Meet the Innkeepers – John and Mary Kendzierski

Mary & John holding sign " I wasn't born here but I got here as fast as I could'Our story is likely familiar to many – throughout our years in the so-called “corporate world”, we always looked forward to “getting away from it all” due to our busy and often hectic schedules. Eighteen years ago we were introduced to Jackson, New Hampshire – a picturesque and quaint village that gave us the sense of walking back in time when we could imagine things were simpler. We instantly loved Jackson and the surrounding areas so we came back to visit as often as we could.

Over the years we stayed at the various inns Jackson has to offer – each one unique and boasting different things whether beautiful landscapes and views, or top-notch service and amenities or excellent food – normally, all of those things! We left each time looking forward to our next visit – Jackson felt like home to us. The Inn at Ellis River was at the top of our list of favorites!

Gradually our dream of owning an inn, in Jackson began to form and take root. We have countless fond memories of hiking, waterfalls, shopping, fabulous food and relaxing stays at our favorite inns. Finally, after years of dreaming about it, we made it a reality. With the tremendous support and help we received from previous owners Lyn and Frank, as well as Christine and Tini, we’ve become, as Lyn says, “the adoptive parents” of this beautiful inn!

Our primary goal is to continue the previous owners’ tradition of making our guests feel at home and comfortable.

Emma, a miniature dachsundYou’ll also get to know Christine Baumann, who joined the Inn’s staff as assistant innkeeper in 2006, and has been helping care for guests ever since. Tini Isa, together with Lacey Farrell and Jean Belcher, keep the inn sparkling clean and help get our guests’ mornings off to a delicious start at breakfast. Another important member of our innkeeping family is Christine’s Minature Dachshund puppy, Emma. Born in February, 2014, she enjoys greeting guests, tummy rubs, walks, and treats, of course. She is rapidly learning how to assist the staff, even posting on Facebook!

For all of us, creating a special place for our guests to enjoy remains our greatest goal.

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