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Snow Sculpting Competion Results, January, 2013

Snow Sculptor at workSnow Sculpture of Ice Age's ScratJackson hosted the New Hampshire Snow Sculpting Competition January 25-27, 2013, and we are proud to announce that the winner of the People’s Choice and Invitational Awards stayed with us during the competition. Wade Parsons of Massachusetts won People’s Choice and tied for First Place in the Invitational Competition with his sculpture of Ice Age’s “Scrat”. You can see him working in the photo on the left, and the finished sculpture on the right. The other entry tied for First Place was “Hang in There Kitty” by Audrey Meyer and Scott Lewis of Maine (far left photo in the collage). The team who won the New Hampshire Sanctioned Event, with the honor of representing the state at the 2014 National Competition at Lake Geneva, WI, is Sandy Hall, Kathy Fraize, and Eric Marnich with their angelic entry (far right in the collage).The sculptures are judged on creativity, technique and overall message, and are viewed by 2500 visitors to the White Mountains each winter. For video and images of the sculptures being created this year, you can visit WMTV.com

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Annual Snow Sculpture Competition January 25-27, 2013

snow sculpture of two people embracingJackson is the site of the annual New Hampshire’s Snow Sculpting Competition, to be held January 25-27, 2013. Each team of two or three people begins with a cylinder shaped block of snow 4 feet in diameter by 8 feet tall to create their snow sculptures. Teams begin sculpting on Friday, and continue working all day and sometimes through the night on Saturday to complete their sculptures for the judging at noon on Sunday. Sculptures are judged based on creativity, technique and message.

This annual event draws artist teams from across a four-state region to compete for the Overall and the People’s Choice Awards. The NH State Champion is selected only from sculptures completed by teams who live or work in New Hampshire. The National Championships are held each year in Lake Geneva, WI, where the George Grady Jr. 2012 winning team is representing NH this winter. Other states which hold championships each year include New York, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Alaska. The winning team at the Nationals is eligible to represent the US at international competitions offered by sanctioned member countries such as Canada, Norway, Switzerland, France, Italy, Japan, China, and Russia.

The Inn at Ellis River is happy to help sponsor this unique Jackson event. A two-person team will be staying at the Inn, and all the competitors will find our homemade cookies and lip balm in their welcome bags.

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Come See Ice Carving & Snow Sculpture Competitions in Jackson, NH

January brings out a variation on White Mountain artists ~ our brave sculptors of ice and snow! The Wentworth, here in Jackson, will host the 18th annual Great Ice Carvers of New England Invitational Ice Carving Competition on Monday, January, 7, 2013. The challenge begins at 10:00 am, and competitors have until 1:00 pm to create works of art from 300 pound blocks of ice. Chisels, picks, even chain saws make the ice chips fly, and blow torches smooth edges to create animals, birds, mythological figures and other flights of fantasy.

Pictured are some of the 2012 creations, which, like Frosty the Snowman, vanished with the first thaw. New this year is a People’s Choice Award, so plan to stop by the Wentworth to see the ice sculptures beginning next week. They will be on display on the porch (with special lighting at night) as long as arctic temperatures allow.

Competitors in the New Hampshire Snow Sculpture event will have longer for their competition later this month – from Friday, January 25 until noon Sunday, January 27, 2013. We’ll post more about this upcoming competition soon.

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It’s time to plan you holiday getaway to New Hampshire’s White Mountains!

Holiday tree decorated in blue ornaments and white snowflakesSnowflakes 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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Milk Chocolate Fudge ~ Our Gift for the Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour

The Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour returns to Jackson, NH, for Thanksgiving weekend through the weekend of December 22, 2012, with a festive sleigh ride through the village that stops at inns and shops for chocolate treastures.  One of the Five Tasty Tours in the Granite State named by the Concord Insider, this popular holiday event combines two holiday favorites ~ a sleigh ride and chocolate.  The Tour departs from Nestlenook Farm and circles the village loop with stops at the Inn at Jackson,  Backcountry Bakery, The Wentworth, J-Town Deli and Country Store, the Snowflake Inn and Flossie’s General Store.

The Inn at Ellis River’s two night package includes two tickets for the Tour and a gift our homemade milk chocolate fudge. (A limited number of one night packages are available). We hope you will jingle your way into the holidays with this special sleigh ride, but if you can’t, here’s the recipe for our Milk Chocolate Fudge:

Ingredients

  • 1 12 ounce can evaporated milk
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 pound (1 stick) margarine or butter
  • 2 4.2 ounce bars Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate
  • 2 4.4 ounce bars Hershey’s Milk Chocolate
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 7  ounce jar marshmallow whip
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Place evaporated milk, sugar, and margarine or butter in a large saucepan. Stir together over moderate heat until margarine is melted and ingredients are combined. Bring to boil and boil exactly 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add chocolate bars and chocolate chips gradually, stirring constantly. When chocolate is completely combined with the milk mixture, add marshmallow whip and vanilla and stir until fudge is a uniform color. Pour into a 9×13 inch pan and refrigerate until firm.

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Let it snow! Guess when we’ll have our first snowfall in Jackson, NH?

Path through snow with trees and mountains in the backgroundNovember is here, and our thoughts at the Inn at Ellis River turn to snowflakes, skiing, sleigh rides, and our winter wonderland. This year the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a contest to predict the date and time of the first 6 inch snowfall in one continuous storm. The winner receives half of the proceeds, and half will be donated to support the Mount Washington Observatory and the New Hampshire Sanctioned Snow Sculpting Competition here in the village January 27-29, 2013.

Tickets are $2 each and can be purchased from the Inn or the Chamber. We’re thinking SNOW, so if you book a new reservation for a stay between November 9, and December 22, we’ll include an entry in the contest ~ just say ‘Let it Snow’ when you make your reservation (or put in the comments section if you book online), and tell us the date and time you want to pick for your entry in hour and 15 minute intervals – for example November 9 at 2:15 PM, December 1 at 10:30 AM, etc. (Here’s a hint ~ in 2011, we had a foot of snow to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend.) Official measurement will be in a location by the Chamber office, and you can check progress on a webcam they will be installing there. The Mount Washington Observatory also offers a number of webcam views of Mt. Washington and environs.

If we don’t have a big snowstorm in the next two weeks – or even if we do – Black Mountain Ski Area has plans for their Biggest Snow Dance on Saturday, November 17, 2012, from 4 -8 PM, so if you want to hedge your bet, be sure to pick a time and day soon after that for luck. The Record Breaking Snow Dance at Black Mountain will feature Snow Dancer Carlene from Symmetree Yoga, music by the Revtones, a bonfire, plus food and beverages in the Lostbo Pub. Plan to come and set your feet tapping and flakes to falling that Saturday. (To participate in the record breaking dance, please be at Black Mountain by 4:45 PM).   Let it snow, Let It Snow, LET IT SNOW!

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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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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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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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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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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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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!