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Getaway to the Wildquack Festival for Memorial Day Weekend!

Jackson, NH, is the place to celebrate the Memorial Day holiday this year, in the heart of the White Mountains. You’ll celebrate at the Wildquack Duck River Festival on Sunday, May 24, 2013, with an old fashioned day in the village park. There’s not one but THREE duck races. Stand along the banks of the Wildcat River and watch 3500 traditional yellow duckies race down Jackson Falls to the finish line. The first duck wins a $1,000 prize, while some slower ducks win 50 other prizes such as vacation stays, dining certificates, tickets to attractions, and more. The striped Olympic Ducks have their own race for a special prize, and then there is the Big Duck race, with many ducks sponsored by local businesses. We’ll be there to cheer our favorites on – last year one of our guest’s ducks was the big winner in the classic race, and the inn’s “Chuck the Duck” is a past winner in the Big Duck race.

While the ducks are the stars, save time to stroll the park and vote for your favorite in the Cake Boss Competition, participate in the Five Minutes of Fame Competition, or bid for artwork, dining, gift baskets, photos and more in the Silent Auction. No excuse for going hungry, either – you can enjoy the talents of local and visiting chefs throughout the day.

So plan on a great getaway weekend this year. Our Wildquack Package has all you need – a great discount on a three night stay, duck tickets, a souvenir rubber ducky, and more. We also have some two night packages available. So book now and be sure to visit our Facebook page to help name our Big Duck entry for this year.

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Spring arrives with one last snow for lots of fun!

We’re welcoming spring in Jackson with fresh snow for spring skiing, freshly groomed xc ski trails, snowshoeing, tubing, and even sleigh rides until the end of March! Plan a last minute getaway to enjoy some spring snow play before Frosty disappears for another year. Where but in Jackson can you find nearby choices of five downhill ski areas ~ Black Mountain, Wildcat/Attitash, Cranmore, and Bretton Woods, plus three times more miles of cross country trails than roads? Choose xc skiing, snowshoeing, and tubing at nearby Jackson Ski Touring Center, or head north through Pinkham Notch to Great Glen Trails where your trail pass is free with our compliments. Finish your day of snowplay with a sleigh ride at nearby Nestlenook Farm, a soak in our hot tub while you watch the xc skiers still on the Ellis River Trail, or a cozy drink in front of the fire at the inn. P.S. ~ Quiet season rates begin March 25, 2013, so enjoy great spring savings, too!

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Museum of White Mountain Art hosts ‘On the Road to Jackson’ Inaugural Exhibit

Jackson, NH’s newest museum and art gallery opened this fall, and it’s free inaugural exhibition is on display through January 6, 2013. ‘The Road to Jackson: A Glimpse of the White Mountains of New Hampshire’ features a selection of 47 nineteenth century paintings from private collections that depict scenes along routes south from Gorham, north from Tamworth, and east from Crawford Notch as well as around Jackson. Visit the Jackson Historical Society’s website to see a selection of images from the exhibit. There also is a giant topographical map of the Mount Washington Valley.

The new museum was created through a $200,00 renovation of space in the historic Town Hall. The original builder of the Town Hall, located along the Wildcat River near Jackson’s stone bridge, was Andrew Harriman. In 1893, Harriman also built the home that became the Inn at Ellis River.

The Museum of White Mountain Art is open 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays. A hard cover catalogue of the inaugural exhibition is available for $75, and includes 58 full color images and an essay “A Glimpse of White Mountain Scenery” by Charles Vogel.

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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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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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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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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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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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We’ve Got a Great Recipe for ROMANCE!

Inn Love Recipes for RomanceInn Love ~ Pamela Lanier’s Recipes for Romance is hitting the bookshelves in April with more than 150 recipes from inns, including our own Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins. The recipes, selected from romantic getaway destinations from coast to coast, will help you ” bring your B&B romance home, and enjoy creating scrumptious dishes to enhance your pleasure morning, noon and night”. Recipes include not only breakfast and brunch favorites, but main courses, accompaniments, and sweets for the sweet.

Our copies just arrived, so it is available to take home as a memento, or look for it as part of a romantic getaway package in the future. We hope you’ll be visiting us soon for your own romantic getaway, but if you just can’t wait to seduce your special someone with our muffins, visit our recipe section for the secret to a sweet breakfast treat.

We hope you’ll make your own special memories Inn Love!

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MARCH MADNESS in New Hampshire means MAPLE!

Inn at Ellis River Maple French ToastSpring temperatures mean sugaring has begun in the Mt. Washington Valley, so let’s hope for lots of that sweet goodness from Black Mountain to top breakfast favorites at the inn. We’re featuring a special Maple Package at the inn for March and April.

The New Hampshire Maple Producers will be hosting Maple Weekend March 24-25. That weekend you can visit the Crowthers at Black Mountain Sugar House here in Jackson to see where our syrup comes from and watch boiling if weather and sap cooperate (Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 4 pm). They’ll have maple syrup, maple butter, maple coffee and baked goods for sale.

The Remick Museum Sugar House in Tamworth will be open Saturday March 23 (11 am -3 pm) demonstrating Native American, colonial and modern sugaring-off methods. You can sample maple syrup and sugar on snow, explore the sugarbush and Museum for $5 per person. Don’t miss the sweetest season in the White Mountains!

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

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Vacation Throughout the US & Canada

Interested in a “Vacation Of A Lifetime“? How would you like to the win a year’s worth of free stays at nearly 350 Select Registry inns, including ours? The grand prize winner in the new contest from Select Registry™ receives just that – a free night stay at each of the member properties for a full year. “It’s a dream vacation – an opportunity to explore exciting new places and visit family and friends, with complimentary accommodations at the most celebrated inns and bed and breakfasts throughout the U.S. and Canada,” says Will Carlson, executive director, Select Registry. In addition to the grand prize winner, three first-place winners will each get a $500 Select Registry Gift Certificate and five second-place winners will each receive a $250 Select Registry Gift Certificate.

To enter the Vacation Of A Lifetime Sweepstakes, register with the Select Registry Golden Quill Loyalty Program. If you have already signed up, you’re entered in the contest! Each time during 2012 you earn a Golden Quill night (awarded when you stay with us or at any other member inn) it will count as an additional entry. The contest is open to travelers ages 18 years and older in the U.S. and Canada. Promotion ends midnight EST, December 31, 2012. Winners will be announced early in 2013.

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

February has 29 days just once every four years, and 2012 gives you one more day for romance, so why not make sure it’s special? What’s especially romantic about Leap Day? It’s ‘The Ladies’ Privilege’. In past centuries, when tradition dictated men were expected to propose marriage to women, Irish folklore tells us St Bridget struck a deal with St Patrick to balance these traditional roles by allowing women to propose to men just once every 4 years ~ on Leap Day. This is why it also is called ‘Bachelor’s Day’, and if a man refused a proposal from a woman on that day, he was expected to pay a penalty ~ sometimes this was a fine of £100, a silk gown, or 12 pairs of gloves so that the woman could hide the embarrassment of not wearing an engagement ring. How things have changed!

In honor of St. Bridget’s persuasive powers, we’ll give any lass who books a room for February 29 and successfully proposes here at the inn everything she needs to celebrate ~ a Romance in Progress privacy sign to hang on the door, silk rose petals strewn romantically in the room, chocolates, a bottle of bubbly served in silver champagne flutes to keep as a memento, and a two night honeymoon when they tie the knot! Please see our Leap Day Package for details.

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2012 Snow Sculptures, Jackson NH

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Knocking on Heaven's Door Snow Sculpture 2012

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.”