Introducing, Jackson

My favorite part about visiting a town in New Hampshire is that it can come with a story, but you also can leave with your own. Time in our quaint towns can move slowly with the slightest appreciation you are willing to give for scenic, wild, or historic details in every nook and cranny. It is up to you on how much time you are willing to spend to get to know the people and places within our hidden gems.

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Our first 48-hour visit is in the little town of Jackson, New Hampshire. This town is located only a hop, skip and a jump away from North Conway and neighbors our White Mountain National Forest. Jackson has been a frequent stop every year for me since 2018. The winter holidays are ideal when the snow is just starting to settle leaving a blanket of white throughout the northern landscape. Jackson feels different than most towns in the winter months. There is quaintness to it, and it makes me believe it was built only for the chilly seasons. Upon entering Jackson – you are greeted by rivers and bends, red covered bridges, and our white mountains peeking over in the distance. It feels so comfortable and warm.  In my opinion, there is no better town to embrace what New Hampshire is all about.

Lodging is important if you are looking to spend a full 48 hours in this town. One of the most popular Inn’s in Jackson is The Wentworth. This romantic and historic building built in 1869 rests in a corner of Jackson where the relaxing sounds of the Ellis River and hustle of out-of-staters, hikers, and townies fill the dining room and lobby. I remember waking up to the sounds of horse drawn carriages outside, taking guests through downtown. Hot chocolate was steaming from cupped hands and fuzzy blankets cover each couple, family, and friend making it a pleasant morning gathering.

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Breakfast is by far the best at The Wentworth if you are a guest or not, but if you are looking for a change of scenery right down the road, Yesterday’s is awaiting with a fresh bacon and cheddar omelette (my personal go-to) with crispy home fries. Between you and I, ‘Yesterday’s is Jackson NH’s Best Kept Secret.’ Lunch or dinner ideas are vast by driving to North Conway or trying out Jackson’s own dining options.

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Jackson is a quick drive away from many attractions which may make you think you never left the town. TIP: your packing list must always include skis, snowshoes, or ice skates. Wildcat Mountain is just a 15-minute cruise down Pinkham Notch and 5-minutes down Black Mountain Road, is the one and only, Black Mountain. These resorts can be tackled by the moderate to expert skier which makes it a perfect pastime in our first- or second day visiting Jackson.

Speaking of ice skates, one of the most beloved attractions in Jackson is, Nestlenook Estates. This is located in the heart of Jackson, and it can be debated that it is the heart of this little town. This beautiful farm rests on a vast 65-acres and has activities that range from ice skating on its magnificent pond in the center of the property, to being pulled by horse drawn carriage with an option of enjoying a bubbling glass of champagne. Santa will greet you in the gazebo with a roaring fire to keep you warm and fire-pits are ignited as you wait your turn to take a relaxing ride around Nestlenook with a short tour of its history. This is truly the romantic or holiday getaway with loved ones.

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As time in Jackson begins to come to a close, there is only a couple more places to consider stopping into before you part. For our adventurous and wild guests, a short drive down route 16 is, Glen Ellis Falls. This peaceful waterfall is a gem that flourishes a short hike into Pinkham Notch area. If you are looking more for a challenge in hiking our White Mountains, you will want to plan a full day and strategize your timing away from Jackson to the trailhead.

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As time in Jackson comes to a close, I am sure a fair share of stories and memories will be kept. Jackson sits in a special place in people’s hearts. It is an appreciative feeling. I recommend making Jackson a tradition. It is a visit that is special and worth coming back to.

One Response to “Introducing, Jackson”

  1. Darlene KozlovskisMay 6, 2021 at 4:21 pm #

    I love Jackson, NH. I want to live there badly..

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