Valentine’s Day began as an ancient Roman celebration to honor St. Valentine. There are many legends about St. Valentine and why he has had this day of remembrance and celebration named after him. One legend claims that St. Valentine was a priest during third century Rome. During the time that Valentine was a priest, Emperor Claudius decided he would outlaw marriage for young men. He thought that unmarried men made better soldiers because they had nothing to loose, and he felt that outlawing marriage would leave him with many more young men, wifeless and childless, to serve in his army. Valentine had defied Claudius and continued to preform marriages, saying that it was God’s will to have young ones fall in love and commit to each other with the holy vows of marriage. When Claudius discovered what Valentine had been doing, he ordered to have Valentine put to death. The day he was executed, February 14th, became Valentine’s Day.
This day would be a day to apprieciate what St. Valentine had risked in allowing marriages and encouraging the bonds of love. People would pray to the St. to find love, or to keep there love going strong. People would also send letters to their loved ones. This tradition reflects how St. Valentine sent romantic letters to his love while he was in jail awaiting execution.
Over the many, many years people have recognized Valentine’s Day, the traditions have changed. In the Roman ages the day was used to celebrate St. Valentine. As the tradition of Valentine’s Day went on, the traditions of the special day changed. In Victorian England, Valentine’s Day took on the new tradition of gift giving. They kept the importance of celebrating marriage and being faithful to your partner, as God had selected this love for you and you should be thankful to him. Some gift traditions that were acquired during that time period were chocolates, a delicacy, and flowers, the ”poor-man’s gift” becuase they could be gathered from fields, free of charge. The letter writing tradition carried on also. They did however, find it less important to honor the St. himself. Today, in the modern world, Valentine’s Day is bigger than ever. Most people celebrate the day by being with their loved ones. Today, husbands and wives are not the only people who celebrate their love on this day, the religious affiliation with the day has lessened, and many more countries have picked up on the tradition, making Valentine’s Day a world-wide celebration of love!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Monday, January 10th, The Wentworth Inn hosted the 16th Annual Ice Carving contest in Jackson, NH. Many talented ice carvers from around New England, joined us to compete and see who would win the honor of first place for their beautiful ice creation. As the day went on, we watched as the plain heavy ice blocks transformed into beautiful ice masterpieces. The artist crated everything from Sea Turtles to Wall-E. We are proudly displaying these carvings at the front of our inn. Stop by The Wentworth Inn to see these wonderful ice carvings, and maybe warm up with some homemade fondue and a cocktail in our lounge.
The Wentworth, in Jackson Village NH will be serving a traditional Christmas Dinner from 3:00PM until 9:00PM. The inn will be decorated in it’s Christmas finery and we will have Christmas Carolers strolling through the dining room singing your favorite Christmas Carols while you dine. We would love for you to join us.x-mas
The Wentworth, in Jackson Village of the White Mountains of New Hampshire will be serving our traditional Thanksgiving dinner from 2:00PM – 8:00PM. Our turkeys were organically raised here in Jackson at the Davis Farm and we will also be serving tenderloin of Beef, Pork and North Atlantic Salmon. Of course do not forget our delicious choices for appetizers, soup, salad and dessert. We hope you will join us!
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.
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 Philbrickphoto.com/RecentEvents.htm under Cliffhanger Day-After Session.
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, www.thewentworth.com 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 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
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.
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!!!!