Plan Your Stay

Jackson’s picturesque village setting is surrounded by the opportunities for romance, recreation, and rejuvenation which abound in every season in the White Mountains. Imagine 86 mountain peaks including the 6,288-foot Mt. Washington, 9 notches, scenic waterfalls, rivers, lakes, and forests all awaiting you in a six season wonderland. In the pure, crisp air you can discover and enjoy all that our valley offers: outdoor recreation, hand-made crafts, local heritage, and scenic country lanes. The Inn offers lodging packages that include many of the activities you’ll find in the Mt. Washington Valley.

Winter Events 2012-13 

DATESLOCATIONEVENT
April 4 - May 17Tin Mountain Conservation CenterArt Celebrates Place ~ Art inspired by Upper Saco Valley Land Trust locations
May 16-18Fryeburg, MENorthern New England Home, Garden & Flower Show
May 25JacksonWildquack Festival & Duck Race
June 7-8Mt. Washington ValleyInn to Inn Herb, Food & Beer Tour
June 1, 7-8, & 14-15JacksonChristmas in June Celebration & Jingle Bell Chocolate Challenge Tour
June 16, 18Mt. Washington Auto RoadBicknell Thrush Tours
June 241Mt. Washington Auto RoadMinis on Top
June 21JacksonArt in Bloom Walking Tour ~ art works paired with floral arrangements by garden club
June 22Mt. Washington Auto RoadSunrise Drive
July 4 - July 6Mt. Washington ValleyFourth of July Celebrations
Jackson Fireworks July 5
July 18-19Mt. Washington ObservatorySeek the Peak
July 27Mt. Washington Auto RoadSunrise Drive
August 2JacksonCovered Bridge Dance
August 16-17JacksonWhite Mountain Art & Artisan Festival
August 23-34North Conway26th Annual Bach Festival
August 31Mt. Washington Auto RoadSunrise Drive
September 5-7Mt. Washington Auto Road & Great Glen TrailsMuster in the Mountains Reenactment
October 1-20Jackson27th Annual Return of the Pumpkin People
October 12-13, 17-18, 24-25, 31North ConwayGhoullog at Cranmore
October 25Mt. Washington ValleyGhosts & Goblins Tour

Snow Much Fun and Romance

winter river sceneWho needs to limit Valentine’s to a day since Jackson was named one of the 10 most romantic ski towns in the East? You’ll find a winter wonderland wherever you look. Enjoy the best cross-country skiing in the East right here at Jackson’s Ski Touring Center and Great Glen Trails is only a short distance away at the base of Mount Washington. Bear Notch Ski Touring Center is close by as well. All have great snowshoe trails, too! Up for more adventure? Try a backcountry skiing tour or ice-climbing with Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School.

Don’t want to work so hard? Ride the Snow Coach to above treeline or drive part of the Scenic Byway for winter vistas in every direction. Go snowmobiling with a guided tour or rental in Fryeburg or Gorham, or Bear Notch or Bretton Woods. Even dogsled rides can be arranged near Jackson.

If Alpine skiing is your cup of cocoa, you’re in the right place. Black Mountain, a family friendly mountain great for beginners, is right in the village of Jackson. Wildcat Mountain, at Jackson’s highest reach, was one of the first ski areas in the country and offers a true New England skiing experience. Your lift ticket there also is good at Attitash in Bartlett. You can ski or tube at Cranmore Mountain in North Conway or drive up Crawford Notch to Bretton Woods. A crackling fire and warm refreshments greet you when you return to the inn. A weekend evening is a perfect time for a romantic sleigh ride at Nestlenook Farm.

Jackson is home to the New Hampshire Snow Sculpting Competition in late January. Visitors can view sculptors at work night and day to complete their work in time for judging. February is for romance, of course! March brings great spring skiing and sugaring season, where you can watch the delicious treat we serve with all our pancakes being made. When sugaring ends, the buds are starting to turn to blossoms.

Springtime Bud to Blossom

spring mooseShoppers find many bargains and hikers enjoy the moose and other wildlife that return with the blossoming spring. From late April through early Fall you can enjoy a Moose Tour with moose sightings guaranteed. Hear the roar of the river and see its tremendous power as the winter snows melt. Waterfalls are at their best and hiking trails abound. Fish in rushing mountain streams and back country ponds, the trophy section of the Ellis River just past Jackson’s covered bridge, the Wildcat or the Saco. Check out North Country Angler for advice, lessons and guided trips, or Reel North.

Area golf courses open for the season in May, with early season rates. In addition to the Wentworth and Eagle Mountain Golf Courses in Jackson, you can play at eight other White Mountain courses from the Omni Mount Washington Course (voted “Best Course You Can Play” in NH by Golfweek Magazine) to the scenic North Conway Country Club links.

June brings spectacular displays of Lupines and the alpine gardens above tree line on Mt. Washington. Lots of things to do indoors, too, from visiting the Weather Discovery Center in North Conway to art galleries and antique shops.

Summer ~ The Living is Easy or Adventurous

jackson falls in summerWarm days and cool star-filled nights make ideal conditions for romance, outdoor adventures or just taking time for rejuvenation. If you can stir from the Adirondack chairs by the river, outdoor adventures abound, from touring back roads from Vermont to Maine with a picnic lunch or cruising Lake Winnipesaukee to hiking some of the over 150 miles of trails in the Presidential Mountain Range ~ some to the waterfalls for which the inn’s rooms are named.

In the middle of Jackson, the Wildcat River drops in a series of short falls and cascades providing small pools perfect for cooling off and granite slabs for sunning. Swim in one of the area’s crystal clear lakes, the Saco River at Humphrey’s Ledge or in the heated pool at the inn, of course!

Mountain biking is available at Great Glen Trails or Attitash, or take to the back roads for rides uphill and down. Go for a horseback ride at Black Mountain for scenic slopeside views. If canoeing or kayaking is your preference, there are many outfitters for exploring the Saco and Androscoggin (Saco Bound, Northern Extremes).

Evening entertainment includes concerts and productions by M&D Productions, the Eastern Slope Playhouse in North Conway, Stone Mountain Arts Center in nearby Brownfield, ME, and The Barnstormers, America’s oldest professional summer theater, in Tamworth as well as local entertainment at many of the pubs in the area.

Early September brings apple time with its crisp nights with still warm days ~ often overlooked as a wonderful time for exploring the Mount Washington Valley as seasons begin to change but summer lingers.

Foliage Spectacular

foliage along Ellis RiverAutumn brings visitors from near and far to view the spectacle of vibrant colors combined with the mountain views and waterfalls. Color often begins about the third week of September. Reds, yellows, and oranges flow down the mountainsides until mid-October when colors begin to mellow before drifting from the trees late in October. Hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking become different experiences in autumn, and views from a slopeside horseback ride are spectacular.

At the beginning of October Pumpkin People appear all around Jackson in the annual tradition of celebrating foliage with creative pumpkin still lifes. Take a ride along the scenic Kancamagus Highway, 30 miles of spectacular viewing along the only National Scenic Byway in New England with many overlooks and short hikes to waterfalls.

Fall Serenity Season

Mount Washington in NovemberSerenity increases as the leaves gradually drop in the forests and Mount Washington is frosted in white. Knowing visitors return to enjoy that serenity and occasional Indian Summer days. Golf courses are still open until late October, and late season hiking reveals distant vistas hidden by leaf canopies earlier in the fall. It’s a perfect time for treasure hunting in the many antique stores and flea markets, checking out museums and galleries, and shopping for the holidays at Jackson’s unique shops and North Conway’s many outlets.

It’s also a perfect time for romance, whether curling up in front of the fire with a good book or great movie shared with that special person in your life, a friendly game of billiards or chess, or a candlelight dinner for two.

Holiday Festivities

Inn at Ellis River in DecemberJackson puts on its best winter finery ~ holiday lights glitter in the evening darkness. You can stroll through the village to admire the decorations and browse the shops for unique gift ideas, then head for nearby North Conway for shopping specials. Winter fun begins with skiing and sleigh rides. Why not plan to bring home a freshly cut wreath or tree? It’s a festive time with Jackson’s Traditionally Yours Celebration and New Year’s celebrations throughout the valley. Come and enjoy the best the holiday season has to offer.


From our Blog

Jackson NH Covered Bridge at night

Dancing with the Stars? NO ~ Dancing UNDER the Stars in Jackson, NH! posted on July 30, 2014

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Stop traffic! Once a year Jackson Village closes its famous covered bridge so you can dance under the stars at our Covered Bridge Dance! Think of it as a block party on Jackson’s iconic bridge, so bring your dancing shoes when you make plans for your weekend getaway August 1 – 2, 2014! You’ll dance…


Mt Washington Summit with clouds

Want to Know More About Mt. Washington’s Infamous Weather? posted on July 29, 2014

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If your stay at the Inn in Jackson includes a Wednesday evening this summer, you can take advantage of the free Science in the Mountains programs offered by the Mount Washington Observatory. The Observatory has monitored the ‘world’s worst weather’ at the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast ~ from a 231 mph…


woman purchasing produce at farmers market

Make NH Farmers’ Markets & Farm Stands Part of Your Weekend Getaway! posted on July 25, 2014

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Summer breakfasts at the Inn at Ellis River feature the bounty of local farms near Jackson and North Conway. Our breakfast bonanza of strawberries from Schartner’s Farm on West Side Road is ending, but blueberries are ripe for the picking at Berry Knoll Farm in Eaton, NH. You can pick blueberries and currants from late…


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