base of the 65 foot high falls.

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Franconia Falls

Franconia Falls a series of slides, pools, and cascades over a bank of Conway Granite, is easily accessed year around by foot, mountain bike, snowshoes or cross-country skis. The falls are located at the end of one of the flattest walking trails in the White Mountains about 3.4 miles from the trailhead along Route 112 (4.7 miles east of Lincoln), about an hour from the inn.

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Flume Gorge

Flume Gorge NH with boardwalk on rightFlume Gorge in Franconia Notch State Park, a little over an hour’s drive from the inn, is well-known for its scenery including Avalanche Falls, Liberty Gorge Cascades, The Pool, glacial boulders, and a covered bridge. All can be viewed from the easy two mile loop hike through the State Park.

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The Ellis River

The Ellis River rises on the eastern slopes of Mt. Washington. Flowing south, it is joined by the Cutler River and cascades over Glen Ellis Falls at Pinkham Notch before continuing into the village of Jackson and past the inn through a gradually widening valley. South of Jackson the river drops over a dam at Goodrich Falls and joins the Saco River near the village of Glen.

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Diana’s Baths

Diana's Baths waterfall NHDiana’s Baths ~ An easy .5 mile walk in takes you to the 200 yards of cascading falls, waterspouts and granite terraces and basins along Lucy Brook. The beginning of the hike is .5 mile from the turnoff to Cathedral Ledge on West Side Road, about 5 miles from the inn.

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Crystal Cascade

Crystal Cascade waterfall NHCrystal Cascade ~ The Cutler River drops 80 feet to form the dramatic and photogenic Crystal Cascade. The 0.3 mile trail is a steady, at times somewhat steep climb that begins behind the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center parking lot, just 12 miles north of the inn on Route 16.

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Champney Falls

Champney Falls are named for Benjamin Champney, famous White Mountain Artist (1817-1907). The Falls are best seen in spring and early summer when the water is highest. Beautiful ice flows can be seen in winter. The trail begins at a parking lot on Route 112, about 10 miles west of Conway, and follows the easy grade of an old logging road along Champney Brook where a loop trail branches off to Champney and Pitcher Falls. The hike to the falls and back is about 3 miles, or continue on the more challenging trail to climb the north ridge of Mt. Chocorua.

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Beaver Brook Falls

Beaver Brook Falls and surrounding forestBeaver Brook Falls are some of the farthest away from the inn, located near the Canadian border and the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, but are easily viewed without a hike. The falls are about 70 feet tall, dropping over a jagged ledge of the Waits River Formation, a large dark quartzite. They can be viewed from a wayside picnic area about 2.5 miles east of Colebrook, NH.

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The Basin

The Basin is located in Franconia Notch, not far from the former site of the “Old Man in the Mountain”. Called the “Old Man’s Foot Basin”, it is only .1 mile from the parking area off I-93. The Pemigewasset River flows through a narrow chute, constantly stirring the pool below in a clockwise direction. The result is a deep, circular pool carved in the granite. Continuing another mile on the trail will bring you the bonus of Kinsman Falls and Rocky Glen Falls.

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Avalanche Falls

Avalanche FallsAvalanche Falls can be found in Franconia Notch State Park on the western side of the White Mountains off I-93. The boardwalk portion of an easy 2 mile loop hike provides excellent views of the beautiful falls. The State Park is reached by a scenic drive of about 75 minutes from the inn.