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.
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.
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.
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!
In support of regional farmers, fisherman and food purveyors The Wentworth Dining Room is proud to present our Taste of Summer Festival. Our Chef creates nightly specials using the freshest ingredients he can find. Some of our most recent specials have been Veal from Northeast Family farms and here is an example of Chef Brian Gazda nightly specials:
Bone-in Veal Chop – this was served simply grilled with a salad made of fresh picked spinach, mint, feta and olives with a light lemon vinaigrette.
A popular appetizer has been Coast of Maine Calamari Salad served with a light frisee salad with a little kick added by chiles.
Chef Brian Gazda
Come and visit our AAA four diamond rated restaurant soon. we serve a Prex Fixe Menu for only $35.00 which offers a choice of any two courses plus dessert. Reservations can be made by calling us at 800-637-0013 or reserve on-line using open table.
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!
I want to tell you all about our upcoming weekend rates. There is still plenty of time to call in and reserve your rooms.
This weekend (April 30th and May 1st) we are selling our rooms in the main inn with no minimum night stay requirement. The Wentworth has standard rooms available for $168 a night which would include your room, a four course dinner that evening for 2 adults and a full American breakfast the next morning for both of you. We are also offering a Bed & Breakfast rate of $98 for just your room and breakfast for the two of you. Continue reading →
The trees are mostly bare now, and the snows have not yet begun to fall in earnest. Believe it or not, this is one of my favorite times in New England. I love the way the dark tree reach their spindly arms into in dusky skies. I love how the crisp air starts to smell of snow – enticing hints of the winter to come. I love the days when I awaken to startlingly blue skies.
Late November and early December in New Hampshire are quiet as the state winds down from the leaf peeping frenzy of October and gears up for snow and skiers. This is an often overlooked time to travel to a New Hampshire hotel, but consider the advantages: no crowds, no bugs, and the same picturesque New England towns that are here the rest of the year. You can’t go wrong.
The White Mountains are as lovely as ever. Hiking can be truly enjoyable at this time of year, although hikers need to be prepared for sudden snows and drops in temperature. Any outdoor activity – even rushing from shop to shop – makes you feel like you deserve to spend the evening in front of the fire with a warm cup of tea or a glass of wine. The chill in the air makes sinking into your private hot tub feel positively delicious.
We are currently offering two great specials at our hotel White Mountains: 20% off weekends and 30% off mid-week bookings of standard or superior rooms through mid December. Spend a night or two with us while you shop for gifts at Santa’s Village in Jefferson, or recover from hosting Thanksgiving, or rest before hosting Christmas. Enjoy a Jingle Bell Chocolate Sleigh Tour of Jackson. No matter what you choose to do, you are sure to enjoy your time with us.