Snowflakes are falling in Jackson, and soon we will be surrounded by a winter wonderland. Ski areas at Bretton Woods, Wildcat, and Cranmore are open! The Inn at Ellis River has packages for all kinds of holiday getaways – before Christmas, plan a Shopping Getaway, or a just a Midweek Escape from pre-holiday stress. Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour Sleigh Rides are available every weekend until Christmas, or share the holiday spirit of giving with our very special offer to ‘Be an Elf’ from December 16-22. Can’t get away until Christmas week? Stay three days during December 26-29 and you get a special rate for your third night or your fourth night is FREE! We’ve got an intimate New Year’s Package to welcome 2013, or plan for Sleigh Bells and Candlelight to share with that special someone. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Inn, and we’re waiting to welcome you for some holiday revelry or just a relaxing inn-terlude during this busy season.
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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:
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.
- 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.
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!
For 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.
What 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!
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,.
Was 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!
We 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.