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.

Amazing Photo by Philbrick Photography

The Wentworth has had the opportunity to work with one of the most amazing and creative photographers.  Jay Philbrick and his wife Vicki team up to produce such gorgeous wedding photos.  Our brides just love him.  He has this way of capturing the moment and telling a story through his photos.

We had a wedding here at The Wentworth in August with Christie and Kevin.  They were so much fun to work with and just genuinely wonderful people.  Their wedding was jam packed with only the best of everything.  Jay Philbrick was their photographer.  He captured photos from the Welcome Reception the night before, the day of the wedding and also a follow up session.  This was no ordinary session though.  With the braveness of Christie and Kevin, Jay was able to capture the most amazing photo ever…..hanging over a cliff on Cathedral Ledge.

Jay’s work has won him a number of awards one of which was first place in an International Wedding Photo competition.  One of Jay’s many gorgeous photos is also currently on the Fall/Winter cover of New Hampshire’s Magazine BRIDE.  Please check out more photos from this photos shoot at under Cliffhanger Day-After Session.

Editor’s Pick for New Hampshire’s Magazine Best of Bride 2010

The Wentworth has been honored to be chosed as an Editor’s Pick for the New Hampshire’s Magazine Best of Bride 2010 for our use of Local Foods.

“If you order a green salad at The Wentworth, in Jackson Village, chances are the ingredients were grown right in the inn’s garden. And that is not all – the Chefs but their produce, meat, fish and cheese from local and regional vendors when possible.

This is indeed a great honor and we are very proud of our achievement.

Greetings from the Lounge Corner

Greetings to new and old friends of The Wentworth, from your Ancient Steward of the Bar! Its Fall in the mountains, the colors are beautiful, the days sunny, and nights crisp. The season of fresh mint (from my garden) Mohitos is past, and its time to consider  Autumn refreshment.  How about a mug of Wentworth Cider? First press organic apple cider from Windy Hill Farm apples, fortified with Tuaca, topped with homemade whipped cream, and finished with fresh grated nutmeg I brought back from Grenada.  Excellent hot or cold.       Or you might like to relax in front of our  fireplace and enjoy Teddy Roosevelt’s favorite beverage, the Old Fashioned.  He was a whisky man, but I prefer Makers Mark bourbon myself. Either way, a great Fall drink.

From the zugermeister at the Shipyard Brewery we have seasonal Pumpkinhead Ale—perfect compliment to our Artisan cheese plate, one of our homemade soups, and a basket of hearty fresh bread from the Seavy Street Bakery.  Look for new appetizers and selections on our Lounge Menu soon. Fondue season begins with the first snowfall.

Ellie and Virginia have just finished the Fall decorations, your table by the window is waiting, and I look forward to seeing you in The Lounge!

With best regards, Tony Betz

Fall Foliage Update

The foliage seems to be turning fast this year. This is a photograph taken from the Jackson Falls a few years ago. Already we are seeing some of the bright red colors, certainly in the mountains. The Pumpkin People of Jackson make their debut this weekend, the Fryeburg Fair is always a popular event to visit and the Jackson Historical Society hosts The White Mountain Art Show and Sale with viewing available every Saturday from 10:00AM – 4:00PM until October 15th. There is so much to do and see at this time of year, we hope you will come and visit.

The Ghoullog at Cranmore Mountain

And so the story goes…..

“Play havoc with your fears, test them if you will? Travel into a town within the woods of the GHOULLOG. A once thriving town that now has been deserted, left to rot away, due to an unknown virus that seems to have infected everyone who lives or visits here! It may be an airborne virus, or perhaps it could be in the water? Nobody really knows. Many of the  residents have left town before they have become sick. What’s left are  the infected, maddened by the toxin. If you dare to confront your fears, and roll the dice with your life, then travel through this posioned area…just be careful not to be exposed,  because there is no known cure!”

The Ghoullog at Cranmore Mountain is a must see.  It will be running weekends only from October 1st through the 30th.  Doors open at 6pm so you may enjoy the food court which serves favorites such as sausage, peppers and onion sandwiches, fried dough and popcorn, just to name a few.  You may also enjoy the Beer Garden….need I say more…and other outdoor activities.  The hauntings run from 7-10 and haunts last approximately one hour.

The Wentworth is offering a special package for our ghoullish guests.  We currently have packages available for 1 or 2 night accommodations for 2 adults.  This includes two tickets to The Ghoullog and a full country breakfast each morning for both adults.  Available dates are October 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th and rates start at $140 per night for 2 adults.  Contact the front desk at 800-637-0013 for more information.

Face your fears…..IF YOU DARE!!!!

Check Out The Wentworth’s New Menu Design!

You have got to see these menus!!!  Talk about the “WOW” factor!  Fritz and Ellie have certainly outdone themselves.

Just a few weeks ago we added a new addition to our dining room.  It is called The Lighted Menu.  At first glance it appears to be your average menu, although classy, elegant and sharp looking, but when you open it…WOW!  So cool.  The menu has a back LED light for easy reading.  How many times have you gone to a restaurant when the lights are all dimmed low for the ambiance and you strain your eyes just to read what is a foot away from you?  Not here at The Wentworth.  Fritz loves to watch the reaction on people’s faces when they open them for the first time.

The menus are full size and illuminate the moment you open the cover.  You can check the menu design on line, but to see the actual menu you have to visit The Wentworth Dining Room.

At the front of the dining room near the maitre d’ stand there is an area where you can recharge them at the end of the night so that the LED is bright and ready for the next use.  They are eco friendly which means no battery waste in landfills.  Instead, they are rechargeable and energy efficient and turn off automatically when the cover is closed to conserve the battery. The charge is held for at least 6 to 8 hours, although we’ve had one here for awhile and it is still lit bright.  Currently we have this design not only for the dinner menu but also for dessert and the lounge….I wouldn’t be surprised if Fritz adds a few more designs to the family.

Everything about the dining room is new and improved including the local farm fresh menu options.  If you’d like to make a dinner reservation, just call the front desk at 800-637-0013.  Come check out what the buzz is all about!

Return of the Pumpkin People to Jackson Village

They’re Baaack!  Yet another reason to visit beautiful Jackson Village.

On October 1st the Jackson area will be filled with dozens of Pumpkin People (or Animals).  Every year at this time local businesses, inns, restaurants, stores and private homes are adorned with these creative and entertaining displays.  Guests…and Papparazzi….. flock to the village specifically to catch a glimpse of these creations every year.  It’s always amazing to see what people come up with for ideas.  One of my favorites was a display of The Beatles walking down Abbey Road.  So what is The Wentworth doing this year?  I can’t tell you that one, you’ll have to come by and take a look.  Super secret oath has been taken by all employees!  I can tell you that in the past we have done displays such as Star Wars (wicked cool) and a Vampire Bride and Groom.  We can’t forget the one of Fritz and his little buddy Winston playing golf.

The judging will take place the week prior to Columbus Day Weekend.  Winners will be announced in time for all our visiting humans for the Columbus Day Weekend. People’s Choice voting will continue through October 20th.  Maps and ballots can be found at The Wentworth and most participating properties and also at the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce Office.

Come on down to take a look and of course we’d love a vote for People’s Choice!  See you soon.

Join The Wentworth For The Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour

I know you may say it’s too early to start thinking about winter and Christmas, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour.

This is an event that happens every year in Jackson just after Thanksgiving and into the beginning of December.  The only way to reserve Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour tickets for the general public is by staying at a Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce member lodging property….like The Wentworth.

Riders will check in at Nestlenook Recereation Center where they will be greeted by Carolers and have an opportunity to visit Santa.  Prior to boarding they will receive their special Jingle Bell, their first Chocolate Treasure, hot chocolate and a festive bag to hold any uneated Chocolate Treasures.  Then they will board their Austrian Drawn Sleigh and be whisked away to at least 6 other participating properties…including The Wentworth!  At each property sleighs will be met by the Innkeeper, owner or representative, give an overview of that particular property and they will receive another decadent Chocolate Treasure.  Sleighs run from 11am to 4pm and each ride is approximately one hour long.

The Wentworth has put together a great package for this special adventure on the folowing dates: November 27th and 28th and December 4th, 5th, 11th, and 18th.  Our Bed and Breakfast rate for 2 adults is $138 which includes your room, a full American breakfast the next morning  and two tickets to the Jingle Bell Tour.  Our dinner package is $208 to include all that was just mentioned in addition to a four course meal for 2 adults.  Amazing rates for a magical event!

For more information please call The Wentworth front desk at 800-637-0013 and ask about availabilty for the Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour.

Wentworth’s Own Running for NH State Rep

One of The Wentworth’s long time servers, Laurie Pettengill, is running for NH State Representative.  Laurie is running in the towns of Bartlett, Chatham, Conway, Jackson, Harts and Hales Location.  It is her hope to bring the great state of New Hampshire “back to economic stability and security”.  Please help Laurie toward her goal by voting on November 2nd.  Please visit Laurie’s website for more information.

Good luck Laurie….we’re pulling for you!!