Spring: Renewal and Regrowth

Spring seems to finally be making its way to beautiful Jackson, NH!  The sun is shining, the snow is melting and soon enough, the renewal and regrowth that comes with spring
in the Mt. Washington Valley will be upon us!

While our landscapes are busy blooming, The Wentworth is also going through a bit of a renewal and growth of its own!  Normally a slow time of year in the valley, there are lots of new things happening at The Wentworth!  Our Thornycroft Cottage is undergoing a major renovation that will allow us to service our guests even better than before!

The new Thornycroft Cottage will feature a larger, state of the art kitchen, a new gym facility with private massage rooms and twelve new deluxe hot tub suites.  These new suites will feature a king bed, gas fireplace, a separate parlor and a hot tub on a
private balcony.  The addition is scheduled to open in July 2014, and we already have guest reservations for the new suites in the months following!

Since the former Thornycroft Suite was our “Honeymoon Suite”, we will be designating one of the new suites as such.  I can’t express enough how excited our brides and grooms are to be able to be some of the first to experience these beautiful new rooms!

The new building is coming along nicely as you can see in the photos above taken on April 8th.  There is still work to be done, but we are very excited about the results so far and can’t wait for the finished product!  We are confident that the already excellent experience that guests are accustomed to at The Wentworth will be elevated to a new level of relaxation and enjoyment!

 

Skiing in NH’s Mount Washington Valley: Three Powder Picks

Quintessential New England charm, luxurious accommodations, extraordinary customer service and an award-winning restaurant make the Wentworth Inn a popular year-round destination. But there’s another reason winter sports enthusiasts return year and after year — actually, there are 13 of them: the ski resorts and XC centers located within 30 minutes of our front door!

The critics agree that NH’s Mount Washington Valley is a truly unique East Coast destination; the area has been declared a top 25 ski town by National Geographic as well as the premiere American ski town by TripAdvisor. And while the Mount Washington Valley offers plenty of perfect powder, we’ve narrowed the list down to three of our favorite spots for exhilarating New Hampshire White Mountain skiing.

Family Friendly Fun

Located in the bustling town of North Conway just 15 minutes away from us, the classic Cranmore Mountain Resort offers 170 skiable acres, 57 trails and 9 lifts, along with a mix of easy, intermediate and difficult trails. From intro to ski and snowboard lessons to camps and seasonal programs, Cranmore’s experienced instructors take beginners from “pizza” to parallel in no time. Teens, meanwhile, will love shredding it up in the terrain parks. Factor in a mountain coaster, giant swing, soaring eagle zip line and tubing park, and Cranmore is truly a one-of-a-kind destination.

Ski History

An awe-inspiring drive from the Wentworth through scenic Crawford Notch leads you to Bretton Woods, famed site of the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference. New Hampshire’s largest ski resort with 464 acres, 52 trails, 35 glades and three terrain parks, Bretton Woods also offers night skiing and riding. Adrenaline junkies will enjoy being pulled by a team of sled dogs or a treeline-topping Canopy Tour. When the kids aren’t in lessons, they’ll be ice skating, tubing and snowmobiling in the resort’s base area.

Two For the Price of One

Less than 7 miles away from us, Attitash awaits: two connected mountains featuring 67 trails designed to suit skiers of all abilities. A combination of standard New English runs, glades, tree skiing and progressive freestyle terrain parks make Attitash a sought-after spot. The Nor-Easter Mountain Coaster offers even more thrills for adventure-seekers. Need another reason to check out Attitash? As the sister mountain of nearby Wildcat, Attitash offers skiers and riders joint lift tickets all season long.

Your Escape Awaits

What do all three of these ski resorts have in common besides some of the best skiing on the East Coast? Each is conveniently located near the charming Wentworth Inn right in the heart of the New Hampshire’s picturesque Mount Washington Valley. Book your next New Hampshire adventure or getaway with the Wentworth and prepare to be transported to a winter wonderland.

Special Offer for the Special Couple!

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to those of you who do not already know me.  My name is Kathleen DeVitto and I have had the pleasure of being The Wentworth’s Sales/Wedding Administrator for the past 4+ years.  I am one of the very few people out there who can actually say they enjoy what they do on a day to day basis.  Who wouldn’t enjoy meeting happy bridal couples and hearing their love story?

Planning a wedding can be somewhat nerve wracking, confusing and out right stressful for many brides to be.  There are so many little details that go into planning a memorable day that often times brides overlook.  That’s where I come in.  I will work with each bridal couple every step of the way.  We’ll chat about how they envisioned their day to be and then we’ll come up with creative ideas on how to execute. I keep my couples on track and focused on what details need to be planned next all while still making sure they are having fun, enjoying the process and not losing site of what the day is truly about.

Here we are, the beginning of February, and I can say we are just about booked for every weekend for the rest of 2013.  I do have a couple of weekends open still for July if there are any bridal couples looking to tie the knot soon.  Having as much experience as I do, planning a wedding for this July gives me more than enough time to gather details and customize a spectacular wedding weekend.  Remember, I’ll be there every step of the way to guide you through it.

It is my goal to have all my weekends booked with weddings for the year.  To help with this I would like to present a special offer to any bridal couple who books their wedding with me to be held in the month of July 2013 with a special discount of 100% off our regular tent rental fee of $2750.

For more information please contact me through email at kathleen@thewentworth.com or by calling 1-800-637-0013.

I look forward to creating a magical and memorable day with you!

 

Artist Weekend with Classes in Traditional Oil Painting

Traditional Oil Painting

July 5th – July 8th 2012 -  An introduction to Traditional Outdoor Oil Painting in the footsteps of the White Mountain Painters

 Have you always had an interest in landscape painting but never had the opportunity or time – this weekend will give you the opportunity to receive instruction in the fundamentals of landscape painting with personal instruction from two of the art worlds most promising painters. This workshop is open to all levels and with two instructors and limited to twelve students the workshop will offer extra personal attention to each student’s individual interests and needs. You will be painting in locations actually portrayed by the White Mountain School and by doing this will discover a deeper understanding of how these artists approached the challenge of rendering the landscape before them.

Your weekend will begin on Thursday evening with a wine and cheese reception where you will meet your fellow students and the art  instructors Erik Koeppel and Lauren Sansaricq. There will be a display of some of their most recent paintings of the White Mountains and they will give a talk on their methods and what to expect from your workshop.

Friday and Saturday mornings will start with a full breakfast and then you head off for a day of painting in the beautiful White Mountains. Instructors will demonstrate and discuss techniques in the morning and will guide students through their own paintings in the afternoons. The first day will cover drawing and under painting and the second day will cover glazing and refining your first day’s work in the same location. Lunch will be provided as a boxed lunch. Dinner both evenings will be as a group at The Wentworth Dining Room with a four course dinner being served. You will be painting in the same spot both days and by Sunday morning your painting will be glazed, framed and ready for you to take home.

On Sunday morning your day will again begin with a full breakfast followed by a visit to the Jackson Historical Society to view 19th Century White Mountain paintings and discuss their technique.

Three night package for one person $1105.00 in our standard accommodations and should be booked directly with The Wentworth by calling us at 800-637-0013 and speaking with Kathleen DeVitto. The package is available as a single occupancy, double occupancy with both guests painting or just one painting and also upgrades to deluxe rooms with king bed, gas fireplace and oversized whirlpool tubs are available. A list of painting materials that you will need will be discussed with you and specific questions regarding the materials and the painting aspect of the workshop should be directed to Lauren Sansaricq by e-mailing her at Laurensansaricq@gmail.com

Remember – this workshop is open to ALL levels.

Artist- Erik Koeppel
 

The Wentworth 18th Annual Ice Carving Competition

On Monday, January 9th we had nine carvers from around New England carve 300 lb blocks of ice into clowns, dragons, fish, a margarita bar, angels and even a road runner. Over the years we have seen these sculptures melt in as little as a few days or last until the middle of March.
Starting last year we had our own competition for those on our e-mail guest list and facebook friends. By submitting a guess as to the date when the last ice sculpture would topple, those with the correct date were entered into a draw to win a two night stay in a deluxe suite. We received over 2,000 guesses and the lucky winner is actually using her certificate on a Sunday and Monday this coming February.

Again this year we are holding the same competition – the guesses this year are a little more conservative due to how warm this winter has been so far. We actually have had to only eliminate 20 guesses so far. Pictured above is this years winner Dennis Hickey of Ice Breakers a regular participant in our ice carving competition. Make sure that you join our mailing list and like us on Facebook for updates on future events and competitions.

Weddings Are In Full Swing at The Wentworth

This is by far my favorite time of the year.  With the kids out playing in the water and the sun beaming on my face while I watch the vactioners have a great time relaxing, how can you not love summer in The White Mountains.  I say to myself quite often, “imagine you actually get to live here”.  What could be better?  Easy……my job

Summer is the season of the weddings and we have a wedding scheduled every weekend until the middle of November here at The Wentworth.  I absolutely love working with all my bridal couples.  I have, by far, the best job in the hotel.  It’s happiness all the time.  So far we’ve had about 6 weddings this year.  All are very different in their own way but each just as beautiful as the next.  The little details, creativity and personalization that goes into planning a wedding has always been my joy.  The vendors my brides choose have been amazing.  A “must see” is the work of Carrie from Dutch Bloemen Winkel, a local florist here in Jackson as well as the work of some photographers like Meg Simone, Jay Philbrick or Anne Skidmore.  

Fridays are great here at the hotel.  The bridal couple has checked in and friends and family fill up the inn with laughter and warm greetings.  The back office transforms into a wedding wonderland with all the welcome baskets, card boxes, favors and decorations.  Usually there is some sort of a Welcome Reception on Friday night and typically in the summer months it is a low key fun filled BBQ on the back deck.  Saturday is always such a beautiful day.  Everyone dressed in their best and the tent transforms into a page from a catalog.  The brides, gorgeous, all of them!  It’s a bitter sweet moment for me.  All of our hard work coming together and seeing the guests and bridal couples reaction is wonderful but I know that this will be the last day I get to work with them.  Bitter sweet indeed.  Bonds are formed and some even turn into long lasting friendships.

Oh, the joys of summer and weddings in The White Mountains!