New Hampshire’s most romantic ski town has to be Jackson. The village gateway
is a beautiful red covered bridge, some call it the Kissing Bridge, others the
Honeymoon Bridge – you get the picture. Trees sparkle with tiny white lights,
snow blankets fields where cross country skiers pass, and candlelight inns
invite you in.
The grandest of the handful of inns in Jackson Village is The Wentworth, the
elegant elder dame at a century and half old (1869). Ice sculptures lined the
veranda as we arrived for our romantic winter getaway. Inside the lobby was a
roaring fire and music from the pianist playing in the cozy lounge.
Lodging at the Wentworth ranges from romantic Inn rooms to absolutely regal
suites, even condominiums homes overlooking the Nordic trails (the golf course
in the summer). Ours had a beautiful bed, gas fireplace, and an oversized Jacuzzi tub
fit for two (trust me). Fresh candles and a match book were provided, along with
bath salts to satisfy all our senses.
Most Wentworth ski and stay packages include a full country breakfast each
morning - your choice of Chef prepared Eggs Benedict to gourmet French toast, served
fireside in the formal dining room. After the royal morning treatment, you can
head out the door and start gliding along Jackson Touring Center’s 158
kilometers of groomed Nordic trails, the largest trail network in New England,
or make tracks for downhill skiing at nearby Black, Cranmore,
or Bretton Woods.
Mountain is a real gem, just minutes up the hill from Jackson
Village This 1934 ski mountain (the oldest in New Hampshire) is the way skiing
used to be -unhurried, un-crowded, unbelievably scenic with views of Mount
Washington. Wildcat is one of the most scenic ski mountains in New England, a
speedy base to summit quad deliver you up the entire 2,212' vertical reaching
all the 49 cat named trails, with splendid views of Mt Washington. Attitash offer
two peaks of skiing interconnected with great classic trail skiing and more
magnificent Presidential Range views. Cranmore is right in downtown
North Conway with pleasant trails skiing (day and night) and a strong racing
heritage. Bretton Woods is a bit father, best known for gorgeous groomed runs
and a few fun glades on the other side of Mt Washington valley.
Whether you spend your day schussing the slopes, outlet shopping in North Conway
or gliding on the Inn’s ice rink, you will be glad to call it quits and commence
après ski. The Wentworth serves Swiss fondue, a tradition brought by Swiss-born
innkeeper Fritz and his wife Ellie Koeppel. This delightful couple delivers many
luxurious touches to the Wentworth, their staff is exceptionally
well-orchestrated, no surprise when you see that Fritz has been hotelier at The
Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, and the world famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
After bubbling away your troubles in your spa tub, it’s time to dine well, and
The Wentworth Chef has that covered with four gourmet courses by candlelight.
The Wentworth has received the Wine Spectators Award of Excellence as well as
four diamonds and four stars for dining in the past. Having enjoyed the Lobster
and Vermont Goat Cheese Cannelloni- I concur. If the Wentworth fare sounds too
fancy for après ski dining, the Wildcat Tavern offers a great ski pub atmosphere
and often live entertainment in the center of Jackson village.
Jackson New Hampshire is the best place in the Mount Washington Valley for
skiers in love, newlyweds, or even the most experienced romantics. And
Wentworth is the place to stay for an elegant winter getaway with luxury
lodging, delicious dining and five ski resorts within a snow ball’s toss.