Winter Skiing at The Wentworth

The Wentworth as wel as all of the local ski areas and of course the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation are looking forward to the predictions of a great winter in New England. As they say, winter 2012-2013 will be “Snow” joke.
We hope so…..
This winter again we will be partnering with local ski areas Black Mountain, Wildcat Mountain, Attitash Mountain, Cranmore Mountain and Bretton Woods and of course for cross country skiing our very own Jackson Ski Touring Foundation to sell our guest the best value in ski tickets, with the convenience of in most cases live tickets that you can simply put on your ski jacket and off you go.
Follow that with an evening in our lounge enjoying apres ski with a delicious pot of Swiss Fondue, made from a family recipe in Fritz’s family. On Friday and Saturday evenings enjoy your evening in our lounge listening to Ronnie Chase who entertains in our piano bar.

Come visit us soon, Christmas, New Years Eve or during the winter and we will be sure to provide you with the best in accommodations, value, dining and skiing for your winter vacation. Call us today at 800-637-0013 e-mail us at reservations@thewentworth.com or visit our web site at thewentworth.com

There is always a reason to visit The Wentworth!

 

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.

A unique way to enjoy the Fall Foliage Colors

The Deal: Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel is extending summer pricing into the Fall 2012 Foliage Season! Guests of The Wentworth are now able to enjoy incredible views of the Presidential Mountain Range and experience a 7-15 mile dog sledding adventure (weather permitting) throughout the foliage season for the same pricing as the summer rolling dog sled experience. Guests enjoying this adventure will learn about the history and sport of dogsledding in NH. The Rolling Dogsled experience is designed to be hands on to the comfort level of the guests. Participants are given the opportunity to meet and greet the dogs, help harness and hitch the team and even help drive (at musher discretion for dog and guest safety of course)! During this experience guests will also enjoy a dogsled ride in our specially engineered rigs designed for comfort and safety – a musher will drive from the back just like in a traditional sled and guests will sit in the rolling dogsled.

Cost: $48 per adult participant and $39 for those ages 12 and under (this winter experience is valued at $265 per sled)

Restrictions: This offer/pricing is valid until November, 14th 2012

Please call us at 800-637-0013 to arrange this unique experience.

Whale Watching Package Update

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to spend a day experiencing the Whale Watching Package so I have first hand experience that I would like to share with you.
We started the day off early in Jackson with a quick breakfast then over Hurricane Mountain Road to Fryeburg airport. Our plane arrived promptly at nine and Jerry our pilot was the best. For anyone who has a fear of flying, don’t worry – this was like flying on a magic carpet. After a beautiful scenic flight we arrived in Bar Harbor to enjoy fresh Maine lobster for lunch at the Bar Harbor Inn and then an afternoon of whale watching. On the boat we were guided by a knowledgeable graduate of the College of the Atlantic who knew all about whales and we must have seen at least eight different hump back whales. 

The only thing I would recommend for this package is to bring some warm clothes for the boat ride.

Upon disembarking the boat after the trip Jerry our pilot was waiting for us, off to the airport and another beautiful flight back. We arrived back at The Wentworth around 8:00PM in time for dinner and I slept very well that night.
This is certainly a great experience and if anybody is interested in participating in the package and have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at 800-637-0013 or e-mail me directly at ellie@thewentworth.com and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Whale Watching Package

Can you believe that during a stay in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, you could  spend a day on the coast of Maine enjoying Bar Harbor and a Whale Watching Trip.
We have partnered with Northern Adventures Scenic Flights and Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company to provide this exciting package for our guests.

Check in at The Wentworth the evening prior and enjoy a leisurely dinner for two. Up early in the morning with breakfast to go as you will have to be at the airport in Fryeburg Maine by 9:00AM. (it is about a 40 minute drive). The one hour flight will take you over mountains, lakes, bays and over Acadia National Park arriving in Bar Harbor at 10:00AM.
You will have free time to explore Bar Harbor or enjoy lunch in one of the waterfront cafes until 12:30OM when you will board the ship “Atlanticat” to embark on a four hour whale watching adventure – perhaps one of the most exciting activities you may ever experience. Your destination is 20 miles south of Bar Harbor, the feeding ground of the larger whales. Along the way you may see harbor porpoise, seals and a great variety of pelagic seabirds. Offshore you will search for pods of pilot whales and atlantic white-sided dolphins, sharks and schools of bluefin tuna.
After your day at sea you will be transported back to the airport for your return flight to The Wentworth where you can relive your memories over a leisurely dinner in our dining room. Following breakfast the next morning relax by beautiful Jackson Falls or really completing the experience and drive to the top of Mount Washington – mountains and the sea in one trip!
Call us today at 800-637-0013 to find out how we can put together an exciting couple of days for you.

 

The gardens at The Wentworth

With our beautiful weather so far this summer the gardens at The Wentworth have never looked better. This flower box which is just outside of the Sunnyside Cottalge is filled with picasso petunias, sweet potato vine, geraniums and verbena. In the hanging basket above are white bacopa, verbena, torenia and fire cracker begonias. Our gardener Virgina can be found at The Wentworth Tuesday – Saturday and is always willing to give a tour of the gardens or answer any questions you may have.  
Guest often comment how wonderful it is to sit on our front porch surrounded by beautiful flowers, listen to the Jackson Falls and watch the world go by. Don’t let the summer go by without a visit so call us at 800-637-0013 soon to make your reservation or visit us on-line at www.thewentworth.com

 

Lots of things happening at The Wentworth!

April and May are typically considered “slow season” among the locals here in the valley, but The Wentworth is anything but “slow”!  We have so much going on to keep us all busy during our Mud Season.

I can’t even explain how excited I was when I came down the stairs from my office and looked out the back porch to see that our tent was just put up.  How can that be exciting you ask?  Seeing this tent is the first sign that the wedding season is upon us.  We have our first tent wedding next month!  Ashley’s wedding is going to be amazing!

Our maintenance department is surely keeping busy as well.  So many projects for them to do.  They just completed the last of the bathrooms in the main inn.  What a great job they did!  This compliments the new bedding and carpets we just added to the rooms in the main inn wonderfully.  Did I mention all new flat screen TV’s in all the standard/superior rooms? 

Fritz, the owner, always tells us how important a guests’ first impression is.  With that said, we just completed the new decking at the main entrance and wrap around porch.  It looks gorgeous!  Nice and fresh looking!

A couple other projects we have going on within the next month is updating our bar/lounge area.  We’ll be turning this into an updated piano bar.  It’ll look great.  I can’t wait to see it when it’s done.  Lastly, but certainly not least, we will be transforming our gift shop into an art gallery.  Fritz’s son, Erik Koeppel, is quite the artist.  He’s done very well for himself in NY and is now a full time resident of Jackson.  There is something to be said about the beauty here in Jackson to have someone of his talent level want to move here for his inspiration.

As you can see, we are busy busy busy!  Stop in and take a look at all that’s going on or perhaps make a reservation to stay with us so you can take advantage of the low season rates.

Skiing Tuckerman Ravine

Tuckerman Ravine is a glacial cirque sloping eastward on the southeast face of Mt. Washington, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Although it draws hikers throughout the year, and skiers throughout the winter, it is best known for the many “spring skiers” who ascend it on foot and ski down the steep slope from early April into July. In this period, the temperatures are relatively mild but the natural snowpack — which averages up to 55 feet (17 m) in a typical winter — is still adequate to ski most seasons. The record-setting high winds atop Mount Washington scour a massive amount of snow from the surrounding highlands and drop it here or in the adjacent Huntington Ravine.

Literally thousands of people have been known to ski Tuckerman in a single spring weekend. Combine a day of skiing at Tuckerman Ravine with a stay at The Wentworth on our off season low rates and it makes for the perfect weekend. Not a skier, simply hike up to the ravine with a lunch provided by The Wentworth and watch the skiers. The ravine is most easily accessed from the AMC lodge on Route 16 at Pinkham Notch just north of The Wentworth, via the moderate 2.4-mile (3.9 km) lower section of the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. This trail is maintained in winter and spring as a “cat” trail, and parallels the Sherburne Trail used for ski and snowboard descents. It is a 1,850-foot (560 m) elevation drop from the foot of Tuckerman to the lodge.
Book your reservation on-line today or call us at 800-637-0013

 

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
 

Winter is not over

Think winter is over? Well, Jackson, The Wentworth and mother nature do not think so. March has started off with a bang with an expected accumulation of almost a foot in the higher elevations and the already great skiing conditions are only going to get better. The Jackson Ski Touring Center will be busy tonight grooming the trails for the upcoming weekend and the mountains will be groomed top to bottom for some great skiing.
The Wentworth sells discounted ski tickets for both cross country and downhill ski areas, ready to be put on your ski jacket for your day of winter fun. Join us in the evening for some apres ski fun with traditional mouth watering Swiss Fondue or skate in our ice rink melting marshmallows by the outdoor fire pit. This photo was just taken at 9:19 on March 1st 2012 – a view overlooking Jackson Village. Needless to say you cannot see Jackson Village or The Wentworth through the snow but it will be ending this evening at around 9:00PM so the roads and highways will be all cleared for your commute to us tomorrow.

Call us now at 800-637-0013 to make your reservation as there is always a reason to join us at The Wentworth.