About Jackson

Jackson, NH lies at the edge of the 750,000 acre White Mountain National Forest surrounded by spectacular natural beauty. It nestles in a landscape of covered bridges, white steepled churches, rolling farmland, mountain grandeur and cascading waterfalls. A stroll through the village will highlight Jackson’s history and its scenic surroundings.

Recreation abounds in every season. . . from hiking, biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and golf to snowshoeing, ice skating, and cross-country and downhill skiing on some of the finest trails in the East. The village’s hotels, inns and restaurants have a 150 year tradition of extending their warm hospitality.

Though incorporated in 1800, it was not until the mid-1800′s that Jackson became a popular destination for artists wanting to capture the scenic beauty of the area. The White Mountain School of Art hosted an ever growing number of artists of the Southwest, New England, and many of Europe’s ateliers. The landscapes they painted attracted other visitors drawn to the beauty of the area. Local residents opened their doors to these visitors, and many expanded their own homes into boarding houses. The Inn at Ellis River began in this way nearly a century ago. A number of hotels were built to accommodate the increasing numbers of visitors arriving by train for the summer to enjoy the mountain air, genteel recreation, and conversation while relaxing in rockers on the many porches.

couple kissing in front of red covered bridgeJackson’s covered bridge which spans the Ellis River has been called the “Honeymoon Bridge” or the “Kissing Bridge” since it was built in 1876. The centuries long romantic tradition for couples in love to steal a kiss at the bridge continues today, as does the simple beauty of this village and its tradition of warm hospitality. Visitors come year round to enjoy the same views, covered bridges, white steepled church, and water falls, and now can enjoy the many recreational and cultural opportunities as well.

Some Places to Stop as You Walk the Jackson Loop

J-Town Deli & Country Store  174 Main Street  603-383-8064. Stop in for sweets and treats, salads, sandwiches and specialty foods in an atmosphere typical of an old fashion Country Store.

Jackson Historical Society  23 Black Mountain Road  603 383-4060. Built by Andrew Harriman, who built the original portion of the Inn at Ellis River as his home in 1893, the Old Town Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places. It features both Jackson history with a focus on the White Mountain School of Art and the River Arts Gallery with works of local artists.

The Backcountry Bakery and Cafe 18 Black Mountain Road  603-383-6511. Enjoy coffee, breakfast, lunch, or a sweet treat as well as a photography display and WiFi.

Dutch Bloemenwinkel  18 Black Mountain Road  603-383-9696. A small European-style flower shop featuring flowers and house plants, home accents, greeting cards, specialty balloons, etc.

White Mountain Puzzles  18 Black Mountain Road  603-383-6511. The Inn’s gift area features some of their 1000 piece puzzles, but for a wider selection, stop in their shop (and don’t forget to ask us about a discount voucher we sometimes have available).

White Mountain Photography  95 Main Street  603-374-6050. Owner Dana Clemons spends much of his time photographing while hiking and skiing throughout the White Mountains. The gallery offers matted and framed prints of all sizes, starting at $30. Closed Tuesday, Wednesday.

Ravenwood Curio Shoppe  60 Main Street  603-383-8026. Features a multitude of curiosities, rarities, novelties, and artistries.

Jackson Public Library  52 Main Street  603 383-9731. The idea of a “Free Public Library” for the town was initiated by John K. Porter of Boston, who was a guest at the Thorn Mountain House in 1879. The library moved to its present location in the adaptively reused Trickey Barn in 2010. Free WiFi hotspot.

Jackson Chamber of Commerce  18 Main Street (rear) 603-383-9356.

Flossie’s General Store & Gift Emporium Main Street 603-383-6565. Located next to the covered bridge, it is known for its country store feeling with a wonderful array of gifts and collectibles for all ages.

Jackson Art Studio and Gallery 155 Ridge Road  603-387-3463. Located off the loop but still in Jackson (go 1 mile north of the inn on Route 16) this new gallery hosts the works of several local artists and artisans. Open weekends only.

Find yourselves here before life hurries on, and experience the natural beauty and serenity that surround you!Mount Washington from Jackson on right, Jackson village in winter on right


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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