Jackson’s Pumpkin People

The Wentworth's entry for the pumpkin people

It is almost that time of year again when the pumpkin people of Jackson make their annual appearance. This will be the 25th year that Jackson Village has hosted this event. Starting in 1987 there were 17 entries and this year there will be 74 pumpkin displays. As you drive through the village with your self guided map pumpkin heads of many makes and models will pop up at local inns and businesses. We have seen Johnny Cash, John Lennon and Yoko, Doctor House, among many over the years.

Our entry this year is a trio of leprechauns all the way from Ireland with their pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Leprechauns spend all of their time busily making shoes and store alway all of their coins in a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If ever captured by a human the Leprechaun has the magical power to grant three wishes in exchange for their release. Another favorite pastime of these little guys is to play practical jokes on people.

Come and see us soon, Jackson at this time of year is such a beautiful time to visit. The colors are starting to change to brilliant red, yellow and orange and beautiful drives through our notches are one of the best ways to see the fall colors. Fryeburg fair is another popular way to spend a day in the White Mountains.

Whatever the reason, there is always a reason to visit us at The Wentworth and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Christmas Shopping

Worried about your Christmas shopping, don’t be as at The Wentworth we can take care of all of your shopping needs.

Our gift certificates are available in any amount and can be used to introduce others to the Wentworth experience. Available in any amount, our gift certificates make a wonderful Christmas gift and can be used to recognize a valuable employee or customer. This beautifully illustrated certificate comes boxed ready for giving. We can overnight and ship to anywhere – order on-line by using our on-line purchasing form.
Call us today at 800-637-0013 for more information.

 

Wentworth Weddings

Our wedding season is just wrapping up for the year 2011 at The Wentworth with just one small wedding left in December.
We just wanted to share with our readers a lovely review we just received on Trip Advisor:
Last week our daughter was married in a rather large wedding (180 guests) at The Wentworth Inn in beautiful Jackson, NH. Although quaint, quiet and intimate, it is very close to No. Conway (great shopping) and Mt. Washington, among many other tourist hot spots. It’s hard to describe how thrilled we are with our total experience! From the time we arrived, to the time we left, we felt like we were in someone’s romantic, beautiful, warm home surrounded by people whose only goal was to make us as comfortable and well taken care of as possible.
We delivered our daughter’s wedding paraphernalia (lots of it!) to the front door, spoke to Kathleen, the sales administrator (and amazing wedding contact person), and they took care of the rest! We had the rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, and wedding reception all at The Wentworth. The staff handed out our welcome bags to our guests upon check-in, which was huge for us, as we had 125 of them! All of our decorations, etc. were set out perfectly for us for each event…we had nothing to worry about for the whole weekend!
The food for both the rehearsal and wedding was nothing short of phenomenal! Even breakfast was outstanding! We wished we could have met the chef, but he was obviously very busy cooking fabulous meals! Ian, I believe he’s the dining room manager, was always around in the dining room to help with anything that we needed, which wasn’t much, because everything was already perfect! In fact, he was even there for us late into the night during our reception! We wondered when he slept!
Our room was in the Fairlawn building…a gorgeous, spacious room with an outdoor hot tub…clean and amazing. We had guests staying in the main inn, Fairlawn, Amster, Sunnyside, Arden and condomiums…all were more than happy with their accommodations! We received NO COMPLAINTS from any of our guests in the 3+ days that we were there!!
We can’t thank the owners, Ellie and Fritz, enough for allowing our daughter to have the magical wedding that she had always dreamed of. Between the two of them, Ian, Kathleen, and the entire Wentworth Staff we had the best possible experience we could have asked for. We came away feeling as though we gained some very good friends! Thank you all so much! We can’t wait to go back!
So, if anyone reading this is even considering The Wentworth Inn for dinner, a weekend or week away, a wedding or any type of event at all, go ahead and book it! You won’t be disappointed!

Thank you so much to all of our brides and grooms of 2011 – each and every wedding was special and we wish you all many years of happiness.

Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour

What could be more romantic than a horse drawn Austrian Sleigh Ride through the village of Jackson starting at Nestlenook Recreation Center greeted by Carolers and Santa – while warming yourself with a steaming hot chocolate. Then you will be whisked away through the village of Jackson stopping at inns, restaurants and country stores to receive a delicious chocolate treat at each location.

The only way to book this tour is to stay at one of the participating inns – The Wentworth being one of them. We have created a special package for you for the dates of November 26th and 27th, December 3rd and 4th and December 10th and 17th and includes your accommodations, a four course dinner by candle light in our elegant dining room. A full country breakfast the following morning starts your day to get you ready for your Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour. 
Rates start at just $218.00 for two guests including accommodations, a four course dinner for two, a full country breakfast for two and the Jingle Bell Chocolate tour or just $148.00 for two guests including breakfast only. Call us today at 800-637-0013 to reserve.

 

 

Labor Day Holiday at The Wentworth

Many of us have forgotten how Labor Day came about; to most of us it is just a long weekend – another excuse for a last minute getaway. Being in the hospitality business our staff will have to work on Labor Day, although we will get some time off after the weekend and have our annual staff golf tournament and barbeque (always a good time). The attached photo shows Ike Garland – our dishwasher since 1985 with the staff of The Wentworth when he was awarded with “Restaurant Employee of the Year for the State of NH” in the year of 1998 by the NH Lodging and Restaurant Association. We have a wonderful staff here at The Wentworth, we also have Pat Davis at the Front Desk - an employee since 1984 who was awarded Lodging Employee of the year for the state of NH in 1996, Laurie Pettengill who is along with working at The Wentworth also is one of our State Representatives and many wonderful staff that have been with us for many years and contribute so much to The Wentworth experience. Come up and visit us on Labor Day weekend, either Friday, Saturday or Sunday as we do not have any minimum stay requirements and rates start as low as $144.00 for two guests including a full breakfast for two.
We would like to remind you of the origins of Labor Day with the below information provided by the US Department of Labor Day.

 How it Came About; What it Means
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
Founder of Labor Day
More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers. Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.” But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

The First Labor Day
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883. In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

Labor Day Legislation
Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From them developed the movement to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

A Nationwide Holiday
The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement. The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television. The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

The Wentworth Taste of Summer Festival

In support of regional farmers, fisherman and food purveyors The Wentworth Dining Room is proud to present our Taste of Summer Festival. Our Chef creates nightly specials using the freshest ingredients he can find. Some of our most recent specials have been Veal from Northeast Family farms and here is an example of Chef Brian Gazda nightly specials:
Bone-in Veal Chop – this was served simply grilled with a salad made of fresh picked spinach, mint, feta and olives with a light lemon vinaigrette.

A popular appetizer has been Coast of Maine Calamari Salad served with a light frisee salad with a little kick added by chiles.

Chef Brian Gazda

Come and visit our AAA four diamond rated restaurant soon. we serve a Prex Fixe Menu for only $35.00 which offers a choice of any two courses plus dessert. Reservations can be made by calling us at 800-637-0013 or reserve on-line using open table.

 

Summer Strawberries have arrived!

It is time for fresh locally grown strawberries! This year our Chef Brian Gazda has made a strawberry and arugula salad that is out of this world and we have a strawberry rubarb shortcake for dessert. Don’t forget breakfast on the deck at The Wentworth – ask for our strawberry pancakes.
Check out our current menu on our web site www.thewentworth.com/dinner-menu  or book your table on line.
Our Prix Fixe menu offers you any two courses plus dessert for only $35.00 per person.

 

 

The Wentworth Fresh Pork Fest

In support of our local farmers, The Wentworth Dining Room is proud to announce our new local/regional dining concept.  We have acquired half of a fresh USDA approved 260 pound pasture raised (for the last nine months) pig at Windy Hill Farm right here in Jackson, NH.  Our pig has been farm fed supplemented with only the best organic yogurt from New Hampshire’s Stonyfield Farm.  Our chef, Brian Gazda, will be creating delicious specials this weekend with this local pig such as braised pork belly and homemade rosemary scented pork sausage.  Another local grower incorporated in these creative entrees will be Colebrook’s New Earth Organic Farm who is supplying fresh vegetables such as organically grown parsnips.

Please come by the hotel this weekend to enjoy one of Brian’s amazingly creative pork dishes from the freshes pork you can get.  You may also call the front desk for reservations at 603-383-9700.  Or, for you “touch” phone  lovers, we are now on the Open Tables application where you can simply click to create your own dinner reservations.

Ladies Getaway Weekend at The Wentworth

Do you want to get away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life?  What better way to escape the day to day routine than at a beautiful country inn with girlfriends?

Here at The Wentworth we would love to treat you and your friends to a weekend full of shopping and relaxation.  Join us for a Friday and Saturday evening for great conversations among friends.  Your room rate will include accommodations for 1, breakfast both mornings in our Main Dining Room, $15 voucher to our gift shop, shopping coupons for Settlers Green Outlet Plaza in North Conway, dinner one night at the hotel and a voucher worth $50 from Debony’s Hair Salon in Jackson.

For rates and availablility please call The Wentworth Inn at 800-637-0013 and ask for information on the Ladies Weekend Getaway.

New Spring Dining Room Menu at The Wentworth

Our award winning chef, Brian Gazda, has outdone himself yet again.  Our new spring dining room menu has recently been updated and added to our website.  Our appetizers are mouth-watering and the soups and salads are light and refreshing.  Be sure to check out the entrees as well while visiting our site.  From the lamb, to  beef, to seafood, pasta and chicken, there is something there for everyone to enjoy.

Reservations are not necessary but are recommended for weekend dining.  For more information, please call The Wentworth at 800-637-0013.

The Wentworth Inn's Award Winning Dining

The Wentworth Inn's Award Winning Dining