Doing “The Whites”: The ski hills of New Hampshire.

 By Margo Pfeiff, Special to the San Francisco Cronicle – published January 26th, 2012

From atop Wildcat in glittering sunshine, I have to remind myself to pay attention to the run. While we’re not in the aggressively tall Sierra, the spectacular views of Mount Washington right in front of my face still seem dangerously distracting.
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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.
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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.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Our turkeys are happily enjoying the last few days of sunshine on a farm in Jackson Village as we prepare for our Thanksgiving dinner. On the menu this year we are serving Traditionally roasted “TomTurkey”, Tenderloin of Beef, Country Ham and Pan Roasted Salmon. Along with a variety of appetizers, soups and salads and don’t forget the homemade pies for dessert.
We will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner at The Wentworth from 2:00PM until 7:00PM and seat every 15 minutes. Tables for large parties are available and you can book your table on-line.

This family have celebrated Thanksgiving dinner at The Wentworth since their children were really little. They are pictured here after last years Thanksgiving dinner with Ellie and Irina. We have many families who join us year after year and we invite you and your family to start a Thanksgiving tradition by celebrating your time at The Wentworth in Jackson Village, NH and let us take care of all the details so you can relax and enjoy spending time with your family and loved ones. Call us today at 800-637-0013 to reserve your accommodations or your dinner.

Late Fall Off Season Rates

The Wentworth Fall WindowsFrom October 23rd until December 22nd we will be offering our very special off season special rates. Enjoy some early skiing, or take advantage of the terrific savings at the tax free shopping outlets in North Conway and get a head start on your Christmas shopping. Delight in a leisurely dinner in our dining room or let us arrange a massage or other spa treatment at a local spa. *Weekend availability starts on November 18th with some Friday night stays available from October 28th on but feel free to call us to check on updated availability as it can change.

Standard & Superior Main Inn Rooms:
From only $178.00 (weekend) $168.00 (midweek) per night for two guests including a four course dinner for two and a full country breakfast for two or $98.00 (weekend) $88.00 (midweek) per night for two guests including a full breakfast for two.

Deluxe Rooms and Suites:
From only $248.00 (weekend) $238.00 (midweek) per night including a four course dinner for two and a full country breakfast for two or $168.00 (weekend) $158.00 (midweek) per night for two guests including a full breakfast for two. 
 
There is so much to do in Jackson New Hampshire and we at The Wentworth will assist you in making all of your plans.  
Call us today at 800-637-0013, e-mail us or make your reservations On Line 

Fall Foliage

You’ve read about fall foliage New England style… you’ve heard other people rave about it… you’ve even seen the brilliance of it in stunning pictures ablaze with brilliant yellow, glowing orange, fiery red, and rich brown… maybe it is time for a fall foliage visit to Jackson, in the center of the White Mountains of New Hampshire and to The Wentworth. With all of the recent rain and the cool nights it is expected to be a brilliant color season and what better location than to view the colors than at The Wentworth, your best choice for lodging and dining in Jackson, NH. This photo was taken on Thursday, September 22nd so you can see how brilliant the colors are already. Each day brings more color with peak expected to be sometime around the first two weeks of October.

Call us today at 800-637-0013, e-mail us at reservations@thewentworth.com or make your reservation on our website www.thewentworth.com

 

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.